18000gns makes Lanark Texel event big success
By Jeremy Hunt
A BID of 18,000gns helped make last weeks gathering of Texels at Lanark one of the most successful ever held at the Scottish venue.
Also seen was a £253 rise in the average ram lamb price on last year to level 409 head at £1086.
The two-day fixture produced an outstanding turn-out. And aside from the gilt-edge trading for stock tups between the countrys top flocks, most consignors left well satisfied with the demand from commercial buyers.
"With the calibre of sheep on offer it was no surprise that there was keen competition among leading flocks seeking stock rams," said auctioneer Brian Ross. "But commercial customers were the bedrock of the day and anything with a decent skin and a good hindquarter was readily making 300 to 500gns."
The Muiresk momentum continues to gather pace in this breed. Although it is the Mair familys "second string", their pen followed on from producing last years record-breaking 33,000gns ram lamb by providing this events highest price of 18,000gns.
It came for Muiresk Comrade, an early February twin-born ram lamb by the 9000gns Baltier Winston bought four years ago. The lamb is out of a ewe by Milton of Noth Rob Roy and stood second at this years Royal Highland Show.
The lamb took the supreme title under judge Doug Nesbitt, Darling-ton. He was bought in a four-way-split by Keith Jamieson (Annan), Carolyn Hastings (Dumfries), Robin Hope (Dumfries) and Keith Campbell (Lochgoilhead).
The eight Muiresk ram lambs averaged over £5635 and included the 9000gns Muiresk Cristar, a single lamb from the first crop by Baltier Bounty bought last year for 3500gns. He was bred out of an Annan Triple Threat ewe and stood second in the MLC class at the Royal Highland Show. Buyers were Jim Warnock (Lanark), Malcolm Coubrough (Biggar), Michael Clarke (Linlithgow), John Hamilton (Ravenstruther) and Robert Capper Jnr (Renfrew).
First lamb in the ring from the Cambwell flock of Tom and Robert Laird, Biggar, achieved the second highest call making 16,000gns. Charles Scott (Hawick), Robin Bell (Coldstream) and Richard Oates (Jedburgh) claimed this son of Tinwald A-One. It was out of a Titus Viscount-sired ewe.
It was the first lamb in the ring from Alan Cullens Craighead flock from Carluke that made 15,000gns. Craighead Crackerjack, a son of the 2800gns Courthill Bandit, that stood champion at the second Lanark sale last year, he was taken jointly by the Lairds at Craighead and John McKerrows Grougfoot flock at Linlithgow.
Forfar breeders D Young and Cos Nethermuir Confetti, a single-born son of Annan Braveheart, was the first of four ram lambs to make 7000gns. Buyers were Alan Cullen and Jim Clarke (Lesmahagow).
John Forsyth, buyer of last years 33,000gns Muiresk Blondin, saw the rams first son to be offered at Lanark realise 7000gns. Glenside Clear Cut, out of a Bowhall William ewe, went to Jim Clarkes Garngour flock.
Lancs breeder J D Houghton, Bury, broke the Scottish stranglehold on top prices, making 7000gns for a son of Baltier Aero Star. Top-hill Crackerjack, out of a Turin-sired ewe, heads for Aberdeenshire with Willie Knox, Margaret Lyon and S G Mair and Sons.
John McKerrow took the reserve title with the ram lamb Grougfoot Coisty, a Tinwald Yorkie son, bought by Claire Wise (Stainton), Doug Nesbitt and Graham Taylor (Thirsk) for 7000gns.
AVERAGES: 409 ram lambs £1087, 56 shearlings £619, 15 ewe lambs £179 and 165 gimmers £336. (Lawrie and Symington.) *
Top price at Lanark… 18,000gns worth of ram lamb.