A little later than I would have liked due to technical glitches, here are the highlights from last Friday’s Solway and Tyne Texel Breeders Club sale at Carlisle, which saw 524 head sold and a top call of 20,000gns.
Taking this top price was Baltier Rascal, a Kelso Ozone son out of a dam by Baltier Merecedes from Robert Forsyth. This twin born lamb was sold in a two-way split to Robert Cockburn, Connachan, and Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell, Cowal.Following that was a 15,000gns call made by a trio of buyers for Haddo Rambo, a Knock Powerpacker son from the Knox family. Out of a dam by Cowal Maverick, this one sold to Douganhill Farms, J and C Hastongs and R and J Osborne having stood fourth in the ram lamb class in the pre-sale show.A 10,500gns bid was the next best, with this price paid for the leading lamb from Gordon Gray’s Ettrick flock. This one was Ettrick Rainbow Warrior, a Knock Papoose son out of a dam by Teiglum Nevada. Two buyers shared three-quarters of him, with the final share retained by Mr Gray. Taking a 3/8 share each were T Nesbitt and Son, Alwent, and J and S Wilkninson, Langlands.Shortly behind at 10,000gns was the best of the shearlings, Loosebeare Panther 1 from the Quick family, Devon. This is a Cennen Magnum son out of a dam by Douganhill Lonestar and was sold to I Graham, Kilmalcolm.Then at 8000gns was another of the ram lambs, Hull House Rothchild 1 from John Mellin. This one is a by an unnamed Kelso sire which is in turn a Douganhill McFly son and out of a dam by Castlecairn Nairobi King and sold told to Robert Forsyth, Baltier.And making 7000gns was the best of the day from Procters Farm. This was Procters Ronaldhino, a Deveronvale Private son out of a dam by Forkins Nijinsky. With an index of 296, he sold to Drayton Farm Partnership for the Meon Valley flock, Petersfield.A pair of Northern Irish buyers shared the next one at 6500gns, with W Wilson and J Carey sharing Haddo Rover, another from the Knox family. This one is a Kelso President son out of a dam by an unnamed Haddo sire.And making 6000gns was the best of the sale from Albert and George Howie’s Knock flock. This was Knock Reebok, a Garngour Playboy son with an index of 230. Out of a dam by Anglezarke Krug, he was bought in a three way split by D Jarvie, Muthill, R and E Campbell, Cockermouth and Gordon Gray.Averages; 172 shearling rams£817.66, two aged rams £252, 247 ram lambs £975.27, 99 shearling ewes £505.80, four ewe lambs £367.50 (Harrison and Hetherington).