3,800gns top at Skipton Texel sale

Pedigree Texels topped 3,800gns at the 32nd annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association, Skipton.

Leading trade at 3,800gns with the first prize shearling ewe and female champion was Spiros Spyrou, Hebden Bridge. The Deveronvale Superb daughter sold to Steven and Janet Symes, who run the Anglezarke Texel flock at Heath Charnock, Lancashire. CCM Texels Spyrou supreme champ pic 1

Next highest bid at 2,700gns came for the home-bred Moor Top Tauras, a 2012-born son of Moor Top Star, out of a Stainton O2-sired dam from David Towell’s Moor Top flock, Upper Leys Farm, Glusburn. The buyer was County Durham’s M Wood, of Barnard Castle.

Mr Towell’s seven remaining shearling ram entries were all by his own Moor Top Outlaw and the best of these on price achieved 2,400gns when also selling to AW Beattie. Two further Outlaw sons sold well at 1,900gns and 1,800gns to Pilkington Farms, Hartington, Buxton, and PR and EE Clarke, of Grantham, respectively.

Next in the money at 1,600gns was the male champion ram lamb forward from 2012 reserve supreme champion, David Houghton of the Tophill flock.

The February-born son of the Highland Show winner Milnbank Times Square, is out of an Ettrick Mighty Mouse-sired dam, which found a new home in West Cumbria with AW Beattie, St Bees.

Another Milnbank Times Square from Mr Houghton out of a Tamnamoney Rob Roy-sired home-bred dam made 1,300gns when joining TH Peel, Embsay.

A solid commercial base underpinned trade throughout the sale, with the 459-strong entry – 160 females and 299 rams – achieving a 90% clearance rate.

Well-known North Craven breeder Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry flock in Rathmell and is another high achiever at the annual fixture, stepped forward again with a first-rate pen of five gimmer shearlings, all daughters of the Campbell Rob Roy son, Arkle South Pacific, acquired last year from Cumbrian breeder George Wilkinson.

The pick of these on price at 2,300gns was a February, 2012-born ewe, out of a Procters Oswald-sired dam, which became the second flock-boosting female acquisition by the Doctors Symes. Next best at 2,200gns was an entry out of a Brague Jodami-sired home-bred dam, which joined the East Yorkshire Samsar flock of Sam and Sarah Beechell in Beswick, Driffield.

Overall selling averages, with 2012 comparisons bracketed, were: Shearling Ewes – £419.71 (£478.21), Ewe Lambs – £315 (£133.50), Aged Rams – £546, Shearling Rams – £647.39 (£681.53). Ram Lambs – £452.45 (£409.96).