Ballyclare-based breeder, Peter Boyd, topped the Northern Irish Texel Breeders’ Club in-lamb sale when Poseyhill XPB1701062, a Glenside Veegee daughter took top price of 900gns. This gimmer had earlier claimed first place and later overall champion under judge Andrew Kennedy. Out of a Fairywater Vendetta dam and going back to Millar’s Outstanding and Castlecairn Kennedy on her mother’s side, she is in lamb to Douganhill Blinder a Teiglium Youngun son and scanned with twins. She sold to Jonathon Moon, Cullybackey, to join his Carlinty flock.
Mr Boyd continued to enjoy the success with two further lots in the top five prices. Poseyhill XPB1701069 an Auldhouseburn Yippee KI Yay daughter and out of a Beechvale Superior dam made 500gns. In lamb with a triplet pregnancy to Irish Hill Braveheart she moves home to J and W Breaden, Co Monaghan. Also changing hands for the same money was another from Glenside Veegee, this time out of a Knock Travis mother. Also in lamb with twins to Douganhill Blinder she heads to Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, to join David Hutchinson’s flock.
Claiming second place in Mr Kennedy’s shearling ewe line-up was Alistair Breen’s Drumderg Flock. Drumderg BQU1700202(E), is a Glenside Wild Boy daughter out of a Tamnamoney bred mother by Oldfield United Star, in lamb to joint owned Forkins Baz who was purchased in Lanark for 5000gns. She later sold for 480gns to Gerard McCormick, Ringsend, Garvagh. Also, from the same pen, Mr Breen sold a Strathbogie Terminator daughter Drumderg BQU1700217(E) out of a Cornerstone Tin Tin dam, in lamb to the same sire to Brian Kirkham, Navan, Co Meath, for 460gns.
Catching the judge’s eye in the Texel Young Breeder’s class and claiming first and second place rosettes and later reserve champion was James Wilkinson’s Ballygroogan pen. First place and overall champion was given to a Corskie Whopper daughter Ballygroogan WVB1700403(1). She is out of a Garngour Vertigo mother, and in lamb with twins to Dervonvale Alonso and from the same family as the 17,000gns Teiglum Thunder. She sold for 450gns to Alex Knox, Broughshane. Mr Wilkinson’s second place rosette went to Ballygroogan WVB1700371(E), a Tullagh Yogi daughter out of a Strathbogie Untouchable dam. In lamb to the same sire as the reserve champion she later changed hands for 500gns to David Adams, Portglenone.
Also making the top prices for a female not shown in the pre-sale judging was Stewart Ferris Bellefield Texels, selling Bellefield AFB1700361(E), a Ballyrussell Vectra daughter out of a Grangour Vodka dam for 580gns. This gimmer’s maternal brother was first prize in the YDP class and reserve male champion at the NI National Premier Sale back in August 2018 with a full sister retained for the Bellefield flock. In lamb to Scotsman Apollo 11, she joins the Ballyneal Flock of Stephen and Cadan Scullion, Cookstown.