Sheep from Giles Pyman’s Thacka flock from Parkview, Stainton, Penrith, dominated the Dutch Texel sale at Carlisle, selling the majority of the top priced lots including the sale leader at 1500gns.
Mr Pyman, who judged the pre-sale show, saw his own tup lamb, Thacka Ajax, lead the trade, sellling to J Knight, Stephney Farm, Calderbridge, Seascale. Backed by imported genetics on both sides, he is by Ypres and out of a home-bred ewe by a Vanderbilt D Woo sire.
The sire of the dam bred the next four highest priced lots, shearling rams at 1300gns three times and again at 1200gns. First was the lead Thacka shearling ram purchased by JW Storey and Son, Woodhead Farm, Haltwhistle. 
Thacka Young Gun sold for the same money to JG Richardson, Low Garth, Bewaldeth, Cockermouth, and Thacka Yamaha, was knocked down to Mr Knight, Stephney.
Thacka Youth made 1200gns to J Henderson, Burn Tongues, Allendale, Hexham.
Mr Pyman’s choice of overall champion, a gimmer from SH and JB Rawlings’ Wiston flock from Nayland, Essex, topped the females at 700gns. 
She is by the imported ram Vivaldi and out of a ewe by Royal Flush. The buyer was Paul Strickland, Lambrigg, Austwick, Lancaster.

Averages: Four aged rams, £532.88; 61 shearling rams, £627.07; seven ram lambs, £693.00; 22 gimmers, £343.87.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.