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Millside Blue Texel Production Sale

Borderway Mart, Carlisle
Friday 26th August 2011

New Blue Texel breed record price for a Millside ewe sold by auction.

Millside Production Sale at Carlisle experienced a buoyant trade throughout selling to a top of 2600gns. Buyers included present Blue Texel breeders anxious to increase their stock and also a host of new breeders keen to acquire some of the quality stock on offer.

The 10 ewes (1 and 2 crop) on offer sold to a top of 1200gns. bought by Hayley Clarke from Norwich. This Craigalbert sired ewe was out of a home bred ewe sired by an imported tup. Other 2 ewes sired by Craigalbert sold to 1100gns., to Welsh breeders Dan and Janine Jones of the Jonsland Flock and also to Scottish breeder John Lyle of the Viewforth Flock. Others sold to 1050gns. to North of England breeder Sean Cowin, Penrith and also to new Scottish breeder John Cowan from Ayrshire.

The overall average for the 10 ewes was 939-75.


Shearling ewes were in great demand and were very keenly bid for by both established and new breeders. The Star of the Show was an outstanding gimmer sired by the Craigalbert ram and out of a home bred ewe by the Jonsland tup. After frantic bidding she was eventually knocked down at 2600gns., a new breed record for a Blue Texel sold by auction, to very enthusiastic breeders Dan and Janine Jones. They also purchased another gimmer by the Jonsland tup and out of a Craigalbert sired ewe for 1500gns. Next highest price at 1850gns. was again a Craigalbert sired ewe out of one of the oldest ewes in the flock. She was on her way to Wales to join the Beili Blues flock owned by Dylan and Bethan Jones from Pencader, Carmarthen.

Another shearling ewe sold at 1500gns., this time to noted Charollais and Lleyn breeder Charles Sercombe from Melton Mowbray. This ewe was part of a consignment of 7 ewes bred by Heather McCurdie of the Mac flock, sired by a Millside ram, a son of Craigalbert. Her twin sister sold at 1200gns. to Matthew Jones, Gwynedd of the Glan Y Mor flock.

Others sold to 1100gns. twice to Hayley Clarke and also at 1050gns. to new breed enthusiast Edward Collins, a well known established Lleyn breeder from Leominster for his new Bearwood flock of Blue Texels.

The 25 shearling ewes sold to a remarkable average of 1095 24.

The ewe lambs on offer were greatly admired by those attending the sale and averaged an incredible 1038 55 for the 11 sold on the day. Taking home the top priced ewe lamb and second top price of the day at 2000gns. was again John Lyle from Fife. This attractive ewe lamb was again sired by the Craigalbert ram out of a home bred ewe by the imported ram 26101-01358.
A very special ewe lamb offered by the home bred ram DJA/08/3542 and out of a home bred Craigalbert sired ewe was sold for 1200gns. to new breeders A & J Allison, Carnwath, Lanark. The sire of this young lamb was Champion at the Royal Welsh in 2010. Others sold to 1000gns. to well known sheep dog handler, Ceri Rundle from Denbigh, North Wales.

An aged ram was sold for 1000gns. To Sean Cowin, Penrith.

Ram lambs were again in demand. All sired by the Craigalbert ram, these lengthy well marked, good conformation and tight skinned lambs held great appeal to prospective buyers and were led by a substitute ram lamb out of a home bred ewe and sold at 1800gns. to A. Froggat of the Sams flock from Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire.

The 6 ram lambs averaged 936-25.

Semen from the Imported ram 26101-01358 sold to 90gns. per dose to George McIntyre and Glen Forsyth.

A consignment of 28 Blue Texel x Rouge and Blue Texel x Lleyn ewes and gimmers averaged 204-82.

We wish to thank all purchasers and hope that the stock they have acquired will bring them success both in the show ring and with their progeny at future sales.

Many people commented on how well presented the sheep were, so finally, our grateful thanks must go to William Linton and his team of Alan Frame and Willie Currie for all their hard work both before and on the sale day in this respect.

Second report by Jonathan Long

Blue Texel sheep were in strong demand on Friday in Carlisle as David Alexander's production sale from his Millside Blue Texel flock saw a top price of 2600gns and strong averages throughout all sections on offer.

Sale leader was one of Mr Alexander's pick of the catalogue, a shearling ewe by a Craigalbert ram out of a homebred ewe. She sold to John Jones, Newtown, Powys. Mr Jones also bought another shearling ewe, this time by a Jonsland tup out of a homebred ewe which was knocked down at 1500gns.

Second highest price on the say was a call of 2000gns for a ewe lamb by a Craigalbert ram out of a homebred ewe which sold to John Lyle and Co, Leven, Fife. Mr Levan was another mass buyer and also paid 1100gns for a March 2008-born ewe by a Jonsland ram out of an imported ewe and another 2009-born ewe by a Craiglabert sire out of a homebred ewe for the same money.

At 1850gns a shearling ewe again by a Craigalbert tup out of a homebred ewe by a homebred tup sold to D L Jones, Pencadgr, Carmarthenshire, while a ram lamb by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe sold for 1800gns to A T Froggatt, Abotts Bromley.

