The NI Texel Breeders Club held their annual show and sale at Armoy Mart recently. Michael Smyth, Foyleview Texels, Limavady, judged the Glens Farm Supplies pre-sale show, commencing with the shearling class. Claiming the first place rosette was M and J Watson, Co Down, with a homebred Hillhead Vulcan son which later sold for 600gns to Eamon Hamilton. Also changing hands for the same money was Mary Clarke’s Ballyrussell exhibit, Mullan Yahoo, a Garngour Upperclass son and Sam McAuley’s Whitepark exhibit, a Ballynahone Wild Child son.
Standing next to Mr Watson in the line-up was the McKinney Bros, Maghera, with their Heathmount exhibit which changed hands to John McKeague for 570gns. The judges third place selection came from Brian Gardiner’s Ballyleeson pen. His Leapoges War Admiral son sold to Gareth Devlin for 400gns.
However, it was a Springwell shearling from Henry Gamble, Groomsport, which topped the sale at 700gns. His Langlands WILL.I.AM son also sold to Eamon Hamilton. Making the second best price of the evening was Murray Annett, Milestonehill Texels, selling his Mainview WIFI son to William Moore for 600gns.
The top price for a ram lamb was 520gns which went to two breeders – Sam McAuley, Whitemark Texels, for his Teglium Thunder son out of a Duncryne Uber Cool dam and the Glens Farm Supplies reserve champion from J Currie, Tullagh Texels, for a Milnbank Womaniser son out of a Kelso Picasso mother.
Trade for ram lambs remained consistent with Nigel Ross Glen Ross Texels taking the next best price selling at 510gns for his ram lamb exhibit, a Milestonehill Yankee Doodle son.
Changing hands for 460gns to James McCaughan was J and M Watson’s Hillhead ram lamb sired by Brague Wise Guy. Selling for the same money late in the sale was Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney exhibit, a Tophill Yankee Boy son, which stood first in the line-up and claimed the overall Glens Farm Supplies champion rosette.
Overall quality lots met with steady trade as 31 shearlings sold to an average up on last year’s sale of £475, while 52 ram lambs sold to an average of £434 with an overall clearance of 84%.