Dutch Spotted ewe lambs from Tommy Jackson’s Milltown flock from Saintfield, Co Down, Northern Ireland, proved the star attraction at a pedigree female Sheep Fair at Carlisle, producing two of the top three highest prices at 3500gns and 2400gns.

The sale, which included Badger Face Texels and Blue Texels, was led by the Spotted champion, Milltown Good Girl ET. This January-born lamb is bred from the 9000gns Glencoy Cherry, a Challoch Bearskin-sired female bought at the Springtime Sparklers sale alongside her ewe lamb, Diamond Felicity, and sired by Carlaustan Extrovert which has produced ram lambs to £28,000. Full sister to 7000gns and 5000gns ram lambs sold here in May and at the Spotlight sale in August, she sold to Ross Watson, Pennington, Cumbria.

The same buyer bought her full ET sister, Milltown Gabby, a December 2022-born ewe lamb at 2400gns.

READ MORE | Dutch Spotted tops Balmoral Park Big Bang at 9000gns

Judge Chris Jonston of the Johnston flock, found his reserve in Tom and Louise Nash’s gimmer, Merryborro Fleur ET, from Wiston, Haverfordwest. She is bred from the Merryboro Cracker-sired Merryboro Diamond and sired by Dutch Dominator. She made 3000gns carrying twin lambs to Mcdermotts Fireman to Messrs Williams and Co, Abergele, Clwyd.

Welsh breeder, Brian Davies of the Ty-Gwyn flock, Wiston, took 2200gns and 2000gns for imported gimmers. The former, Flymetothemoon, changed hands due to Dutch Magic Man, to Messrs Ridley, Richmond, North Yorkshire. Messrs Skinner, Huntly, bought the latter, Fingerlickingood, which had been served to Irthing Valley Elvis.

Father and daughter duo, Andy Beattie and Lauren Kennedy, Kippen, Stirling, sold their gimmer, Carlaustan Filly, a Saveock Eaton-sired entry for 1800gns to I Scott, Kirkwall, Orkney. She sold carrying twin lambs to Mount Pleasant George.

Northern Ireland consignors led the Blue Texels which peaked at 3200gns for Matt’s Gin Fizz, an ET gimmer from Matthew Burleigh, Shanra, Enniskillen. She is bred from Hackney Caryl and sired by Matt’s Firetrap. She was knocked down to Dylan and Bethan Jones, of the Beili Blues flock, Oswestry, Powys. The service sire was Sams Houdini.

Allen and Emma Shortt’s Derg flock from Strabane, produced the next three highest priced lots at 2800gns and 2000gns twice.

Dearest was the third prize gimmer, Derg Gangsa Girl, another by Matt’s Firetrap but bred from the 2019 Royal Ulster Show champion, Derg Coco Chanel. She sold carrying twins to Beili Blue Hulk, to Messrs Roberts, Llangernyw, Abergele.

Coco Chanel was also behind the 2000gns gimmer, Derg GingerSpice, purchased by Stephanie Dick, Stirling. Her pedigree features Derg Enigma, a Coco Chanel daughter, and the sire, Beili Blues Euphoric. GingerSpice sold due with a pair to the 30,000gns Sunnybank Fergus.

Derg Glamour Girl ET, by the same sire but bred from Derg Dakota made the same money to Messrs Thompson, Eastbury Livestock, Dorset.

Four lots shared the top price of 1000gns amongst the Badger Face Texels to include two gimmers from Andrea Dolce Little, Fencehouses, Durham. One sold to Messrs Wright, Gruline, Mull, with the other purchased by S Crowther, Spittalriddinghill, Annan.

Two ewe lambs from James Bailey, Ivanhoe, Bedale, also made 1000gns.

Averages: Dutch Spotted – Six ewes, £1137.50; 34 gimmers, £1190.51; 32 ewe lambs, £696.60. Blue Texels – Six ewes, £766.66; 59 gimmers, £797.28; 15 ewe lambs, £425.33. Badger Face Texels – Four ewes, £761.33; nine gimmers, £816.66; five ewe lambs, £829.50.