THE NI Texel Sheep Breed-ers’ Club returned for its annual Texel sale in Omagh, led by auctioneer Richard Beattie of Beattie Livestock Sales.
The pre-sale show was judged by Aaron Myles and generously sponsored by Sam Ritchie, Smyths
Flakes, Strabane Mills. The club wishes to extend its thanks to Aaron for taking time to judge the competition and to Strabane Mills for its sponsorship.
Mr Myles made his top choice in the shearling ram class from Adrian Liggett’s Corbo pen. Corbo Ewe 2, a Tullagh Dragon son out of a Hartside All Star daughter, later sold to top the shearling trade at £819.
Next for leading prices in the shearling rams was Henry Gamble’s first into the ring, selling at £630. He is Springwell Etzebeth, a Millars Dimitri son with a lean index of 179.
This sheep’s pen mate, Spring-well Exotic, stood third place in Mr Myles’ shearling line-up, a Maineview Daredevil son and sold for £609.
Cynthia Aiken took the same money for Carnew Eddie, a Sports-
mans Batman son out of a Spring-well Voltage daughter which stood second in the pre-sale judging.
Mr Myles chose his first place ram lamb and Strabane Mills champion from Gary Beacom’s Lakeview pen. Lakeview Fine Guy, an Alderview Explosive son out of a Plasucha bred dam, later sold for £819.
Selling for the same money was the Strabane Mills reserve champion from Stanley and Mart-in Warnock’s Straidarran pen. He is a Tamnamoney Decimus son out of a dam by Tamnamoney Casanova.
But if was a lamb from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen which led the sale, selling for the top price of the day at £903.
He is a son of 6.5K Craighead Eyecatcher out of a Fairywater homebred dam by Fairywater Valiant.
Mr Myles selected his winning shearling ewe from J Wilson & J Wilson Moses’ Blackstown flock, a Kiltariff Donkey Kong daughter out of a Auldhouseburn Black Magic mother.
Messrs Price, Loanends, caught
the judge’s eye with the homebred shearling ewe, a Loanends Cobalt daughter for second place.
Other leading prices: J Browne 640gns, 520gns; B Williamson 620gns; A Liggett 600gns, 600gns; C Aiken 560gns; G Beacom 520gns, 500gns; J Wilson & J Wilson Moses 520gns; M Patterson 540gns, 520gns; A Fyffe 500gns; B Hanthorn 500gns.
Strabane Mills championship re-sults:
Shearling rams: 1. Adrian Liggett, Corbo; 2. Cynthia Aiken, Carnew; 3. Henry Gamble, Springwell; 4. Gary Beacom, Lakeview; 5. Messrs Price, Loanends.
Ram lambs: 1. Gary Beacom, Lake-view; 2. Stanley & Martin Warnock, Straidarran; 3. Mark Patterson, Alder-view; 4. Alan Gledinning, Lylehill; 5. Cynthia Aiken, Carnew; 6. Jacqueline Browne, Drumeagle.
Shearling ewes: 1. J Wilson & J Wilson Moses, Blackstown; 2. Messrs Price, Loanends.
Champion: Gary Beacom, Lakeview; Reserve Champion: Stanley & Martin Warnock, Straidarran.
n The NI Texel Club has further sales coming up at Swatragh, September 22; Hilltown, September 23; Ballymena, September 26; Markethill, September 28; Lisahally, September 29; Gortin, October 14, and Ballymena, October 17.
For further information contact the Club Secretary on 07791 679112. Catalogues available for download www.texel.uk
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