A brace of gimmers from the Strathbogie flock of Jim Innes were the shining lights at the Christmas Stars sale of in-lamb Texels on Saturday (2 December).
Topping trade at 16,000gns was a gimmer by Glenside Wild Boy and out of a dam by Scholars Twenty Twelve. She sold in lamb to the 32,000gns Mullan Armani and was the pick of Charlie Boden for his Sportsmans flock, Stockport.
Mr Boden then paid 12,000gns for the day’s second top-priced lot, again from the Strathbogie pen. This was IJS1600706. An ET-bred daughter of Millars Windbrook, she is out of a dam by Clinterty Par One and again sold having been served by Mullan Armani.
Altogether the Innes family sold 13 gimmers to average more than £3,500.
The next two top prices saw Mr Boden recoup some of his earlier investment, selling both at 8,000gns. The first was BGS1602172, a Mellor Vale Wildcat daughter out of a Tullylagan Tonka daughter. She sold having been served by the 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun and joined Robert Evans’ Hope Valley flock, Shrewsbury.
Also at 8,000gns and heading back to Shrewsbury with Mr Evans was BGS1602163, an ET-bred Strathbogie Whiplash daughter out of a dam by Cairnam Talisman. She was offered in lamb to Deveronvale Aerostar.
A further two then sold at 7,000gns, with the first of these coming from Graham Morrison’s Deveronvale flock. This was MGV1600921, a daughter of Millar’s Windbrook out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and in lamb to Mullan Armani. She sold to Sandy Lee for the Fordafourie flock, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
Second to make 7,000gns was Robert Cockburn’s best from the Knap flock, CKP1600786. She’s by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid and out of a dam by Ettick Rainbow Warrior. This one sold in lamb to Mullan Amigo and was knocked down to Robert Bennett, Meifod, Powys.
Averages: Eden Valley two gimmers, £1,023.75; Midlock five gimmers, £1,533; Deveronvale 13 gimmers, £2,689.62; Milnbank 13 gimmers, £2,067.69; Sportsmans and Mellor Vale 11 gimmers, £2,787.27; Annan six gimmers, £595; Strathbogie 13 gimmers, £3,565.96; Cowal five gimmers, £2,100; Knap 10 gimmers, £2,877; Fordafourie four gimmers, £695.62; Glenside 14 gimmers, £2,006.25. (Harrison and Hetherington)