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Ram lambs hit 3300gns at Northern Irish National with strong demand for gimmers

Northern Irish National Sale ram lamb trade hits 3300gns high

Northern Irish breeders saw a top of 3300gns at the Texel Sheep Society’s first National sale of the autumn season at Ballymena. A bumper entry in both numbers and quality matched up to the usual exemplary service from the team at Ballymena Mart.

Texel Sheep Society chief executive said Northern Irish breeders had once again presented an excellent standard of sheep for the sale which attracted the attention of a large number of pedigree and commercial sheep producers from across the province and further afield.

“The standard of sheep at this sale continues to improve every year and breeders are to be commended for putting a great show of sheep in front of the buyers again.

“Unfortunately the current situation in the prime sheep trade has held ram buyers back in their bidding, but pleasingly breeders have continued to invest, showing the confidence they have in Texels to provide a profitable future for their businesses,” he explained.

The Society is grateful to sale sponsors Neogen and Farmers Guardian for their support at this opening Society sale of 2015.

Leading the ram lamb trade were James and Austin Morgan with their lamb, Drummillar World Class MIJ1500277. This Baltier Thunderbird son is out of a dam by Knock Papoose and sold in half shares to Welsh buyers Gareth Oliver, Tregarth, and G W Jones, Gwyddelwern.

John Foster then collected 2500gns for his best lamb of the day, Springhill Winning Glory, FTS1502508. This Springhill Vegas son is out of a dam by Millcomb Powerhouse and was the pick of S McGuiness, Letterbreen, Co Fermanagh.

Next best on the day was 2150gns paid for Innisrush Winnepeg, WHY1500021, from young breeder Philip Whyte. This Stainton Victor son is out of a dam by Kelso Picasso and sold to Nathan Armstrong, Derryhoney, and Peter Stubbs, Snowhill.

And three then sold at 2000gns, with the first of these being the Currie family’s Tullagh Whiskey, CJT1500974. This sold of Mossvale Visa is out of a dam by Fairywater Superstar and was sold in a two-way split to Robert Cockburn, Knap, and Ian and Alister Smith, Feddal Road.

Alastair Gault then took the same money for the male and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show, Forkins Wolf, GAF1501332. This son of the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt is out of a dam by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior and sold to Ryan Brolly, Greysteel, Eglint.

The final 2000gns call came for another from the Morgan family, Drummillar Wizard, MIJ1500276. This son of the 2013 Lanark champion Tophill Union Jack is out of a dam by Heathmount Rhinestone and sold to Messrs Simpson and Calvin, Ballyhivistock, James Adams, Kerryhill, and Colin Gregg, Kildowney.

Selling then at 1800gns was Peter Boyd’s best of the day, Poseyhill Well Chosen, XPB1500834. Sired by Glenside Veegee, he is out of a dam by Poseyhill The Hulk and sold to Mark Clarke for the Ballyrussell flock.

After that came a 1650gns bid for Ballygroogan Wilky, WVB1500196, the second prize ram lamb from the open class in the pre-sale show. This lamb from young breeder James Wilkinson is by Tophill U Cracker and out of a dam by Hexel Lexus. He sold to J and H Thomas, Bryn Garth, Anglesey.

Just shy of that at 1600gns was Adrian Liggett’s reserve male champion, Corbo Wagon Wheel, LIG1500348. This son of Clarks Unreal is out of Glenside Topgun and sold to Sean Burns, Rathriland.

And a pair then traded at 1200gns, with the first of these being Tullylagan Wildcard. HPY1501043, from Philip Hammond and family. Sired by Orrisdale Viking he is out of a dam by Kelso Photo Finish and was bought by Michael Cunningham, Bryansford.

The other at this level was Springhill Wise Guy, FTS1502493, from John Foster, with this Springhill Vegas son being out of a dam by Springhill Superman and selling to the Isle of Man-based Orrisdale flock of Pip Kermode and family.

Shearling Rams

In the shearling rams the best sale of the day came when John Foster sold Springhill Velvet Crush, a Derryhoney Unbeatable son at 1400gns. This one is out of a dam by Corbo Keane and sold to James Hepburn, Draperstown.

Next up at 1200gns was a shearling from Henry Gamble, Springwell VIM. This son of Bradleys Underworld is out of a dam by Derryvore Ranger and was knocked down to P L McKeague, South Millisle.

Following him at 1100gns was Adrian Liggett’s best shearling of the day, Corbo Vinnie. This son of McBride U2 is out of a Strathbogie Stud dam and sold to Mick Burke, Claudy.

And making 1000gns was Mary Clarke’s shearling tup, Ballyrussell VG. He’s a son of Slieveroe Titanic and out of a dam by Maineview Sanchez. He was bought by John Keenan, Omagh.

Averages; 158 ram lambs £552.71, 71 shearling rams £606.34.

Shearling Ewes trade to 2100gns

A solid demand underpinned the trade at this evening’s sale of shearling ewes at the Northern Irish National Texel Sale, Ballymena. Such was the demand from a packed ringside that the sale saw 28% more gimmers find new homes than the same fixture last year.

