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Hilltop Texel gimmer matches centre record of 4500gns

By David Porter

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Pedigree female sheep sold to a top of 4500gns at the opening day of the Aberdeen Christmas Classic held at Thainstone on Monday evening.

A quality show across all breeds saw 199 head average £641.01, with a total of 23 selling at or above 1000gns throughout the sale.

Matching the centre record price achieved in 2017, sale leader was the reserve champion Texel gimmer from Kenny Pratt’s Hilltop flock at Oldtown Farm, Peterculter.

This was a home-bred, Garngour Alabama daughter, out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle dam, which was purchased at Lanark in 2017 for 4500gns.

She is scanned due with twins to Sportsmans Chieftan and sold to Jemma Green, Corskie, Garmouth.

Mr Pratt sold another gimmer for 1500gns to Stasa Moyse, Woolhillock, Skene, Westhill.

By Crailloch Ammunition Mae, out of a home-bred ewe by Hilltop Uncle Sam, she is scanned with a single to Garngour Alabama.

Next best at 4000gns was the champion Texel from Graham Morrison of the Deveronvale flock, Inchbruich, Cornhill.

The champion Texel gimmer.
The champion Texel gimmer.

Tapped out by the pre-sale show judge Keith Parker, Wyrebeck, Longlane, Scorton, was a gimmer by Mullan Armani, out of a home-bred Hen Gapel Thunder dam, which is one of the best ewes in the flock.

Scanned due with twins to Deveronvale Aftershock, which has bred sons to 48,000gns, she sold to Roy Adams of the Dee Valley flock, Banchory.

George and Melvin Stuart’s Birness Suffolk flock from Milltown of Birness, Ellon, peaked at 3800gns, 3000gns and 2000gns.

Dearest was the champion from the pre-sale show, judged by Mark Priestley from Seaford, Northern Ireland.

The champion Suffolk.
The champion Suffolk.

This was a gimmer by Limestone Legacy, out of a home-bred ewe, which is scanned due with twins to the 16,000gns Castleisle Capaldi.

She sold to telephone bidder Paul Delves of the Bridgeview flock at Powys, Wales.

The same buyer paid 2000gns for the reserve champion, another similarly bred gimmer which is also scanned due with twins to the 16,000gns Castleisle Capadli.

Martin Bignel, Smaladh, Gruinart, Bridgend, Islay, paid 3000gns over the phone for the third prize ewe lamb from Birness.

This was a daughter of the 7000gns Castleisle Gareth, out of a home-bred ewe.

Earlier on in the sale, Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, Fraserburgh, received 2800gns from Lee Dunn, Muir of Ord, for a gimmer by Cavanagrove Catalyst, out of a Thurston ewe.

She is scanned due with twins to Cairness A Star.

Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock peaked at 1800gns for a gimmer by the 17,000gns Greenstar Alfie, out of a Glenside Wild Boy dam, which is an ET-bred sister to the flock’s show gimmer.

Scanned due with twins to the 15,000gns Knock Yardsman, she was purchased by M Anderson, Sonnealm, Dufftown.

Mr Wilson’s first prize Texel ewe lamb by Auldhouseburn Billy The Kid, made 1600gns to Mrs E Alexander, Auchenbreddie Farm, Insch.

She is bred out of a Strathbogie Yes Sir dam, which is an ET-bred sister to the 4200gns Milnbank A Class and the 3800gns Milnbank Cantona.

Bluefaced Leicester females peaked at 1000gns for a gimmer by Robleston H1 – a sire which is a three times class winner at the Royal Welsh Show.

She is scanned due with twins to Craig Yr Orsedd L1 and was knocked down to Raymond Baynes, Blackford, Croy, Inverness.

Beltex females reached 1000gns twice, firstly for a ewe lamb from Rory and Pat Machray’s Bilboa flock at Daviot, Inverurie.

She is by the 4200gns Kingledores Destroyer, out of Woodies Without A Paddle and sold to Stuart Wood’s Woodies flock, Woolhillock.

Zoey Rennie from Newmill, Keith, received the same money for Rennie Eva, a ewe lamb which stood first at Nairn and reserve champion at Keith.

She is a daughter of Matt’s Bullshot, out of Rennie Brenda and sold to Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Muir of Fowlis, Alford.

Blue Texel gimmers also sold to 1000gns twice, firstly for Palace Collette from Jennifer Duncan, Luchairt, Gamrie, Banff.

She is by a Sam’s tup, out of a View Forth ewe, and is scanned due with twins to Cynllwyn CK1.

The buyer was K Mackay, Smithy House, East Mey, Thurso.

The other at the same money was a gimmer from Stasa Moyse’s Saltire flock at Woolhillock, Skene, Westhill.

She is scanned in lamb to the 2500gns Carly’s Captain, which has bred sons to 5000gns and sold to Iain Almond, 31 Pole Lane, Darwen, Lancashire.

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