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Blue Texel sheep are one of the most recent breeds to be imported into the UK.
Blue Texels are quickly gaining popularity with commercial sheep farmers as terminal sires for prime lamb production.
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Carlisle Saturday 27th September 2014.
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NEW BREED RECORD FOR BLUE TEXELS
The annual sale of Blue Texel sheep held at Carlisle on 27th September saw a brisk demand for females in particular, which culminated in a new breed records of 13,000gns.
Sara Gibbons, Whatmore flock based at Tregoyd, Brecon, saw her overall Champion from the show earlier in the day, sell to Paul Tippets and Christine Williams, Lodge Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire for a record breaking 13,000gns. This one crop ewe, by the homebred Whatmore Siren and out of a Whatmore Reg dam, has had a very successful show career over the past two years and was a correct and showy ewe with good breed characteristics.
The Male and Reserve Champion from the show, judged by Rhys Cooke, Monmouthshire, was bought by C B Parson, The Lodge, Sutton on Trent when he paid 1600gns for G A & H M Francis’ ram lamb from their Pistyll Flock, Abergorlech, Carmarthen. He was a March born lamb by Turbo Blue Wonder Boy, out of a homebred dam by a Belli Dutch Imported ram and was also top price in the male section.
The best prices of the day were reserved for the females. Nina Smith’s second prize ewe lamb by her homebred 11/00002 from Blue Stone flock, Cowarne Court, Lower Eggleton, sold for 2,800gns to Steven McGuiness, 64 Killylane Road, Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, who also added the first Blue Stone shearling ewe to his purchases for 1500gns. This one is by the same sire and out of a ewe by Bishops/05/003l.
The first ewe lamb in the ring from Messrs Francis, Pistyll, sold to the judge Rhys Cook for 1800gns. Again by the stock ram Turbo Blue Wonder Boy, she is out of a Pen-Y-Bec ewe and haS won numerous prizes throughout this year’s show season taking 4th at the Royal Welsh. David Alexander’s, good run of Millside ewe lambs from Maybole in Ayrshire, took the next highest price, when Giles Hardman, Farm Mill, Mill Lane, Lowbands, Glos, paid 1100gns for an ET lamb by Belli Blues 10/0004 and out of the MIllside ewe 11/00542U by Craigalbert/06/0007M
The third prize, imported aged ram from Jan Rodeburg’s Turbo Blue flock at Rhydyceir, Capel Dewi, Llandysul, Ceredigion, Turbo Blue 12/01419 sold to M. Jones Glan-Y-Mor, Talsarnau, Gwyndedd for 1250gns.
There were five 1000gns bids. The first of these for the first Shearling ewe in the ring from G & H Forsyth, Corra Flock, Castle Douglas when their Dula sired 2nd prize winner, sold to Ian Robertson, Nether Prates, Leven Fife. Next came Nina Smith’s second shearling ewe by the same sire as her other 1500gns sale and sold to Messrs Cormack and McDowell, Elmside, Eastriggs, Annan. Giles Hardman added another Millside ewe lamb to his earlier purchase when he paid 1000gns for one sired by the Jonsland stock ram. The first ewe lamb from AC & J Baily’s reduction of their Ivanhoe Flock from Wyvill Grange, Hutton Bedale , N. Yorks also sold for 1000gns to A Cook, Nantydri . Andrew Froggatt, Greenways, Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire paid 1000gns for the first prize shearling from Corra and added the second prize ewe from the Ivanhoe flock for 950gns. The third prize shearling ram from Corra also sold for 950gns to A & C Richardson, Main St, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh. D.L. & BWH Jones, Belli Bedw, Llanllwni, Pencadder realised 950gns for their Belli Blues ram lamb when he sold to G & K Williams, Tyn Llyn llanwennen, Lampeter.
The Full show results are as follows:-
Aged Ewe !st Sara Gibbons 2nd AC & J Bailey 3rd AC & J Bailey
Shearling Ewe 1st Nina Smith 2nd G & H Forsyth 3rd AC & J Bailey 4th DL & BWH Jones
1st prize shearling ewe from Nina Smith
Ewe Lamb 1st GA & HM Francis 2nd Nina Smith 3rd AC & J Bailey 4th Andrew Forrgatt
Top price ewe lamb from Nina smith 2800gns
Aged Ram 1st J & E Lyle 2nd Mrs. P.L.Melland 3rd Mr.J Rodenburg
Shearling Ram 1st G & H Forsyth 2nd M & G Sivill 3rd G & H Forsyth 4th J Orr & Partners
Ram Lamb 1st GA & HM Francis 2nd DL & BWH Jones 3rd Dan & Janine Jones 4th DL & BWH Jones
Builth NSA Ram Sale Monday 22nd September 2014.
