Leading the way at yesterday’s Christmas Cracker Texel sale in Carlisle was Aberdeenshire-based Albert Howie’s Knock flock. His sale leader wouldn’t have been a suprise to many as it was a February 2009-born daughter of Tophill Knockout out of a daughter by Anglezarke Krug. Described as the best female ever to be offered for sale from Mr Howie, she is full sister to the 8000gns Knock Powerpacker and is maternal sister to the 20,000gns Knock Oregano, as well as Orion, Ronick, Nugget and Reebok.

Knock Gimmer L754 24000g.JPGHer purchasers were Trinidad Investements, West Susses.

Mr Howie was soon in the money again with his next lot in the ring from the same family as the above. she sold for 10,000gns to Procters Farm, Lancashire.

The best from Tommy MacTaggart was the March 2009-born daughter of Rascarrel Och Aye out of a Templand Magane daughter. She sold at 8500gns to A Beaton, Falkirk.

Rascarrel Gimmer L741.JPGAnother from the knock flock, and again by Nockout and this time out of a Claybury Legacy daughter, sold for 7000gns to Procters Farm. This one is full sister to the 3800gns Knock Pegasus. and at 5500gns, R I Henderson, Northumberland took a Gangour Nobleman shearling out of a Haddo Just Right daughter.

The best from John Forsyth’s flock was a call of 4600gns to secure a daughter of Muresk Nearco out of a Castlecairn Keltic Star daughter. she sold having been AI’d to Strathbogie Python to R Wallace, Ayrshire.

Averages; Midlock flock 13 gimmers £718.85,  Glenside flock 16 gimmers £1,110.38,  Deveronvale flock 6 gimmers £1,198.75,  Rascarrel flock 11 gimmers£2,128.64,  Knock flock 16 gimmers £4,321.41,  Tophill flock 4 gimmers £840.00,  Cairness flock 12 gimmers £1,045.63.