THE NI Texel Club held its annual Show and Sale in Hilltown recently, kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op. Judge for the evening was Frank Clewer, Bluehill Texels, Aughnacloy. The NI Texel Club thanks Fane Valley for its ongoing sponsorship for the Hilltown Sale.
Proceedings began with Mr Clewer awarding his first place shearling and later Fane Valley Reserve Champion rosette to S Burns’ Longbeech exhibit. This ram was sired by Milestonehill Ahab out of a Fairywater Ultra ewe and later led the way in the post show sale selling for 750gns.
Second place was claimed by Ciaran Cunningham, Brackney Texels, with his Haddo Titan exhibit from a Glenside Ring a Ding dam. He later sold to 360gns.
Mr Clewer’s third place rosette in the shearling class was awarded to Naomi and Rian O’Hare, Milburn Texels, for their homebred Terminator son out of a Carmavy Striker dam.
The judge chose his first place ram lamb and overall Fane Valley Champion from W&J Herdman’s Templepark pen. Sired by homebred Templepark Bulldozer out of a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold dam, he later sold for 300gns.
Mr Clewer’s second place rosette was selected from Robbie Mulligan’s Brague pen. This Kiltariff Bastareaud son out of a Llangwm Yorkie daughter sold to 380gns.
Returning to Naomi and Rian O’Hare’s Milburn pen, Mr Clewer awarded the third place rosette to their Fachel Bob A Job son out of a homebred dam by Millburn Yankee.
Prices met with steady trade for quality lots with 26 lots averaging 311gns.
The next Texel Show & Sale will be held in Gortin on October 11 followed by the Harvest Sale in Ballymena Mart on Monday, October 21. Judging commences at 6pm followed with the sale at 7pm. Catalogues available from the markets or online at www.texel.co.uk or contact the Club Secretary on 07791 679112.