Blue Texel females in demand at Carlisle

Females dominated the trade at Saturday’s sale of Blue Texels at Carlisle with six of the catalogues entry trading at 800gns or more.

Trading at the day’s leading price was a ewe lamb from David Alexander. This one is by a Johnsland tup and out of a homebred dam. She was knocked down in the ring at 1100gns to Mr Thomas, Pembrokeshire. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, she was subsequently passed to J Orr and Partners, Carnwath.

Taking the second joint top call of 950gns was the first prize shearling ewe and overall champion from the pre-sale show, a Craigalbert sired ewe out of a homebred dam from Mr Alexander. She sold to S Cowin, Kirkby Thore, Penrith.

Then at the same money was another by the same sire from Mr Alexander. Also out of a homebred dam she sold to T G O Douglas and Son, Camptown, Jeburgh.

And making 820gns was yet another of the Millside shearling ewes, this time by a Jonsland sire, she is out of an imported dam. Buyer of this one was J Orr and Partners, Carnwath.

Two then traded at 800gns, the first of which was another from Mr Alexander. This one is by the Jonsland sire and out of a homebred dam and sold to John Jones, Tregynon, Powys. Second at this price was from Ewan, David and Ellie Andrew and is by a Millside sire and out of a Millside dam, she went to D L Jones, Pencadgr, Carmarthenshire.

And the final bid at this money was for a ewe lamb from David Alexander. This is again by the Jonsland sire and out of a Millside dam. She was bought by J Orr and Partners.

In the tups the best price was a 700gns bid for shearling tup Dulas Rocket from D G and M H Jones, this is homebred on both sides and sold to R Annett, Kilkeel, Co Down.

Trading at 650gns was a shearling ram from David Alexander. This one is by a Craigalbert sire and out of a homebred dam. He was bought by J H and S M Mason, Clapham, Lancaster.

Averages; 11 shearling ewes £703.50, 10 ewe lambs £510.30, six shearling ewes £573.13, three ram lambs £325.50 (Harrison and Hetherington).