Females lead the prices at Chelford Texels

Saturday’s Texel sale at Chelford saw a top call of 4100gns paid for a shearling ewe from the Tophill flock of David Houghton. This ET bred Mellor Vale Patriot daughter is out of a home-bred ewe by Ettrick Mighty Mouse. It took the championship in the pre-sale before selling to Messrs Wilson, Appleby, Cumbria.

Second best was the reserve champion from Charlie Boden, Stockport. This Baltier Panther daughter out of a ewe by Glenside Legacy made 2500gns to S. Lewis, Llandysul, Caernarfon.

Two more shearlings from David Houghton’s pen made in more than 2000gns. At 2100gns was a Knock Orion daughter, out of a Straidarran Maverick ewe, bought by Jeff Aiken for Proctors Farms.

And at 2000gns was another Mellor Vale Patriot daughter, again out of an Ettrick Mighty Mouse Ewe. The buyer was D and J Chambers, Northamptonshire.

The first prize winning shearling ram from Frank Rushton, Matlock, Derbyshire, made 1500gns to Bradley Farmer, Petersfield, Hampshire. This ram is by Fresh Fields Perfection and out of a ewe by Fresh Fields No Limits.

Averages: Club sale – 18 shearling rams, £715.80; 53 ram lambs, £495.80; 61 shearling gimmers, £759.57; 7 ewe lambs, £407.75. Burry reduction – 47 aged ewes, £206.50; 14 shearling ewes, £205.15 (Marshalls).