Bank Holiday Monday saw the beginning of the Northern Ireland Texel Club Shows and Sales at Rathfriland. The sale got off to a steady start with keen, consistent bidding for Texel Rams at the first Club sale of the season, setting the pace for the weeks to come. The evening’s events commenced with the pre-sale judging under the professional eye of Martin Cromie, Banbridge.
Sale prices peaked at 950gns twice for both the Judges Fane Valley Champion and Reserve Champion Texels. The Fane Valley Champion, a ram lamb from Mark Patterson, Alderview Texels Crumlin is a Sportsmans YaYa son out of a Baltier Thunderbird daughter while the Fane Valley Reserve Champion was selected from Gareth Tumelty’s Aideshill Shearling pen, a Redford Uzi son out of a homebred mother.
Also next in line for the money at 820gns in the Shearling exhibits was Peter Lamb, Richhill Texels with Drummillar Yolo a Springhill Viera son purchased as a lamb last year from James and Austin Morgan. First into the ring and changing hands for 750gns was Marshall and Sarah Riley’s aged ram exhibit Tullyhubert Winston, a Logie Durno Sampson son.
Mr Cromie’s second place shearling ram exhibit later sold for 720gns, a Forkins Supreme son out of Declan Byrne’s Treamount pen. Also making the same money was Liam McPolin’s homebred shearling ram, a Tamnharry Salsa son. Keeping prices strong from the Judge’s shearling line-up was Ciaran Cunningham with his fourth place Brackney exhibit, a Corryhill Watsapp son which sold for 700gns.
Demand for Texels continued into the evening with ram lambs selling at good prices. The Judge’s second place lamb changed hands for 800gns keeping up the pace set by the Judges Champion. He was a Millars Windbrook son from Eugene Brannigan’s Largy pen. Also selling for the same money was a homebred ram lamb from Frank Clewer’s Bluehill pen, a Bluehill Wing Man son out of a Millars Only One daughter. Making 550gns was Liam McPolin’s Tullagh Yan son out of a Duncryne Uber Cool mother with Naomi Ardis, Milburn Texels selling her Milburn Terminator son which stood fourth place in the line-up for 520gns.
Overall this was a steady evening’s trading with a total of 81 pedigree male Texels selling to average £460, which was up on the 2016 average.