Wednesday (6 September) evening’s gimmer sale at the Northern Irish National Texel Sale, Ballymena, saw a sale record average set on the back of strong bidding from an attentive ringside.
Levelling at £933.07, nearly £145 up on the sale’s previous best of £789 set in 2012, the sale was topped by Louise Breen’s gimmer from the Fourtres flock. This was LBU1600609, a Sportsmans Wilko daughter which had gone unsold in the ring, but later traded at 2500gns.
She is out of a Stainton dam by Sportsmans Tremendous and was first as a ewe lamb at Lurgan Show. She sold to Cahir McAuley, Sevenmile Straight, Antrim, for the Larkhill flock.
Selling at 2000gns was Gareth Fyffe’s reserve female champion from the Botera flock. This was FGY1600361, a single born daughter of Milnbank Womaniser out of a dam by Cwmcerrig Topper. She sold to Messrs Hamilton.
Next best at 1800gns was the Hanthorn family’s best, HBN1601314. This ET daughter of Strathbogie Wanted is out of a Haddo Ringleader daughter and sold with an index of 361. Buying this one was Eire-based breeders Pat and Barry Farrell of the Oberstown flock.
And making 1550gns was the fourth prize winner from the pre-sale show from Andrew Fyffe. This was FAO1600835, a Knock Trident daughter which had also gone unsold in the ring, but was sold afterwards. She is out of a Strathbogie Python dam and was bought by B and D Dougherty, Kircubbin, Newtonards.
And then at 1400gns was one from Andrew Fyffe, FAO1600823. She is a daughter of the homebred sire Fairywater Valiant and is out of a dam by Glenside Razzle Dazzle. She was bought by D A and N Simpson, Ballyrobert, for the Cornerstone flock.
Following her at 1050gns was another from the Hanthorn family’s Mullan flock, HBN1601382. She is an ET bred daughter of Garngour Upperclass and out of the same Haddo Ringleader-sired dam as the family’s 1800gns gimmer. Buying her was G Sproule, Castlederg.
Close behind her at 950gns was a second from Andrew Fyffe, FAO1600824. She is again by the homebred Valiant and out of a Razzle Dazzle daughter, with maternal sisters having sold previously to 1600gns. This one was bought by Fiona Brolly, Limavady.
Average; 22 gimmers £933.07 (J A McLelland and Son).