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There was a brisk trade for females at the Ram Sale at Builth Wells, with most of those entered finding new homes. Three of the four top prices were paid for a good lot of shearling ewes from David Alexander’s, Millside Flock, which had travelled all the way from Galston in the South West of Scotland. Leading the trade was Millside 13/01107W when J Vickerton & Sons, Grange Farm, Atwick, Driffield, paid 1700gns for this Dulas Vault daughter. She was followed by another Vault daughter who sold to C.C. & S. Edwards, Freehold Farm, Norbury, Bishops Castle, for a bid of 1300gns. David’s third shearling ewe, who had taken second in her class in the show prior to the sale, realised 1200gns to the same buyer, giving him the top average for the three shearling ewes of 1400gns. Another 1200gns bid secured the Reserve Female Champion from Nina Smith, Stable Bungalow, Lower Eggleton, Ledbury for T. Jenkins, Tory, Toycoed, Rhiwsaeson, Mid Glamorgan. This Blue Stone shearling ewe was by a Pen-Y Bec sire and out of a home bred ewe.
Nina Smith also topped both the shearling and ram lamb sections. Firstly, 2nd prize shearling ram, Blue Stone/13/00010 made 1100gns. By the same sire as her shearling ewe, he sold to G Vaughan, Cwmrhiewdre, Dolfor, Newtown. In the ram lamb section, the third prize Blue Stone 000012, by her Bishops stock ram and out of Blue Stone Ritzy, took the top bid of 1250gns when he sold to Windsor Forest Farm, Whitland, Carmarthen.
The only other five figure bid of the day saw the Reserve Champion Male, Pistyll 00910, a ram lamb from G & HM Francis, Pistyll Uchaf, Abergorlech, change hands for 1000gns when he was purchased by RJ & BE Kimber, Beanhill Farm, Main Road, Christian Malford, Chippenham.
Show judge, John Lyle of Fife, chose a shearling ewe from Andrew Froggatt, Greenways, Abbots Bromley, as his female and overall champion. She is a Millend Whirwind daughter out of a Belli Blues dam and he stood by his decision by adding her to his flock for 800gns. The Male and Reserve overall champion went to the Messrs Francis of Pistyll and he later sold to Messrs H & E Powell, Lllwyngwilym, Rhayader for 750gns.
SHOW RESULTSAGED RAM 1st DG & MH Jones 2nd DG & MH Jones SHEARLING RAM 1st GA & HM Francis 2nd Nina Smith 3rd The Rattray Family RAM LAMB 1ST GA & HM Francis 2nd Chris Davies 3rd DL & BWH Jones 4th Andrew Froggatt SHEARLING EWE 1st Nina Smith 2nd David Alexander 3rd David Alexander 4th GA & HM Francis EWE LAMB 1st Andrew Froggatt 2nd Nina Smith 3rd Andrew Froggatt 4th Andrew Froggatt
WORCESTER SALE REPORT 5TH SEPTEMBER 2014
A good turnout of buyers ensured an 83% clearance at this week’s sale, held by McCartney’s auctioneers at their Worcester Market. A packed sale ring ensured there was a strong trade for the quality sheep forward and females in particular were in big demand.
The Supreme Champion at the pre-sale show, judged by Nina Smith of Blue tone Flock, was the homebred Whatmore Wildfire from Mrs Sara Gibbons, Dan-Y-Mynydd, Tregoyd, Brecon. A triplet shearling ewe by Whatmore Siren, she had previously won first and Reserve Female Champion at this year’s Royal Welsh Show and the buyers supported the judge’s decision by seeing her make the top female price of the day at 1500gns, when she sold to Mr Heath, Brook House, Naggington Ashbourne. Mr Heath also followed the judge’s opinion by purchasing the 1st prize ewe lamb, Glan-Y-Mor Xena from Mathew Jones, Glan-Y-Mor, Yny, Talsarau, Gwynedd, joined the Champion at Brook House with Mr Heath for 1100gns. Mr Heath also later added Beaconsview Xtra, a ram lamb from Chris Davies, Breconsview Flock, Caebetranm Felinfach Brecon, for 1700gns.
