A guest consignment from Clitheroe, Lancashire-based Procters Farm, proved to the be the main attraction at Saturday’s Northern Stars sale of in-lamb Texel gimmers at Ballymena, taking the top three prices and the top flock average.
Leading the way at 6200gns was the first in the ring from Procters, PFD1403491. This ET bred gimmer is by the Lanark champion from 2013, Tophill Union Jack and is out of a dam by Sportsmans Scania. This full sister to Proctors Vancouver, reserve champion at the Royal Highland in 2014 goes back to an Annan ewe which bred the gimmer which was champion at the Highland and reserve at the Royal Welsh in 2014. Sold in-lamb to Glenside Whiskey Galore this one was claimed by Robbie Wilson for the Milnbank flock.
Another from the same pen also found a new home in Scotland, with this being PFD1403500. This one is also ET bred and is again by Tophill Union Jack, but this time is out of the 11,000gns Ettrick gimmer purchased in 2012. She sold carrying to Knap Wot A Nut and was bought by Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Argyll, for the Cowal flock, at 4200gns. This gimmer was part of the Proctors 2015 Show team, collecting the Texel championship and reserve interbreed title at Cumberland Show.
Next best at 3600gns was another out of the Procters pen, PFD1403595. This one is a Sportsmans Unimog daughter out of a dam by the 50,000gns Haddo Ringleader and sold in lamb to Tophill Union Jack. She was bought by Mark Patterson, Crumlin.
After that at 3300gns was the best of the sale from Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney flock, SRY1401048. This Oldfield United Star daughter is out of a Castlecairn Ion Rocket dam which has bred gimmers to 3200gns previously. She sold carrying twins to Knap Wot a Nut and was knocked down to Alastair Breen for the Drumderg flock, Tempo, Co Fermanagh.
The Procters consignment, brought out by flock manager Jeff Aiken, continued a good run when taking 3000gns for PFD1403503, a Douganhill Masterpiece daughter out of the same dam as this year’s Royal Welsh interbreed champion, Procters Ulrika and also the 8000gns Procters Vagabond. This one was also in lamb to Union Jack and sold to William Cubitt for his Long Mountain Flock, Rasharkin, Ballymena.
Following along after that at 1900gns was one from the Forkins flock of Alastair Gault, GAF1401180. This is a daughter of Duncryne Uber Cool out of a dam by Sportsmans Scania and in lamb to Usk Vale Warlord. She sold to Ian Millar for the Millcomb flock, Ballyclare.
Then came an 1850gns call for another Forkins entry, GAF1401126. This gimmer, an ET sister to the 2800gns Forkins Vodka again sold in lamb to Usk Vale War Lord and was the pick of John Greene, Donegal.
Another from Forkins then took the same call, with this being GAF1401157, an Uber Cool daughter out of the 11,000gns Balmoral interbreed champion from 2012. She sold to Gardiner Murdock, Broughshane, Ballymena.
Two more also sold at this level, with the first being from Richard Henderson’s Ballynahone pen. This was HBR1400642, an ET bred Knock Travis daughter out of a Duncryne Ringmaster dam and scanned in lamb to Teiglium Vigilante. She sold to the Derryvore flock of Owen Donohue, Enniskillen.
The final 1850gns bid came for one from Paul and Baillie O’Connor, Drumgooland. This was OCP1400329, a gimmer which was fifth at Balmoral and part of the interbreed pairs winning duo at Newry. She is by the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt and out of a Strathbogie Dam by Castlecairn SAS Commander. Sold carrying to Usk Vale War-Lord she was taken by John Trimble for the Curley Flock, Newry.
Averages; Procters 10 gimmers £2522.25, Forkins 18 gimmers £837.66, Ballynahone 10 gimmers £462, Clougher six gimmers £376.25, Drumgooland eight gimmers £639.18, Tamnamoney 14 gimmers £730.50 (Ballymena Livestock Mart).