Saturday 2nd September saw the NI Texel Breeders Club host their annual Show and Sale at the Balmoral Park, Maze site, Lisburn. The proceedings were led by auctioneer, Richard Beattie, with pre-sale judging carried out under the capable hands of Frank Morrison.
Demand for Texel females was evident with competitive bidding from the first female in the ring. This year’s sale topper was a Corskie Whopper daughter out of a Duncryne Uber Cool dam from Andrew Kennedy’s Maineview Flock, Ballymena.
This Shearling Ewe changed hands for 2200gns and joins Murray Annett’s Milestonehill pedigree Flock, Rathfriland. The Kennedy pen averaged £1023.75 for four females sold.
Also pocketing the money and topping the prices for ram lambs was Mary Clarke’s Ballyrussell pen with 1800gns handed over for Ballyrussell Armos, a Mullan Yahoo son out of a homebred ewe. The Ballyrussell pen also topped the Shearling Rams with Mary Clarke selling the last of her pen through the ring for 1600gns, a Poseyhill Wifi son out of a Derryvore U2 mother to Wilson Kennedy Ballyclare.
Selling for 1000gns was Adrian Liggett’s, Corbo exhibit, a ram lamb sired by Clintery Yuga Khan and out of a Kelso Pavarotti mother. He moves home to join the flock of Norman Mullan, Dungiven. The Corbo pen also featured in the leading prices for a shearling ram selling a Glenside Willy Nilly son purchased as a lamb from Ballygroogan for 890gns to Peter Kealey, Dungiven.
Also making 1000gns was the champion shearling ewe from Andrew Fyffe Fairywater pen, a Milnbank Womaniser daughter out of a Strathbogie Python dam she joins Paul Muldoon’s flock in Pomeroy.
The Fairywater pen continued to be in demand with his Knock Trident daughter selling for 800gns to Brian Williamson, Farmhill Texels, Omagh, and his pen of females averaging £800 for six. Out of the same sire Andrew Fyffe also saw one of his ram lamb consignment and the reserve champion, also a Milnbank Womaniser son, sell for 900gns.
Next best for the money in the females was a Bradleys Underworld daughter out of a Mullan Perfection ewe presented by Henry Gamble Springwell Texels Groomsport. She takes up her new home with Cecil McCracken Dromore Co Down for 860gns.
Demand for good Texels showed overall sale averages for shearling rams at £473, ram lambs at £462 and shearling ewes at £546, with the female average well up on previous years.