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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).