Top price of the day however went to a ram lamb from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams’, Hackney flock based at Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane Shifnal, Shropshire, when Hackney Xtrovert, a Whatmore Siren son, sold to Mr G Hardman, Farm Mill, Mill Lane, Lowbands, Gloucestershire for 2200gns. He was closely followed by the Reserve Male Champion, Jonsland Xcess, from Dan & Janine Jones’s Jonsland flock, based at Tynybryn Farms, Tregynon, Newton, Powys when this Jonsland Will I Am sired ram lamb sold to Mrs H Clarke, Model Farm, Brick Kiln Rd, Hevingham, Norwich, for 2100gns to join her Williams Flock.
The Millside Flock of David and Jennifer Alexander, Galston, Ayrshire had a good trade with their pen of shearling ewes, including the second top female price of the day when an ET daughter of Craigalbert sold to Mr T.G.O. Douglas & Co, Upper Ash trees, Camptown Jedburgh to join his Jethart Flock for 1450gns. She was quickly followed by the next lot in the ring selling to the Beetly Flock of W.J. & M. O. Abram, High House, Beetly, Dereham for 1050gns and then her ET full sister sold to Miss H Fletcher and Miss C Grenham from Kent for 1250gns. Millside trade gave the Alexander’s a top average of 954gns for the nine shearling ewes sold.
An 1100gns bid secured Natyderri Nan for Adrian & Clive Richardson’s, Cleenagh Flock from Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. She is a Whatmore Walnut daughter out of a Millside ewe.
Second top price of the day in the male section once again followed the judge’s recommendation when Andrew Froggetts, 1st prize aged Millside Ram, who bred the Champion and top priced female at the 2013 sale sold for 1800gns to Messrs Jenkins & Sons, Torycoed Farm, Rhiwsaeson, Llantrsant, Mid Glamorgan.
Joshua Isabel & Richard Kimber’s Beanhill Wonderful Teddy, who has been successfully shown by nine year old Isabel all season made 1150gns selling to Messrs Mann, Waterend Farm, Coaley, Dursley, Gloucestershire.
AVERAGES 28 Shearling Ewes £799.50 29 Ewe Lambs £489.16 1 Senior Ram £1890.00 15 Shearling Rams £599.20 31 Ram Lambs £602.23
SHOW RESULTS WORCESTER SALEClass 1 Shearling Ewes 1st Sara Gibbons Whatmore Wildfire FEMALE AND OVERALL CHAMPION 2nd Stephan & Elin Rattray Rattrays Wicked Lady 3rd GA & HM Francis Pistyll 4th Stephan & Elin Rattray Rattrays Wishful Thinking 5th DG & MH Jones Dulas 6th DCS Alexander Millside Class 2 Ewe Lamb 1st Matthew N Jones Glan-y-Y-Mor Xena RESERVE FEMALE AND RES OVERALL CHAMPION 2nd Andrew Forggatt Sams 3rd Rhys Cooke Nantyderri 4th DCS Alexander Millside 5th Sarah Chambers Shearstone 6th Sarah Chambers Shearstone Class 3 Aged Ram 1st Andrew Forggatt Millside Ram Class 4 Shearling Ram 1st Andrew Forggatt Sams MALE CHAMPION 2nd DG & MH Jones Dulas 3rd DG & MH Jones Dulas 4th Joshua, Isabel &Richard Kimber Beanhill Wonderful Teddy 5th GA & HM Francis Pistyll 6th Andrew Forggatt Sams Class 5 Ram Lamb 1st Dan & Janine Jones Jonsland RESERVE MALE CHAMPION 2nd Stephan & Elin Rattray Rattrays Xbox 3rd Chris Davies Beaconview Xtra 4th Paul Tippetts & Christine Williams Hackney Xtrovert 5th Rhys Cooke Nantyderri 6th R & G Watkins Millend Xample
Brecon Show 2014.
Blue Texel ewe who was breed champion, then overall Lowland champion and reserve supreme champion at Brecon show. She was also the Royal Welsh champion. Owned by Rhys Cooke but bred by Glyndr Arrowsmith and sold at Worcester sale as a lamb.
Royal Cornwall Show 2014
Sarah Chambers senior ram tops the Blue Texel Classes at Royal Cornwall, taking both the Male Championship and going on to be Reserve Supreme Interbreed Champion. Sarah also won the Female Championship and Reserve Male Championship, this time with her winning ram lamb, who went on to be Supreme Interbreed Champion lamb of the show.
Great Yorkshire Show 2014
"Congratulations to Kate Gunn at the Yorkshire." Three exhibits and three first prizes, plus Female Champion and Supreme Breed Champion. Looks as though there were only Blue Texels in the Any Other Breed classes! Well done to all the other winners.
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