Trade continued on a high at the Solway and Tyne Club’s Texel sale of females, with another record price of 50,000gns paid for a gimmer.

The sale, which would normally be staged the evening before the males, was this year moved to the Saturday, and proved a real winner for Edward Pugh from Bala, Gwynedd, when a gimmer from his Glanllyn flock achieved 50,000gns.

Furthermore, Mr Pugh who was staging a draft sale of gimmers from the flock, grossed a phenomenal £159,600, with his pen of 12 averaging £13,300 per head.

Sale leader and record breaker was an entry by the 6200gns Eden Valley Wiz Kid, which was sired by Sportsman Tremendous. She is bred from a Knap Vicious Sid-sired ewe, that goes back to a 7500gns Sportsmans gimmer. Buying back some of their own genetics, the gimmer sold to Charlie Boden of the Sportsmans flock from Stockport, Cheshire, and Robert Cockburn buying for his Knap flock from Hill of Errol, Errol, Perth.

The Glanllyn flock also sold a further four at five-figure prices with two selling at 18,000gns each.

The Scottish Farmer:

Another gimmer from the Glanllyn pen made 18,000gns

The first and another by the same sire but out of a 4500gns Deveronvale gimmer, by Deveronvale Undertone, also sold to Sportsmans.

The second, a daughter of Garngour Alabama, headed up to Aberdeenshire in a two-way split with James Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, and Kenny Pratt, Oldtown, Peterculter. She is out of a Glanllyn ewe which sold at this sale last year for 9000gns, and goes back to Glenside Wild Boy.

Selling at 10,000gns was a Plasucha Big Gun-sired gimmer, out of a ewe by Glenside Wild Boy. Final bidder was Roy Campbell, Deanscales, Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Donald MacPherson, Castlehills, Castle Terrace, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, also went to 10,000gns for a Glanllyn gimmer. Another by Garngour Alabama, she is out of a Knock Yankee-sired dam.

Best from the Kirrin pen of Kerrin Forsyth, Baltier, Whithorn, was 5500gns, paid for a Garngour Upperclass daughter, out of a ewe by Baltier Rocksolid. She headed home with Cameron Gauld, Cairn Farm, Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Welsh breeder, Robert Bennett, Upper Hall, Meiford, sold his best at 3000gns to Messrs Robson, Ryal, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. This Plasucha gimmer is a daughter of Kelso Wiseman, while the dam is another by Eden Valley Wiz Kid, and is maternal sister to dams of the 32,000gns Plasucha Big Gun and the 20,000gns Plasucha Cheeky Charlie.

Archie Hamilton’s dispersal of the Smyllum flock from Lanark, also sold to 3000gns with his 12 cashing in at £1225.

Top priced lot here was a 2017-born ewe by the 20,000gns Knap You’re The Man, out of a ewe by Bradleys Underworld. Gordon and David Gray, buying for their Ettrick flock from Selkirk, were the final bidders.

Next best at 2600gns was another by the same sire but out of an Ettrick Urgan Legend-sired dam. Similarly aged, she sold south with with Messrs Gibbons, Brecon, Powys.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.


Collective sale – 78 gimmers, £764.61; nine ewe lambs, £617.66. Glanllyn production sale – 12 gimmers, £13,300. Smyllum dispersal – 12 females, £1225.