Demand for Texel rams was evident recently at the NI Texel Breeders Show and Sale in Ballymena Livestock Mart recently with a packed ringside throughout the sale of shearling and ram lambs.
The sale was topped with the judge David Chestnutt’s Tullivin Growvite champion from the ram lamb class reaching four figures. Barclay Bell and Sons Kiltariff Texels, Moorfield Farm saw their Sportsmans Yogi Bear son out of a Fairywater Superstar dam sell for 2000gns to join the Derryvore Flock of Owen Donohue, Enniskillen.
The pre-sale reserve champion was next up for another four figure sum. From Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen, a lamb sired by Knap Alligator out of a knock Trident mother, he sold to Alastair Barkley for 1200gns.
Third in line for the cash in the ram lambs was one from the Braehead consignment of Ballymena breeder David Warwick. Braehead Believer, a Midcombe Axel son from a Strathbogie Terminator dam was purchased by A McCafferty, Macosquin, Coleraine, for 680gns.
Also form the same pen was Braehead Bombay and by the same sire selling for 620gns to D Hamilton Rathfriland. Enjoying the same trade was Jack Gault’s Cherryvale consignment with his Knock Yazoo son also out of a Terminator ewe selling to G McCambridge, Ballycastle.
Leading the way for shearling rams was Mr Chestnutt’s second place exhibit. From John Watson’s Duvarren pen, his Hillhead Yale 11 son sold to Maurice Robinson, Richhill Co Armagh, for 900gns. Selling to the same buyer from the same pen was a homebred shearling sired by Duvarren Winston for 750gns.
Mr Chestnutt’s fourth place exhibit was next to enjoy one of the leading prices also selling for 750gns. From Megan Shaw’s Mounthill pen, her Rowan Yankee son out of a Forkins Verace dam heads to join John McSorley’s flock in Omagh.
Maintaining consistent prices for the Duvarren pen, Mr Watson saw the last of his consignment sell for 720gns. This Duvarren Ultra son also sold to John McSorley, Omagh. The Judge’s first place exhibit, a Drumcryne Uber Cool son from Richard Henderson Ballynahone pen was knocked down for 680gns to Neill Monaghan, Fermanagh.
Averages; 31 shearling rams £562, 85 ram lambs £400 (Ballymena Livestock Mart).
Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Tulivin Growvite
Champion: B Bell and Sons, Kiltariff
Reserve champion: A Fyffe, Fairywater
Shearling Ram Class
1stRichard Henderson, Ballynahone
2ndJohn Watson, Duvarren
3rdM&J Watson, Hillhead
4thMegan Shaw, Mounthill
5thNigel Ross, Glenross
6thMurray Annett, Milestonehill
Open Ram Lamb Class
1stB Bell & Sons, Kiltariff
2ndAndrew Fyffe, Fairywater
3rdRichard Henderson, Ballynahone
4thNigel Ross, Glenross
5thAlastair Gault, Forkins
6thS&J McCollam, Carmavy