14 January 2000

Big money on Texel entries

BIG money breeding came together to produce the top price at the North West Texel Clubs show and sale at Chelford last weekend.

A shearling entry by the 17,000gns Garngour Diplomat, bred out of a ewe by the 28,000gns Craighead Yankee and in-lamb to the 22,000gns Annan Elite realised 1450gns for owner Charlie Boden who runs the Sportsmans flock at Stockport Cheshire. Buyer was D M Holford who is setting up a new flock at Newcastle-under-Lyne.

Next came a 1400gns call from J F Hughes and Son, Anglesey buying for their Tredpath flock. They took home a shearling ewe from Bury, Lancs breeder David Houghtons Tophill flock sired by Glenside Drum Major and out of a Kirtle Banker-sired ewe. She had been running with the 10,500gns Tullagh Dazzler.

Dutch type was favoured by judge Jim Clark (Garngour) who awarded the championship to Lancaster breeders G R and A Foy and Son with a ewe by Lyons Archer. She was in-lamb to a pure Dutch tup – Mossgiel Cousin Henry – and made 900gns to Mr Holford.

Top priced ewe and reserve champion came from David Williams Criccin flock in Denbighshire. Bred in 1996 by a Manderlea ram it joined Mr Holfords other purchases at 500gns (Frank R Marshall and Co).