THE success of this year’s annual Texel sale at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, led by auctioneer Richard Beattie, Beattie Livestock Sales, was not deterred by Covid-19.
Despite social distancing measures the sale was supported with online bidding to reach a top price of 1080gns. The sale averaged 483gns for 86 pedigree rams sold.
Martin McConville, Glenhone Texels, Rathfriland, realised the top price of 1080gns for the ram lambs with a March born Teiglium Braveheart son out of a Plaucha All Star daughter. He sold to Ross Garrivan, Warrenpoint.
Following close behind at 1020gns was Crumlin-based breeder Mark Patterson with ‘Alderview Dynamic’. This Arkle Awesome son out of a Midlock Yorkie dam moves to Omagh to join Derek Beattie’s Dunbreen Flock. His dam is maternal sister to Alderview Barrister.
Brian Hanthorn was next in line with ‘Mullan Dynamite’. His Deveronvale Aftershock son out of a Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Doo daughter sold for 980gns to E&J Speers, Hamiltonsbawn, Armagh, and has an index of 229 and ranks in the top 5% of the Mullan Flock.
Demand continued when Coleraine based breeder Martin Millar, Millars Flock, sold his second lamb into the ring ‘Millars Diamond’ for 880gns. This Lauder Cobra son out of a Charben Yankee Boy daughter has figures ranking in the top 1% of the flock and heads to Ballymoney to join Henry Etherson’s Flock.
Graham Rodgers, Bohard, maintained prices, handing over 875gns for Cookstown based breeder Neil Watson’s Findrum pen leader. ‘Findrum del Boy’ is a Mullan Carlsberg son out of a Milnbank Avicii dam. Mullan Carlsberg has sired brothers to 42k and 9k with this dam’s sire the same family as 15k and 16k Milnbanks.
John Watson, Downpatrick, sold his shearling ram pen leader, a homebred son of Duvarren Aston Martin out of a homebred dam for 850gns, setting the leading price for shearling rams. He moves home to join Peter Kealey’s Flock in Drum.
Close on Mr Watson’s heels for the money was Ciaran Cunningham’s exhibit, ‘Brackney Catona’, a Sportsmans Yogi Bear son out of a Fairywater Superstar dam. This ram heads to Tobermore to Trevor Allen.
Selling for the same money was another of the Duvarren’s pen, a Brackenridge Strongbow son out of a homebred ewe by Duvarren Winston, which was an online purchase.
Gary Beacom was fourth in line for prices for a shearling ram, selling his pen leader ‘Lakeview Diamond in the Rough’, a Harestone Commander son out of a dam sired by Plaucha All Star, for 800gns. Going for the same money was ‘Ballyrussell Cedric’ bred by Mary Clarke, Comber.
He is a homebred ram sired by Ballyrussell YoYo out of a Hunters Wellies dam purchased by John McCormack, Cranagh, County Tyrone.
Other leading prices – J Aiken 780gns; J Wilkinson 760gns; J Watson 760gns, 740gns; M&M Cunningham 720gns; A Liggett 700gns; S Ferris 700gns; L McPolin 670gns; B Hanthorn 660gns; RS Robinson 650gns.
The NI Texel Club will be holding sales in Lisahally, September 25, Hilltown, September 25, Ballymena Mart, September 28, and Markethill, September 30.
All sales will commence at 7pm with the exception of the Ballymena sale, which commences at 4pm.