First time vendors, Gregor and Bruce Ingram, all the way from Aberdeenshire, enjoyed a flying debut a the English National Texel Sale, at Worcester, selling the top priced gimmer at 13,000gns.

The sale leader from their Granite flock from Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, is a daughter of the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan, out of a dam by Deveronvale Warrior and sold with an index in the top 10% of the breed. She was shared by three breeders; James Theyer, Clanfield, Oxfordshire, Jeremy Theyer, Chedworth, Cheltenham and Robert Evans, Hope Valley, Minsterley.

Second top price was 5000gns paid for Charlie Boden’s pen leader from the Sportsmans flock from Stockport. Sired by Plasucha Big Gun, she’s out of a 16,000gns Glenside Wild Boy daughter and sold to Messrs Dunlop for the Holtridge flock, Whitchurch and Eamonn Vaughan for the Partidge Nest flock, Stoke On Trent.

Just behind on 4800gns, an Auldhouseburn Bolt daughter from the Bradley family’s Far Hey flock, from Cumbria, out of a ewe by Teiglum Younggun that was second at Great Yorkshire last year, found a new home with Monnow Marquees, Monmouth.

Scottish breeders, Robert Laird, Cambwell, Biggar and Robert Cockburn, Perth, also came up with the goods with sales at 3100gns and 3000gns. The former, a Langford Adder Again daughter out of a dam by Cambwell Trademark, sold to Adam and Jessica Neachell, Cromwell, Staffordshire.

The latter, by Knock Banker, out of a dam by Clinterty Yuga Khan, was bought by Mark Priestley, of the Seaforde flock, Northern Ireland.

averages: 67 gimmers £1278.81 (+£107.29 for eight fewer).