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FEMALES ENJOYED THE PICK OF THE TRADE AT J36 NWTBC SALE 2017

Females enjoyed the pick of the trade at the North West Texel Breeders Club sale at J36 on Sunday (13 August), with the top call of 3500gns paid for a gimmer from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock.

This one, WPS1600927, is an Eden Valley Warrior King daughter out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II. She sold with an index of 330 and was bought by Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans flock. She had previously stood second at Great Yorkshire.

Then selling at 2900gns was another from the Stainton pen, this time the pre-sale champion, WPS1600896, an ET bred full sister to the sale topper. She was bought by Nick Woodmass for the Harene...

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Females enjoyed the pick of the trade at the North West Texel Breeders Club sale at J36 on Sunday (13 August), with the top call of 3500gns paid for a gimmer from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock.

This one, WPS1600927, is an Eden Valley Warrior King daughter out of a dam by Sportsmans Tremendous II. She sold with an index of 330 and was bought by Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans flock. She had previously stood second at Great Yorkshire.

Then selling at 2900gns was another from the Stainton pen, this time the pre-sale champion, WPS1600896, an ET bred full sister to the sale topper. She was bought by Nick Woodmass for the Harene flock, Longtown.

Following that at 2400gns was the first prize ewe lamb from Robert Pierce’s Oldford flock, PRE1700757. She’s by Knock Yankee and out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno. She sold with an index of 384 and is out of a ewe which has seen maternal sisters sell to 3000gns.

Topping the male trade at 850gns was a ram lamb from Procter’s Farm, Procters Alex. This son of last year’s Lanark topper Teiglum Younggun is out of a dam by Tophill Union Jack and was followed by others from the same home at 800gns and 780gns.


Chelford in-lamb sale sees 5000gns peak

Texel trade at the North West Texel Breeders Club sale at Chelford on Saturday (7 January) peaked at 5000gns for the pre-sale champion from the Sportsmans pen of Messrs Boden and Davies.This sale leader is a daughter of the 145,000gns Knap Viscious Sid out of a dam by Milnbank Special One and sold in-lamb to Strathbogie Whiplash. She was bought by the Morrison family, Girvan, Ayrshire. Second best was another from the same pen and similarly bred and again carrying to Whiplash. She sold at 3700gns to P Castle, Washingley, Peterborough.

Next best at 2600gns was the Bradley flock of Robert and Ryan Bradley, Salterforth,...

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Texel trade at the North West Texel Breeders Club sale at Chelford on Saturday (7 January) peaked at 5000gns for the pre-sale champion from the Sportsmans pen of Messrs Boden and Davies.This sale leader is a daughter of the 145,000gns Knap Viscious Sid out of a dam by Milnbank Special One and sold in-lamb to Strathbogie Whiplash. She was bought by the Morrison family, Girvan, Ayrshire. Second best was another from the same pen and similarly bred and again carrying to Whiplash. She sold at 3700gns to P Castle, Washingley, Peterborough.

Next best at 2600gns was the Bradley flock of Robert and Ryan Bradley, Salterforth, Barnoldswick, with a gimmer by Tophill Union Jack out of home-bred ewe by Anglezarke Uno and in-lamb to Bryn-y-Coed Yogi Bear. She found a new home on Anglesey with Richard Hughes.

Trade then hit 2400gns for the Ettrick flock of Gordon and David Gray, Selkirk, for an Ettrick Sir Alan-sired gimmer out of a ewe by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and carrying lambs to Hallrig-Y-Not. She was again the choice of the Morrison family, Ayrshire.

Next at 2000gns was another from Knap Vicious Sid daughter from the Sportsmans flock, this time carrying twins to Knock Will.I.Am, She was knocked down to Chris Asher, Railford, Derby.

Following that came bids of 1900gns and 1800gns for gimmers from Peter and Rosie Woof’s Satinton flock. The dearer of the pair was a Sportsmans Tremendous daughter out of a dam by Stainton Richochet and in-lamb to Hexel Wildcard. She was taken by Graeme Morrison, Banff.

At 1800gns was an Anglezarke Uno daughter from the Stainton pen which also headed back to Aberdeenshire with Mr Morrison.

Averages, nine in-lamb ewes £422.33, 67 in-lamb gimmers £798.47, 18 ewe lambs £523.54 (Wright Marshall).


Clitheroe Sale Report - 25th September 2014

Thursday night witnessed the final Club sale of the season. There was a good crowd around the Clitheroe Auction Mart ring for our sale of gimmers, shearlings and ram lambs, with Brian Ross of L & S acting as auctioneer. The pre sale show was judged by Andrew Holden of the Bold Venture Flock and prizes were sponsored by JG Animal Health. Our sincere thanks go to them for their continued support and the results were as follows:-

Gimmers
1st – Lot 12 – Stuart Currie ( Beautry )
2nd – Lot 11 – Stuart Currie ( Beautry )
3rd – Lot 16 – Messrs Davies & Wareing ...

