THE NI Texel Breeders’ Club held its annual sale at Armoy Mart recently.
The club wishes to thank Glen Farm Supplies for its continued support despite no pre-sale show this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sale saw 20 shearlings average 521.50gns with 41 ram lambs average 399gns and a 86 per cent clearance.
Taking top price of the sale and leading the shearling ram sale was M&J Watson, Hillhead Texels, Ballyrussell, County Down. ‘Hillhead Con’, a Kiltariff Bastareaud son out of a Milnbank Womaniser dam, sold to Daniel McCormick, Ballycastle, for 1020gns.
This strong pen of shearlings saw this sheep’s pen mates also sell to take the next top three prices for shearling rams with the same buyer taking Mr Watson’s second best. ‘Hillhead Can,’ a Duvarren Whizz-Kid son out of a Duvarren Whats the Craic daughter, changed hands for 920gns.
Mr Watson took 740gns for a Duvarren Whats the Craic son ‘Hillhead Cap’ purchased by Dessie Neill, Killinchy, County Down. James and Charles McCormick, Armoy, paid 660gns for Mr Watson’s last into the ring, ‘Hillhead Cando’, another Whizz-Kid son out of a Brague Unique daughter.
Continuing to lead ram lamb trade was Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney Texels, Coleraine, with his pen leader ‘Tamnamoney Dobber’, a Scotsman Ace son out of a Tophill Yankee Boy daughter. This lamb moves home to join Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy, for 710gns.
Next in line for leading trade was ‘Brague Diamond’ from Robert Mulligan’s Brague Flock, Banbridge, selling at 660gns. Another Bastareaud son and out of a Craighead Armani dam, he sold to David Patterson, Garvagh.
Nigel Ross, Glenross Texels, Larne, grabbed the next two top prices at 650gns and 630gns. Both March born Alderview Bookmaker sons, the first moves to Ivor Cameron’s flock at Macosquin and the second to Eamon Connolly’s Coolkeeran flock at Ballymoney.
Next in line for leading trade was Ballymena based breeder Danny McKay’s Rowandale consignment with ‘Rowandale Delta’, sired by Drumbredden Centre of Attention, which also changed hands to Gerard McCambridge, Ballyvoy, for 600gns.
The NI Texel Club will be holding sales in Gortin on October 16 (sale 7pm), and Ballymena Harvest, October 19 (sale 7pm). Catalogues available to download at www.texel.co.uk/slaes-dates or contact the Club Secretary on 07791 679112.