Report: Blue Texel Prices
The Blue Texel Sheep Society claims that two new breed record prices of 30,000gns were set at its annual Northern Supreme Sale at Borderway Mart in recent days.
The first to reach the record-breaking sum on Saturday, August 27th, 2022, was lot 795, SUNNYBANK FERGUS II, property of Henry Jewitt.
Fergus is by Boyo Elite (ET) and out of Boyo Duchess, both acquired privately from Dave Roberts. He notched up both male champion and reserve overall at RHS 2022 and RWS 2022.
He sold in a three-way split to Northern Ireland for Allen and Emma Shortt – Derg Flock, Aly Shortt – Woodview Flock & Russell Millen – Knockmult Flock.
Lot 844, DERG GI JOE (ET), a ram lamb property of Allen & Emma Shortt, stood fourth in the pre-sale show and was the next highest price in the male section.
By Matts Firetrap and out of Derg Enigma, GI Joe now heads to Steve & Sara Gibbons (Whatmore), who forked out 11,000gns.
MATTS GYPSY KING (ET), lot 874, stood second in the ram lamb class and became reserve male and overall reserve champion. He is by Matts Firetrap out of 6000gns Saltire Blue Doris and sold for 10,000gns in a three-way share.
The pre-sale show 1st prize shearling ram from Stasa Moyse, lot 812, SALTIRE BLUE FEROCIOUS, changed hands at 9,000gns.
Ewe lamb record price
According to the society, a new ewe lamb record was broken when the first-prize ewe lamb, and female champion, lot 1119 DERG GRACIA (ET), from Allen & Emma Shortt, changed hands for 8500gns.
Gracia is by Matts Firetrap (ET) out of Derg Enigma and heads to join the Sunnybank Flock.
The first-prize shearing ewe & reserve female champion from David & Clare Gray, ETTRICK FARRAH (ET), was snapped up for 7000gns by Jennifer Duncan. Farrah is by Lyle’s Eagle out of Ettrick Diva (ET), a Dragon Buster daughter.
Moreover, shearling ewes soared to 20,000gns for lot 1113, MATTS FITTEST (ET), from Matthew Burleigh.
Fittest stood third in the pre-show show, is by Drumard Ed and out of Saltire Dreamer (full sister to the dams of the 10,000gns Matts Gypsy King and 9,000gns Saltire Blue Ferocious) and now heads to Sophia Chambers.
A society spokesperson commented:
“Rams were very much in demand with both old and new purchasers present around the ring. This led to an extremely buoyant trade.”
“Shearling rams averaged £1686.11, up £870.11 from the 2021 sale. Besides, ram lambs averaged £1460.39 with an increase of £489.39 from last year’s sale.”
“Meanwhile, ewe lambs are very much sought after. Their average of £1460.39 rose by £489.39 from 2021,” the spokesperson concluded.
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