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Thursday night witnessed the final Club sale of the season. There was a good crowd around the Clitheroe Auction Mart ring for our sale of gimmers, shearlings and ram lambs, with Brian Ross of L & S acting as auctioneer. The pre sale show was judged by Andrew Holden of the Bold Venture Flock and prizes were sponsored by JG Animal Health. Our sincere thanks go to them for their continued support and the results were as follows:-

Gimmers
1st – Lot 12 – Stuart Currie ( Beautry )
2nd – Lot 11 – Stuart Currie ( Beautry )
3rd – Lot 16 – Messrs Davies & Wareing
4th – Lot 6 – John & Linda Mellin ( Hull House )

Shearlings
1st – Lot 40 - Angela Nairey ( Meinspride )
2nd – Lot 30 – John & Linda Mellin ( Hull House )
3rd – Lot 31 – John & Linda Mellin ( Hull House )
4th – Lot 26 - Graham Taylor ( Parkholme )

Ram Lambs
1st – Lot 57– Alex & Gemma Brown ( Brookhill )
2nd – Lot 49– John North ( Loxley )
3rd – Lot 45 – Davies & Wareing ( Holly Farm )
4th – Lot 72 - Peter Woof ( Stainton )

Young Handlers
1st - Elizabeth Tarbatt
2nd - Isobel North
3rd - John North

Champion
Shearling Ram ( Meinspride )

Reserve
Shearling Ram ( Hull House )

Top price of the night went to the Champion. The Meinspride shearling, sired by Clinterty Solomon sold for £800 to J Whalley & Sons, Darwen and another from the same home achieved £525. John Mellin sold his Reserve Champion, a Hilltop Predator son to B & A Myers & Daughters, Ripon for £651 and sold a further two shearlings at £630. Norman Johnson from Preston also sold shearlings to £525.

Ram Lambs peaked at £714 for Alex & Gemma Brown. Their 1st prize lamb, sired by Tullylagan Tonka sold to the Moore family, Stanbury, Nr Keighley and they purchased another from the same pen, this time a Kelso Picasso son for £577. John North of the Loxley Flock sold his second prize ram lamb for £609. This Mellorvale Top Man son was purchased by G Taylor.

Shearling Ewes sold to a top of £577.50 for Stuart Currie's Beautry Flock. By Rathbone Leader she sold to David Pawson, Blackburn.


North West Texel Progeny Event

Members, friends, sponsors and visitors enjoyed a super day at the Texel Progeny Event at J36 Rural Auction Centre.

The prospect of Club sponsored Texel classes, trade stands, competitions, prize vouchers and hospitality were eagerly anticipated by the 500 attendees, who braved the inclement weather conditions.

Alistair Gault, owner of the prize winning Forkins Flock in Northern Ireland, ably judged the first six traditional show classes. The quality of sheep and numbers forward for judging were excellent and Alistair awarded 1st place to Charlie Boden's (Sportsmans) Shearling Ram, Ewe and Group of Three; Peter Woof's (Stainton)...

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Members, friends, sponsors and visitors enjoyed a super day at the Texel Progeny Event at J36 Rural Auction Centre.

The prospect of Club sponsored Texel classes, trade stands, competitions, prize vouchers and hospitality were eagerly anticipated by the 500 attendees, who braved the inclement weather conditions.

Alistair Gault, owner of the prize winning Forkins Flock in Northern Ireland, ably judged the first six traditional show classes. The quality of sheep and numbers forward for judging were excellent and Alistair awarded 1st place to Charlie Boden's (Sportsmans) Shearling Ram, Ewe and Group of Three; Peter Woof's (Stainton) Shearling Ewe and Ram Lamb and Angela Nairey's (Meinspride) Ewe Lamb in their respective classes. Full Results are in the table below.

To ensure all of our visitors could relate to the proceedings, we invited well respected local farmer, John Geldard of Low Foulshaw, Kendal to judge the next section. Taking the top position for the Homebred Shearling was John Howard (Quercus); the Ram Lamb born after the 1st March was won by Proctor Farms (Proctors), shown by Jeff Aiken and Alex and Gemma Brown (Brookhill) won the Pair of Ewe Lambs and the Trio of Females classes.

Both judges then collaborated to choose the days Champion and Reserve. Winning the Tom Stevenson Natural Stockcare Perpetual Trophy was the Shearling Ram from Sportsmans and the reserve was award to Proctors March born Ram Lamb.

Competing for the Top Newcomer Award within the open classes were six breeders. James Robinson (Kaker Mill), Jonathan Frankland (New Valley) and Chris Ladds (Benson Hall) were successful in achieving the top three places. Congratulations to all the winners.

The generosity of all of our sponsors, allowed us to host the day with free admission, hospitality and prize vouchers. Hot roast rolls and a cuppa were much appreciated and most visitors had a go at Guessing the Weight of Proctor Farms' aged ram (147kg) and the number of ewe nuts (7651) in the Are Ewe Nuts? Competition. Winners were awarded a total of £500 in prize vouchers, which can be redeemed at the Club sale on the 29th August at J36.

We were indebted to local farmers for supplying breeding ewes and their ''Texel Progeny'' for display. On show were Mules, Texel x Mules and ¾ Texels, all with their Texel sired lambs. This demonstrated not only the improvement in carcase quality of the progeny by the use of Texel as a terminal sire, but just as importantly, the dual purpose aspect of our Breed, in its ability to produce a quality commercial ewe. Herdwicks and Swaledale ewes with their Texel lambs also proved the Breeds capability to work and thrive in the more harsh conditions of upland Cumbria.

The Stock Judging competitors had Texels, crosses and a pen of butcher’s lambs to place, which certainly tested stocksmanship skills. A further £750 in vouchers was the reward for visitors young and 'more mature' and it will be a pleasure to see them back at the Sale.

Furthermore, the Grand Draw of £1250 in vouchers, kept a good crowd around the ring. The five lucky winners each took home £250, a significant contribution to the purchase of a Texel of their choice later in the month.

Our Charity raffle raised £533 and many prizes were provided by our sponsors. Two great causes – Air Ambulance and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be receiving our donations. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We still have some unclaimed prizes, so please check the details on this web site.

Finally, we would like to thank NWA and their staff and all of the stock and trade exhibitors for supporting this new Club promotional event. It would not have been a success without your participation.

UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZES

234 green – 10 bags Massey Feed Voucher
156 yellow - £50 Carrs Billington Voucher
391 dark blue - £50 Carrs Billington Voucher
300 green - £50 Carrs Billington Voucher
10 green - Sunshine Feeds Sweetlick Bucket
All prizes can be claimed on the production of the appropriate ticket from NWA J36 Rural Auction Centre by Friday 29th August 2014.

NWTBC FREE JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP OFFER

The Club launched a new initiative at the Progeny Event, in an effort to encourage young Texel enthusiasts to join us.

21 juniors signed up on the day, which is absolutely fantastic and we look forward to their company and participation in the future. We hope to be able to offer junior workshops, young handlers and other similar learning opportunities in our activity calendar.

Free Membership for all under 18's will be available at our Club sales this year.

J36 Class Results


J36 Crooklands Sale Report

29th August 2014

The atmosphere was definitely up beat on Friday night for the second Club sale of the season. The decision to move to an evening sale seemed to have been well received with a packed ringside and a buzz in the sheep lines.

J36 Rural Auction Centre hosted our sale of gimmers, shearlings and ram lambs with Brian Ross of L & S and Matthew Probert of NWA acting as auctioneers. The pre sale show was judged by George Wilkinson of the Arkle Flock and prizes sponsored by Natural Stockcare and The Farmers Guardian. Our sincere thanks go to them for their continued support and the results were as follows:-

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29th August 2014

The atmosphere was definitely up beat on Friday night for the second Club sale of the season. The decision to move to an evening sale seemed to have been well received with a packed ringside and a buzz in the sheep lines.

J36 Rural Auction Centre hosted our sale of gimmers, shearlings and ram lambs with Brian Ross of L & S and Matthew Probert of NWA acting as auctioneers. The pre sale show was judged by George Wilkinson of the Arkle Flock and prizes sponsored by Natural Stockcare and The Farmers Guardian. Our sincere thanks go to them for their continued support and the results were as follows:-

Gimmers
1st – Lot 18 - Andrew Butcher (Stonebeck)
2nd – Lot 24 - Peter Woof (Stainton)
3rd – Lot 4 - James Robinson (Kaker Mill)
4th – Lot 40 - Gordon Gray (Ettrick)

Shearlings
1st – Lot 52 - Angela Nairey (Meinspride)
2nd – Lot 49 - Proctors Farm Ltd (Proctors)
3rd – Lot 45 - Proctors Farm Ltd (Proctors)
4th – Lot 59 - James Robinson (Kaker Mill)

Ram Lambs
1st – Lot 81 - Peter Woof (Stainton)
2nd – Lot 96 - Boden & Davies Ltd (Sportsmans)
3rd – Lot 103 - Alan Mounsey (Wardhall)
4th – Lot 83 - Jill Mortimer-Tarbatt (Earnshaw)

Champion – Ram Lamb (Stainton)
Reserve - Ram Lamb (Sportsmans)

Top price of the night went to the Stainton gimmer, sired by Sportsmans Tremendous out of a Glenside Ludo ewe. She sold for 1450gns to Stephen Boow of Millom, Cumbria. Two further gimmers sold for 1000gns for Gordon Gray, Ettrick and James Robinson, Kaker Mill. The 37 gimmers sold to average 495gns.

Shearlings peaked at 800gns for Jeff Aiken of Proctor Farms Ltd and Peter Woof. Tatham Hall Uncle Doit out of a Deveronvale Private ewe sold to T C Altham, Kirkby Lonsdale and a Sportsmans Tremendous sired shearling from the Stainton Flock sold to P & J Wilson, Westhouses. Numbers forward in this section were a little disappointing and as a Club this is an area to work on for future years. Shearling Rams averaged 670gns.

Stainton Vendetta, the Champion Ram Lamb by the 8500 gns Anglezarke Uno continued a successful sale season for the Woof family, selling for 800 gns to H F & F I Woodmass, Linstock. At the same price Alex and Gemma Brown sold Brookhill Viceroy, a Midlock Unique sired ram lamb. The Reserve Champion Sportsmans Van Basten from Boden & Davies Ltd sold to R E Ladds, Kendal. The 57 ram lambs sold to average 345gns.


Female In-Lamb Sale Report 2013

"Realistic not optimistic demand with a strong, consistent trade throughout" was the
summary given by auctioneer Gwyn Williams, Partner with Frank Marshall & Co
following last Saturday's Annual Show and Sale of Texel females for the North West Texel Breeders' Club at Chelford last Saturday.

Several top quality sheep attracted headline prices as expected, but the main feature of the sale was the consistent demand throughout, resulting in a very high clearance rate with only a handful returning home unsold.

The 28th Annual Sale of Females held on behalf of the North West Texel Breeders' Club, judge for the day was...

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"Realistic not optimistic demand with a strong, consistent trade throughout" was the
summary given by auctioneer Gwyn Williams, Partner with Frank Marshall & Co
following last Saturday's Annual Show and Sale of Texel females for the North West Texel Breeders' Club at Chelford last Saturday.

Several top quality sheep attracted headline prices as expected, but the main feature of the sale was the consistent demand throughout, resulting in a very high clearance rate with only a handful returning home unsold.

The 28th Annual Sale of Females held on behalf of the North West Texel Breeders' Club, judge for the day was Angela Nairey, from the well known Meinspride flock, Blackburn. She faced a tough choice, particularly in the shearling ewe class, but eventually chose as her Champion a shearling gimmer from the renowned Ettrick flock, from Gordon and David Gray, Selkirk, Scotland. This Ettrick Rainbow Warrior son, in-lamb to Ettrick Tartan Special and scanned with twins, made 1950 gns to Kearsley, Bolton, breeder Richard Fitton.

