The hammer went down with a top call of 11,000gns for a February 2009 born ewe at the major sale of the adult portion from the Millars Flock, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
A total of 81 ewes and 48 shearling gimmers from Martin and Cyril Millar’s Coleraine based pedigree Texel flock went under the hammer.
Taking the top price on the day was a Mellor Vale Masterpiece daughter VMG09786 – an ET bred ewe, this one is out of a ewe by Corrie Lancelot. Her first lamb sold for 2,500gns. She was bought by JC Innes & Son,s Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Thereafter, an undisclosed buyer paid 7,000gns for a Sandelford Premier by Thinacres Madrid daughter – VMG1100357 – this February 2011 born one is out of a ewe by Cambwell OBE.
Other leading prices included 4,200gns paid by R I Henderson, Pasture House, Stocksfield on Tyne, for a February 2010 born Kelso President by Mellor Vale Officer daughter. This one – VMG10000076 is an ET bred ewe out of a dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece. Her gradam is a foundation Galaxy ewe who was also a GDam to lambs sold for 4,000gns at Lanark in 2011.
4,000gns was then achieved twice – first for a February 2010 born Milnbank Principal by Millar’s Outstanding daughter, VMG1000045 which is out of a dam by Thinacres Madrid, paid by BT Goldie, Townfoot, Dumfries.
While the second 4,000gns call was paid again by R I Henderson for a MEllor Vale Masterpiece by Castlecairn L.A. Lover daughter – VMG1000010. This February 2008 ET bred ewe is out of a ewe by Crailloch Galaxy, which bred 20 sons to an average of more than 2,500gns. She is half sisster to the mother or lambs sold at Lanark 2011 for 4,000gns.
81 ewes £1,317.43
48 shearling gimmers £1,046.50
(Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington)