Commercial buyers dominated the ringside at the Northern Irish National Sale, Ballymena, with most rams sold to commercial lamb producers, reinforcing the decision to move the sale to a later date to suit local trading patterns.
Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said it was pleasing to see a large number of commercial buyers at the ringside and prepared to invest in quality rams to deliver top drawer prime lambs next spring.
“A 92% clearance in the shearling rams and an 82% clearance in the ram lambs demonstrates that Northern Irish Texel breeders continue to deliver the type of ram demanded by commercial customers and finishes off a highly successful round of National sales for the breed.”
Topping the trade at Ballymena was a 4000gns call for a ram from Naomis Ardis’ Millburn flock, with this money paid for Millburn All Star, a son of Usk Vale Yankee out of a Carmavy Striker daughter. This lamb was the pick of a number of breeders, eventually being knocked down to Messrs Simpson and Calvin, for the Ballyhavistock flock.
Second best call in the ram lambs was an 1800gns sale for the reserve champion from the pre-sale show. This was Nigel Ross’ Glenross Action Man, a Milestonehill Yankee Doodle son out of a dam by Curley Usher. He was sold to A H Wilson, Newton Cromellin.
Then making 1700gns was Alistair Breen’s Drumderg Alpha Male, a Drumderg Won and Only son out of a ewe by Teiglum Target. This third prize winner from the pre-sale show was bought by Messrs C and D Seaman, Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh.
And selling away at 1600gns was another from the same pen, Drumderg Aurelius. This is another by Won and Only and is out of a Teiglum Tornado daughter. He sold to Henry Gamble for the Springwell flock.
At the same money was Murray Annett’s best of the day, Milestonehill Ahab. Sired by Millar’s Yankee, he is out of a dam by Kelso Oxygen and was the choice of Josephine Burns, Rathfriland.
Then came a 1250gns sale for Staneybrae Angus from Joe and Helen Stewart. This son of Haddo Yoyo is out of a dam by Tullylagan Tonka and found a new home with Mary Clarke, Comber, Co Down.
Two then traded at 1100gns, with the first being Drumderg Allez from Alistair Breen. He is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a Springhill Twenty Twelve daughter and was taken by Geoffrey Fleck, Ballymena, Co Antrim.
The other at this level was Kiltariff Adriano from Barclay Bell and family, with this one being the pre-sale champion. He’s by Strathbogie Wanted and out of a dam by Cowal Viceroy. This one sold to Seamus McBride, Strabane.
Topping the shearling tups at 1340gns was Bohard Yog from Graham Rodgers. This son of Duvarren U Beauty II is out of a dam by Cullon Prince and sold to Shaws Hill Farm, Kells, Ballymena.
Second top at 1200gns was John Watson’s Duvarren Yorkie, a second prize winning son of Springhill Wrangler. He is out of a dam by Duvarren Texan and sold to A Bowles, Ballynahinch, Co Down.
Then making 1060gns was Henry Gamble’s best of the day, Springwell Yorker. Sired by Langlands Will I Am and out of a dam by Fairmount Stonewall he sold with an index of 267 and was bought by C Ferris, South Millisle.
After that came a 1040gns bid for Tamnamoney Yosemite from Roger Strawbridge. He’s by Duncryne Uber Cool and stood third in the pre-sale show. Bought by James Smyth, Banbridge, he is out of a dam by Clynnog Joe Tex.
And the final four figure sale in the shearlings came when John Watson sold Duvarren Yoke at 1020gns. He is by Springhill Wrangler and out of a dam by Knock Papoose and was the pick of Derek Robinson, Killinchy.
Average; 154 ram lambs £549, 58 shearling rams £702.59 (J A McLelland and Son).