Texel sales expected to attract interest

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Some of the region’s top Texel breeders put animals forward for in-lamb pedigree sales at Carlisle’s Borderway Auction Mart this month.

Around 170 ewes and gimmers from Arnold Park’s renowned Drinkstone flock at Hawick came under the hammer at Harrison and Hetherington’s year opening sale on Monday (January 6).

This Monday (January 13) animals from the Brijon Flock, run by Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson, Bowsden Moor, Berwick and from the Tweed Flock of Neil Crighton, Loanend, Berwick are forward for sale.

The entire crop of MV accredited and vaccinated 2012 females from the Tweed Flock are going under the hammer, with the guarantee that they are in-lamb to either Langside Rolex or Teviot Rocket. The flock’s EBVs have been recorded since 2002, and last year it was in the top 10% for the breed, with the 2012 lambs third overall out of the 200 flocks monitored in the scheme.

Mr Crighton said: “These gimmers have shape, size and skins and I would have great confidence they will go on and perform for prospective buyers.”

And similarly the whole in-lamb gimmer crop from the Brijon Texel Flock, which is MV accredited and vaccinated, is up for grabs in the flock’s first reduction sale.

Mr Watson said:“We have been breeding Texels since 1999, running 140 ewes, and we felt that this was the time to sell our entire lamb gimmer crop.”

Monday’s auction is expected to attract both pedigree and commercial buyers.