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Northern Irish National Sale – 2012

Ram lambs sell to 6000gns peak at Northern Irish National sale

Ram lamb trade at the Northern Irish National Texel Sale, Ballymena, reflected the current sheep market conditions in the province with top quality lambs in ready demand, but commercial producers were more reluctant to spend big so early in the season.

British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the prices had borne out the quality sells message that was still at the core of the Texel breed and reflected the uncertainty in the market at the current time. “Northern Irish sheep producers haven’t been enjoying the best of prices in recent months, with prime lamb, store lamb and breeding ewe prices all significantly below the levels seen on the mainland.

“Understandably commercial producers faced with lower than desired returns are being more cautious with their ram buying budgets this year.”

That said the sale did see a top price of 6000gns achieved for a tup lamb from David Warwick’s Braehead flock, Ballymena. Mr Warwick’s sale topper was Braehead Touch of Class, a son of Mossknowe Pudsey out of a dam by Mullan Photogenic.

This striking lamb was bought by a consortium of four buyers, including three from Northern Ireland. Taking equal shares were Procters Farm, Procters, Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, Cynthia Aiken, Carnew and Edna Corbett, Laganbann.

And the second best price of the day also came for a lamb from Mr Warwick’s pen, with this being Braehead The Real McCoy at 5000gns. This lamb is by Glenside Ring A Ding and out of a dam by Mullan Photogenic.

He was bought by another consortium of buyers, including Victor Chestnutt, Clougher, David Chestnutt, Bushmills, Michael Smyth, Foyle View, and Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland.

Mr O’Connor recouped his outlay late in the day when he sold Drumgooland Tattoo for 4500gns. This is a Baltier Panther son out of a Cowal ewe sired by Kelso Pavarotti and sold to Henry Gamble, Robert Kennedy, James Adams and Martin Cromlie.

Mossknowe Pudsey’s genetics were to the fore again in the next best priced lamb when Brian Hanthorn sold Mullan Tin Tin at 3800gns. This is a son of Mullan Supremacy, himself a Pudsey son and is out of a dam by Brague Nixon. He was bought by E G Thomas.

Following him at 3400gns was Cornerstone Temple Mount from the Simpson family. He is similarly bred to the 3800gns lamb being another by Mossknowe Pudsey and out of a dam by Mullan Photogenic. He was bought by Henry Gamble for the Springwell flock.

Having enjoyed a bumper female sale on Monday evening Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater flock was also among the money on Tuesday when he sold to a top of 3200gns for Fairywater Tsunami by Castlecairn Celtic Star and out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks. Taking this one home was Harper George, Haramar.

A pair of ET brothers from Murray Annett then sold at 3100gns, with these being Milestonehill Tyson and Milestonehill Toploader. These are by Ballygroogan Ronaldo and out of a dam by Tullagh Legend.

Buying Tyson was Aiden Branagan, while Toploader was snapped up seconds later by John Greene.

Next best at 2600gns was one from the Ballyhivistock pen from Messrs Simpson and Calvin. Leading the way for their pen was Ballyhivistock Titan by Hull House Schnapps and out of a dam by Redford Ollie. He found a new home with the Kermode family for the Orrisdale flock, Isle of Man

A pair of lambs then sold at 2000gns, with the first being Crawfordlands Tyson from David and James Boyd which made 2000gns when selling to Messrs Kermode. This is a Beechvale Superior son out of a dam by Poseyhill Organgrinder.

The other lamb to make this money heads to Scotland with Gordon Gray for the Ettrick flock and was Blue Gates Top Gun from C and M Mullan. He is a son of Mullan Superfly and is out of a dam by Milestonehill O’Gara.

Shearling rams

Taking the best price of the sale in the shearling rams was John Foster’s Springhill flock, when he sold Springhill Supermodel at 5800gns. Sired by Halley Pathfinder he is out of a dam by Corbo Keane and heads to Wales with L T & F A Jones and G E Jones, having stood first in the pre-sale show.

Mr Foster also took the day’s second best shearling price of 1650gns when he sold Springhill sheriff at 1650gns. This Kelso Picasso son is out of a dam by Curley O’Kelly and was bought by John Watson.

And selling at 1600gns was James Cleland’s shearling Rose Hall Sir Percy, a son of Rose Hall Orlando out of a dam by Rose Hall Maestro. He was knocked down to J A Arnold.

