A Blue Texel from David Roberts’ Boyo flock from Kenley, Shrewsbury, attracted the lead price of £7550 at the timed online Stars of the Future sale, staged through Harrison and Hetherington.

The sale of 48 pedigree sheep to include BadgerFace Texels, Blue Texels, Dutch Spotted, embryos and semen, was topped by Boyo Frankie, an end of March-born ewe lamb by Whatmore Bentley and out of Stonecroft Ditzy, a Hackney Young Pretender daughter. The buyer was Northern Ireland breeder, J Carson, Killeen Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Another March-born Blue Texel ewe lamb from Mr Roberts realised £1750, selling to Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow. This was Boyo Fiona, a Beili Blues Eric lamb out of a Sams-bred ewe by a Hackney sire.

Dutch Spotted again proved popular with Henry Jewitt’s Sunnybank flock from Barnard Castle taking £3000 and £2200 for entries.

Dearest was the two-year-old stock ram, Beech Hay Chancellor, bred by Rob and Vicky Grinnall, which stood first prize ram lamb and reserve male at the Royal Welsh in 2019 and second prize aged ram at this year’s Great Yorkshire. He has also bred ram lambs to 2200gns and ewe lambs to 2000gns. Backed by imported genetics on both sides, he is by Ambassador, out of Annabelle and sold to Jamie Stead, Cricket Road, Oxford.

North Yorkshire producer, Caroline Brown, Accraplatts, Skipton, bought the £2200 entry, Sunnybank Enchantress a February-born ewe lamb bred from a flush from Lochlad Cassandra, a ewe bought privately from the Boyo flock, and sired by Chancellor.

Ms Brown also bought the lead priced BadgerFace Texel at £1850 from Mr Jewitt. Sunnybank Copacabana, a mid February-born ET ewe lamb is by an imported Belgian sire and bred from an imported ewe.

Mr Jewitt came up with the goods amongst the Blue Texels too, taking £2100 from Clive Richardson of Cleenagh Blue Texels, in Northern Ireland for Sunnybank Fandango II. This April-born ram lamb is bred from a flush from the Whatmore Bentley daughter, Boyo Diana which is a full sister to Boyo Duchess. The sire is the record priced Whatmore Emale which sold for 25,000gns.

Sara Gibbons’ Whatmore Dutch Spotted flock from Dan-Y-Mynydd, Tregoyd, Brecon, also had a good sale with lambs at £2050 and £1650.

The former, Whatmore Elderberry ET, a February-born ewe lamb by Glencoy Chance and bred from an imported ewe, sells up to Orkney with Elaine Spence, Halley Farm, Deerness.

Selling at £1650 was Whatmore Empire ET, a full brother to the previous lot purchased by Trevor Prew, The Bungalow, Milton, Chipping Norton.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.