Ballygorian Texels top Hilltown trade

TEXEL HILLTOWN RI Farm
CHAMPION: Sponsor Alan Megaw, Fane Valley and judge Robert Gamble hand over the Fane Valley Championship to Jim Killen, Ballygorian Texels, for his shearling ram exhibit at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale at Hilltown.

THE NI Texel Club held its annual Show and Sale in Hilltown Sale Yard recently, sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op. Judge for the evening was young breeder Robert Gamble, Springwell Texels, County Down. There was a good representation at the pre-sale judging for Mr Gamble to choose his Champion and Reserve Champion.

Proceedings began with Mr Gamble awarding his first prize shearling ram

ROSETTE: John Trimble accepts the Fane Valley Reserve Champion rosette for his ram lamb exhibit from judge Robert Gamble and sponsor Alan Megaw, Fane Valley, at Hilltown Show and Sale.

and later Fane Valley Reserve Champion to Jim Killen, Ballygorian Texels. A Haddo Titan son out of a Haddo Undercover daughter, he headed up the sale prices for the evening selling at 820gns to David Jardine.

Claiming second place in the judge’s line-up was Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons with a Sportsman Yogi Bear son. This shearling ram also sold to be among the leading prices at 600gns.

The judge’s sixth place shearling ram came in as the second leading price of the evening making 760gns to Eugene McConville.

He was a Clantibuties Yosemite son

out of a ewe sired by Poseyhill Viking Raider out of Murray Annett’s Milestonehill pen. Murray Annett also saw this ram’s penmate, a Watchknowe Yangtse son, sell to John McAuley & Son for 500gns. Shearling rams averaged 422gns for 14.

The judge chose his first place ram lamb and Fane Valley Reserve Champion from John Trimble’s Curley pen, a Millar’s Windbrook out of a Hillhead Trademark mother, he joins Jim Killen’s Ballygorian Flock for 500gns.

From the same pen John Trimble continued to enjoy the leading prices with a Proctors Yankee son selling for 480gns to T Treanor. But it was Martin Cromie’s Tullyear exhibit which was Mr Gamble’s fifth choice in the presale judging which lead the way in the ram lamb sale. A Watchknow Yangtse son out of a Springwell Voltage dam, he sold to Sean Savage for 520gns.

Prices met with steady trade for quality lots with 15 lots selling to average shy of 400gns.

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