6 September 1996

Premier Texels top at 4000gns

DEVON breeders Bill Quick and Sons achieved the top price of 4000gns when they sold a shearling ram at the English Premier show and sale of the British Texel Sheep Society at Malvern.

By the 27,000gns Craighead Yankee, this January-born twin, out of a Quernmore Scout ewe, stood supreme. Its new home is Marshall Farms, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Second-highest priced shearling was the Pheasantry Mink-sired Meon Valley Blenheim, a show winner this season for owners Drayton Farm Partnership, Petersfield, Hants, and bought for 2200gns by W O Steel and Sons, Pershore, Hereford and Worcester.

Close behind at 2100gns was Clun Buster, a Glenside Action Man son from A E Williams and Son, Craven Arms, Shropshire, and bought by J E Griffiths, Bucknall, Shropshire.

Auctioneer Clive Roads reported an excellent trade for both pedigree and commercial tups. Top call in the ram lamb section was 3200gns from Scottish breeders David McKerrow and Tom White to secure fellow Scotsman J Cullens Annan Premier Quartet sired Craighead Commodore.

Shearling ewes reached 980gns for one from the East Middle flock of C Scott, Roxburghshire. Buyer was &#42 Thomas, Llandeilo.

AVERAGES: 84 ram lambs £394, 124 shearling rams £469, 11 ewe lambs £129 and 100 shearling ewes £285. (McCartneys.) &#42