By Jeremy Hunt
A FRENETIC demand for Texel in-lamb gimmers sent prices rocketing sky high at Lanark last weekend, reaching 8500gns and levelling 97 deals at 1127.
The Mair familys consignment was rated as the best ever from their successful Muiresk flock in Aberdeenshire, including a host of the sales top prices.
The 27 Muiresk gimmers averaged 1849, including the sales top price.
The gimmer was one of several outstanding progeny of Glenside Forsyth, which sired six of the most expensive females to average 4500.
The top priced gimmer is out of a Glenside Drum Major ewe and was inseminated to the 50,000gns breed record holder Craighead Hercules. Buyer was John Forsyth, Glenside, Ayrshire.
The vendors of the four flocks which consigned sheep – Muiresk (C Mair and Partner), Knock (A and G Howie), Glenside (J Forsyth) and Haddo (W Knox) – had also produced a video that had been sent to breeders nationwide.
So there were some successful phone bids to add to fast demand from the packed ringside.
- Muiresk (27) 1849
- Knock (29) 699
- Glenside (24) 1181
- Haddo (17) 722