BANK Holiday Monday, August 30, saw the beginning of the Northern Ireland Texel Club Ram Sales for 2021.
Members enjoyed the return to the pre-sale show, kindly sponsored by Fane Valley and under the professional eye of judge Nigel Ross, Glenross Texels. The NI Texel Club wishes to express its gratitude for Fane Valley’s continued support and sponsorship and to Nigel for taking the time out to judge the competition.
The sale saw a top of 1100gns, which was well up on last year’s top price, evident of the continued demand for the Texel as a terminal sire. This year’s top price went to Cynthia Aiken’s Carnew shearling ram exhibit Carnew Deputy. He is a Garngour Alabama son out of a homebred Tophill Union Jack dam.
Next in line for the leading prices was a shearling ram by John Trimble, Curley Texels. Curley Dare, a Drumbreddan Centre of Attention son out of a Maineview bred dam sired by Holylee Volcano sold for 1050gns.
The Fane Valley Champion, another shearling ram exhibit from the Corbally pen of Jack Tumelty, went under the hammer for 1000gns. Corbally Dimebar is a Carran Crackerjack son out of an Aman Vyrnwy daughter purchased from the Strathbogie Flock.
The demand for shearling rams continued with two Clanrye exhibits from Herbert Magowan, selling for 900gns each. They were both Alderview Brigadier sons out of Milestone Yaris mothers.
Selling close behind was Knap Donald for Messrs Henry & Swindell. He is a Sportsmans Cannon Ball son out of a Tamnamoney bred ewe by Duncryne Uber Cool and changed hands for 880gns.
J&R Walmsley also featured in the leading prices for their shearling ram White Water Farm Dynamo, a Strathbogie Best Bet son out of a Drumgooland Advertiser dam who moved home for 850gns.
Claiming the top price for the ram lambs was Stephen Dougherty, Peninsula Flock, with ‘Encore’, a Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds son out of a Cowal Yorkshire Lad dam. He moved home for 820gns.
Following close behind was Mr Ross’s Reserve Champion from the Tullnasoo pen of Darryl Branagan. Tullnasoo Exotic Joe, a Knap Abracadabra son, dropped the hammer at 800gns.
Coming next in line for the cash for a ram lamb was Eugene Branagan with Largy Elvis, a Knock Yardsman son out of a Tullagh Whiskey dam selling at 760gns. Featuring again was the White Water Farm pen of J&R Walmsley, this time with their ram lamb, a Hexel Diamond Joe son, White Water Eagle, which changed hands for 740gns.
Trade throughout was consistent with shearling rams averaging 614gns for 27 with ram lambs averaging 489gns for 37. Overall clearance was 84 per cent.
Results of judging:
Shearling Ram – 1st Jack Tumelty, Corbally; 2nd Gareth Tumelty, Aideshill; 3rd J&R Walmsley, White Water Farm; 4th John Trimble, Curley; 5th Cynthia Aiken, Carnew; 6th Michael Tumelty, Castlecor; 7th Declan Byrne, Treamount.
Ram Lamb – 1st Darryl Brannigan, Tullnasoo; 2nd N & R O’Hare, Millburn; 3rd J Wilson & J Wilson, Moses Blackstown; 4th Cynthia Aiken, Carnew; 5th Eugene Brannigan, Largy; 6th John Trimble, Curley.
Fane Valley Champion – Jack Tumelty, Corbally, with shearling ram; Reserve – Darryl Brannigan, Tullnasoo, with ram lamb.
Other leading prices:
Shearling Rams – S&J Burns 780gns, 760gns; H Magowan 700gns; F Clewer 680gns; J&R Walmsley 640gns; G Tumelty 620gns.
Ram Lambs – Barclay Bell & Sons 660gns, 580gns; J Wilson & J Wilson Moses 640gns, 620gns; N&R O’Hare 620gns; J Trimble 600gns; J McPolin & A Devlin 560gns.
The NI Texel Club will be holding sales at RUAS Balmoral on September 11; Armoy September 16; Enniskillen September 17; Swatragh September 23; Lisahally September 24; Hilltown September 24; Ballymena September 27; Markethill September 29; Gortin October 15 amd Ballymena October 18. Catalogues available online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791 679112.