712011 Lot 176 web 2,500gns.jpgA capacity crowd packed the ringside at today’s show and sale of Texel and Beltex females at Chelford, Cheshire where bidding reached 2500gns for a Texel gimmer from the Sportsmans flock of Cheshire-based Boden and Davies and Beltex sold to a top of 1100gns for a ewe lamb from the Tewitt Hall flock of Messrs Staveley, Clapham, Lancashire.


The Sportsmans gimmer stood champion under Texel judge Frank Rushton of the Fresh Fields flock and was claimed by David Bradley-Farmer from Hampshire. She was by Clougher President and out of a ewe by Mellor Vale Krugerand and was in-lamb to 25,000gns Milnbank Special One.


Auctioneer Gwyn Williams described the trade as “strong and solid throughout”. “This was the 26th show and sale for the North West Texel Breeders Club and pulled in the biggest crowd we’ve ever had for this event. Demand was keen from start to finish with just 12 animals unsold from an entry of around 300.”


Taking the reserve championship was a gimmer from the Tima flock of Selkirk breeders David, Isla and Lisa Gray.



712011 Lot 127 1550gns web.jpgBy Springwell Kermit and out of a Baltier Glory dam, this gimmer is an ET sister to the 7000gns Tima Look @ Me. She was in-lamb to the Knock Reebok son Ettrick Sir Alan. She goes to Barnsley, Yorkshire with Steve Richardson at 1550gns.


Cumbria flock owner Peter Woof sold a gimmer by Fachell On Approval from his Stainton flock at 2000gns. 



712011 Lot 163 woof web.jpgOut of a Cambwell Mountain ewe and in-lamb to the Baltier Panther son Carran Southern Star, she was claimed by an undisclosed North Yorkshire buyer.


Another gimmer from the same pen by the Fachell sire and in-lamb to the Carran tup, made 1150gns to Steven Smith, Welshpool.


A Baltier Prestige sired gimmer from the Fachell flock of Idris Morris, Caernarfon made 1000gns to Steve Gibbons. She was out of a Pennan Miracle ewe and in-lamb to Milnbank Stig.


Leading the Texel ewes at 800gns was a Castlecairn Never Again daughter from the Oldford flock of R Pierce, Chester. She was in-lamb to Hen Gapel Ronaldo.


Topping the Beltex Sheep Society show and sale was a ewe lamb from the Tewitt Hall flock owned by the Lancashire-based Staveley partnership. The lamb (below), which stood reserve champion, is by Hallcrake Noah and out of a ewe by Mustang. She made 1100gns to Steven Gibbons.



712011 Lot 48 tewitt web 1100.jpg Collecting the championship and selling for 900gns (below) was the gimmer Southern Acres Patience – a Bishops Nijinski daughter from L and S Hewitt, Chester. She was in-lamb to Buckles Newt – a 3000gns sire bought at Carlisle in 2010.



712011 Lot 23 900gns web.jpgHeadlind Pink, a gimmer by Viagrow V/d Drie Musschen from Allan Jackson, Lanark made 1000gns.


Averages: Texel – 106 gimmer shearlings £514; 15 senior ewes £345. Beltex – 15 shearling gimmers £576; 22 senior ewes £441 and 12 ewe lambs £448. (Frank R Marshall)