A BERWICK farmer paid the top price of 3,400gns (£3,570) for ram at the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
There was solid trade for both breeding and commercial sheep, a healthy increase in overall selling averages and a new name on the supreme champion’s trophy.
The undoubted star of the show in terms of price was Moor Top Star, from David Towell’s celebrated flock at Upper Leys Farm, Glusburn Moor, Keighley. The home-bred March, 2011-born son of Moor Top Predator, by Moor Top Nebulus, out of a 1,200gns Claybury ewe by Garngour Nijinsky, is already a proven performer, having produced long bare skinned lambs with notable shape.
The Skipton top price found a new home in Berwick with Robert Bradbury, of Blackheddon Farm, and will be put to good use on the 100 flock ewes by the commercial breeder.