January Gems Peak at £2,200.
The success of the January Gems inaugural Texel sale held at Ballymena Mart on the first Saturday of the New Year firmly placed this new event in the calendar of Texel In-lamb sales. The six flocks involved all experienced an excellent days trading with the Ballyhivistock flock taking the highest price of the day. The flock run by Samuel Simpson and his stepson Robert Calvin realised 2,100 gns for their Hullhouse Schnapps daughter in-lamb to Fairmount Seven-O-Seven, this very smart gimmer joins the Glengalliagh flock of Moore Hamilton, Londonderry. Ballyhivistock also took the third highest price of the day this time with a Fairmount Seven O Seven daughter in lamb to Schnapps, which sold to the Findrum flock of Neil Watson for £1210, while a pen mate of the first two, another Seven O Seven daughter in lamb to Forkins Umar realised £1050 through the ring, she travels to Draperstown to join Frank McNally’s Tullybrick flock. Overall Ballyhivistock sold 8 gimmers to an average of £817.69
Robin and John Trimble travelled from Co Down with a 15 strong pen of gimmers which averaged £672.20 overall. A super Kelso Oxygen daughter from a favourite female line, whose dam is reckoned to be the best Milestonehill O’Gara daughter in the flock sold to Drumgooland Texels bred by Paul O’Connor for a top pen price of £2,100. Another gimmer of note in this pen was a Kelso Oxygen daughter in-lamb to Brackenridge Transformer, which sold to Brian Williamson’s Farmhill flock for £945.
Also hitting the £945 mark was a Corbo Sparky daughter in-lamb to Botera Unstoppable from the Redford pen of Mrs Leona Young – she joins the Drewmar flock of Graham and Joanne McFarland, Trillick. The Redford and Kilrail House pens of John and Leona Young also enjoyed a good days trading taking home an average of £376 for 12 sold.
Brothers Chrissy and Marty Mullan’s Bluegates flock and the Gruig flock bred by Adrian McCartney both experienced a steady days trading with the Bluegates flock reaching a peak of £840 for a Mullan Superfly daughter in-lamb to Carran Sutherland’s Star. She was purchased by John Linton of Blackhill livestock. Over all Bluegates averaged £475 for 8 sold while Gruig averaged £325.50 for 12 sold reaching a top price of £630 for a Tamnamoney Powers daughter in-lamb to Humeston Talent.
All in all the first January Gems sale proved to be a run-away success firmly establishing it in the calendar of In-lamb Texel Sales for the foreseeable future.