An 850gns bid for the pre-sale champion led the first of the Northern Irish Texel Club’s sales at Rathfriland last Monday (27 August).
This sale topper was a shearling ram from Gareth Tumelty’s Aideshill pen which had been tapped out by judge Mary Clarke of the Ballyrussel flock. He is a Crailloch You’re the Boy son out of a Tamnamoney Torrens daughter.
Mr Tumelty also sold this sheep’s penmates, a brace of Crailloch You’re the Boy sons out of ewes by Tamnamoney Torrens daughter and Loanends Skid Row for 650gns and 570gns, respectively.
Next in line for the money at was Eugene Branagan, Newry, with his Largy shearling ram. This Strathbogie Wildcard son out of a homebred ewe by Baltier Rascal 1 stood fifth in the judge’s line-up and sold for 800gns. Liam McPolin, Tamnaharry Texels Newry, kept bidding strong with a Tullagh Yan son changing hands for 720gns. Mr McPolin also sold this ram’s full brother for 600gns to J P Fearon. Making the same money was Naomi Ardis with her Milburn exhibit, a Cowal Viceroy son and Murray Annett with his fourth place Milnbank Womaniser son.
Demand for Texels continued into the evening with the sale of the ram lambs. Breeder Mark Patterson, Alderview Texels, topped the ram lamb sales with an Arkle Awesome son selling for 680gns. Naomi Ardis’s Milburn pen was next to pocket the cash with a Glenside Willie Winkie son selling for 580gns to S & P McNeill.
Changing hands for 550gns was John Trimble’s Curley entry. This Millar’s Windbrook son out of a Hillhead Trademark daughter stood first in the ram lamb class and claimed reserve champion. He takes up residence with A McMullan for 550gns.
Keeping the trade alive was Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen selling a Knock Trident son for 520gns to T Newell. Also continuing to get good trade was Eugene Branagan’s Largy pen with a Charben Valentine son which stood sixth in the ram lamb class. He changed hands for 500gns to Patrick Trainor.
Overall this was a steady evening’s trading with a total of 64 rams selling to average £404.77.