THE Northern Stars Texel In-Lamb Sale returned to Ballymena Livestock Market on Saturday, December 19.
Drawing a large crowd locally, UK-wide and from the Republic of Ireland, supported with online bidding, the sale saw another year of fantastic trade for quality Texel females on offer from Alan Blackwood (Auldhouseburn), Richard Henderson (Ballynahone), Victor and David Chestnutt (Clougher & Bushmills), Alastair & Jack Gault (Forkins & Cherryvale), Roger Strawbridge (Tamnamoney) and guest consignment from Cheshire breeder Boden & Davies Ltd (Sportsmans and Mellor Vale).
Boasting a 99 per cent clearance rate, 61 per cent of the females sold reaching four-figure sums and averaging up on last year’s figures at 3153.94gns for 80 lots is testament to the continued demand for pedigree Texel females.
Getting the sale off to a flying start was guest consignment Sportsmans and Mellor Vale with their first lot, attracting a flurry of bids for their Plaucha Big Gun daughter out of a Teiglum Younggun dam. With close maternal bloodlines to the world record priced ram lamb 350K Sportsmans Double Diamond, she is scanned in lamb with twins to Garngour Craftsman. She saw the hammer drop at 9000gns and heads back across the Irish Sea to John Sherratt, Pankymoor, Wem, Shropshire.
In the same run the Boden family took more competitive bids, this time a Garngour Alabama daughter out of the 16,000gns Strathbogie ewe, sired by Glenside Wild Boy, purchased at the Christmas Stars in 2017. One of the Bodens’ favourites, she sold in lamb to new service sire Garngour Detroit, a Procters Chumba Wumba son, to Alan Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn Flock, Muirkirk, for 9500gns.
The Sportsmans and Mellor Vale pen saw another Alabama daughter hit 8000gns. Out of 145K Knap Vicious Sid sired dam, she is a full sister to 100K Sportsmans Batman. In lamb again to Detroit, she joins Stuart Barclay’s Harestone Flock, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
The Sportsmans and Mellor Vale pen enjoyed a successful day averaging 4241.66gns for 12.
It was new regular Northern Stars vendor Alan Blackwood of Muirkirk based Auldhouseburn Flock which set the sale alight with a frenzy of bidding in the yard and online for Lot 75. Selling to Boden and Davies for their Sportsmans and Mellor Vale flocks and to the Barclay family’s Harestone Flock in a two way split at 40,000gns, she tops the record for a Texel female sold in Northern Ireland.
She is a daughter to 125K Rhaeadr Best of the Best out of a ewe sired by Clintery Yuga Khan sold for 9K. She is the second sister of Kim-K to go under the hammer from the Auldhouseburn Flock after her sister sold to 13,000gns to Hope Valley. Her full brother sold to 12K and she sells in lamb to twins to the 350K Sportsmans Double Diamond.
A full sister to the 40K gimmer sold to give the Auldhouseburn pen its next leading price at 12,000gns. In lamb to Bellefield Double Dutch, a Harestone Crackerjack son, she joins Craig Campbell of Cowal for his new Highfield Flock in Cumbria.
Overall the Auldhouseburn pen averaged 9625gns for eight.
Taking the second top price of the day at 26,000gns and again breaking the standing NI record was Alastair Gault’s Forkins pen with Lot 25. A strong favourite from the best breeding lines in the flock, she is a Clarks Bolt daughter out of a Teiglum Vigilante sired dam scanned in lamb to joint owned Lakevew Dirty Dancer. Dirty Dancer is a son of 15K Harestone Commander and the Plasucha show gimmer Plasucha Annabelle, making her progeny an exciting prospect for new owners Boden & Davies for their Sportsmans Flock.
Lot 28 was the next leader for the Forkins pen. Another Bolt daughter out of a dam sired by Duncryne Uber Cool, she sold in lamb with twins to Procters Cocktail. She comes from the same family as the 11K gimmer who was Interbreed Champion 2012. She joins Alan Blackwood’s Auldhouseburn Flock for 8000gns.
The Forkins flock enjoyed an excellent day’s trading averaging 3114.70gns for 17.
Richard Henderson’s Ballynahone Flock saw his pen leader sell for 4800gns. A Scotsman Ace daughter out of a Tamnamoney bred dam sired by Tophill Yankee Boy, she sells in lamb with twins to Tullagh Dragon to John Foster’s Springhill Flock, Castlederg. She is the same family as 5.5K Ballynahone Winner Lanark Male Champion 2015 and 5.5K Tamnamoney Yeti.
The Ballynahone had steady trade with an average of 1033.33gns
The Tamnamoney pen of Roger Strawbridge topped their trade
at 4500gns and enjoyed a consist-ent four figure trade averaging 2094.44gns for 18. The pen’s leader sold to Alastair Gault for his Forkins Flock. She is a Scotsman Avicii daughter out of a dam by Tophill Yankee Boy and from the same family as 8K Tamnamoney Ultimate, who bred 20K Knap You’re the Man and 12K Knap Yorkie. She sells in lamb with a single pregnancy to Proctors Cocktail.
The Tamnamoney pen also put up a lot with two gimmers sold together as a charity auction raising 1150gns for the NI Hospice.
Victor and David Chestnutt’s Clougher and Bushmills con-signment’s leader sold for 1400gns to O Loughran, Cookstown. She is a Strathbogie Boss daughter out of a dam by Bushmills Untouchable in lamb with twins to Crailloch Casper. The Clougher and Bushmills consignment averaged 637.50gns for eight.
The consignors would like to thank Ballymena Livestock Market for the smooth running of the sale and their sponsors Animax, Farmgene, Greenvale, Smyths Flakes, Liggett Electronic Solutions, Thompsons Feeds, Natural Stockcare, United Feeds, Steele Farm Supplies, AB Europe, Galloway & MacLeod, Tannahill Livestock Care, Fane Valley, Harbro, L’Anson, Natural Nutrition and P&T Thompson Sheep Breeding Services for their generous support.
They also wish all buyers every success with their purchases, lambing and a prosperous and successful New Year.