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Mullan BFG takes top call at NITBC Balmoral Sale

Stealing the limelight at last week’s Northern Irish Texel Club Sale at Bamoral Park was a ram lamb from the Hanthorn family’s Mullan flock. This was their ram lamb Mullan BFG was the first placed ram lamb and overall Bank of Ireland Champion at the pre-sale judging.  This mid-March born, a single embryo Knock Yazoo son out of a Garngour Upperclass ewe joins John Trimble’s Curley flock, Newry, for 3400gns.

The Ballyrussell pen from Mary Clarke was next to pocket the money in the ram lamb trade selling her homebred lamb, a Ballyrussell Storm son to John Watson, Duvarren Texels, Downpatrick, for 900gns.

Coming close behind was a Milnbank Alabama son from J Wilson and J Wilson Moses’s Blackstown pen, selling to Desmond Rooney Warrenpoint for 880gns.  The judge’s second place exhibit from Messrs J and R Currie was the next best.  Their Deveronvale Areo son out of a Kelso Picasso daughter was purchased for 850gns.

Judge Rodney McLaughlin chose his shearling ram winner from Henry Gamble’s Springwell pen.  Drumderg Aurelius, purchased as a lamb from Alistair Breen Drumderg Texels topped the shearling ram trade.  A Drumderg Won and Only son out of a Teiglum Tornado daughter changed hands for 1400gns and moves to join Barry Casement’s Butney flock, Downpatrick, Co Down.

Enjoying the trade too was Colin Gregg, Kildowney Texels.  His second place shearling, a son of Drumderg Yoshi out of a dam by Killyvolgan Ulsterman was knocked down for J S Watson, Downpatrick, for 820gns. John Watson, Duvarren Texels, moved on his third place shearling ram, Blackstown Andy, to Steve Smyth, Machynlleth, North Wales, for 850gns.  This ram, a Mullan Yeti son was used as a lamb and claimed third place at Castlewellan Show back in July.

Mr McLaughlin chose his 4thplace shearling from Mary Clarke’s Ballyrussell pen.  This tight skinned carcasy sheep, a Mainview Warner son, changed hands for 800gns.

The reserve champion in the pre-sale show and the winner of the shearling ewe class topped the female trade.  This was Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater exhibit, a Milnbank Womaniser out of a Baltier Utter Nutter daughter which sold to N McIlwaine, Newtownstewart, for 920gns.

Selling to the same buyer again from Mr Fyffe’s Fairywater pen was another Milnbank Womaniser daughter at 700gns. The Fairywater pen had consistent trade with an average of £676 for five shearling ewes.  Next up for the money was brother Gareth Fyffe with another Milnbank Womaniser from his Botera pen.  This time out of a Teiglium Thunder daughter she joins James Cleland’s Rose Hall Flock for 680gns.

Averages; 43 ram lambs £493.50, 16 shearling rams £525, 13 females £504 (Richard Beattie Livestock Sales).

Results of the Bank of Ireland Championship

Champion: Hanthorne Family Ram Lamb

Reserve Champion: Andrew Fyffe Fairywater Shearling Ewe


Shearling Ewe Class

1: A Fyffe

2: WJ Herdman

3: J Watson

4: C Price

5: M McConville

6: MJ Watson


Shearling Ram Class

1: H Gamble

2: C Gregg

3: J Watson

4: M Clarke

5: MJ Watson

6: G Rodgers


Ram Lamb Class

1: Hanthorne Family

2: J&R Currie

3: A Fyffe

4: A Kennedy

5: R Mulligan

6: A Breen



Other Leading prices

Shearling Rams

M&J Watson 600gns

M Clarke 500gns

M Annette 480gns


Ram Lambs

A Breen 750gns; 500gns;

G Fyffe 720gns

A Fyffe 700gns; 600gns; 480gns; 450gns

S Ferris 680gns

M Clarke 480gns

W Kennedy 450gns

L&K Beacom 450gns

R&M Mulligan 450gns


Shearling Ewes

A Fyffe 600gns; 500gns; 500gns

C Price 480gns


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