Shearling ewe leads Skipton Texels at 4100gns

Texels sold to a top of 4100gns for a shearling ewe from Stuart Currie’s Beautry flock, at Skipton last week.

The sale topper, a daughter of Sportsmans Pasternak and sold to John and Linda Mellin, Hellifield, for the Hull House flock.

Selling at 2200gns was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, a shearling tup from Peter Longdin, Tickhill. Sired by Langlands Rockstar and sold to H A Sawrey, Ulverston.

At 1500gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, shearling tup Williambeck Royal Flush from Philip Makin, Bilsdale, Helmsley. This one, by Llangwyn Noddy sold to another John Mellin, this time from Mill House, Long Preston.

The same price was achieved by the third prize shearling ram, Stonebridge Rambo, a February, 2010-born son of Drumpark President, from South Yorkshire breeders Steve and Sherry Richardson, Great Houghton, Barnsley. The buyers were P and S Mellor, High Peak in the Peak District.

Helen Keighley, who runs the Wigglesworth Texel flock in partnership with her mother, Freda Booth, at Long Preston had a successful day, selling a shearling ram at 1900gns to Roger and Jason Craddock, Bolton by Bowland, along with a second shearling ram knocked down at 1150gns to David and Robin Booth, Feizor, Austwick.

And David Towell’s offering of shearling rams also created keen interest at the ringside, his entries including a 1700gns acquisition by John Stephenson, Bordley, another at 1,600gns to the Coates family in, Stainforth, Settle.

Top performer in the ram lamb class was the February-born Loxley Starmaker from John and Alison North, of Fenwick, Doncaster. He is a son of Garngour Patriot, bought by the Norths two years ago and second prize shearling ram at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show, also landing numerous inter-breed championships.

The ram lamb, itself first prize winner this year at both Otley and Kilnsey Shows and seventh in a strong class at the Great Yorkshire, sold for 1600gns to M P Dent, Brafferton, Darlington.