Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland flock led the trade at the Northern Irish Texel Club’s in-lamb sale, Ballymena, when their recipient carrying an embryo sold at 1600gns.
This embryo pregnancy from a Glenside Topgun daughter out of a Tullagh Legend dam is the only embryo to be sold from 10K service sire Milnbank American Sniper and crossed the sea to John Howard, North Yorkshire.
Next best at 1050gns was the pre-sale champion, a gimmer from Beth and Jack Gault’s Cherryvale flock. This one is a Duncryne Uber Cool daughter out of a dam by Ballynahone Oscar and was sold carrying twins to Millar’s Windbrook. She was the pick of John Parke Raphoe, Co Donegal.
Selling for 900gns to Patrick Whyte, Co Waterford, was the O’Connor’s second embryo pregnancy. This one is from a Millcomb Ronaldo daughter out of a Mellorvale Masterpiece dam and is one of the Drumgooland flock’s most consistent breeding ewes and is sired by Scotsman Avicii.
Sharing second place for leading gimmer prices were Alastair Gault’s Forkins pen and Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland pen, selling in-lamb gimmers for 700gn each.
Ashley Dickson, Drumquin, Omagh, is the new owner of the Forkins entry, a Ballynahone Wild Child daughter out of an Ettrick Rainbow Warrior mother she is scanned for three to Halbeath Woody. This gimmer’s dam was out of the successful Forkins show team claiming second prize in the RUAS ewe class. This gimmers pen mates also featured in the leading prices selling to 680gns and 400gns twice.
The Drumgooland gimmer from Paul and Baillie O’Connor is an Usk Vale War-Lord daughter out of another Ettrick Rainbow Warrior dam with strong breeding lines having bred sheep to 7K, 5K, 4,5K and 4K. In lamb to new service sire Scotsman Avicii she also sold to Ashley Dickson.
Keeping the Drumgooland pen in the limelight, Judge James Adams awarded the pen first and second place rosettes for the empty ewe lambs with both selling for 700gns, one to G Hamilton, Downpatrick, and the other to Tom Evans, Carmarthen, Wales.
Claiming the second place rosette and reserve championship was Martin McConville with his Glenhone exhibit, a Milnbank Whiplash daughter out of a Sportsmans Titan dam, she is in lamb to Alderview Accolade and moves home to join Richard Kennedy’s flock, Ballywalter, for 350gns.