Texel shearling rams in demand at Lisahally

TEXEL LISAHALLY RI Farm
reserve: Michael Smyth, (below), Foyle View Texels, accepts the Holden Agri & Fuels Ltd Reserve Champion rosette from sponsor Stephen Holden and judge Richard Henderson at the NI Texel Breeders’ show and sale in Lisahally.

THE NI Texel Club returned to Lisahally Mart for its Annual Show and Sale of Texels recently.

More than halfway through the club’s show and sale season, breeders continue to reap steady trade for quality lots. Sponsorship for the show was kindly provided by Holden Agri and Fuels Ltd, Strabane with judge for the evening Richard Henderson, Ballynahone Texels, Tobermore.

champion: Stephen Holden, (above), Holden Agri & Fuels Ltd, sponsor and judge Richard Henderson, Ballynahone Texels, present Adrian Liggett, Corbo Texels, with the Holden Agri & Fuels Ltd Champion at the NI Texel Breeders’ Show and Sale at Lisahally.

Taking Mr Henderson’s first place rosette in the shearling ram class was Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater Texels, with his Proctors Yankee son out of an Ettrick Rainbow Warrior dam. He later sold among the leading prices for 580gns.

John Foster’s Springhill exhibit caught the judge’s eye for second place, a Ballynahone Aftershock son out of an Oldfield United Star ewe. This ram later changed hands for 560gns to Aiden McLaughlin, Ballymaclenaghan. Also from the same pen, leading the trade at 580gns to James O’Hagan, Omagh, was another Aftershock son from a homebred Ronaldo daughter and a Bluehill Yogi son out of a homebred V Tech daughter selling to S&D McReynolds, Dungiven, for 480gns.

Sean McCloskey’s Glenroe exhibit claimed third place in the judge’s line-up. His Drumgooland Aga Khan son out of an Ettrick Van Gogh dam was first into the ring, setting the pace for the sale of shearling rams. ‘Glenroe Bob’ sold to take the top price of the evening at 1080gns to Aaron Proctor, Cross.

Mr Henderson choose his first place ram lamb and overall Holden Agri Ltd Champion from Adrian Liggett’s Corbo pen. A Strathbogie Best Bet son out of a Springwell Viera dam sold to take the second top price of the evening at 700gns to Harry Donaghy, Claudy.

The judge selected his second place lamb and Holden Agri Ltd Reserve Champion from Michael Smyth’s Foyleview pen. His Tamnmoney Bonkers son born to a homebred Foyle View Wally daughter made 380gns to B Keys, County Tyrone.

Mr Henderson returned to the Fairywater pen to place Andrew Fyffe’s Garngour Alabama son out of a Knock Trident ewe for the third place rosette. This lamb later changed hands to Samuel Thompson, Goshaden, for 500gns.

The evening’s trade saw 16 shearling rams sell to average 604gns and 37 ram lambs average 314gns.

Gortin Sale, sponsored by Smyths Daleside, will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday, October 11 with judging commencing at 6pm followed by sale at 7pm.

The Ballymena Harvest Sale, kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford, will be held in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Monday, October 21 with judging at 6pm with the sale commencing at 7pm.

n Catalogues available from the Gortin Mart, telephone 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart, telephone 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk

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