Three new centre records were achieved at North West Texel Club's opening sale of the season at J36, with best ever sales achieved for gimmers, tup lambs and ewe lambs.

Heading up the prices and setting a high of 5500gns in the process was a gimmer from RS and J Bradley and Son’s Far Hey flock from Salterforth. A daughter of the 70,000gns Teiglum Younggun, out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno, she is a full ET sister to a tup lamb sold for 1800gns last year. New breeders, Adam and Jessica Neachell, Staffordshire, forked out the cash for this gimmer as foundation stock for their new flock.

Next best amongst the females was a 2000gns call for the first prize ewe lamb from the pre-sale show from Richard Wilson's, Eden Valley flock from Appleby. This lamb, an Aldan Blockbuster daughter is another out of an Anglezarke Uno-sired dam and sold to another new breeder in Emma Carr, Deal, Kent.

Dumfriesshire breeder, Ali Jackson, went to 1400gns for another ewe lamb from the same pen. She is by Auldhouseburn Bolt and bred from a Knock Yankee-sired dam.

Mr Wilson also took 2000gns for a ram lamb by the 15,000gns Auldhouseburn Bolt, out of a ewe by Feddal Road Yoohoo. Eden Valley Conrad sold with an index of 189 to IM Jaeban, Cockermouth.

Leading the males and setting a new centre record for a ram lamb at 2500gns was Peter Woof’s Stainton Cruiser from Storth End, Kendal. Another by Bolt out of a Knock Yankee-sired dam, he sold with an index of 156, to Kevin Cochrane, Darwen.

Best amongst the shearling rams was a 1300gns sale for Angela Nairey's Meinspride Buster from Blackburn purchased by R Mason, Out Rawcliffe, Preston. This Moorgate Yoda-sired entry is out of a dam by Meinspride Vangaurd.

Averages; eight shearling rams £623.44, 23 ram lambs £613.57, 13 ewes £348.12, 64 gimmers £519.11, 26 ewe lambs £501.58.

Auctioneers: North West Auctions.