CCM Auctions conducted the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Club Sale at Skipton Mart – The evening sale of Females saw James Houghton’s Tophill flock lead the prices with his Female Champion from the show a shearling gimmer bred from a ewe by Knock Orion and sired by the 16,000gn Milnbank Times Square which joined Mrs S Fitton of Kearsley for 1400gns. With an outstanding pen of sheep the Tophill Flock went on to achieve further success with shearling gimmers at 900,850 and 650gns.

The reserve Female Champion was also picked by Neil Pamplin of Ringstead from his line up of Shealing Gimmers with a gimmer from the Kaker Mill flock belonging to James Robinson of Carnforth. By Hilltop Predator and out of a ewe sired by Tophill  Nockout the second prize gimmer joined emerging breeder William Watson for his Gillians Laithe Flock at Hellifield for 1000gns.


The Lodge Family from Moss near Doncaster provided further strong competition in the Shealing Gimmer class with Luke (Moseley Flock) achieving 3rd prize and Susan (Heyworth Lodge) wining 4th prize. There the differences ended with Mesrs JJ Beckwith & Sons of Gargrave wrapping up the purchase of both for 1000gns each. Luke’s 3rd prize winner was by the 18,000gns Allanfauld Rockafella out of a ewe bred by Templand Megane whilst the Heyworth Lodge 4th prize winner is a Sportsmans Tremendous daughter bred from a ewe by Haddo Neptune.


In the ewe lamb class John Mellin’s Hull House flock produced the first prize with a daughter of Sportsmans Terrific II that went on to join the Loxley Flock of John North for 400gns. Hull House followed this with further sales of ewe lambs at 260,260 and 250 gns. William Watsons second prize by Arkle Uncle returned unsold while the 3rd prize winning lamb from the Pergill flock of Jill and Margaret Perrings made 210gn. Outside the prizes John Woods North Valley flock accounted for a sale at 250gns for his Teiglum Outlaw daughter to Philip Hughes of Angram.


Top call of the sale was 3400gns paid by Mesrs K&SM Bradley of Dacre Banks  for Simon and Audrey Taylors (Dearne House) Shearling Ram Dearne House Undercover  which is sired by Rowlestone Robbie and out of a ewe by Bridon Nixon.


David Towell and his Moor Top flock received strong support for a good pen of Shearling Rams headed up by Moor Top Unique a son of Wigglesworth Spellbound which joined David Ryder of Lindley for 2100gns. David Towells next lot into the ring Moor Top Uncle Sam by the same sire out of a ewe by Haltcliffe Jackpot then joined Mesrs B&K Wharf of Thropton for 1800gn. The pen of Shearling Rams from Mesrs S&S Richardson commanded particular attention lead by their third prize winning ram Stonebridge Untouchable. Untouchable who was similarly placed at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show is by Haddo Ringleader bred from a ewe by Cambwell Ranger sold for 1900gn to Mesrs JGE Hesletine and Son of Bolton Abbey. The Richardson family sold further shearling rams at 1400gn and 1250 gns.


The ram lamb section was eclipsed with the final lot of the day Stainton Vertigo consigned from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock at Kendal a very good type of lamb by Anglezarke Uno which joined G Pyman of Penrith for 2000gns. The Stainton flock also sent out the third prize ram lamb a Sportsmans Tremendous son which joined JR&A Blades of Muker for 1300gns. Second highest price in the section was the 1700gn paid by Paul Strickland of Settle for Stuart Currie’s ram lamb Beautry Vigilante. Procters Farm Ltd of Slaidburn attended by shepherd Geoff Aitken enjoyed considerable interest in the ring and pen taking first prize and Supreme Champion with the Tophill Union Jack son- Procters Viceroy bred from a Haddo Ringleader ewe which sold to Harold Peel of Embsay for 1400gns. Second prize ram lamb was Loxley Viper from John North of Giggleswick whose Mellor Vale Top Man son joined the Manderlea flock of Willie and Mark Keighley for 1350gns.



Sale Sponsors

Townson Fuels, Carrs Billington, Minexcel Nutrition, Tom Harrison,  CCM Auctions &

Janet Sheard – Agent for Massey Feeds & Glasson Group.


Show Results –

Judge – Neil Pamplin.


Class 1 – Shearling Ewe

1st – DJ Houghton  Lot 37 sold for 1400gns to S Fitton

2nd – J Robinson Lot 16 sold for 1000gns to William Watson

3rd – L Lodge Lot 117 sold for 1000gns to JJ Beckwith & Son

4th – JS Lodge Lot 108 sold for 1000gns to JJ Beckwith & Son

5th – S Currie Lot 131 sold for 400gns to Messrs Falshaw

6th – P Longdin Lot 1 sold for 500gns to William Watson


Class 2 – Ewe Lamb

1st – J Mellin Lot 168 sold for 400gns to JL North

2nd – W Watson Lot 166 Unsold

3rd – JM&M Perrings Lot 161 sold for 210gns to Messrs Parker

4th – D Elliot Lot 175 sold for 200gns to J Fairweather


Class 3 – Shearling Ram

1st – D Nesbitt Lot 220 sold for 800gns to DG&M Harrison & Son

2nd – Procters Farms Lot 203 sold for 1150gns to H Harvey & Son

3rd – FH&J Booth Lot 197 sold for 550gns to T&S Binns

4th – S&S Richardson Lot 301 sold for 1900gns to JGE Heseltine

5th – T Nesbitt Lot 327 sold for 1100gns to J&J Garnett

6th – P Longdin Lot 211 sold for 1200gns to RG&B Lewis


Class 4 – Ram Lamb

1st – Procters Farms Ltd Lot 436 sold for 1400gns to TH Peel

2nd – JL North Lot 441 sold for 1350gns to WH&MA Keighley

3rd – PK Woof Lot 540 sold for 1300gns to JR & A Blades

4th – W Farnell Lot 445 sold for 550gns to Stocks Enterprises

5th – S Currie Lot 485 sold for 1700gns to P Strickland

6th – W Watson Lot 537 sold for 480gns to G Pyman


FEMALE CHAMPION – DJ Houghton Lot 37



MALE CHAMPION – Procters Farms Ltd Lot 436



SUPREME CHAMPION – Procters Farms Ltd Lot 436



AVERAGES – (2013)

Shearling Ewes – av £370.61 (£419.71)

Ewe Lambs – av £224.70 (£315)

Shearling Rams – av £686.70 (£647.39)

Ram Lambs – av £444.94 (£452.45)



Shearling Ewes;

JD Houghton                      1400gns, 900gns, 850gns, 650gns

J Robinson                          1000gns

JS Lodge                               1000gns, 600gns x2

L Lodge                                 1000gns

DR SR Symes                      800gns

TM Verity                            700gns

JW Mellin                            700gns


Ewe Lambs:

JW Mellin                            400gns, 260gns x2, 250gns, 200gns x2

J Wood                                 240gns, 170gns

M Perrings                          210gns

D Elliott                                 200gns x2, 170gns


Ram Lambs;

PK Woof                              2000gns, 1300gns

SC Currie                              1700gns

Procters Farm                    1400gns, 1100gns, 1000gns

JL North                               1350gns

T Nesbitt                              800gns

J&RM Lucas                        750gns


Shearling Rams;

S&A Taylor                          3400gns

DA Towell                            2100gns, 1800gns, 1400gns

S&S Richardson                 1900gns, 1400gns, 1250gns

J&J Aiken                             1300gns

DA Nesbitt                          1300gns

PC Longdin                          1200gns