FARMING: Bumper prices at sale of Texels

(lot 786) sold for 12000 gns from John Forsyth - Glenside Wild Boy
(lot 786) sold for 12000 gns from John Forsyth - Glenside Wild Boy

Solway and Tyne Texel Breeders’ Club’s sale at Carlisle last Friday yielded a bumper price for the MacPhersons, of Castlehills Farm, near Berwick.

They secured the top price at the sale with their lamb ram Hexel Wild Bill. Selling for 14,000 guineas, Wild Bill is a son of Cambwell Taurus and bred from a Glenside Razzle Dazzle mother. He was sold to join the Glenside flock for John Forsyth.

Taking the next top price was a lamb ram from the Glenside flock which went for 12,000gns. Glenside Wild Boy, sired by Castlecairn Vavavoom and out of a Strathbogie Python-bred mother, was purchased by the three-way partnership of RH Wilson of Milnbank flock, JC Innes and Son of Strathbogie flock and BR Nicolson of Shetland Islands.

The top price shearling ram was the sole entry from Alastair Gault which sold for 4500gns. Forkins Viagra is by Duncryne Uber Cool and carries Ettrick Rainbow Warrior in his mother’s pedigree. He was knocked down to a joint purchase for J&W Arnott, Kelso and JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick.

Heading up the female entries was a gimmer from the Baltier selection from Robert Forsyth which sold for 7,200gns. This was a Springwell Ulsterboy-bred gimmer and out of a Grey Peel Rambo-sired mother. The successful buyer was MA Evans of Denbigh. A gimmer from the Brookhill dispersal sale for Gemma Brown sold for 6,000gns. She is a daughter of Midlock Unique and comes from a Bryn Garth-sired mother. This gimmer joins the Lavenham flock for S Cobbald of Suffolk.

Averages – 216 Shearling rams £716.92, 308 lamb rams £857.47, six aged rams £502.25, 93 shearling gimmers £665.90, 15 ewe lambs £387.50; Sale from the Baltier & Kirrin flocks (14 gimmers) £2467.50; Dispersal sale of the Brookhill flock (36 head) £1004.50.