A ewe hogg from Myfyr Evans' Rhaeadr flock from Denbighshire, proved the star attraction at CCM's Winter Texel showcase at Skipton, selling for the top price of 1100gns.

The entry, which stood reserve champion at the pre-show, is a February-born daughter of Garngour Alabama, bred from a Clinterty Yuga-Khan-sired dam that is a maternal sister to the 125,000gns Rhaeadr Best of the Best. She sold to the Ashbridge family, of Cold Kirby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

Mr Evans, who has been breeding Texels for five years and runs a small flock of 11 ewes alongside larger flocks of Suffolk and Charollais sheep, sold another three ewe hoggs by the same sire, to include the second prize winner at 900gns, with others at 700gns and 500gns.

Top priced in-lamb entry at 1000gns was the first prize ewe from mother and daughter duo, Freda Booth and Helen Keighley, who were reducing their Wigglesworth flock from Settle. Their four-year-old by Proctors You’re Mine, is out of a Procters Pay As You Go-sired dam and sold scanned carrying twins to David Hargreaves from Airton.

Wigglesworth also claimed the second prize rosette amongst the gimmers and a 900gns sale with a Procters Your Mine-sired entry carrying twins, purchased by Richard Wilson of the Crimple Head flock in Beckwithshaw, Harrogate.

Matching that 900gns sale was a gimmer daughter of Halbeath Woody in lamb to the 100,000 Sportsman Batman, from Proctors Farm, Lancs. She headed home with Angela Nairey’s Meinspride flock in Liusey, Blackburn.

The champion for the fourth time, was consigned by Peter Woof of the Stainton flock from Kendal, which made 800gns selling to the judge, Steven Kirkby, Ainderby Steeple. This gimmer is by Eden Valley A1, bred from a ewe by Hexel Wildcard and sold carrying a single to Stainton Conrad.

The evening fixture heralded a good start to the 2020 pedigree sales calendar, with the 80 pedigree Texels forward representing an increase of 50% on 2019 entry levels, coupled with a solid 90% clearance rate.

Averages: 13 ewe lambs, £439.38; gimmers £337.43; ewes, £341.60.