The Reserve Champion came from the pen put forward from the Sportsman's flock of Messrs Boden & Davies, Stockport. By Cowal Rob Roy and out of an Ettrick Mighty Mouse sired ewe, she was sold in-lamb to Milnbank Special One. After serious competition around the ringside and on the phone, she eventually sold for the same price of 1950 gns, to Messrs Kellett, Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire. The next gimmer in the ring from Sportsman's, another Cowal Rob Roy daughter, this time in lamb to Tullylagan Tonka made 1,500 gns to Henry Ashley, buying for his Lincs flock in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Peter Woof, Chairman of the North West Club, saw the best of his pen from the Stainton Flock, a Stainton Ricochet daughter out of a Skiddaw Lion bred dam and in-lamb to Sportsman's Tremendous, make 1,000 gns to Jill Mortimer-Tarbatt buying for her Earnshaw Flock based at Darwen, Lancashire.

Included within the Texel sale, and sold at the end of the Club sale, was a major
Reduction from the Limestone Flock on behalf of Andrew and Bridget Weston, Litton,
Derbyshire. This flock has achieved success in Flock Competitions over the last couple of years, and provoked considerable interest from breeders far and wide.

Their top of 1900 gns came for their 2009 born Cambwell bred ewe, by Llangwm Nut Cracker and sold in-lamb to Glenside Tonto. Several breeders coveted this ewe, and following strong bidding around the ringside, she eventually went home to Holyhead, Anglesey with John Llewelyn Owen buying for his Hen Gapel Flock.

Another 2009 born ewe, this time bred out of the Corriecravie Flock and by Alwent
Oliver, sold in-lamb to Alwent Talent, made 1,700 gns to Alex Brown, Darwen, Lancs, whilst the best of the shearling ewes put forward by Messrs Weston was a homebred ewe by Baltier Nailer out of a ewe by Garngour Nijinsky and sold carrying triplets to Mitchell Hill Sundance. Once again considerable interest was shown by breeders, but she was finally knocked down to Mr R. H. Evans, Minsterley, Shrewsbury for 1750 gns.

The strong trade throughout, however, was illustrated by the fact that good quality
shearling ewes mostly sold for between 400 and 700 gns, the averages illustrating the strength of trade throughout the day.

The event was kindly sponsored by Global Livestock Solution Ltd.

AVERAGES:

26 Ewes £552.87
72 Shearling Ewes £508.96
3 Ewe Lambs £304.50

SHOW RESULTS

Class 1 Aged Ewe

1st F. Rushton "Fresh Fields"
2nd G. Gray "Ettrick"
3rd A. & B. Weston "Limestone"

Class 2 Shearling Gimmer

1st G. Gray "Ettrick"
2nd C. Boden "Sportsman's"
3rd C. Boden "Sportsman's"

Class 3 Ewe Lamb

1st F. Rushton "Fresh Fields"
2nd F. Rushton "Fresh Fields"

Champion: - G. Gray "Ettrick"
Reserve Champion: - C. Boden "Sportsman's"


Clitheroe Sale Report 2012

Selections of excellent sheep were forward at the 3rd annual Show & Sale of Pedigree registered Texel sheep held at Clitheroe on 27th September. The sale, on behalf of the North West Texel Breeders' Club was supported by many local, well known flocks and conducted by auctioneers Lawrie & Symington, Lanark.

Show Judge Mark Ireland of Whalley, awarded show championship to John Mellin of Hellifield, a gimmer shearling which sold at 720gns to Warren Farms, Gummersall. Reserve champion of the day was presented to Angela Nairey's shearling Ram which sold at a very pleasing 480gns to Jeremy Greenhalgh.

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Selections of excellent sheep were forward at the 3rd annual Show & Sale of Pedigree registered Texel sheep held at Clitheroe on 27th September. The sale, on behalf of the North West Texel Breeders' Club was supported by many local, well known flocks and conducted by auctioneers Lawrie & Symington, Lanark.

Show Judge Mark Ireland of Whalley, awarded show championship to John Mellin of Hellifield, a gimmer shearling which sold at 720gns to Warren Farms, Gummersall. Reserve champion of the day was presented to Angela Nairey's shearling Ram which sold at a very pleasing 480gns to Jeremy Greenhalgh.

The event was kindly sponsored by NFU Mutual.

Show Results

Class 1 Gimmer Shearling

1st J. Mellin "Hull House"
2nd Davies & Wareing "Holly Farm"
3rd R. Bradley "Far Hey"
4th A. Nairey "Meinspride"

Class 2 Shearling Rams

1st A. Nairey "Meinspride"
2nd J. Mellin "Hull House"
3rd G. Taylor "Parkholme"
4th Proctors Farm Ltd "Procters"

Class 3 Ram Lamb

1st J. Mellin "Hull House"
2nd A. Brown "Brookhill"
3rd C. Boden "Sportsman's"
4th J. Barton "Longton"

Champion: - J. Mellin "Hull House"
Reserve Champion: - Angela Nairey "Meinspride"

Averages:

Gimmer Shearlings

Top price 720gns from J. Mellin "Hull House" (Avg £279.85)

Shearling Rams

Top price 550gns from J. Mellin "Hull House" (Avg £394.63)

Ram Lambs

Top price 1000gns from A. Brown "Brookhill" (Avg £318.12)


Lancaster Sale Report 2012

The evening sale format suited many and a huge crowd filled the Lancaster auditorium. The event was kindly sponsored by The Farmers Guardian and North West Auctions.

The show judge for the evening was Mr John Hall of Inglewood Edge whose wealth of experience was brought to the fore in a particularly strong ram lamb line up.

Championship award went to Thomas MacTaggart 'Rascarrel' with his strong ram lamb which went on to make 650gns. Reserve award went to the gimmer shearling from S Currie 'Beautry' which left the ring at 550gns.

However, the best trade of the day went to Alex & Gemma Brown 'Brookhill' whose second...

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The evening sale format suited many and a huge crowd filled the Lancaster auditorium. The event was kindly sponsored by The Farmers Guardian and North West Auctions.

The show judge for the evening was Mr John Hall of Inglewood Edge whose wealth of experience was brought to the fore in a particularly strong ram lamb line up.

Championship award went to Thomas MacTaggart 'Rascarrel' with his strong ram lamb which went on to make 650gns. Reserve award went to the gimmer shearling from S Currie 'Beautry' which left the ring at 550gns.

However, the best trade of the day went to Alex & Gemma Brown 'Brookhill' whose second prize shearling ram sold for 1150gns.

The general trade favoured quality sheep but it was good to see a ringside of prospective buyers supporting this new sale.

Show Results

Class 1 Gimmer Shearlings

1st S. Currie 'Beautry'
2nd R. Bradley 'Bradleys'
3rd A. Mounsey 'Wardhall'
4th R.S & J. Bradley 'Far Hey'

Class 2 Shearling Rams

1st A. Nairey 'Meinspride'
2nd A & G. Brown 'Brookhill'
3rd Proctors Farm Ltd 'Procters'
4th P.K. Woof 'Stainton'
 
Class 3 Ram Lamb

1st T. Mactaggart 'Rascarrel'
2nd Proctors Farm Ltd 'Procters'
3rd S. Currie 'Beautry'
4th W.J. Higham 'Croston'

Champion Ram Lamb T. Mactaggart 'Rascarre'
Reserve Champion Shearling Gimmer S. Currie 'Beautry'

Top Prices

RAM LAMBS: 650gns T. Mactaggart 'Rascarrel'; 620gns J. Mortimer-Tarbatt 'Earnshaw'; 525gns S. Currie 'Beautry'; 420gns R. Atkinson 'Beck Hill' and R & E. Ladds 'Benson Hall'; 400gns Procters Farm Ltd 'Procters'; £380 Davies & Wareing 'Holly Farm' and S. Spyrou 'Gib Farm'.

SHEARLING RAMS: 1150gns A & G. Brown 'Brookhill'.

GIMMER SHEARLINGS: 580gns (x2) J. Mortimer-Tarbatt 'Earnshaw'; 550gns
S. Currie 'Beautry'; 400gns A.L. Mounsey 'Wardhall'; 360gns (x2) Ryan Bradley 'Bradleys'; 340gns A. Nairy 'Meinspride'.


Flock Visit to Procter's Farm, Slaidburn

On a miserable dank Sunday in July 2012, Members of the North West and Northern Area Texel Clubs arrived in force at Procter’s Farm at the kind invitation of Farm Manager Gary Swindlehurst and hosted by Flock Manager Jeff Aiken and his patient wife, Jennifer.

Despite the weather, much effort had been made to ensure a dry environment for the guests to gather in and a wonderful buffet had been provided by local suppliers. 

The visit began with Jeff showing everyone a fine selection of Ram Lambs that were to be sold at Lanark, Welshpool and Carlisle, sired by Haddo Ringleader (50,000gns) and Sportsmans Scania (12,000gns),...

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On a miserable dank Sunday in July 2012, Members of the North West and Northern Area Texel Clubs arrived in force at Procter’s Farm at the kind invitation of Farm Manager Gary Swindlehurst and hosted by Flock Manager Jeff Aiken and his patient wife, Jennifer.

Despite the weather, much effort had been made to ensure a dry environment for the guests to gather in and a wonderful buffet had been provided by local suppliers. 

The visit began with Jeff showing everyone a fine selection of Ram Lambs that were to be sold at Lanark, Welshpool and Carlisle, sired by Haddo Ringleader (50,000gns) and Sportsmans Scania (12,000gns), showing good potential for autumn sales.

Jeff followed on with the ewe lambs which had also been sired by the same Rams. A selection of 10 of these went on to be 2nd prize ewe lambs in the N.W.T.B.C flock competition 2012.

The group then moved to review the flock of ewes where Jeff described the establishment of the Procter’s Texel Flock. The flock was originally established in 2003 with purchases from the Glenside, Ettrick, Watchknowe and Cambwell flocks, but more recently, predominantly from 2009 onwards, additional female stock had been purchased from Annan, Ettrick, Knock and Milnbank flocks. The gimmers were mainly sired by Haddo Ringleader but some were also by Watchknowe Rustic Boy. Again an exceptional array of sheep.

The show team, which was destined for The Great Yorkshire Show and The Royal Welsh Show, consisted of 2 ewes, 4 gimmers, 2 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs. The team was successful at both events, with gimmer PFD11 01095 winning the Overall Texel championship at The Great Yorkshire. It was clear to see Procter’s show team where to go on and win numerous of shows.

To involve the visitors and introduce an element of fun into the occasion, a stock-judging event was organised with Charlie Boden as the Master Judge. There were 2 classes of gimmers and 2 classes of ewe lambs to be assessed by anyone willing to accept the challenge and pit themselves against the considerable experience of Charlie! The gimmers were all out of the champion pen of 10 ewe lambs in the N.W.T.B.C flock competition 2011.

Finally on show were Haddo Ringleader, Sportsman’s Scania and a homebred shearling Ram, Procter’s Spellbound.  These were an inspiring selection of stock Rams and of course no one could fail to be impressed by the magnificent Haddo Ringleader.

Again the assembled visitors were invited to test their knowledge and opinion by guessing Haddo Ringleader’s weight. A variety of suggestions were made, some more outrageous than others! However, the correct answer for those who were there was 148.5 kg.

Congratulations to anyone who came close to agreeing with Charlie on the stock shown and to those who came close to getting Haddo Ringleader’s weight.

The sheep exceptional and were a credit to Jeff and Jennifer.  It was a wonderful day and sincere thanks go to all at Procter’s who worked so hard to make the event memorable, great food and good company, who could ask for more!


Flock Competition Results 2012

The 2012 Flock Competition was very capably judged by Steve Richardson of the Stonebridge flock, travelling over 420 miles in two days, and topped off with the annual winter social dinner, and presentation at the Farington Lodge Hotel, over 50 members and friends attending an exceptional enjoyable evening.

Judges Report

Firstly, I would like to thank the North West Texel Breeder’s Club Committee for inviting me to undertake the judging of the Annual Flock Competition for 2012. It was a great privilege for me to be asked and a great pleasure to accept the invitation.

I have decided that I do not...

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The 2012 Flock Competition was very capably judged by Steve Richardson of the Stonebridge flock, travelling over 420 miles in two days, and topped off with the annual winter social dinner, and presentation at the Farington Lodge Hotel, over 50 members and friends attending an exceptional enjoyable evening.

Judges Report

Firstly, I would like to thank the North West Texel Breeder’s Club Committee for inviting me to undertake the judging of the Annual Flock Competition for 2012. It was a great privilege for me to be asked and a great pleasure to accept the invitation.

I have decided that I do not wish to deliberate in detail about individual flocks and I have made all my comments directly to the relevant flock owners and managers as I progressed with my inspections. Clearly larger flocks have more opportunity to provide a diverse selection of stock, but my inspection of smaller units demonstrated to me the sheer quality of those waiting in the wings.

The quality of the sheep presented was tremendous. It is clear there is a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Club and I am confident the efforts of our members are instrumental in the improvement of breed standards and the overall development of the Texel breed.

It is difficult for me to overemphasise the admiration I had for the enthusiasm I witnessed at every venue and the quality of the sheep presented, and I would draw my observations to a close by saying that whilst the larger established flocks are up there amongst the winners and indeed champion and reserve champion, they had better keep a close look over their shoulder at the younger,  newly established flocks coming through.

Again, my thanks to competitors and the committee for this great opportunity, Sherry and I thoroughly enjoyed our two days and 420 miles around the north west of England and equally enjoyed the hospitality shown to us at the dinner.

Steve Richardson

Committee Response

On behalf of the North West Texel Breeders’ Club, President and Committee, I wish to thank Steve for the valuable contribution, which he gave to the Flock Competition in his role as Judge.

I hope that the task was an interesting one and not too arduous!  

Once again our  thanks goes out to Steve for his time and expertise that was given judging the flock competition, and I hope Steve had a most enjoyable experience visiting the Club’s flocks and I know the competitors are extremely grateful for the input and encouragement from Steve.

I would like to take this opportunity, to thank those members who entered the flock competition, and our congratulation goes out to the prize winners and overall Champion Flock Jeff and Jenifer Aiken Procter’s Flock.

Jill Mortimer-Tarbatt
Vice Chairman and Secretary

Results

Large Flock

1st Prize: - Jeff Aiken (Procters)
2nd Prize: - John Mellin (Hull House)

Large Flock - Pen of Ten Gimmer Lambs

1st Prize: - John Mellin (Hull House)
2nd Prize: - Jeff Aiken (Procters)

Small Flock

1st Prize: - David Pickervance (Brindle)
Joint 2nd Prize: - Andrew Weston (Limestone) & Frank Rushton (Fresh Fields)
3rd Prize: - Jenifer Aiken (Coniston)

Small Flock - Pen of Five Gimmer Lambs

1st Prize Certificate: - R. Pierce (Oldfield)
2nd Prize Certificate: - A. Weston (Limestone)
3rd Prize Certificate: - F. Rushton (Fresh Fields)

Champion Pen of Gimmer Lambs

R. Pierce (Oldfield)  

Best Stock Ram

1st Prize: - John Mellin Hill Top Predator
2nd Prize: - A. Weston Mitchellhill Sun Dance
3rd Prize: - Robert Pierce Stortsmans Tremendous

Novice Class

1st Prize: - J. Robinson (Kaker Mill)
2nd Prize: - Chris Ladds (Benson Hall)

Novice Gimmer Lambs

1st Prize: - J. Robinson (Kaker Mill)
2nd Prize: - Chris Ladds (Benson Hall)

Overall Champion Flock

Champion: - Jeff Aiken (Procters)
Reserve: - John Mellin (Hull House)


AUCTIONEERS REPORT 2012

NWTBC AGM – Saturday 10th November 2012

Report – Gwyn Williams

Once again, I am sorry that the AGM clashes with the AGM of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, and therefore I am unable to attend.

The year got off to a cracking start at January’s in-lamb sale, with a huge entry and an excellent trade throughout. Frank Rushton was our judge this year and his champion was a shearling ewe from Messrs Boden & Davies. Sired by Clougher President, she was sold in-lamb with twins to Milnbank Special, and made 2,500 gns to David Bradley-Farmer, from...

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NWTBC AGM – Saturday 10th November 2012

Report – Gwyn Williams

Once again, I am sorry that the AGM clashes with the AGM of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, and therefore I am unable to attend.

The year got off to a cracking start at January’s in-lamb sale, with a huge entry and an excellent trade throughout. Frank Rushton was our judge this year and his champion was a shearling ewe from Messrs Boden & Davies. Sired by Clougher President, she was sold in-lamb with twins to Milnbank Special, and made 2,500 gns to David Bradley-Farmer, from Hampshire. The Gray family from Selkirk won the Reserve Champion, when a Springwell Kermit shearling sold scanned with twins to
Ettrick Sir Alan for 1550 gns to Steve Richardson, Barnsley.

Peter Woof’s annual consignment peaked at 2000 gns for a gimmer by Fachell on Approval, again carrying twins, this time to Carran Southern Star, with other again carrying twins to Carran Southern Star making 1150 gns to Steve Smith, Welshpool. Best of Idris Morris’ pen from the Fachell flock made 1000 gns to Steve Gibbons.

There was also strong trade for the older ewes, with a 2-shear from Robert Pierce making 800 gns and best of a pen of Dutch type ewes from Harry Barrow, Cumbria making 680 gns. The averages were excellent, with 106 shearling ewes averaging £514.40, 15 senior ewes at £345.10 and 5 ewe lambs averaging £462.00.

Following such an awful summer, it was indeed unfortunate that the only spell of haymaking weather to be enjoyed this summer coincided with our Elite sale in August. Quality sold throughout, however, to a top of 2700 gns for a Tophill gimmer from David Houghton, which went to Ormerley Livestock, Derbyshire. Best of a run from Sportmans made 1050 gns, for a Cowal Rob Roy daughter, selling to Ben Vernon from Uttoxeter.

A super ewe lamb from William McCaffrey’s Scholars flock, by Gyrhos Rambo and out of a Mellor Vale Masterpiece ewe sold for 2000 gns to Messrs Bennett, Powys.

The most interesting aspect was the trade for shearling rams. A few commercial producers had obviously come with the intention of buying some strong shearling rams early in the sale, and then getting home to get on with the haymaking.

Michael Turner from Ashbourne sold the top priced shearling at 1250 gns, this one by Fachell Nutter, while Andrew Holden’s Cambwell Rocky shearling made 950 gns to Mr Lockhart from Norfolk with an average for shearling rams of £655.

I thought we didn’t have the quality that we have seen in previous years in the Ram Lamb section, it was only the stronger, well grown lambs which found much demand, to a top of 920 gns for Richard Sowter, with the 1st prize winning lamb from James Ruggeri making 600 gns.

I know a lot of vendors were disappointed at the lack of customers, but none of us have any control over the weather. As it turned out, trade for rams this year has been difficult throughout, with far too many generally available for the level of trade and the averages for those sold at the Elite sale did compare well. Averages throughout were shearling rams £655.90, ram lambs £404.63, shearling gimmers £486.82 and ewe lambs £962.50.

I apologise for not being able to attend, but hope you have an enjoyable evening and look forward to seeing you all in January.


2012 May Social Weekend

DEVERONVALE - FORDIFORIE - HILLTOP - KNOCK - MILNBANK - STRATHBOGIE


On Friday 18th May, 2012, 39 members and friends of the North West Texel Breeders’ Club headed north to Aberdeen for the annual May social weekend.  After light refreshments in the Strathburn Hotel we headed to our first flock, Milnbank Texel’s where we were warmly greeted by the Wilson family.  Robbie showed us two strong pens of Ram Lambs sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and Castlecairn SAS Commander along with his Shearling Ewes before we saw his Suffolk Ram Lambs and ‘thin’ show of Shearling Ewes. All members...

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DEVERONVALE - FORDIFORIE - HILLTOP - KNOCK - MILNBANK - STRATHBOGIE


On Friday 18th May, 2012, 39 members and friends of the North West Texel Breeders’ Club headed north to Aberdeen for the annual May social weekend.  After light refreshments in the Strathburn Hotel we headed to our first flock, Milnbank Texel’s where we were warmly greeted by the Wilson family.  Robbie showed us two strong pens of Ram Lambs sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and Castlecairn SAS Commander along with his Shearling Ewes before we saw his Suffolk Ram Lambs and ‘thin’ show of Shearling Ewes. All members certainly enjoyed the Wilson’s kind and generous hospitality although this led to Alec Steff paying more interest in a certain Miss Wilson than the sheep.


After a rowdy bus journey back to the hotel all members enjoyed an excellent meal followed by drinks in the hotel bar.


Saturday brought an action packed day starting with a visit to Graham Morrison’s Deveronvale flock where a fine selection of Lambs by Glenside Razzle Dazzle and Tamnamoney Rob Roy awaited us and an impressive group of well grown Shearling Ewes mostly sired by Millars Outstanding.  A short journey took us to the Strathbogie flock where we were able to see Glenside Razzle Dazzle in all his glory. A large pen of Ram Lambs was available for inspection, all to the highest of standards.


After some confusion about finding the next flock we eventually arrived at Fordiforie Texel’s where the 2012 Lamb crop was waiting for us.  The Ram Lambs were well grown and showed good potential for autumn sales. We also had the opportunity to see the flock’s stock Rams. Our final flock of the day was the noted Knock Texel’s. With the sun beating down on us the exceptional Sportsman's Supreme Lambs looked at their very best. The Ram Lambs were very well grown and looked full of character and promise for sales later in the season. A large pen of well grown Shearling Ewes with excellent skins was also available for inspection along with the farms Red and Black herd of Limousin cattle and their latest investment in 3 wind turbines.


Breeders from the surrounding area were invited to join with us for our evening meal. This led to a very sociable evening lasting well into the night.


