THE NI Texel Sheep Breeders’ Club returned to Swatragh Market recently for its 5th club sale of the season.
Almost halfway through this year’s sale season demand for pedigree Texel rams continues with breeders hitting a top price of 800gns and seeing consistent sale prices and averages.
A large crowd gathered for the pre-sale judging under Robert Calvin, Ballyhivistock, and with generous sponsorship from Farmware. The club extends its thanks to both for supporting the event.
Leading the way early in the evening was the top priced Shearling Ram at 800gns from Stephen Etherson, Killans Flock, with Springwell Donaghadee, purchased last year as a stock ram. He is a Derrylahan Big Balls son out of a dam sired by Thornville Alberto and stood fourth in the judge’s shearling ram line-up.
Coming in close behind was
another shearling ram exhibited
by Sean McCloskey, who was Mr Calvins’s pick of the evening, standing first in the shearling ram class pre-sale show. Glenroe Dazzler, a Cross Bernard son of a Charben Yankee Boy sired mother, he moved home for 770gns.
From the same pen Mr McCloskey pocketed 670gns for this ram’s pen-
mate, Glenroe Dynamite, an Auld-houseburn Crackerjack son out of another Charben Yankee Boy sired dam.
Next to hit the top prices and securing the top price of the evening for a ram lamb was Mr Calvin’s Champion. From Shaune Duggan’s Drummard Hill pen, Drummard Hill Enforcer, a Toshs Del Boy son out of a Springwell Viera dam, saw the hammer drop at 770gns.
Sean Hamill, Donalds View, was next to enjoy some sale success with Easipeasie, a Fairywater Columbo son out of a Sandelford Wolverine sired dam selling for 640gns.
The cash returned to Stephen Etherson’s Killans pen for demand for ram lambs with Killans Explorer selling for 630gns. He is a Knock Yardsman son out of a ewe by Ballynahone White Gold. This lamb’s penmate, Killans Eye Catcher, which stood fifth in Mr Calvin’s line up in the pre-sale show, moved home for 600gns, another Yardsman son this time out of a Tamnamoney Young Willie McBride sired dam.
Taking 620gns for a Shearling Ram was McKinney Bros, Heathmount, for Heathmount Detroit, a Deveronvale Braveheart son out of a Hexel Yukon Gold dam.
Mr Calvin’s third place choice in the shearlings sold for 610gns, Drumiel Dirty Harry, an Arkle Best Bet son out of a dam by Drumgooland Attitude from Kieran McAfee’s Drumiel pen. Coming in close behind for the money was Robert McGill with another shearling, Mallandeevan Dominator, a Rowandale Blitzer son out of a Haddo YoYo sired ewe at 600gns.
The sale saw a high clearance of 96 per cent and an average of 474gns for 51.
Pre-Sale Farmware Championship
Shearling Rams – 1st Sean McClos-key, Glenroe; 2nd Robert McGill, Mallandeevan; 3rd Kieran McAfee, Drumiel; 4th Stephen Etherson, Killans; 5th Stephen Etherson, Killans.
Ram Lambs – 1st Shaune Duggan, Drumard Hill; 2nd Colin Gregg, Kildowney; 3rd Richard Henderson, Ballynahone; 4th Dessie Tosh, Toshs; 5th Stephen Etherson, Killans; 6th William Cubbitt, Long Mountain.
Champion – Shaune Duggan, Drumard Hill; Reserve – Colin Gregg, Kildowney.
Other leading prices – R Magowan 590gns; McKinney Bros 570gns, 480gns, 470gns, 450gns; S Etherson 580gns; M McFeely 520gns; C Gregg 550gns, 460gns; J Wilkinson 500gns, 520gns, 480gns; R Henderson 550gns; R Strawbridge 520gns, 460gns, 450gns; S McAuley 450gns.
The NI Texel Club will be holding sales in Gortin on October 15 and Ballymena on October 18. Catalogues available online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock 07791 679112.
All sales will follow strict Covid-19 guidance.