A clutch of new and existing breeders led the charge to buy the best of Northern Irish Texel gimmers at the Northern Irish National Texel sale at Ballymena on Monday night where the average rose by £131 on the 2011 fixture.

With a gimmer from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater flock having taken the female and overall championship in the pre-sale show the scene was set for a bumper trade.

Female and overall champion was Andrew Fyffe’s gimmer which sold at 11,000gns
Andrew Fyffe's gimmer

And so it proved with the Fairywater gimmer, a daughter of former sire of the year Strathbogie Python, selling for the night’s top price of 11,000gns, equalling the record for a Northern Irish Texel female.

The gimmer, FAO1100201, is out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks and was the subject of a frenetic bidding battle which was eventually won by Michael and Melanie Alford, buying for their Foxhill flock, based in Devon.

Reserve female champion was Brian Hanthorn’s gimmer which sold for 3500gns
Brian Hanthorn's gimmer

Taking the night’s second best price of 3500gns was the day’s reserve female champion from Brian Hanthorn’s Mullan flock. This daughter of homebred sire Mullan Royal Flush, HBN1100334, is out of a dam by 120,000gns tup Loosebeare Imp. She was bought by Robin Ellis for the Elgur flock, Borthyn.

Then selling at 2800gns was another from Andrew Fyffe. This was FAO1100178, a daughter of Fairywater Olympian out of a dam by Milestonehill O’Gara. She was the choice of James and Austin Morgan, Newry, Co Down.

John Currie’s Tullagh flock then sold its first in the ring at 2700gns to the Alfords. This was CJT1100239, a Garngour Patriot daughter out of a dam by Cherryvale Nijinsky.

Another from the Mullan flock of Brian Hanthorn and this time by Mossknowe Pudsey and out of a dam by Knock Impulse then sold at 2000gns to Liam Cowan, Hollymount, Co Mayo.

Following that at 1800gns was Richard Henderson’s first in the ring, a Maineview Lionheart daughter, HBR1100237. Out of a dam by Douganhill McFly she sold to Robert Fleming, Lockerbie.

Mr Henderson’s next, a Ballynahone Rissoto daughter then made the same money when selling to Charles and David Seaman, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. This was HBR1100311, out of another McFly daughter.

Taking the top ticket in the inaugural Northern Ireland Young Texel Breeders Club ewe lamb sale was Claire Beacom with this lamb which sold for 1700gns
Claire Beacom

Earlier in the sale the first prize ewe lamb from the inaugural Northern Ireland Young Texel Breeders Show and Sale had sold at 1700gns. This was Claire Beacom’s lamb, BKL1200116, by Springhill Six Pack and out of a dam by Ballyhivistock Pop Star. She was bought by Messrs McFarland, Co Tyrone.

Fetching 1600gns was a Fairywater Olympian daughter, GRS1100407, from Henry Gamble when bought by Ernest Hogg, Derryharney, Co Fermanagh. This one is out of a dam by Milestonehill O’Gara.

Averages: 198 ram lambs £728.37, 99 shearling rams £613.08, 58 gimmers £833.12, three ewe lambs £847

Top flock averages (where two or more animals sold)

Ram lambs

David Warwick, Braehead, three averaged £4060

Murray Annett, Milestonehill, four averaged £1911

Simpson and Calvin, Ballyhivistock, four averaged £1837.50

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, five averaged £1596

David and James Boyd, Crawfordsland, two averaged £1323

Shearling rams

J, R and G Foster, Springhill, seven averaged £1765.50

James Cleland, Rose Hall, two averaged £1155

John Watson, Duvarren, five averaged £835.80

Shearling ewes

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, four averaged £3832.50

Brian Hanthorn, Mullan, four averaged £1627.50

Henry Gamble, Springhill, two averaged £1365

J and R Currie, Tullagh, four averaged £913.75

Richard Henderson, Ballynahone, seven averaged £859.50

Show report

In the pre-sale show judge Geraint Jones of the Erw flock, Corwen had picked out Andrew Fyffe’s gimmer as his champion, with a tup lamb from Mr Fyffe taking the reserve championship spot, making it a unique double for the Fairywater flock.

Taking the overall championship for Mr Fyffe was his gimmer FAO1100201. Sired by Strathbogie Python this one is out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks and is full sister to the champion from Omagh and Castlewellan.