Our last flock visit was on Sunday morning was to Kenny Pratt’s Hilltop flock. Yet again an impressive selection of Ewes and Lambs awaited our viewing with a pen of elegant and well grown Shearling Ewes.  After great hospitality we bid our farewells to the Pratt family and to Aberdeen as we departed homewards.  


A big thank you to all the flocks that hosted us throughout the weekend, your kindness and hospitality was greatly appreciated. The sheep were exceptional and were a credit to all those involved.
Robert Pierce.    


Flock Competition Results 2011

Small Flock

1st F. Rushton (Fresh Fields)
2nd A & G. Brown (Brookhill)
D. Pickervance (Brindle)
3rd   R. Pierce (Oldford)

Large Flock

1st J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
2nd Procters Farm
3rd M. Ireland (Heys)

Overall Champion Flock

Champion – J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
Reserve Champion – Procters Farm

Large Flock - Pen of Ten Gimmer Lambs

1st J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
2nd Procters Farm
3rd P & A. Jonhson (Corriecravie)...

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Small Flock

1st F. Rushton (Fresh Fields)
2nd A & G. Brown (Brookhill)
D. Pickervance (Brindle)
3rd   R. Pierce (Oldford)

Large Flock

1st J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
2nd Procters Farm
3rd M. Ireland (Heys)

Overall Champion Flock

Champion – J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
Reserve Champion – Procters Farm

Large Flock - Pen of Ten Gimmer Lambs

1st J & L. Mellin (Hull House)
2nd Procters Farm
3rd P & A. Jonhson (Corriecravie)

Champion Pen of Gimmer Lambs - Procters Farm

Best Stock Ram

1st A & G. Brown (Fachell Runner)

Novice Class Gimmer Lambs

1st   B. Veron (Charben)             
2nd A. Alderson (Pasture House)

Small Flock - Pen of Five

1st  B. Veron (Charben)
2nd A. Alderson (Pastur)


AUCTIONEERS REPORT 2011

I am sorry I am unable to be with you for the AGM; particularly as Peter Woof is promising that the entertainment will be of an extremely high standard.  I hope that you all have an excellent evening.

Unfortunately it clashes with the AGM of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, and as I am Chairman, I thought I had better attend!

Given the change of date of the AGM, this report will be fairly short as it really only needs to include the Elite sale held in August, last January’s sale having been included in the last AGM report.

I am delighted to report upon a quality sale, as envisaged when we first...

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I am sorry I am unable to be with you for the AGM; particularly as Peter Woof is promising that the entertainment will be of an extremely high standard.  I hope that you all have an excellent evening.

Unfortunately it clashes with the AGM of the Livestock Auctioneers Association, and as I am Chairman, I thought I had better attend!

Given the change of date of the AGM, this report will be fairly short as it really only needs to include the Elite sale held in August, last January’s sale having been included in the last AGM report.

I am delighted to report upon a quality sale, as envisaged when we first put forward this idea of an Elite sale.  Quality prices were paid for quality sheep throughout and with the event being advertised for higher quality sheep, it drew a lot of customers looking for something out of the top drawer.  There was, however, little demand for any sheep put forward that were considered to be below top quality.

It was fitting that the leading price of 4100 gns was paid for the best of David Houghton’s gimmers from his Tophill flock, a Mellor Vale Patriot daughter out of a ewe by Ettrick Mighty Mouse.  Jeff Aiken, whom we thank for judging the pre-sale show, placed her Champion and Mrs Wilson of Appleby, Cumbria, bought her.

David also sold two further gimmers for prices in excess of 2,000 gns.

Standing second to her in the gimmer class and placed as Reserve Champion was the best of a pen of gimmers from Messrs Boden & Davies, also stalwarts of the Club’s sales.  This time, a Baltier Panther daughter, out of a ewe by Glenside Legacy, made 2500 gns, travelling down to Llandysul, Carmarthen with Messrs Lewis.

There was excellent support once again from regular vendors of the sale; in particular, it was pleasing to see Texel Society President, Gordon Gray, and his son David, putting forward a good pen of ram lambs, as well as a pen of shearling gimmers, which topped at 1,100 gns.

The averages were again strong, emphasizing once again, that this early sale of quality sheep has proven attractive, and hopefully put Chelford back on the map as a destination for the sale of quality Texels.

The shearling rams averaged £717.80, ram lambs averaged £495.80, but most importantly, the shearling gimmers, averaged £759.57.
Enjoy your evening, and I look forward to seeing you all at the in-lamb sale at Chelford on Saturday 7th January 2012.

Best wishes
Gwyn

Chairman's Report 2012

Posted on: 21st January 2013

Our year began with the "In – Lamb" sale at Chelford, trade was excellent throughout the sale, with the Champion Gimmer top price of 2500gns from the Sportsman's Flock of Charlie Boden.

As everyone reached the end of lambing, spring brought bad news to the club with the death of Mr. Pat Moore former president, committee member and a friend to many.  Pat provided valued service and support to the Club over many years. A lovely man, well respected, liked by all and a perfect gentleman.

On 18th May, 39 members and friends of the Club headed north to Aberdeen for...

Chairman's Report

Posted on: 25th July 2012

2011 was another tremendously successful year for the North West Texel Breeders Club.

Our year began with the now well established “In- Lamb” sale held at Chelford. With a good quality of sheep put forward, trade was buoyant with the top price of 2000gns going to Charlie Bodens Sportsman’s flock. Our thanks go to Alec Steff of the Micklehurst flock for judging.

Our “Flock Visit,” to a selection of colleague’s farms, which traditionally includes the Club’s annual Social Weekend, was again held in May and our destination was North...