DEMAND for Texel rams continued at the NI Texel Breeders’ Sale in Ballymena Livestock Mart recently for the sale of shearling and ram lambs. The club wishes to thank John Gribben and Tulliven Growvite for their ongoing sponsorship and support for the event.
The sale of ram lambs saw a four figure high for County Down breeder Henry Gamble’s Springwell pen. His Springwell Eden exhibit is a Glenroe Barcardi son out of a homebred dam by Best of All and moved home for 1800gns.
Coming in close behind at 1750gns was Martin Millar’s Millars Flock, Coleraine, with a Castellmawr Del Boy son, Millars Enchanted. With a lean index of 217, he sold to D & A Sampson, Castledawson.
James Wilkinson, Ballygroogan Flock, Cooks-
town, was next in line for the cash, taking 1600gns for Eagle Eye, a Mullan Daredevil son out of a Glenside Willie Winkie daughter.
Also featuring in the top prices for a ram lamb was Mark Patterson’s Alderview pen with Envious, a Kingspark Dynamite son out of a homebred Barrister dam. This March born lamb sold for 1550gns to fellow breeder Brian Williamson, Omagh.
Continuing the four figure trend was Ballymena breeder William Cubitt with Long Mountain Eye Catcher.
This Bellefield Double Dutch son out of a Rhaeadr Best of the Best dam sold on for 1000gns.
Demand for shearling rams also saw breeders enjoy four figure success with John Watson’s Duvarren Flock topping the shearling trade with Duvarren Direct, a Ballyrussell Black Smoke son out of a Templepark YoYo dam, changing hands for 1300gns.
The Blackburn pen of David Jones, Crumlin, was next up for the money with his Kirkistown Challenger son out of a Duncryne Ringmaster dam selling for 1080gns.
The buyers returned to the Duvarren pen for the next lot, Duvarren Does it Again, a Rockwell Crackerjack son out of another YoYo dam, selling for 1000gns.
Making the same money was fellow County Down breeders Messrs M & J Watson, Hillhead Flock, with Delta, a Kiltariff Bastareaud son out of a Duvarren Whizz-Kid mother.
Overall trade was good with 24 shearling rams selling to average 756gns and 75 ram lambs averaging 617gns.
Gortin Sale, sponsored by Smyths Daleside, will be held in Gortin Mart on October 15.
The final club sale of the season will be the Harvest Sale held in Ballymena, kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford, on October 18. Catalogues available from the marts, online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791 679112.