There was a continued demand for Texel Rams at the Northern Ireland Club Show and Sale at Ballymena recently when the top price was given for a Ram Lamb from Paul O’Connor’s Drumgooland Flock, Seaforde.
Drumgooland Advertiser, a Stainton Yasin son out of an Oberstain Usain Bolt daughter stood fourth in Judge Alistair Breen’s pre-sale judging line-up. This sought after lamb generated competitive bidding among pedigree breeders eventually being knocked down to join Adrian Liggett’s Corbo Flock, Seskinore, for 2000gns.
Next best for the money and also claiming the overall championship was a Milnbank Womaniser son from Ballymena breeders Messrs J & R Currie, Tullagh Texels. Out of a Mossvale Visa ewe this lamb also joins a pedigree flock, Garvetagh Hill Texels owned by Gary Rankin, Castlederg, for 900gns.
Alastair Gault, Forkins Texels, claimed the reserve championship and was next in line to pocket the money for his Halbeath Woody son out of a Knock Travis ewe. Once again joining a pedigree flock this lamb was purchased by the judge and heads to Tempo to join Alistair Breen’s Drumderg Texel flock for 800gns. Ram lambs sold to average £364.35 for 55 lots.
Leading the way in the shearling ram class both in the judging and the sale ring was Henry Gamble’s Springwell Texel exhibit, a Bradleys Underworld son. This strong shearling heads across the sea to Beoch Farmers, Beoch Farm, Stranraer, for 850gns.
Demand for shearling rams continued with Austin Shaw, Fairmount Texels, Larne, selling Templepark Yumizumi, a Clarks Wagner son out of an Oberstown Usain Bolt daughter for 700gns to John Magee, Larne. Selling for the same money to F Sloan Kilkeel, was Messrs M & J Watson Hillhead Texels, Co Down, homebred shearling ram out of a Tamnamoney Regan dam.
From the same pen and also selling for 700gns was the judge’s third place shearling ram exhibit, an Innishrush Volvo son out of a Mainview Sundance ewe. Demand for shearlings remained good with quality sheep selling well with increased averages on last year of £496.65 for 28 and a 93% clearance rate.
The Club would like to thank John Gribbin, Tulliven Growvite, for his kind sponsorship of this year’s sale.