The NI Texel Club held their final tup sale of the season in Ballymena Mart recently. This sale saw shearling ram prices peaking at 750gns with ram lambs peaking at 3000gns.
During the Pre-show sale kindly sponsored by S H Coleman, Glarryford, the Judge, Fraser Tweed, Ballycoose Texels, picked his champion from the Hanthorn Family’s Mullan pen, Armagh.
This lamb, a Mullan Wild Bill son out of an Eglur Viscount dam proved popular among buyers with competitive bidding taking this lamb to 3000gns at the drop of the hammer and the top price of the evening. A full brother to the Hanthorns’ 32,00gns Carlisle Lamb, Mullan Aguero, goes to a three way split to Shaune Duggan, Alastair Christie and Simpson & Calvin.
Mr Tweed’s reserve champion was the pick of the Cherryvale pen from Beth & Jack Gault, Newtownabbey. This Knock Yazoo son out of a Baltier Thunderbird mother also goes for pedigree breeding, joining Danny & Darren McKay’s Rohan & Rowandale flocks, Ballymena, for 1000gns.
Standing next in the line – up to the champion and reserve champion for third place in the Ram Lamb class was Joe & Helen Stewart’s Staneybrae exhibit, a Haddo YOYO son out of a ewe sired by Tullylagan Tonka which later changed hands for 580gns.
Mr Tweed’s first place rosette in the shearling ram class went to Henry Gamble’s Springwell pen for his Bradley’s Underworld exhibit, later purchased for 620gns by Vivien Black, Cookstown. Standing next in the line-up was Kiltariff Texels owned by Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons. Their Strathbogie Wanted son out of a Chessy Popeye ewe sold for 450gns to Alex McLoughlin, Carnlough. Claiming third place was John Watson, Duvarren, with a homebred Duvarren Ultra son.
At the close of the sale 51 ram lambs, sold to an average of 369gns, while 24 shearling rams sold to an average of 422gns with an overall clearance of 91%.