averages: 10 Suffolk gimmers and ewes, £1246; 41 Texel gimmers, £575

Suffolks led the field at the annual July Jewels sale of pedigree breeding sheep at Longtown on Monday when a gimmer from Paul Delves' Powys-based Bridgeview flock sold for 2900gns.

A daughter of Benedyglen Boomerang, bred from a home-bred ewe by Lakeview Harbinger, she sold to Sean O`Gorman, buying for his Rose Lodge flock from Dublin. Another gimmer from Mr Delves, by Bridgeview the Joker made 2000gns, also selling Mr O`Gorman.

Other Suffolk gimmers sold to 800gns, Bridgeview and 800gns (twice), Solwaybank. Suffolk ram lambs sold to 500gns, Solwaybank.

A good entry of Texel gimmers met a selective demand, peaking at 1700gns on two occasions. First was a Claybury Dunkirk-sired entry from Gordon and David Gray's Ettrick flock from Selkirk, purchased by Leigh Smith and Joanne Huddart, of the Majestic flock from Hensingham, Whitehaven. The dam is by Midcombe Brigadier.

David Preacher, Holylee, Walkerburn, also received 1700gns for a gimmer by Sportsmans Cannonball bred from a Milnbank Wisconsin ewe. The buyer was William Leggate, Silver Rigg, Chapelton, Strathaven. Her full sister made 1000gns.

An Alpha Texel gimmer, from Michael and Guy Reed, Plumbland, Aspatria made to 1300gns. She is Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid, and was bought by Messrs Dixon, Cowburn, Lockerbie.


Suffolk – Gimmers – 800gns, Bridgeview; 800gns (x2), Solwaybank. Ram lambs – 500gns, Solwaybank.

Texel – Gimmers – 800gns, 700gns, 650gns, Drumbreddan; 750gns, Saltcotes.

Beltex – Gimmers – 600gns, 580gns Corstane.

Auctioneers: C and D Auction Marts