North-west sale is the best for years

A shearling by the influential sire Clynnog Joe Tex topped last weekend’s North West Texel Breeders Club show and sale at Chelford at 1600gns, on a day the auctioneers described as the most successful January sale in years.

Marking the highlight of the sale’s 20th anniversary was the shearling from Selkirk breeder Gordon Gray’s noted Ettrick flock.

She had been pulled out to take the championship under judge Pet Longton from Doncaster and earned praise from the ringside for her style, shape and skin.

The shearling is in-lamb to the 6000gns Carlisle purchase Douganhill Lionheart – a son of the 25,000gns Glenside King – and now joins the flock of Lancs breeder Richard Fitton.

A level trade at the top end put three shearlings in the four-figure bracket.

Regular consignors Messrs Boden and Davies from Stockport saw a shearling from their Sportsmans flock realise 1100gns to club chairman Steven Symes, Chorley, Lancs.

The Sportsmans shearling is by Tophill Jewel and due shortly to Haltcliffe Jaguar, a winner of the male championship at the Royal Show.

The reserve championship on the day went to a shearling from Penrith breeder Jim Sharratt’s Combs Valley flock.

It realised 1000gns to I Evans, Llanrhaeadr, who is switching from Suffolks to Texels.

Cumbria breeder Peter Woof consigned a smart shearling from his Stainton flock at Kendal.

By Stainton Instructor and carrying twins to the 10,000gns tup Skiddaw Lion, she caught the eye of Richard Fitton, who took her at 1000gns.

Breeder David Melling staged a reduction sale and offered a pen of strong ewes that peaked at 600gns for a two-shear by Penparc Grommit.

The ewe was in-lamb to Greenwood Jewel and was bought by Sarah Morris, Ludlow.

The Summerwood flock owned by Harry and Jean Priestley produced a ewe by an Annan Brave Heart son to achieve their day’s best of 550gns. Buyers were J & H Thomas, Anglesey.

Averages: 38 ewes 271 and 84 shearlings 313. (Marshalls)