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Northern Irish National Sale – 2013

Commercial customers drive Ballymena Texel trade

A robust commercial demand for well fleshed, well grown Texel rams was the driving force behind the trade at the Northern Irish National Texel Sale, Ballymena, on Tuesday 13 August.

British Texel Sheep Society chief executive John Yates said the trade was pleasing and proved the demand for quality Texel sires was as strong as ever among commercial sheep producers. “Despite the challenging conditions earlier in the year Northern Irish sheep farmers have once again shown their confidence in the Texel breed by investing in quality sires capable of breeding prime lambs which earn them a significant premium price.”

Lot 312 – Milestonehill Utah Jazz from Murray Annett – 6000gns
Milestonehill Utah Jazz

Leading the trade was a bid of 6000gns for Murray Annett’s pen leader from his Milestonehill flock. This was Milestonehill Utah Jazz a son of Ballygroogan Ronaldo out of a dam by Tullagh Legend which sold to Ian and Alistair Smith for their Feddal Road flock, Greenloaning, Perthshire, with Mr Annett retaining a third share.

Lot 240 – Botera Unstoppable from Gareth Fyffe – 3400gns
Botera Unstoppable

Following that the day’s second best call was a bid of 3400gns for Gareth Fyffe’s Botera Unstoppable. This lamb is by Knock Papoose and out of a dam by Millcomb Monarch and was knocked down to Leona & John Young, Redford flock – Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

Lot 317 – Forkins U Beauty from Alastair Gault – 2800gns
Forkins U Beauty

Alastair Gault then continued his run of form from the previous evening’s gimmer sale, taking 2800gns for his pen leader, Forkins Forkins U Beauty, a son of 21,000gns sire Knock Travis out of a Douganhill McFly dam which is also dam of Alastair’s 11,000gns gimmer from 2011. Taking him home was John Gilmour for the Humeston flock, Ayrshire.

Making the same money was Mary Clarke’s best lamb of the day Ballyrussell Ukka. This one is sired by homebred tup Ballyrussell Storm and is out of a Maineview Pledge-sired dam. He sold to The Beacom family, Ballywater, Co Down.

Lot 336 – Springwell Ustinoff from Henry Gamble – 2600gns
Springwell Ustinoff

Society vice-chairman Henry Gamble then sold his best at 2600gns, taking this money for Springwell Ustinoff. He is by Springwell Triathlon and out of a Teiglum Outlaw daughter. Buying this lamb was a four way syndicate of Adrian Liggett, James Wilson, John Foster and Brian Williamson.

And a brace also sold at 2100gns, with both of these coming from John Trimble’s Curley pen. Mr Trimble’s first at this money was Curley Uproar, a son of Mossknowe Pudsey out of dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece. This one sold to W J Cubitt, Ballymena.

Second at 2100gns was male champion from the pre-sale show, Curley United, a Strathbogie Smokey Blue son out of a dam by Kelso Oxygen. He found a new home with B Kirkham, Navan, Co Meath.

Two lambs then sold at 1900gns, with the first to make this price being John Foster’s Springhill Upwell. Sired by Langlands Samson he is out of a Blackstown Milo-sired dam and sold to Brian Dooher, Strabane, Co Tyrone.

The other at this price was Andrew Fyffe’s first lamb of the day from the Fairywater flock, Fairywater Ultra. Sired by Kelso Pavarotti he is out of a dam by Monalto Lucky Boy and is from the same family as the reserve champion from last year’s Ballymena sale. This one sold to Josephine Burns, Rathfriland, Co Down.

A total of four ram lambs then shared a price tag of 1800gns, with the first of these coming from the Warnock family’s Straidarran flock. This was Straidarran Ulysses, a son of Knock Travis out of a dam by Duncryne Ringmaster. He was knocked down to Pauric Farragher, Donegal, Co Donegal.

Second to make this price was the first from the Springhill pen of John Foster, Springhill Unstoppable. He is sired by Langlands Samson and is out of a dam by Ballynadrenta Nicefella. This one was bought by J Kerr, Comber, Co Down.

And another from the same vendor also sold at this money, with this being Springhill Utopia, a twin bron son of Samson out of a dam by Crawfordlands Outlook. He went to McKinney Bros, Maghera, Co Londonderry.

