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Carlisle female sales

A round-up of the trade leaders among the Beltex, Solway and Tyne Breeders' Club Texels, Zwartbles and Continentals at Carlisle, last week.

Woodies Smarty Pants, the first prize Beltex ewe lamb and sale leader at 3000gns
Woodies Smarty Pants, the first prize Beltex ewe lamb and sale leader at 3000gns

Beltex females from Stuart Wood's 35-ewe Woodies flock from West Mains, Castle Fraser, Inverurie, dominated most of the proceedings Carlisle, securing the top three prices at 3000gns, 1600gns and 1300gns, along with several other four-figure sales. Sale leader was Woodies Smarty Pants ET, the first prize ewe lamb at the pre-sale show which also stood third at the Highland Show. A full sister to the privately sold £6200 Woodies Rice Crispie and a tup lamb at 4500gns, this cracker is a daughter of the 3500gns Glantre Norris, out of the Highland show ewe, Woodies Natasha, by Ardstewart Lord Almighty. Forking out the cash for this popular female was G Cropper, who owns the Hudhey flock at Baxenden, Accrington, Lancashire.

Only one Texel female sold at four figures with the first prize gimmer and overall champion, from Angus and Sue Howie's Millhouse flock from Meeth, Oakhampton, Devon, realising 1500gns to R Harrison, Clifford Yard House, Clifford Street, Skipton. A daughter of the 14,000gns Rowandale Rocky, out of a ewe by Millar's Olympian, she changed hands carrying a pair to the Cowal Rising Star son, Millhouse Superstar.

Trade peaked at 780gns for a Zwartble gimmer from Welsh breeders, N Porter and Mrs A Evans, of the Brace flock. That was a home-bred Brace female backed by home-bred genetics on both sides. She sold served to Brace Wilkinson, to N Henderson, Whitehouse Farm Cottage, Touch, Stirling.

Leading the trade at 600gns at the Continental in-lamb sheep fair was a March 2010-born Dutch Texel from Jan Rodenburg's noted Turbo flock based near Llandysul, Ceredigion. Full of home-bred genetics on both sides of her pedigree, she is by Turbo Otto and sold to WC Bell, Brampton, having ran with Turbo Selwyn.

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