THE NI Texel Club held its annual In-Lamb Ewe Sale in Ballymena Livestock Mart recently, generously sponsored by Oldstone Veterinary Clinic.
The club wishes to thank Oldstone Veterinary for its continued support for the sale.
This year the top price of the evening went to Mark Priestley’s Seaforde pen for a ewe lamb, a Sportsmans Cannon Ball daughter out of a Knap dam purchased privately for 10K. Mr Priestley saw the hammer drop for his favourite at 2800gns, moving South to join P Murphy’s Flock in County Kildare.
Also featuring in the top prices for ewe lambs was Colin Gregg’s Kildowney dispersal consignment. Mr Gregg sold his favourite, a Midlock Yorkie daughter out of a Knap Vital Spark daughter, for 1100gns to Messrs Bell to join the Kiltariff Flock, County Down. Keeping the trade in four figures, the buyers returned to Mark Priestley’s Seaforde pen for his topper’s penmate, this time a Sportsmans Deal Breaker daughter out of another Knap dam by Sportsmans Cannon Ball and ET sister to ‘Daisy Duke’ Textravaganza Champion. She moves home to Donegal for 1000gns.
Demand for ewe lambs was good with 19 sold averaging £618.
Mr Gregg’s Kildowney Flock saw demand for his in-lamb ewe consignment, selling his leader, a Douganhill Blinder daughter out of a Forkins bred dam by Ballynahone Wild Child, for 1000gns. One of the best bloodlines in the flock, she sired the Omagh Champion which sold for 5.8K. She sells in lamb to Ballygroogan Distraught and joins Stephen Scullion’s flock in Cookstown.
Coming in close behind at 900gns was this ewe’s penmate, another Douganhill Blinder daughter, again in lamb to Distraught, joining Gareth Tumelty’s flock in Downpatrick.
Watching the hammer drop at 800gns each were Mr Gregg’s Killyvolgan Ulsterman daughter, which is from the same family as Kildowney Victorious that sold for 3200gns and another Blinder daughter, both in lamb to Distraught.
The sale saw 21 sold to average £514.50.
Maintaining the interest of the buyers was County Tyrone breeder Gary Beacom’s Lakeview pen. He sold his favourite to Crumlin breeder Colin Price for 1500gns.
This gimmer is a Rhaeadr Ace daughter and comes in lamb to 38K Castlecairn Doodlebug.
Coming in next at 1300gns was the Hanthorn family with their Mullan consignment, selling their Haddo Bright Spark daughter in lamb to Mullan Extra Special to Mary Clarke, Comber.
Buyers returned to the Kildowney dispersal pen, with a Garngour Arizona daughter out of an Ulsterman sired dam in lamb to Distraught, selling for 950gns. Also going for the same money was Cookstown breeder James Wilkinson’s Ballygroogan leader.
Selling to Limavady breeder Sean Hamill, she is a Strathbogie Best Bet scanned for twins to Alderview Explosive.
Demand saw 52 quality lots average £592.
Other Leading Prices – C Gregg 750gns, 700gns, 650gns, 650gns, 650gns, 600gns, 600gns, 600gns, 600gns, 550gns, 550gns, 500gns, 500gns; G Beacom 800gns, 500gns, 500gns; P Dodds 800gns, 700gns; P Donnelly 720gns; J Wilkinson 700gns, 620gns, 620gns; B Hanthorn 700gns; D Warwick 620gns.