THE pre-Christmas Northern Stars Texel In-Lamb Gimmer Sale returned to Ballymena Livestock Market on Sat-urday, December 21.
Drawing a large crowd locally, UK-wide and from the Republic of Ireland, the sale saw another fantastic trade for high quality Texel females on offer from Richard Henderson (Ballynahone), Victor and David Chestnutt (Clougher & Bushmills), Paul and Baillie O’Connor (Drumgooland), Alastair & Jack Gault (Forkins & Cherryvale), Roger Strawbridge (Tamnamoney) and guest consignment from Scottish breeder Robert Cockburn, Errol Perth.
Boasting a 94 per cent clearance rate and with 32 per cent of the females sold reaching four-figure sums and averaging 1100gns for 87, it was testament to the demand for quality pedigree Texel females.
Getting the sale of to a flying start was the Knap consignment with Robert Cockburn’s first lot into the ring generating competitive bids for a Mullan Amigo daughter out of an Ettrick Vital Spark dam. This dam’s sister has bred sons to 5000gns twice and is the mother to Knap Alligator. Her ET sister also sold to 2,500gns.
Scanned in lamb to Sportsman’s Cannon Ball with twins, she sold to Paddy Morrissey, Callan, County Kilkenny, for 3200gns. Topping the Knap pen at 3500gns was another Amigo daughter. She is out of a Clintery Yuga Khan mother which was one of Mr Cockburn’s favourites, sold to the Didcot Flock in 2018. Also in lamb to Cannon Ball and scanned with triplets, she joins Rodney McLoughlin’s flock in Clonmany, County Donegal.
Continuing to retain the buyers’ interest, the Knap pen sold another two penmates for 3000gns, including a Proctors Yankee daughter out of a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold dam, ET sister to 5K Bugsy Malone. In lamb with twins again to Cannon Ball, she also moves home to County Donegal to Richard Wilson’s flock in Raphoe.
Making the same money and joining Gary Beacom’s Lakeview Flock, County Fermanagh, was another in lamb to Cannon Ball with a single pregnancy. She is one of the last daughters from Connachan Sugarbabe, dam of Knap Vicious Sid 145K.
Also bought by Mr Beacom was the Tamnamoney pen and overall sale leader at 4,500gns for Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney Flock, Coleraine. An April born Scotsman Ace daughter, out of a Duncryne Uber Cool dam, she is full sister to 1900gns Bigus Dicus and from the same breeding line as 5.5K Tamnamoney Yeti and Lanark Champion 5.5K Ballynahone Winner. She sells in lamb to 16K Proctors Cocktail with a single pregnancy.
The next leading price for the Tamnamoney pen was also in lamb with a single to Cocktail, she is a Scotsman Avicii daughter out of another Uber Cool dam. This gimmer is a maternal sister to the gimmer sold to the Auldhouseburn Flock in 2018 for 4.5K and to 9K Young Willie McBride and 10K Tamnamoney Bushtown. She sold to Michael Power, County Limerick, for 3800gns.
Staying with the Tamnamoney pen Mr Power bought the next lot into the ring for 2800gns. A Millar’s Windbrook daughter, her Gdam is full sister to 8K Tamnamoney Ultimate. She sells in lamb to Tamnamoney Casanova, a favourite Clarks Bolt son.
Knocked down for the same money was an ET Scotsman Ace daughter, carrying twins to Proctors Cocktail, she was the pick of Darragh Cunniffe Tuam, County Galway.
Taking the second leading price of the day at 4000gns was Newtownabbey breeder Alastair Gault, Forkins Flock.
A Duncryne Uber Cool daughter out of a Knock Travis dam is from one of the best families in the flock, with her Gdams sister the 11K RUAS Champion.
Carrying a single to Proctors Cocktail she crosses the sea to Sherratt & O’Keefe Annakisha Flock, Shropshire.
Welsh breeder Alun Jones of the Ynystoddeb Flock, Llangadog, bought Mr Gault’s next best for 3600gns. An Avicii daughter and ET sister to 5K Forkins Baz and the 2019 All Ireland Champion Shearling Ewe sells in lamb to Halbeath Woody.
The Forkins pen continued the four figure prices selling to 2800gns. A Scotsman Ace daughter, her dam, an Uber Cool was Ballymena Show Champion as a gimmer and comes from one of the best bloodlines in the flock. In lamb to Proctors Cocktail, she heads to Richard Wilson, Raphoe, County Donegal.
The consignors would like to thank Ballymena Livestock Market for the smooth running of the sale and sponsors Ballymena Livestock Market, AB Europe, Animax, Fane Valley, Greenvale, Philip Gurney Natural Stockcare, Down Insurances, Thompsons Feeds, P&T Thompson Sheep Breeding Services, United Feeds, Steele Farm Supplies and NFU Mutual for their generous sponsorship.
They also wish all buyers every success with their purchases, lambing and a Prosperous and Successful New Year.