Saturday’s (27 August) Welsh National Texel Sale, Welshpool, saw a top call of 3,800gns as the sale average rose by more than £40 on the same sale last year for the same number sold.
Leading prices was a ram lamb from Robert Pierce’s Oldford flock, Pulford, Chester.
This substitute entry, Oldford Yogi Bear, is a son of Eden Valley Warrior out of a dam by Mullan Supremacy.
This one sold with an index of 355 and having stood fourth in the pre-sale show.
Buying him in a two-way split were the Forrester family, Doonguile and Steve and Helen Smith, Pen Parc.
Next best at 3,200gns was Gary Scott’s Bryn-Y-Coed Yogi Bear, Maeshafn, Denbighshire.
This son of Sportsmans Tremendous II is out of a dam by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka and was the pick of Richard Wilson, Eden Valley.
Following him was a 2,800gns bid for Arkle You’re In from George Wilkinson and family, Wigton, Cumbria.
This lamb is by Halbeath VIP and out of a dam by Finevalley Triple Crown, making him a full ET brother to the 20,000gns Arkle You Bet.
He was knocked down to Carl Henry Bellis, Cosyn.
Then making 2,700gns was Knap Yankee Doodle from Robert Cockburn, Errol, Perthshire.
Sired by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid, he is out of a dam by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and was bought by M and S Jones for their Racecourse flock.
The first-prize shearling ram from the pre-sale show,Caereinion Warrior from Cefyn Pryce, Welshpool, Powys, led the trade at 3,100gns.
This son of Ryders Varka is out of a dam the home-bred Caereinion Number One and was knocked down to Mark James for the Ripperstown flock, Pembrokeshire.
Just shy of that at 3,000gns was the best of the day from Worcestershire’s Nicola Hartwright, Whitehart Wild Eye.
He is by the 7800gns Cherryvale Shergar and out of a dam by Broomknowes Lion King.
This one sold to David and Thomas Bradley Farmer for their Meon Springs flock.
Meanwhile, shearling ewes saw a top call of 2,800gns and an 86% clearance achieved, with the top-priced lot being from Selkirk’s David Gray’s Tima flock.
This was GCT1505306, a Castlecairn Vital Spark daughter bred from a dam by Glenside Ring A Ding and was bought by Malcolm Hardy-Bishop, Grey Peel, Roxburghshire.
Then making 2,500gns was Peter Woof’s pre-sale female and reserve overall champion, Kendal, Cumbria.
This substitute entry, WPS1500814, is an ET-bred gimmer by Anglezarke Uno out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II and was sold to Paul Delves, Churchstoke, Powys.
Averages: 85 shearling ewes, £630.31; 108 ram lambs, £668.50; 29 shearling rams, £996.78.
(Welshpool Livestock Sales).