Texel sales off to a good start

TEXEL RATHFRILAND RI Farm
RESERVE: Nigel Hamill, judge, hands over the Fane Valley Reserve Champion rosette to Gareth Tumelty and son James for their shearling ram exhibit, at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Rathfriland.

BANK Holiday Monday saw the first of the Northern Ireland Texel Club Shows and Sales at Rathfriland. The sale got off to a good start with the pre-sale show judged by Nigel Hamill, Ballynadrenta Texels, Crumlin.

Sale prices peaked at 900gns, which was up on last year’s top price, for the judge’s Fane Valley Champion, a ram lamb from John McPolin’s Ballei pen. He is a February born Midcombe Axel son out of a Kelso Ultra dam. Mr McPolin also sold this lamb’s penmate, another Midcombe Axel son, for 500gns.

WINNER: John McPolin, Ballei Texels and Aine Devlin accept the Fane Valley Championship for a ram lamb at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Rathfriland, from judge Nigel Hamill, Crumlin.

Next in line for the money for a ram lamb was Naomi and Rian O’Hare, Millburn Texels. Their Mullan Armani son out of an Usk Vale Yankee dam stood third in the judge’s line-up and later sold for 520gns.

Eugene Branagan, Largy Texels, was next in demand for a Charben Valentine son out of a Springwell Viera daughter which changed hands for 500gns.

Demand for shearling rams was evident with S&J Burns topping the shearling ram prices for the fifth place Longbeech exhibit. A Milestonehill Ahab son out of a Fairywater Ultra daughter, he later sold for 680gns.

Also from the same pen and out of the same sire, another of the Longbeech rams changed hands for 650gns followed by a Strathbogie Yes Sir son making 550gns.

Continuing the shearling trade was Ciaran Cunningham’s Brackney exhibit, a Goldies Wicked son which stood sixth in the pre-sale show, selling for 620gns. Also enjoying the trade was Gareth Tumelty’s Aideshill pen, with his first place shearling and Fane Valley Reserve Champion heading to pastures new for 600gns.

Overall this was a steady evening’s trading with a total of 44 pedigree male Texels selling to better last year’s average at 408gns.

n The club would like to thank Fane Valley for its continued kind sponsorship of the event.

n The NI Texel Club will be holding sales at Armoy Mart – September 12; Enniskillen – September 13; and Swatragh – September 18.

n Catalogues available from the marts, online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791 679112.

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