Lanark sees strong trade for Texel in-lamb gimmers

A flying trade for Texel in-lamb females produced a top price of 9000gns and 39 four-figure deals at Lanark last weekend, where the Ettrick flock of Gordon Gray achieved the highest average of 1942 for 20 gimmers.

Farm manager Gary Swindlehurst, buying for Clitheroe-based Proctors Farms, took home a trailer-load of the most expensive gimmers but the day’s top call came from John Forsyth buying for his Glenside flock.

The gimmer, consigned from the Garngour flock of Lesmahagow breeders Jim and Helen Clark, is by Clynnog Joe Tex and in-lamb to the 22,000gns Tamnamoney Lynbrook. The sale’s 22 Joe Tex daughters averaged 1820.

Lanark breeder Jim Warnock earned some big money with gimmers from his Watchknowe flock – and Proctors Farms were serious investors.

They took the flock’s three most-wanted Cornerstone Isaac daughters, paying 6000gns, 5800gns and 4800gns to boost the average for Isaac progeny to 2192 for the 20 on offer.

Two of these gimmers were in-lamb to the 30,000gns Allanfauld Limited Edition with the other in-lamb to Tullylagan Keystone.

Best for Gordon Gray was a 7500gns call to secure an ET-bred Joe Tex gimmer out of one of the flock’s best ewes by Knock Firefly.

The 7500gns gimmer is in-lamb to the 6000gns Douganhill Lionheart.

Averages: Craighead – 11 gimmers 298, Grougfoot – nine gimmers 339, Watchknowe – 20 gimmers 1426, Cambwell – 20 gimmers 951, Ettrick – 20 gimmers 1942, Garngour – 19 gimmers 1434, Turin – eight gimmers 1371, Crawfordjohn – four gimmers 357.

(Lawrie & Symington)