Solway & Tyne Texel (first) Show & Sale

6th September 2019


A packed sale room brought a good trade for a quality show of gimmers at the Solway and Tyne Sale at Carlisle, this past week.

The first two sheep in the ring set the trade alight when Alan and Hugh Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn sold their two Sportsmans A Star gimmers for 10,000gns and 14,000gns, respectively. A Star was bought at Lanark in 2017 for 130,000gns and has done a quality job for the flock. The two gimmers were ET sisters, with the dam of the first in the ring previously sold at last year’s select seven sale and goes back to the famous Knap Vicious Sid. She headed to Wales to join the Evans Family’s Hope Valley flock, near Shrewsbury.

Auldhouseburn – 10,000gns

The 14,000gns gimmer was next in the ring and sold to Messrs Boden and Davis’ Sportsmans flock, who recently purchased the 200,000gns Midlock Capaldi lamb, at Lanark, jointly with Auldhouseburn.

Auldhouseburn – 14,000gns

Another quality pen from Baltier saw Roberts Forsyth’s offering top at 9000 gns when he sold an Eden Valley Y Not daughter to Kenny Pratt’s Hill Top flock based at Peterculter, Aberdeen. She was followed by another from the same pen the same way bred, this time selling for ,000gns to Messrs Donohoe, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh.

The pre-sale overall champion from Robert Bennett’s Plasuchas flock, from Meifod, Mid Wales, sold for 9000gns to Messrs Teward, New View flock, Staindrop, Co Durham.  She is by the home bred Plasucha All Star and out of a ewe by Connachan Sharky. Her ET sister had previously bred lambs to 11,000gns and 3,000gns.

J and H Clark, Garngour, sold their New View Awesome-sired gimmer to Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Insch, Aberdeenshire, for 8000gns. She’s well connected, being the maternal sister to the 17,000gns Garngour Bullet, 29,000gns Garngour Awesome and to the dam of the 40,00gns Garngour Alabama.

Hope Valley added to their earlier 10,000gns purchase when they bought Stuart Barclay’s second prize Eden Valley Wiz Kid daughter for 4500gns.  The third prizewinner from Boden and Davies took the next top at 4000gns when she sold to Clanfield Texels, from Oxfordshire.

Shearling Rams

‘Steady away’ were the watchwords at the Solway and Tyne Texel Club’s sale of shearling rams last week, where there was only one five-figure price, but a fairly solid trade throughout.

Making the headlines with a price tag of 12,000gns was Peacehay Blaze of Glory from FH Chave and Son, from Somerset. This one is a son of the 2000gns Clarks Wizard and out of a ewe by the 35,000gns Scrogtonhead U Stoater and was bought by R and MF Rottenbury and Son, Oxenleaze, Chipstable, Somerset.

Peacehay Blaze Of Glory – 12,000gns

That price was way out in front of the next best price of 4500gns which was paid twice.

First off at that was Gordon Brook Estate’s Mershott Big Red from Upper Huntley Wood, Earlston. Brought out by John Elliot, this one is by the 23,000gns Midlock You’re the One and out of a dam by Hightecs Unbeatable. The final bid came from RM and GL Watkins, Upper Cwm, Craswall, Hereford.

Making the same investment was Esmor Evans, Monfa, Mold, Clwyd, when he paid the same for Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Bingo, from Huntly. Background to this is Ellen Valley Avici on to a dam by Aman Vyrynwy.

Just short of that mark at 4400gns was Douganhill Farms’ Douganhill Blackjack, from Orchardton Mains, Palnackie, Castle Douglas. Philip Weaver, Little Manor, Knapthorpe, Newark, put the final nod in to get this son of Knoc Yardsman out of a dam by Douganhill Urastar.

Out of the same pen came the 4000gns Douganhill Brigadier, which was the first ram in from the flock. By Teiglum Young Gun and out of another dam by the home-bred Urastar, he was picked out by AW Jenkinson, Clifton Moor, Penrith.

That same buyer also went to 3800gns to get Gordon Brook Estate’s Mershott Big Ben ­– he’s by Midlock You’re the One out of a dam by Hightecs unbeatable – and also to 3200gns to get Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Boombastic, a son of Aman Vyrynwy out of a dam by Tullagh Saracen.

Also making 4000gns was the Chaves’ Peacehay Big Bum, by the home-bred Untouchable out of a dam by Sheeoch Tardis, which sold to A Peart and Son, Woodcroft, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham. Peacehay Block Buster was another in the money when this son of Clarks Wizard made 3200gns to D Pawson, Billinge Nook, Blackburn, Lancs.

Exactly 100 lots later, John Elliot’s Roxburgh Backlash, from Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, also made 4000gns to Johnathan Wales, Thackwood, Raughton Head, Carlisle. This big lad is by Meinspride Usain and out of a dam by Hightecs Unbeatable.

The sole entry from Kerrin Forsyth, Baltier, Whithorn, was one of two sheep at 3000gns. This was Tullagh Bonzo, which is by Teiglum Young Gun and out of a mother by Tullagh CJT, which was chapped down to JWA Farms, Hillside, Middleham, N Yorks.

Getting the same income was Angela Nairey for her Meinspride Blaze, from Blackburn, Lancs. Paying that for a son of Tophill Wall Street out of a dam by Brijon Vivaldi, was A and HC Smith, Crumhaughhill, Hawick.

Ram Lambs

Prices peaked at 20,000gns for the best of the ram lambs at Solway and Tyne Texel Breeders’ Club’s main sale at Carlisle last week.

Positives from the sale included the fact that there was plenty of demand for the best of the rams from breeders bolstering their stud ram flocks, while at the other end of the scale, commercial breeders put a decent floor on the market, again with size and shape being a ‘must’. In contrast to previous years, though, really bare lambs were a bit more difficult to cash.

