THE first female to be sold from young Andrew Goldie's Newbie Mains flock, attracted the lead price of 1100gns at the Scottish Texel Club show and sale at Lanark.

The event, which changed its previous sale date from a Saturday, to a Thursday evening, was led by a show ewe hogg from Mr Goldie's eight ewe flock from Annan, established five years ago.

This ET entry is bred from a Proctors gimmer by Sportsmans Unimog, bought at Carlisle a couple of years ago for 2200gns, and sired by Knock Will-I-am. She was placed first in her class at the pre-sale show, judged by Ben Wight, Midlock, and third at the Scottish Jubilee Show at Biggar. The buyer was Allan Cullens, buying for his Craighead flock from Carluke.

Kenny Pratt's Hilltop flock from Peterculter, Aberdeen, did well too, with two gimmer sales at 1050gns, with both selling to Sandy Pirie, Machrihanish, Campbeltown.

The first, brought out by shepherd, Richard Reynolds, who sold the top priced lot last year here from his own flock, is another ET-bred female. Sired by Auldhouseburn Wacko Jacko, and bred from a Blackstown female by Millcomb Powerhouse, she sold carrying a pair to the 32,000gns Arkle Yingyang, bought last year. This gimmer was fourth in her class at the pre-sale show and is a sister to the champion winner at Stirling that sold for 1800gns.

Matching that 1050gns bid was another gimmer by Wacko Jacko carrying a pair to Yingyang. She is bred from a Sheeoch dam by Knock Prefix.

First time exhibitors also did well, with Cameron Gauld's 30-ewe Cairnam flock from Braco, Perthshire, not only securing the reserve championship but also an 850gns call for another entry.

This was a Tullagh Whiskey-sired gimmer bred from a Knap ewe by Baltier Rascal. She sold carrying a single to Procters Yankee, to Islay breeder, S Woodrow, Port Charlotte.

Iain Minto's Townhead flock from Dolphinton, was another in the money, for his first venture as a consignor at this event, with gimmer sales at 800gns and 750gns.

Dearest was a daughter of Collielaw Oleg - a tup bought privately 10 years ago from Robert Carruthers - out of a home-bred ewe. She sold due with a single to Toftcombs Yorker, to RW Wylie and Co, Ladyurd, Blyth Bridge. 

The champion from Braco farrier, Ally Smith and his son Ben (6), made  700gns selling to Harry Griffies, Drumalbin Cottages, Carmichael. This gimmer is by Cambwell Van  Persie, and sold carrying a single to Ettrick Amigo.

Averages: 28 gimmers, £499.88.

Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.