Texel gimmers met another flying trade at Christmas Stars sale at Carlisle, where a surge of buyers from all corners of the UK and throughout Eire, ensured a buoyant trade for the 11 consignors.

Sale leader at 10,000gns was the No 4 from Charlie Boden’s Cheshire-based Sportmans flock from Mellor, Stockport, brought out with assistance of his wife Steph and daughter Rosie. The first crop of gimmers sold by Fordafourie Amalert, a 24,000gns jointly purchased lamb bought at Lanark in 2017, she is out of a ewe by the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka going back to an Ettrick Mighty Mouse daughter.

She sold carrying a single lamb to the 65,000gns Lanark champion, Garngour Craftsman, to new breeder, Gary Beacom, Lakeview, Fivemiletown, Co Fermanagh, who also runs pedigree flocks of Bluefaced Leicesters and Beltex in partnership with his brother Lee.

The first gimmer from the family, who also run the Mellor Vale flock, realised 4800gns selling to Co Donegal breeder, John Greene buying for his Greenstar flock from Laraharl, Culdaff. This was a daughter of the 40,000gns Garngour Alabama, bred from a ewe by the 70,000gns Knock Will.I.Am that goes back to a Knock ewe. She also sold carrying a single lamb to Garngour Craftsman, with embryos from her having been retained for the vendors own use.

Second top price was 6000gns paid for the No 2 from Jim Innes’ Strathbogie flock from Dunscroft, Huntly, brought out by shepherd Michael Leggat. There is more top breeding behind this cracker with the sire being the 42,000gns Mullan Armani, a joint purchase in 2017 with the Deveronvale flock, out of a 15,000gns Sportmans ewe by Knap Vicious Sid. She sold scanned for a pair of lambs to the 6000gns Carran Crackerjack, to Rob Evans, buying for his Hopevalley flock from Fox Farm, Shrewsbury.

The pen leader, also by Armani but out of a home-bred ewe by the 42,000gns Glenside Valhalla, made 5000gns selling to Co Donegal breeder, N Myles, Legaltion, Ballyshannon. One of the best bred in the catalogue, this big girl is a full sister to the flock’s show gimmer and a full brother to a 5000gns tup lamb. Her grand-dam also bred the 50,000gns Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds. She sold carrying a pair to Deveronvale Aftershock – a tup that has bred sons to 48,000gns and was this week crowned stock ram of the year in the North of Scotland Texel flock competition.

Two other Strathbogie gimmers by Armani made 3200gns and 2800gns. The first, out of the 2017 show gimmer by Glenside Wild Boy and in lamb to Aftershock, went home with E McCarthy, Bellybeg, Buttevant, Co Cork, Donegal.

Danny Hair, Drumbreddan, Ardwell, Stranraer, bought the 2800gns gimmer by Armani, bred from a Valhalla ewe and in lamb to Crackerjack.

Gimmers from Karen and Allan Wight's Midlock from Crawford, Abington, also sold well with sales at 5500gns and 5000gns to Hugh and Allan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, and Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, respectively.

The former, a daughter of the Clinterty Yuga Khan son, Midlock Al Pacino which was retained for breeding, is bred from a ewe by Foyleview Superstar that is the grand-dam of the 22,000gns Midlock Avicii and the 24,000gns Midlock Yorkie. She sold scanned with a pair to the 17,000gns Sportsmans Cannon Ball.

Minutes later a direct daughter of 60,000gns Yuga Khan, bred from a Garngour female by Halbeath VIP, made 5000gns. She sold carrying a single lamb to the 12,000gns Knock Bantastic.

Matching that 5000gns sale was the No 2 from Robert Cockburn's Knap flock from Hill of Errol, Errol, Perth. Another by Clintery Yuga Khan, she is bred from one of the best families at Ettrick, being a Knap-bred ewe by Ettrick Sir Alan. Maternal sister to a previous 5000gns gimmer, she sold carrying a pair to Sportsmans Cannon Ball, to Jeff Aiken, flock manager at Procters Farm, Tatham Hall, Wray, Lancs.

Knap's pen leader, by the 40,000gns Mullan Amigo and out of a ewe by Milnbank Sound Investment that has bred daughters to 4000gns, made 3200gns to B Connelly, Abbeyknockmoy, Tuam, Co Galway. She sold carrying a single to Cannon Ball.

Top price for Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell's Cowal flock from Lochgoilhead, brought out by shepherd Chris Toner, was 4500gns paid for a Plasucha All Star daughter carrying a single to Teiglum Charmer. She is bred from a ewe by Sportsmans Wild Thing and sold to Rob Bennett, buying for the Plasucha flock from Upper Hall, Meifod, Powys.

The brothers also received 3000gns from Stephen McCollam, Carmavy, Nutts, for a Midlock Avicii-sired entry bred from a Procters gimmer by Tophill Union Jack. She sold due with a pair to Charmer.

Aberdeenshire breeder, Kenny Pratt and shepherd Richard Reynolds, were in the money too with sales at 4200gns and 3000gns for gimmers from the Hilltop flock from Old Town, Peterculter. Tops was the pen's No 3, a daughter of Sportsmans Admiral II bred from a Cwmcerrig gimmer by Glenside Razzle Dazzle bought for 7500gns at Lanark in 2017. She sold in lamb to Garngour Alabama to John Sherratt, Pankymoor Villa, Wem, Shrewsbury, who also bought the pen leader at 3500gns from Sandy Lee's Fourdafourie flock from Memsie, Fraserburh. Another by the 42,000gns Mullan Armani, she is bred from a Deveronvale gimmer bought for 7000gns by Millar's Windbrook. She sold due to the 8000gns Teiglum Bandana.

Northern Ireland breeders, Martin and Cyril Millar, Glenleary Road, Coleraine, bought the 3000gns Hilltop gimmer by the 7500gns Crailloch Ammunition, bred from a home-bred ewe by Strathbogie Terminator. She also sold in lamb to Alabama.

Another selling across the Irish Sea was the pen leader from Graham Morrison's Deveronvale flock from Inchbruich, Banff, which made 4000gns to Andrew Wilson, Shannagh, Raphoe, Co Donegal. His purchase, a daughter of the 42,000gns Mullan Armani, bred from a ewe by Hen Gapel Thunder, is an ET sister to a £6500 female sold privately. She changed hands carrying a pair to Deveronvale Aftershock.

The best from Robbie Wilson's Milnbank flock from Turriff, also sold to Eire, when B Connelly, Tuam, went to 3000gns for a Strathbogie Yes Sir daughter out of a ewe by Milnbank Van Wilder. She sold carrying a pair to the 13,000gns Ellen Valley Caesar.

Top price for John Forsyth's Glenside flock from Maybole was 2800gns paid by DR and DP Jones, Cefn Caer Ferchg, Pwllheli, for a Sportsmans A Star-sired gimmer carrying triplets to Uke Vale Captain Billy. She is bred from a ewe by Strathbogie Upping the Ante.

Averages: Craig Douglas flock – three gimmers, £1085; Sportsmans and Mellorvale – nine gimmers, £2444.17; Strathbogie – 11 gimmers, £2252.73; Cowal – eight £1857.19; Knap – 14, £1537.50; Fordafourie – five, £1575; Glenside – five, £1554.00; Midlock – nine, £1983.33; Deveronvale – nine, £1411.67; Hilltop – five, £2310.00; Milnbank – 14, £1410.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.