THE Northern Ireland Texel Club returned to Markethill recently for its Club Show and Sale, kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op.
Judge for the evening was Philip Whyte, Innishrush Texels, Portglenone, making his first choice in the Shearling Ram category from the White Water Farm pen of J&R Walmsley.
This Sportsman Yaya son out of a Baltier Thunderbird dam later claimed the Fane Valley Reserve Champion.
Mr Whyte awarded his second place rosette also to the White Water Farm pen. Claiming third place in the Shearling Ram Class was Murray Annett’s Milestonehill exhibit. A Watchknowe Yangtse son out of a ewe sired by Maineview Vermeulen, he sold to top the Shearling trade at 360gns to I F Scott.
Taking the first place rosette and Fane Valley Championship was James Herdman’s Templepark ram lamb, a Mullan All Night Long out of a Kilcurley Volleyman ewe.
David and James Boyd, Crawfordsland Texels, accepted Mr Whyte’s second place rosette for their McBride Adonis son out of a Milburn Womaniser daughter. He later sold to K McGeough for 400gns.
Next in line for a rosette in the ram lamb class was Stewart Ferris, Bellefield, with a Douganhill Young Gun from a Strathbogie Untouchable mother. This lamb topped the sale selling to the same buyer for 600gns.
Also in line for the cash was Andrew Hutchinson, Round Island Texels. His pen of three, a Drumderg UK, a Ballynahone Aftershock and a Farmhill Ace selling late in the sale saw Mr Hutchinson average shy of 420gns.
Trade for lambs remained consistent with 23 sold averaging 311gns.
Show results kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op.
Overall Champion – James Herdman with Ram Lamb; Reserve Champion – J & R Walmsley with Shearling.
Shearling Ram Class: 1, J & R Walmsley, 2, J & R Walmsley, 3, M Annett
Ram Lamb Class: 1, James Herdman, 2,D J Boyd, 3, Stewart Ferris.