The final lamb at 1800gns was Owen Donohoe’s Derryvore Unbelievable. This son of Crailloch Trigger is out of a dam by Cherryvale Nijinksy and sold to Mary Clarke, Massey Avenue, Belfast.

Another of Gareth Fyffe’s lambs then made 1700gns with this being Botera Universal, a full ET brother to the 3400gns Botera Unstoppable. He was bought by John Foster, Castlederg, Co Tyrone and James Wilson, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

Then at 1650gns was David and James Boyd’s lamb from the Crawfordsland flock. He is sired by Beechvale Superior and out of a dam by Kerryhill Revelry. Taking him home was Ian Millar, Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

Paul O’Connor then sold his reserve male champion at 1600gns, with this being Drumgooland Unleased. He is sired by 5000gns sire Braehead the Real McCoy and is out of a dam by Clougher Physical. Buying him was P Niland, Kinvara, Co Galway.

At 1550gns was Ballyhivistock Unique from Messrs Simpson and Calvin, with this son of Hull House Schnapps being out of a dam by Redford Ollie and selling to G MacFarland, Trillick, Co Tyrone.

Trading away at 1500gns was Nathan Armstrong’s lamb, the first of day, Derryhoney Unbeatable. Sired by Glenside Razzle Dazzle he is out of a dam by Ballynahone Rissoto and was bought by John Foster.

Making the same price was Tamnamoney Upton from Roger Strawbridge. He’s by Knock Travis and out of a dam by Ballynahone Oscar. This one headed home with Michael Tumelty, Downpatrick, Co Down.

Shearling rams

Leading the shearling tup trade was a purchase by the Kermode family, Isle of Man, for their Orrisdale flock. This was Barclay Bell’s shearling from the Kiltariff flock. This was a Derryvore Ranger son out of a dam by Hillhead Orbit 1.

Second best in the shearlings was one from John Foster, Springhill Topnotch. He’s by Seneirl Samson and out of a dam by Kilrail House Independent. He sold to C McCloskey, Garvagh, Co Londonderry.

And the final shearling bid about 1000gns came at 1250gns for Adrian Liggett’s shearling Corbo Tycoon. He is sired by Cornerstone Royal Male and is out of a Teiglum Magnum daughter. Buying this one was James Fegan, Hilltown, Co Down.

Averages: 175 ram lambs £723.78, 105 shearling rams £578.80

Leading ram lamb pen averages where two or more sold

Gareth Fyffe – two sold to average £2677.50

Mary Clarke – two sold to average £2152.50

Murray Annett – four sold to average £2121

Roger Strawbridge – three sold to average £1190

John Trimble – four sold to average £1522.50

Martin Warnock – two sold to average £1365

John Foster – seven sold to average £1177.50

Champion leads Ballymena Texel gimmer prices at 4200gns

Texel breeders were in cautious mood at the first National Sale of the season, the Northern Irish National Sale at Ballymena, Co Antrim, with shearling ewe trade selective and only the best of breeding strongly sought after.

Leading the trade was the day’s female and overall champion from the pre-sale show, a gimmer from Alastair Gault’s Forkins flock at 4200gns. This was GAF 1200584, is embryo bred by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and out of a dam by Douganhill McFly which is maternal sister to 65,000gns Forkins Rocksolid. She sold to Mark Priestley, with a half share retained by the Forkins flock.

Following that at 3300gns was Brian Hanthorn’s reserve female champion and second prize gimmer from the Mullan flock, HBN1200475. She is by Fairywater Superstar and out of a dam by Loosebeare Imp. She was knocked down to Frank McNally, Draperstown, Co Londonderry.

And then at 2500gns was one from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater offering, FAO1200259. Sired by Strathbogie Stud she is out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks. This one heads to A Brannigan, Kilcoo, Co Down.

Selling for 1100gns was Brian Hanthorn’s second best of the night from the Mullan pen, HBN1200483. She’s by Ettrick Sir Alan and out of a dam by Brague Nixon. She was bought by L Dillon, Newross, Co Wexford.

Then making 1050gns was one from Barclay Bell and Sons. This one, BBK1200440, is by by Derryvore Ranger and out of a dam by Hillhead Orbit 1 and sold to C Cunningham, Kilkeel, Co Down.