Leading the prices was Gareth Fyffe’s gimmer from his Botera flock at 2100gns, with this price paid for FGY1400293, an ET bred daughter of Douganhill McFly out of a dam by Ettrick My Jinks. She sold to Mark Hudson.

Then at 1700gns was the first prize gimmer and female and overall champion from the pre-sale show from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater flock, FAO1400599. She  is by Cwmcerrig Topper and is out of a dam by Strathbogie Stud and sold to the Kermode family, Isle of Man.

Following that at 1500gns was the best of the evening from Paul and Baillie O’Connor, OCP1400341 from their Drumgooland pen. This ET bred gimmer is by the 2014 sire of the year Oberstown Usain Bolt and out of a Millcomb Ronaldo daughter.

Also making this price was Owen and Liam Donohoe’s gimmer from their Derryvore flock, with this one selling to Roger Strawbridge. This was XOD1400525, a Teiglum Tornado daughter out of a dam by Mellor Vale Masterpiece.

Next best at 1400gns was another from Andrew Fyffe, FAO1400595, another by Cwmcerrig Topper and this time out of a Cornerstone Isaac daughter. She sold to Edgar Johnson.

After that came a 950gns call for Peter Boyd’s second in the ring, a Knock Travis daughter. This was XPB1400682, an ET bred gimmer out of a dam by Milestonehill Outcast. She sold to Messrs Foster.

And selling to 850gns was James and Austin Morgan’s ewe from their Drummillar flock. This Scholars Twenty Twleve daughter is out of a dam by Fairywater Olympian.

Four then traded at 800gns, with the first of these being another from Paul and Baillie O’Connor and another by Usain Bolt. This was OCP1400321, a gimmer out of a Douganhill Navahoe dam.

Second at this money was David Warwick’s Scholars Twenty Twelve daughter, QDA1400399. She is out of a dam by Humeston Starbuck and sold to John Crawford.

The reserve female champion then also made 800gns, with this one coming from the Annett family. This was ALL1400957, a Balldesland Usher daughter out of a dam by the homebred sire Milestonehill Samuel.

And the final 800gns call came for Richard Reynolds’ sole entry from the Killyvolgan flock. This Strathbogie Terminator daughter is out of a Millcomb Powerhouse dam.

Leading the trade in the ewe lambs was a 700gns sale for Adrian Liggett’s second prize lamb. This was LIG1500360, a Tophill Union Jack daughter out of a dam by Glenside Topgun. She sold to Jack Robinson.

Averages; 50 gimmers £669.27, three ewe lambs £551.25 (J A McClelland and Son).

Full Show Report

Andrew Fyffe collected the supreme championship in the pre-sale show under judge Peter Longdin at this year’s Northern Irish National Sale, taking the top ticket with his first prize winning gimmer which stood female champion.

This one from Andrew’s Fairywater flock, FAO1400599, is by Cwmcerrig Topper and is out of a dam by Strathbogie Stud.

Standing reserve overall was the winner of the open ram lamb class and today’s male champion, Forkins Wolf from Alistair Gault. This Oberstown Usain Bolt son is out of a dam by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior which has bred sons to 4000gns.

Taking the reserve female ticket was the second prize gimmer, Messrs Annett’s Milestonehill gimmer, ALL1400957, a Ballydesland Usher daughter out of a dam by Milestonehill Samuel.

Reserve male champion was Adrian Liggett’s ram lamb from the young breeders class, Corbo Wagon Wheel. This one is by Clarks Unreal and out of a dam by Glenside Topgun.

Class Results

NITYB Ewe Lambs

1 – Baillie O’Connor OCP1500496

2 – Adrian Liggett LIG1500360

3 – James Boyd BOY1501037

4 – Jack Gault GCN1501469

5 – J Wilson WWB1500722

Shearling Ewes

1 – Andrew Fyffe’s FAO1400599

2 – Messrs Annett’s ALL1400957

3 – Messrs Boyd’s XPB1400667

4 – Alistair Gault’s GAF1401110

5 – Baillie O’Connor’s OCL1400326

Shearling Rams

1 – James Cleland’s Drumgooland Vinny

2 – Messrs Annett’s Milestonehill V-Tech

3 – Mary Clarke’s Ballyrussell VG

4 – Martin McConville’s Tophill Vortex

5 – Adrian Liggett’s Corbo Vinnie

NITYB Ram Lambs

1 – Adrian Ligget’s Corbo Wagon Wheel

2 – James Wilkinson’s Ballygroogan Wonderboy

3 –Andrew Kennedy’s Maineview Wispa

4 – Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland Wild Buck

5 – Messrs Millar and McComb and J McComb’s Millcomb Winchester

Open Ram Lambs

1 – Alistair Gault’s Forkins Wolf

2 – James Wilkinson’s Ballygroogan Wilky

Alex Thompson’s Kilcoan Winston

Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater Wonderboy

Andrew Kennedy’s Maineview Wild Card

PRT Ram Lambs

1 – Messrs Millar’s Millar’s Whirlwind

2 – Simpson and Calvin’s Ballyhivistock Winston

3 – Brian Hanthorn

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