Peter Woof's Stainton flock again came up with the goods at Skipton Auction Mart's Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders' winter show and sale, producing the champion winner and the top two sellers, at last week's sale.

Closely bred, his show stopper, a gimmer by the 8500gns Anglezarke Uno, out of a dam by the same sire, achieved the lead price of 1000gns selling to J Simpson, Pocklington, York. She changed hands scanned for twin lambs by a home-bred Stainton ram by the 30,000gns Knock Yankee.

Mr Woof's flock from Kendal, Cumbria, then sold his fourth prize gimmer, a Knock Yankee daughter bred from a ewe by Anglezarke Uno, for 900gns to Texel chairman, Steve Richardson, who runs the Stonebridge flock at Mount Pleasant, Great Houghton, Barnsley. The entry sold carrying twins to the 15,000gns Auldhouseburn Bolt.

Just behind, on 800gns, John Green's reserve overall champion, the second prize gimmer to the champion was purchased by Cumbrian breeder, Jimmy Fawcett, Silloth. This entry from Mr Green's Greenall flock from Lilliesleaf, Melrose, is by Strathbogie Wild Boy, and out of a dam by the Teiglum Utah. The service sire this time was Greenall Batistuta Mr Green, and she sold scanned for three lambs

Top price for Procters Farm, Lancaster, managed by Jeff Aiken, was 750gns paid for a gimmer by Teiglum Younggun, carrying twins to Strawfrank Alphonso. She sold locally to Jill Perrings in Giggleswick.

And, at 700gns, the third prize gimmer from Angela Nairey’s Meinspride flock from Liusey, near Blackburn, by Meinspride Vanguard, a home-bred son of Strathbogie Terminator, in lamb to Limestone Buccaneer, was purchased by the Keighley family of the Mandelea flock from Wharfedale.

The sale saw an 86% clearance rate for the 55 head forward and improved averages on the same sale last year with gimmers averaging £412.43 (+£34.43); aged ewes £420 (+£23) and ewe lambs at £304.50.