Taking a 1000gns call was another from the Fairywater pen, FAO1200293. A daughter of Glenside Razzle Dazzle, she is out of a dam by Knock Impulse and was bought by Messrs Kermode, Isle of Man.

Best of the night in the ewe lambs offered by members of the Northern Irish Young Texel Breeders Club was a bid of 1800gns for a lamb from the Templepark flock of the Herdman family. This was a Haddo Ringleader daughter out of a dam by Clougher Physical. She sold to Brian Hanthorn, Tynan, Co Armagh.

Then came a bid of 1500gns for the first prize winner, WWB1300474 from the Wilson family’s Blackstown flock. She is by Springhill Twenty Twelve and out of a dam by Millcomb Powerhouse and sold to Messrs Breen, Tempo, Co Fermanagh.

Next best here was a brace of 800gns bids, with the first being paid for Adrian Liggett’s lamb by Knock Travis, LIG1300402. She is out of a dam by Ballynahone Oscar and sold to James Alexander, Randalstown

Second at this money was from Nathan Armstrong, Derryhoney. This lamb, ANH1300021, is by Millcomb Starbuck and out of a dam by Baltier Nailer. She sold to John Foster for the Springhill flock, Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

Averages: 46 shearling ewes £686.38, seven ewe lambs £903.

Female and overall champion, a gimmer from Alastair Gault’s Forkins flock at 4200gns
Female and overall champ and top priced gimmer lot 71


Brian Hanthorn’s reserve female champion and second prize gimmer from the Mullan flock
Reserve female champ lot 39

Ewe lamb lot 10 1800gns
Ewe lamb lot 10 1800gns

First prize ewe lamb lot 4
First prize ewe lamb lot 4

First prize recorded lamb lot 1170
First prize recorded lamb lot 1170

First prize shearling ram
First prize shearling ram

Male champ and reserve overall lot 131
Male champ and reserve overall lot 131

Reserve male champ lot 284
Reserve male champ lot 284

Show results

Shearling Ewe

1 – Alastair Gault, GAF1200584 (lot 71)

2- Brian Hanthorn, HBN1200475 (lot 39)

3- Peter Stubbs, SPU1200038 (lot 36)

4- Alastair Gault, GAF 1200503 (lot 72)

5- Nigel Ross, RVG1200265 (lot 27)

Shearling Ram

1- Mary Clarke, Ballyrussel Thor (lot 465)

2- Adrian Liggett, Corbo Tycoon (lot 512)

3- John Foster, Springhill Topnotch (lot 406)

4- Darren McKay, Rowandale Trident (lot 395)

5- Richard Henderson, Ballynahone Terrific (lot 496)

NI YBC ram lamb

1- John Trimble, Curley United (lot 131)

2- Messrs Annett, Milestonehill Uro Star (lot 314)

3- W and J Herdman, Templepark Usher (lot 322)

4- Nathan Armstrong, Derryhoney Unbeatable (lot 106)

5- Messrs Beacom, Castleknowe Ulm (lot 157)

Open ram lamb

1- Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland Unleased (lot 284)

2- Messrs Annett, Milestonehill Utah (lot 312)

3- Martin and Cyril Millar, Millar’s Uptake (lot 213)

4- John Trimble, Curley Uproar (lot 129)

5- Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater Ultra (lot 204)

Performance recorded ram lamb

1- Messrs Price, Loanends Upper Class (lot 1170)

2- Simpson and Calvin, Ballyhivistock Unique (lot 178)

3- Brian Hanthorn, Mullan Ultimatum (lot 338)

4- Martin and Cyril Millar, Millar’s Useful (lot 212)

5- Henry Gamble, Springwell Ustinoff (lot 336)

NI Young Breeders ewe lamb

1- Messrs Wilson, WWB1300474 (lot 4)

2- Adrain Liggett, LIG1300240 (lot 7)

3- Nathan Armstrong, ANH1300021 (lot 9)

4- David Chestnutt, CBU1300163 (lot 1)

5- Darren McKay, MR1300282 (lot 5)

Male champion – John Trimble, Curley United

Reserve male champion – Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland Unleased

Female champion – Alastair Gault, GAF1200584

Reserve female champion – Brian Hanthorn, HBN1200475

Overall champion – Alastair Gault, GAF 1200584

Reserve overall champion – John Trimble, Curley United

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