THE NI Texel Breeders’ Club members gathered at Greenmount Agricultural College for their annual AGM recently.
Club Chairman Henry Gamble welcomed the turnout of members, friends and guest speaker Neill Acheson from Animax, who also sponsored the event.
Proceedings commenced with Mr Acheson giving an informative presentation on the use of sheep boluses for correcting deficiencies in trace elements.
After a short question and answer session Club Chairman Henry Gamble got club business underway with the presentation of cheques to the two charities chosen by the McKay family, Rohan and Rowandale Texels, Rathkenny, Ballymena, who hosted last year’s Open Night.
Imelda McGuckin from Charis Cancer Care was invited to accept a cheque for £2,300. Imelda spoke to those present on how the money would provide psychological sup-
port for cancer patients and families through, for example one-one counselling, aromatherapy and
reflexology. The second cheque presented, for £2,300, was acc-epted by Katie McKay on behalf of OcuMel UK, which provides support for people affected by eye cancer.
Previous minutes were then agreed, followed by Mr Gamble highlighting the club’s successes throughout the shows, sales and activities of 2019. He thanked all the members who took part in the various competitions throughout the year, highlighting the importance of the sponsors in their continued support, without which the club would be unable to run these events.
Congratulations went to those who took home trophies and the chairman encouraged the members to compete in 2020.
As part of his resume of events, congratulations were expressed to those who participated in the RUAS Balmoral, keeping Texels to the fore, in particular Mark Patterson and James Herdman for picking up overall Champion and Reserve respectively with their exhibits.
Special thanks was offered to the McKay family for hosting the Open Night with acknowledgement of their hard work and commitment to ensuring such a successful evening.
Congratulations went to Brian Hanthorn for his success at Lanark, selling at a top of 48,000gns, and to Andrew Fyffe selling to 5000gns at Ballymena Premier. Congratulations was also extended to Alastair Gault as overall winner of the Volac Show Flock of the Year 2019 and to Alastair Sampson for his continued support and sponsorship of the event.
The winners of the individual Volac show categories were praised for the standard of exhibits presented, namely Ram Lamb – Martin Millar of Millars; Shearling Ram – Owen Donohoe of Derryvore; Aged Ewe – S&J McCollam of Carmavy; Shearling Ewe – C&M Mullan of BlueGates; Ewe Lamb – Roger Strawbridge of Tamnamoney and Aged Ram – Alistair Breen.
Mr Gamble commented on the standard of stock presented for last year’s Flock Competition and congratulated Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney, as the overall winner.
Mr Gamble paid special thanks to all the committee members, convenors and judges for their hard work and support of the club’s activities.
A special thanks also went to the McCollam family for their help throughout the year and for hosting the tour of the Carmavy Flock at this year’s AGM weekend and as acknowledgement of the family’s dedication and support for the club, the chairman presented the family with the Chairman’s Trophy.
A detailed report of the year’s accounts was given from Treasurer Brian McAllister followed by the election of two new committee members, Geoffrey Fleck and John Trimble.
The club would like to pay particular thanks to those who sponsored the club throughout the year, namely, Volac, Fane Valley, Bank of Ireland, Glen Farm Supplies, Farmcare, Farmware Supplies, Holden Agr Ltd, Tullivin Growvite, Smyths Daleside, SH Coleman, Danske, Animax and Oldstone Veterinary.