A solid trade was largely “comparable on the year” for the Solway and Tyne Texel breeders club at Borderway last week (6-7 September) as the Sportsmans flock took the headlines.
A slightly larger yarding of males saw averages lift, buoyed by ram lambs at 100,000gns, 30,000gns and 24,000gns.
Boden and Davies, Mellor, Stockport, sold Sportsmans Batman to Procters Farm, Lancaster, Lancashire, for the top price, as well as seeing an overall championship rosette for the exceptional ram lamb.
Batman is by Knock Yardsman son Garngour Alabama and out of a Knap Vicious Sid daughter.
Muted ewe lamb trade
Throughputs and averages were up for all classes except ewe lambs, which club secretary Fiona Sloan put down to difficult growing conditions for breeders and lack of grass for some buyers in the south.
A yarding of 18 ewe lambs made £412, a drop of £200 a head on the year.
“Trade was similar to last year for rams on the whole, with ram lambs being a very good trade and several people saying they were a better trade than at Lanark,” said Mrs Sloan.
However, Mrs Sloan said that, while a good show of gimmers was forward, ewe lambs were harder to sell.
“Ewe lambs just didn’t look as strong,” she added. “A lot of people take lambs down south to sell on and grass is still short down there.”
Claybury Texels to 30,000gns
Second best on the day at 30,000gns was the entry judged second-best recorded ram from Claybury Texels, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, which caught the eye of Messrs Tippetts, Shifnal, Shropshire.
Claybury Basic Instinct is by Strathbogie Youi and out of a Stainton Vantage 2 daughter, boasting an index of 449.
Next best at 24,000gns was Teiglum Braveheart from Clark Farms, Carluke, Lanarkshire, knocking down to a five-breeder consortium of Messrs Bennett, Meifod, Powys; Highfield Farming, Duns, Berwickshire; Messrs Barclay, Banchory, Aberdeenshire; Messrs Teward, Darlington, County Durham and Messrs Renwick, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Braveheart is by Ettrick Yom Kippur and out of a Teiglum Windfall dam that is full sister to the 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun.
Females to 16,000gns
A February-born gimmer from the Baltier flock of R and E Forsyth, Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, topped the female ring at 16,000gns, selling to Co Durham-based breeders, Messrs Teward, Darlington.
She is a by Glenside Valhalla son Milnbank Womaniser and out of a Baltier Rocksolid dam. Her sister and brother sold to 5,000gns and 3,400gns respectively at earlier sales.
A total of nine females made 2,000gns or more, with the next best being an Annan gimmer from GK Jamieson, Dumfries and Galloway at 6,000gns.
She was secured by Messrs Cobbald, Acton, Suffolk. She is by Tophill Wall son Knock Yardsman and out of a Strathbogie terminator female.
Shearling rams to 4,000gns
Eight lots sold for over 2,500gns in the shearling ring as trade topped at 4,000gns with Mershott Aamazone from John Elliot, Earlston, Scottish Borders, leading the shearling ring.
He knocked down to Messrs Robinson, Welshpool, Powys. Amazon is a son of Roxburgh Yorkie and out of a Teiglum Utah daughter, with a 402 index.
Averages: 193 (+6) shearling rams, £805.34 (+£156.39); 278 (+25) ram lambs, £1,900 (+431.2); 73 (+4) shearling gimmers, £1,219.44 (+£258.01); 18 (-1) ewe lambs, £412.26) (-£200.82) (Harrison & Hetherington)