11 September 1998

Texel champion attracts joint top bid of 2000gns

By Jeremy Hunt

BIDDING twice reached 2000gns at the Texel Sheep Societys national show and sale at Malvern where ram lambs averaged £386 and shearling rams £430.

Auctioneer Clive Roads described the trade as "keen and continuous throughout the sale", which achieved a 77% clearance.

The supreme champion, selected by judge Tom Healy from Horsham, Sussex, was a shearling ram by Clun Baron from A E Williams and Son, Craven Arms. It made the joint top price to fellow Shropshire breeders G &#42 Moseley and Son.

Messrs Moseley were major buyers at the sale. They secured another shearling from the Clun flock at 1400gns plus 32 females.

A ram lamb from Keith Jamiesons Annan flock took the reserve ticket and made 2000gns to D G Richardss Ynysau flock in Carmarthenshire.

Other notable sales from this consignment included a North Quarter De Luxe son at 1900gns to E Jones and Daughters, Lampeter, Dyfed, a Muiresk Comrade son at 1100gns to the judge and a ram lamb by Annan Braveheart at 1000gns bought over the telephone by a Scottish bidder.

Best for the Millend flock of Herefordshire breeders R M and G L Watkins was a 1700gns call from W R Williams, Welshpool, for a ram lamb by Annan Double Value.

Shearling rams peaked at 1800gns for Rowden Diamond, a son of Baltier Winston that was a first prize winner at this years Royal Show for owner R C L Watts, Taunton. Buyer was R E Baseley, Carmarthen.

A shearling with a scheme index of 226 from Salisbury breeder T W Helyers Langford flock made 1600gns. This son of Tinwald-A-One joins D G Richards, Carmarthen.

A third prize-winning ewe from Bill Quick and Sons Loosebeare flock in Devon topped the females at 800gns to Charlie Boden, Cheshire followed by a 770gns call from J Beaumont, Thirsk, North Yorks for a shearling from Drayton Farm Partnerships Holtdown flock in Hants.

Averages: 145 ram lambs £386; 125 shearling rams £430; 145 shearling ewes £248 and nine ewe lambs £162. (McCartneys) &#42

Top notch… One of the rams from David Houghtons consignment to Lanarks recent sale, which topped at 22,000gns. This remains the top price for this seasons Texel ram sales.