The first of the main summer shows saw a strong turnout of Texels at the Royal Ulster Show, with an aged ewe by Duncryne Uber Cool taking top honours in the early summer sunshine. Leading the eay for Jack Gault’s Cherryvale flock was GCN1401259, a two crop ewe out of an Ettrick dam by Knock Papoose. She went on to stand reserve interbreed champion on the fourth day of the show under judge Brian Davies, Brecon.
Judge Pip Kermode praised the ewe for her all round Texel characteristics and style. “She has an exceptional carcass coupled with great locomotion and breed character with the show ring sparkle needed to win at this level.”
The champion had stood third at Balmoral last year as a one crop ewe, while her sister had been first prize gimmer at Balmoral last year and further maternal sisters have sold for 10,000gns, 8000gns and 5000gns.
Standing reserve were the McCollam family with their shearling ewe, MSY1601045, from the Carmavy flock. This one is a daughter of Sportsmans Warrior II out of a Strathbogie ewe by Glenside Razzle Dazzle. “This gimmer caught the eye as soon as she came in the ring, she has a great body and moves well. On the day she was an easy winner in her class and it was a close call for the championship, but the older ewe just had the edge for character and style.”
Taking the award for the best animal of the opposite sex to the champion was John Foster’s shearling tup Bluehill Yogi, a Balldesland Thunder King son out of a dam by Springhill Shergar bouight at the Northern Irish National Sale last year for 1600gns.
Reserve to him was the second prize shearling tup from Messrs Aiken, Corbett and Cromie, Plasucha Yolo, a Kelso Wiseman son out of a Garngour Upperclass sired dam which was bought at Lanark last year for 1100gns.
In the aged tups the winner was Holylee Volcano from Henry Gamble, with this one being by Strathbogie Usher and out of a dam by Llangwm Rocky.
Meanwhile, the ram lambs were won by Martin and Cyril Millar with a lamb by Charben Yankee Boy and out of a dam by Knap Vital Spark, VMG1701566.
And in the ewe lambs the red ticket went to Paul and Baillie O’Connor with a daughter of Douganhill Young Gun, the champion from the Solway and Tyne Club Sale last September, and out of a dam by Duncryne Ubercool, OCP1700717.
Mr Kermode said breeders were to be congratulated for putting on such an excellent show of sheep so early in the season. “The standard across the board today was excellent. In every class there were great sheep from the top to the bottom and the lamb classes in particularly were a credit to the breed.”
1 – Henry Gamble’s Holylee Volcano
2 – Ben Casement’s Aideshill Vision
3 – Nigel Ross’ Curley Usher
4 – John Foster’s Mountain View V-Tech
5 – Patrick Donnelly’s Mossvale Whistler
1 – John Foster’s Bluehill Yogi
2 – Messrs Aiken, Corbett and Cromie’s Plasucha Yolo
3 – Henry Gamble’s Wydden Yuan
4 – Owen Donohoe’s Enniscrone Yeshyma
5 – Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland Youth Hunter I
1 – Jack Gault’s GCN1401259
2 – Henry Gamble’s CLZ1500522
3 – Victor Chestnutt’s CVC1400689
4 – Steven McCollam’s MSY1500892
5 – Stephen McNeilly’s SPF1500351
1 – Steven McCollam’s MSY1601045
2 – Alastair Gault’s GAF1601643
3 – Jack Gault’s GCN1601761
4 – Lousie Breen’s LBU1600697
5 – John Foster’s FTS1602882
1 – Martin and Cyril Millar’s VMG1701566
2 – Patrick Donnelly’s DNN1701279
3 – B & W McAllister’s MBF1703196
4 – E & P Johnston’s CBU1700319
5 – James Herdman’s HKP1701164
1 – Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s OCP1700717
2 – Martin and Cyril Millar’s VGM1701542
3 – Danny McKay’s YMK1700622
4 – Alastair Gault’s GAF1702022
5 – Martin and Cyril Millar’s VMG1701553