Trade for Texels peaked at 4,400gns at the Welsh National Sale, Welshpool on Saturday (23 August).

Strong bidding saw a 79% clearance rate in the ram lambs and an 85% clearance for shearling ewes, with averages rising in all sections on the year.

Sale topper was a shearling ram from Cefyn Pryce’s Caereinion flock. Caereinion U R The One won reserve male champion in the pre-sale show. This is a Crailloch True Blue son out of a Caereinion with an index of 258. He sold to Steve Williams for the Wollaston flock, Shrewsbury.

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The next best price of the day came in the ram lamb section when Procters Farm, Clitheroe, took a bid of 4,000gns for Procters Ventura – a son of the 11,000gns 2013 Lanark champion Tophill Union Jack and out of a dam by Sportsmans Scania. He sold in a two-way split to Messrs Boden and Davies, Sportsmans, and David Houghton, Tophill, with an index of 266.

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Next best at 2,600gns was Procters Vision, another by the 11,000gns Union Jack and out of a Scania daughter. He was the choice of R and E Owen, Tal-Y-Cafn, Conwy.

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At the same money was Young Venture Vantastic from Gracie Rose Holden. This Teiglum Unique son is out of a Knock Playboy dam and was first place in the YDP ram lamb class in the pre-sale show. Taking this one home was W T Davies, Penparc, Ceredigion.

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Following that at 2,000gns was the pre-sale champion Sportsmans Volta, a Milnbank Ur The Boy son out of a dam by Milnbank Special One and with an index of 241 from the Boden and Davies partnership. This one sold to WE and E Roberts and A and ME Owen, Bryn Golau, Llansannan.

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Making the same money was Sportsmans Van Wilder, another by Ur The Boy and this time out of an Anglezarke Nimrod daughter. Picking out this one was B Jones, Rhandir, Pwllheli.

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Following these at 1,700gns was Ryder’s Varka, a Brackenridge Strongbow son out of a dam by Connachan Sharky from T Ryder. This lamb sold to  the breeder of the day’s top priced lot, Cefyn Pryce, Caereinion.

 

Shearling Ewes

A healthy demand for shearling ewes saw the clearance rate settle at 85%, with 68 sold to level at £578.74.

Topping the prices with a high of 1,700gns was Gordon Gray’s female champion GGH 1303102 from the Ettrick flock. She’s a Knock Topaz daughter out of a dam by Annan Manitou and sold with an index of 309 to Messrs Owen and Thomas, Rose Villa, Llanon.

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Selling at 1,200gns was another of Gordon’s GGH1303166, a Muiresk Blondin daughter out of a dam by Ettrick Rob Roy. She also heads back to Llanon with Messrs Owen and Thomas.

Following that at 1100gns was Gareth Jones’ gimmer from the Meifod flock, JXF1301633, a Kelso Pavaotti daughter out of a dam by Cowal Powerhouse. She sold to S J Parmer, Idlicote.

Just shy of that at 1,050gns was Cefyn Pryce’s best, PEC1300217, a Caereinion Number One daughter out of a dam by Summerwood Grad Union. This one was the choice of J Lea, Hales, Shropshire.

And making 1,000gns was Carl Henry Bellis’ reserve female champion, BCY1300286, a Teiglum Theo daughter out of a Sportsmans Oscar dam. She went to Messrs Chapman,Wirswall, Shropshire.

The same money saw Messrs Boden and Davies sell a Milnbank Times Square daughter, BGS1300796. This is out of a dam byHen Gapel Royal Gold and sold to GR Williams, Sennybridge

Averages: 69 gimmers, £578.50; 19 shearling rams, £1007.72; 114 ram lambs, £681.81 (Welshpool Livestock Sales).