In-lamb gimmer up for sale to support NI Children’s Hospice

JANUARY GEMS RI Farm

Pictured are Graham and Joanne McFarland, Drewmar Flock, Co Tyrone, with their daughter Faith and son Andrew who are offering up an in-lamb gimmer at this year’s January Gems sale on January 2, with all proceeds going to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

In 2017 their son, Andrew, was diagnosed with a rare, neurodegenerative disease – a variant form of Late Infantile Batten Disease, ending up in PICU.

Under the excellent care of medical staff Andrew’s condition stabilised, but it was only for the Children’s Hospice stepping in supporting the family with care and supervision from a multidisciplinary team, were they able to spend Christmas together.

Fundraising for the Hospice has been hugely affected by Covid-19 and the family would like to raise as much money as possible for the charity, which is used by many families throughout Northern Ireland.

The Drewmar Flock are putting forward two gimmers, full sisters out of Scotsmans Ace son Tamnamoney Big Horn, scanned in lamb to Knock Yardman. The winning bidder will take their pick of the two, with the other ewe retained for the Drewmar Flock.

January Gems Texel In-Lamb Sale are offering 72 quality lots with Texel breed character suitable for those wishing to start a new flock or expand an existing one. The sale catalogue is available for download from the Texel Society webpage or the Mart office Tel 028 2563 3470. Viewing pre-sale will be available adhering to Covid-19 restrictions.

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