Solway and Tyne Texel Club, second sale, Carlisle, September 29 There was a patchy trade for rams at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s second sale at Carlisle on September 29, though the females proved to be easier to sell. The selective trade saw both males and females reach a high of 1800gns.
There were four, four-figure trades in the female section with the top money going to Gordon and David Gray, Lindean, Selkirk, for an unplaced gimmer by Hallrigg Y Not and out of a dam by Castlecairn Vital Spark. The dam side of this one goes back to a sheep that bred the well-known stock rams, Ettrick Yom Kipper and Ettrick Yager Bomb. The buyer was I Graham, Hallrigg, Plumpton, Penrith. The same home also got 1000gns for one by Clinterty Yankee Doodle out of a dam by Ettrick Sir Alan, with the grand dam being a big earner for the Grays at 7000gns when she was sold. Signing the cheque for this one was R Collingwood, Stewart Shield Meadows, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland.
The Gray’s second prize gimmer was bid to 900gns by RB Templeton, The Bank Farm, Drumclog, Strathaven. She was by Yankee Doodle and out of a dam by Tophill Union Jack which goes back to a Proctor’s purchase at 3000gns. All the Ettrick sheep had already been AI’d to Garngour Awesome –the new stock ram bought at the recent Kelso ram sales for a sale-topping £30,000 being quickly put in to work.
Second top female was a gimmer from Roderick Runciman’s Allanshaws flock, from Galashiels, which was taken to 1100gns by DA Thompson, Trewhitt Steads, Thropton, Morpeth. For the money he got a daughter of Knockem Yabba Dabba Doo out of a dam by Gyrhos Viking. Matthew MacTaggart’s Rascarrell flock, from Castle Douglas, was the only other to hit four-figures for females. That was with a daughter of Strathbogie Yes Sir, out of a dam by Mullan Vivaldi, which was bought by Ben Sartin, Battle Hill Farm, Lartington, Barnard Castle.
A tidy pen of gimmer from Robin and Rory Bell, Roxburgh Mill, Kelso, were well received in both show and sale, with a top of 900gns paid twice. First off at that money was the show’s first prize gimmer and overall champion, a daughter of Tima Yogi Bear out of a dam by Cambwell Trademark, which was bought by the Grays, from Ettrick; while another the same way bred was knocked down to S and M Pickworth, Dolland Park, Hexham.
Taking the 1800gns top price home from the male side was Kerr Jarvie, Cherryfield, Muthill, Perthshire. This was for Duncryne Bullseye, a son of Baltier Thunderbird out of a Castlecairn Vavavoom daughter – the same combination which produced a 2400gns sale in 2017 – with the sheep heading home with Murray Leggate, Silverrigg, Chapelton, Strathaven.
Late in the sale, one from Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock, from North Dorlaithers, Turriff – Milnbank Bart – got the day’s second top male price of 1500gns. Paying that for a son of Holylee Acrobat out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable which had bred a 4200gns son previously, was KJ and C Wilson, Woodfern, Thursby, Carlisle. Just getting the four -figures was Milnbank Boxer, which this time was by Knap Yard Master out of a dam by Aman Vyrynwy, and purchased by AJ and T Snaith, Great Tosson, Morpeth.
A lone entry from Angus McColm, Crailloch, Port William, Newton Stewart, was one of two consecutive sheep at 1200gns. His Crailloch BMW was bought by TJ Carr, Ridge House Farm, Stranghow, Lingdale, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, while Nathan Dakin, Panbeck, Hellifield, Skipton, N Yorks, went to the same price for the next sheep into the ring, Thacka Buster, from Giles Pyman, Parkview, Stainton, Penrith.
That one is by Orchilmore Avatar and out of a dam by Ellen valley Ultimate, while his pen-mate, Thacka Barron, a son of Garngour Yamaha out of a Stainton Vanguard-sire dam was taken to 1050gns by S and RE Williamson, Littleburn, Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland. One of the early tup lambs to hit a decent price was Gillian Aitken’s Jennymill Bora Bora, a son of Knock Yardsman from Jennymill, Brydekirk, Annan, selling to R Jones, Wilkinhill, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derby, while that was matched late on in the sale by the Hewson family’s Vallum Billionaire, a son of Haltcliffe Yankee, which was bought by Colin Strang – Steel, Threepwood, Galashiels.
42 Shearling Gimmers £640.50; 8 Shearling Rams £375.38; 101 Lamb Rams £440.58