Charollais breeder Charles Sercombe, Melton Mowbray, Leciestershire, paid 1500gns for a shearling ewe by a homebred ram out of a bagatelle ewe, while at 1200gns the next shearling ewe of similar breeding went to M N Jones, Ynys, Talsarndy. At the same money, A and J Allison, Carnwath, Lanark bought a ewe lamb by the 2010 royal Welsh Show champion.

Norfolk breeder Hayley Clarke was next in spending 1200gns on an older ewe by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe by an imported tup. She also paid 1100gns for a shearling ewe again by a Craigalbert sire out of a homebred ewe and the same money for a Jonsland tup-sired shearling ewe out of a homebred dam.

Averages: 10 ewes 939.75; 1 aged ram 1050; 25 gimmers 1095.24; 6 ram lambs 936.25; 11 ewe lambs 1038.55; 28 cross-bred gimmers 204.82 (Harrison and Hetherington).

By Jonathan Long on August 30, 2011


Carlisle Blue Texel Show and Sale 25th September 2010.

Blue Texel females in demand at Carlisle

Females dominated the trade at Saturday's sale of Blue Texels at Carlisle with six of the catalogues entry trading at 800gns or more.

Taking the joint top call of 950gns was the first prize shearling ewe and overall champion from the pre-sale show, a Craigalbert sired ewe out of a homebred dam from David Alexander's Millside flock. She sold to S Cowin, Kirkby Thore, Penrith.

Then at the same money was another by the same sire from Mr Alexander. Also out of a homebred dam she sold to T G O Douglas and Son, Camptown, Jeburgh.

And making 820gns was yet another of the Millside shearling ewes, this time by a Jonsland sire, she is out of an imported dam. Buyer of this one was J Orr and Partners, Carnwath.

Three then traded at 800gns, the first of which was another from Mr Alexander. This one is by the Jonsland sire and out of a homebred dam and sold to Dan and Janine Jones, Tregynon, Powys. Second at this price was from Ewan, David and Ellie Andrew and is by a Millside sire and out of a Millside dam, she went to D L Jones, Pencadgr, Carmarthenshire.

And the final bid at this money was for a ewe lamb from David Alexander. This is again by the Jonsland sire and out of a Millside dam. She was bought by J Orr and Partners.

In the tups the best price was a 700gns bid for shearling tup Dulas Rocket from D G and M H Jones, this is homebred on both sides and sold to R Annett, Kilkeel, Co Down.

Trading at 650gns was a shearling ram from David Alexander. This one is by a Craigalbert sire and out of a homebred dam. He was bought by J H and S M Mason, Clapham, Lancaster.

Averages; 11 shearling ewes 703.50, 10 ewe lambs 510.30, six shearling ewes 573.13, three ram lambs 325.50 (Harrison and Hetherington).

By Jonathan Long

Courtesy of Harrison & Hetheringtoin


Carlisle Blue Texel sale 26th September 2009. Report courtesy of Harrison & Hetheringtoin

The Blue Texel sheep attracted strong interest at the first official society show and sale held at Carlisle, with prices topping at 1,500gns and averages seeing the shearling rams nearly touching the 700 and shearling gimmers levelling out at 829.

Shearling & Aged ram class in progress of being judged
Shearling & Aged ram class in progress of being judged

Leading the price table was the supreme champion from the pre-sale judging, an aged ram shown by DG & MH Jones of Llangammarch Wells, Powys. Their 2 shear ram was champion at the 2008 and 2009 Royal Welsh Show, and caught the eye of GA & HM Francis of Carmarthen to join their Pistyll flock for 1,500gns.

Male & Supreme Champion shown by DG & MH Jones of the Dulas flock, Powys.   Sold for top price at 1,500gns to GA & HM Francis of the Pistyll flock, Carmarthen.
Male & Supreme Champion shown by DG & MH Jones of the Dulas flock

The next leading price was 1,200gns for a shearling gimmer consigned by David Alexander of Galston, Ayrshire. A daughter of the imported ram, Craigalbert, this was a substitute entry to the catalogue and was reserve supreme champion at the pre-sale judging. She was half sister to the top priced ram at the recent NSA ram sales, and was knocked down to Dan and Janine Jones of Newtown, Powys for their Jonsland flock.

emale & Reserve Supreme Champion shown by David Alexander of the Millside flock, Ayrshire.   Sold for 1,200gns top Dan & Janine Jones of the Jonsland flock, Powys.
Female & Reserve Supreme Champion shown by David Alexander of the Millside flock.
 

Selling for 900gns was a shearling ram exhibited by David Alexanader of the Millside flock. This March born homebred ram, a son of the ram Jonsland, was sold to local enthusiasts Messrs Paterson of Caldbeck, Wigton.

The Millside flock also secured the second leading price in the female section 850gns for a March born Craigalbert sired daughter. She was knocked down to north of Scotland breeders J Campbell & Co of Caithness.

Averages 7 aged & shearling rams 697.50, 3 lamb rams 378.00, 5 shearling gimmers 829.50, 1 ewe lamb 630.00.


 

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