The top trading came late in the day for one out of a small pen of two from the Davis family’s Usk Vale flock from Glascoed, Pontypool, Monmouth. This was Usk Vale Corker, an ET-bred lamb by Hexel Born to be Wild, out of a dam by Cornmore Velvet Jacket. Teaming up to get him were Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, and Kedzlie Farms, Blainslie, Lauder, who shared the 20,000gns cost.

Uskvale Corker – 20,000gns

Later, the second top price 0f 18,000gns came through the ring from Robert Bennett, Plasucha, Upper Hall, Meiford, Powys. His second lamb in, Plasucha Carlsberg, attracted the attention of two breeders to split the cost – JE Theyer, Withington, Cheltenham, and Clanfield Texels, Mill House, Little Clanfield, Oxon. For their outlay they get a son of Plusha All Star .

Two lambs hit the 15,000gns mark.

First at that was Andrew Neilson’s Brackenridge Crown Royal, from East Brackenridge, Strathaven, which sold to MA Evans, Tan y Accar, Llanraeadr, Denbigh. Giving Andrew one of his best prices to date was a son of Kingspark Bentley out of a dam by Knock Yardsman.

Brackenridge Crown Royal – 15,000gns

The other at 15k was Proctors Chumba Wamba, from Proctors Farms, Moss House, Wennington, Lancs. Brought out by shepherd Jeff Aiken, this one is a son of Sportsman Batman and out of a Teiglum Young Gun daughter, which makes him a full brother to the ewe lamb which was inter-breed champion at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

The last of the five figure trades was the 14,000gns paid for Albert and George Howie’s Knock Casper, from West Knock, Stuartfield, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The dam of this one, a daughter of Tophill Wall Street, is a full sister to the top breeding sire, Yardsman, while the sire is the home-bred Knock Banker. Charlie Boden and his Sportsman flock split the cost with Peter Vaughan, Oakfields, Kingsland, Leominster.

Knock Casper – 14,000gns

A few moments later, Charlie Boden got more than his share back when he sold Sportsmans Chieftan for 8000gns to the Howies, buying two-thirds of the sheep for their Knock flock, with Kenny Pratt, Oldtown, Peterculter, taking a third share.

Also full of Aberdeenshire breeding was Allan Chisholm’s Wester Moy Concorde, his last lamb in which also made 8000gns to Brian MacTaggart buying for Douganhill Farms, Palnackie, Castle Douglas. Bred up at Wester Moy, Urray, Muir of Ord, in the Black Isle, Concorde is by Haddo Bright Spark and out of a dam by Knock Vantastic.

Yet another son of Teiglum Braveheart produced the goods for Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Crathes, Banchory, when he sold for 7000gns to S Ferris, from 4 Leapoges Road, Dromore, Co Down. Out of a Knock Yardsman-sired dam, Harestone Crackerjack’s full brother was the No 1 lamb at Lanark for the flock.

Another Crackerjack from ‘up north’, one from AM and L Sutherland’s Carran flock, from Crosskirk, Forss, Thurso, is off to work with two big flocks – Jim Innes’ Strathbogie flock at Dunscroft, Huntly, and Graham Morrison’s Deveronvale flock, at Inchbruich, Cornhill, Banff – with a price tag of 6000gns. He’s by Milnbank Brooklyn and out of a dam by Springwell Viera.

The Clark boys from Garngour, Lesmahagow, got in on the top action with Garngour Cloud Nine , a son of Knock Bantastic and out of a dam by Knock Yardsman. Picking up the 5000gns tab between them were David Walker, Laigh Alticane, Pinwherry, Girvan, and Angus McColm, Crailloch, Port William, Newton Stewart.

The same money was paid by W and C Jones and Son, Foxhall, Henllan, Denbigh, who shared the outlay with R Wilson, Crimple Head, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, while the breeder of the 5000gns Fferwd Crouch, Wyn Jones, Fferwd, Llansannan, Denbigh, retained a third share. This one is by Cambwell Trademark and out of a dam by Hope Valley Utopia.

Brian Hanthorn, Abbey Lodge, Tynan, Co Armagh, had two sheep valued at 4500gns. First to make that was Mullan Cruise Control, a son of Midcombe Axel, which sold to A Nairey, Bank Hey, Blackburn, Lancs, followed by Mullan Captain Jack, by Alderview Barrister – the tup which was the Royal Ulster champion this year – which was purchased by BG McAulay, Larkhill, Sevenmile Straight, Muckamore. Both were out of ewes by Castlecairn Vavavoom.

The single entry from Ruaridh and Isla Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar, was bid to 4200gns by George Wilkinson, Arkleby House, Arkleby, Wigton, and David Nesbitt, Woodhow, Wasdale, Seascale, both Cumbria. Craigdarroch Clint is a son of Rhaeadr Best of the Best, while the dam was a 9000gns Auldhouseburn-bred sheep by Clinterty Yuga Khan.

Jim Innes had an early draw, but his Strathbogie Conductor was one of the first sheep to get a decent price. This son of Sportsmans Benchmark out of a dam by Millars Windbrook, sold for 4000gns to Mark Patterson, 14 Carmavey Road, Nutts Corner, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

Two other sheep made that money: Co Durham’s Messrs Teward’s New View Cracker, by Teiglum Braveheart, sold to Roy Weir, Dressertland, Closeburn, Thornhill; while William McCaffrey, Brookside, Lower Wych, Malpas, Cheshire, sold Scholars Candy, a son of Fordafourie Amalert, to RC Ellis, Gwern-y-Marl, Ffordd Rhosemore, Llaneurgain, Flints.