RECORDS just keep coming for the Texel breed when the female ceiling was smashed thanks to a 50,000gns sale at Carlisle on Saturday, September 5.

Edward Pugh, a caravan park owner with extensive business interests, received that record for one out of a pen of 12 draft gimmers sold during the Solway and Tyne Club sale which grossed an incredible £159,600 to average £13,300 in a period of sustained bidding for his stock.

Mr Pugh is no stranger to trading in the top bracket, having bought the 22,000gns Strathbogie gimmer a few years ago. The new record holder, though, was by Eden Valley Wizkid and goes back on the dam's side to a 7500gns Sportsmans gimmer. The Sportsmans flock owner, Charlie Boden, from Stockport, Cheshire – who recently sold the 350,000gns record-breaking tup lamb, Sportsmans Double Diamond – teamed up with Robert Cockburn, from Hill of Errol, Errol, Crieff, to buy the gimmer from Mr Pugh's Glanllyn flock.

The record-breaker will soon be put into an intensive ET programme for Sportsmans and Knap flocks. Her sire, Wizkid, was bought for 6200gns when he topped the Welsh National sale at Welshpool a few years ago after being made male champion.

The Glanllyn flock also two at 18,000gns, plus two at 10,000gns in what proved to be a frenetic end to the club sale. Full report and pictures in The Scottish Farmer out on Friday, September 11.