Flockmasters invest in future
FLOCKMASTERS shrugged off the gloom of the commercial sheep trade by investing in the future at the January show and sale of females for the North West Texel Breeders Club at Chelford.
With breeders from as far away as Scotland and South Wales competing for stock, bidding rose to 1400gns.
The call came from Lancashire flock owner Stephen Symes who runs the Anglezarke flock at Chorley. He took a fancy to a smart shearling ewe by Nethermuir Ueropean from the consignment of females from Boden and Davies Sportsmans flock at Stockport, Cheshire. She was warranted in-lamb to Kirtle Chieftain and stood champion under judge, Gordon Gray, Selkirk.
Keith Campbell made the long trip down from Argyllshire with two ewes from his Cowal flock. One was by Annan Born Free and had been scanned carrying twins by the 7000gns Nethermuir Confetti. She was bred out of a ewe sired by Annan Won O Won and realised 750gns to Robert Cartledge for his Platten flock at Buxton, Derbys.
There was a strong demand for shearlings throughout, with 12 others selling between 300gns and 600gns.
Taking the ewe hogg championship was an entry from the Tredath flock of J F Hughes and Son, Anglesey. She made 200gns to the Scotroyal flock of O Smith, Tarporley, Cheshire.
"This was a great trade and emphasises the popularity of the Texel; new buyers were in action during the sale which produced an encouraging start to the New Year for the breed," said auctioneer Gwyn Williams.
AVERAGES 17 ewes £192, 44 shear-lings £298 and 23 empty hoggets £108. (Frank R Marshall and Co.) *