Male champion was Andrew Fyffe’s ram lamb
Andrew Fyffe's ram lamb

Reserve overall was Fairywater Tribute, a son of Cornerstone Isaac and out of a dam by Knock Impulse. His dam is a maternal sister to last year’s sale topper, 9000gns tup Fairywater Superstar.

Taking the reserve female championship was Brian Hanthorn’s second prize gimmer, HBN1100334, an ET bred daughter of Mullan Royal Flush out of a dam by 120,000gns sire Loosebeare Imp.

Reserve male champion was Owen Donohoe’s ram lamb
Owen Donohoe's ram lamb

And in reserve spot in the males was Derryvore Terminator from Owen Donohoe. This son of Glasker Supreme is out of a dam by Straidarran Kojak.


Supreme Champion

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater – lot 21 – FAO11OO201

Reserve Champion

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, Lot 330 – FAIRYWATER TRIBUTE – FAO1200300

Male Champion

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, Lot 330 – FAIRYWATER TRIBUTE – FAO1200300

Reserve Male Champion

Owen Donohoe, Derryvore, Lot 388 – DERRYVORE TERMINATOR – XOD1200258

Female Champion

Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater – lot 21 – FAO11OO201

Reserve Female Champion

Brian Hanthorn, Mullan, lot 65 – HBN1100334



Shearling ewe

1st Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater – lot 21 – FAO11OO201

2nd Brian Hanthorn, Mullan – lot 65 – HBN1100334

3rd third Messrs Currie, Tullagh – lot 92 – CJT1100239

4th Richard Henderson, Ballynahone – lot 49 – HBR1100237

5th and fifth, Gareth Tumelty, Aideshill – lot 86 – TGA1100131

Ballymena shearling ram

1st John Foster, Springhill – lot 499 – SPRINGHILL SUPERMODEL – FTS1100432

2nd Adrian Liggett, Corbo – lot 452 – LIG1100167

3rd James Cleland, Rose Hall – lot 457ROSE HALL SIR PERCY – CJZ1100097

4th Fraser Tweed, Ballycoose – lot 544 – GRUIG SHAMROCK – VMA1100511

5th Graham Rodgers, Bohard – lot 508 – BOHARD SUPERSTAR – ROG1100132

Young Handlers ram lamb

1st Kennedys, Maineview, lot 174 – MAINEVIEW TYSON – KMR1200185

2nd David & James Boyd, Crawfordsland, lot 367 – CRAWFORDSLAND TYSON – BOY1200506

3rd T J Carson, Downkillybegs, lot 143 – DOWNKILLYBEGS TOM TOM – CTD1200526

4th Robert Mulligan, Brague, lot 407 – BRAGUE TIP TOP – MRB1200477

5th David Warwick, Braehead, lot 216 – BRAEHEAD TOUCH OF CLASS – QDA1200214

Open ram lamb

1st Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater, Lot 330 – FAIRYWATER TRIBUTE – FAO1200300

2nd Owen Donohoe, Derryvore, Lot 388 – DERRYVORE TERMINATOR – XOD1200258

3rd T J and K Carson, Downkillybegs, Lot 145 – DOWNKILLYBEGS TROJAN – CTD1200513

4th Alastair Gault, Forkins, Lot 125 – FORKINS TOPPER – GAF1200509

5th Brian Hanthorn, Mullan, Lot 218 – MULLAN TYSON – HBN1200479

Recorded ram lamb

1st Cyril & Martin Millar, Millar’s, Lot 347 – MILLAR’S TALENT – VMG1200646

2nd Simpson & Calvin, Ballyhivistock, Lot 291 – BALLYHIVISTOCK TERMINATOR – SCY1200491

3rd Fraser Tweed, Ballycoose, Lot 281 – BALLYCOOSE TORNADO – TQB1200058

4th Henry Gamble, Springwell, Lot 205 – SPRINGWELL TYRONE – GRS1200823

5th Brian Hanthorn, Mullan, Lot 220 – MULLAN TITAN – HBN1200486

Northern Irish Young Breeders ewe lamb

1st K A, L A & Claire Beacom, Castleknowe, BKL1200116

2nd Baillie O’Connor, Windermere, OCL1200153

3rd Adrian Liggett, Corbo, LIG1200200

4th John Trimble, Curley, TYC1200252

5th Robert & Andrew Kennedy, Maineview, KMR1200174

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