THE NI Texel Sheep Breeders’ Club annual Texel sale in Omagh, led by auctioneer Richard Beattie, Beattie Live-stock Sales, saw breeders enjoy the return of the pre-sale show judged by Willie Doherty and generously sponsored by Sam Ritchie, Smyths Flakes, Strabane.
Leading the way to top the shearling ram trade was the judge’s third place choice in the pre-sale judging from the Corbo pen of Adrian Liggett. Corbo Dias, a homebred son of Coors Light out of a dam sired by Springwell Viera, moved home for 820gns.
Also this ram’s penmate Corbo Dominator followed close behind, changing hands for 800gns. He is a Strathbogie Best Bet son out of a Glenside Wild Boy sired dam.
John Watson, Duvarran, took 700gns
for Duvarran Drake, a Dunelm Charisma son out of a homebred ewe by Goldies Supreme. Selling for the same money was Murray Annett’s Milestonehill second place exhibit Milestone Drop Kick, a Plasucha All Rounder son out of a Knock Yazoo sired dam.
Trade for ram lambs was buzzing with the Smyths Flakes Champion selling to 5800gns for Colin Gregg’s Kildowney pen. Kildowney Evo is a mid-March born Ballygroogan Distraught son out a dam sired by Douganhill Blinder.
Next in line for the money at 1320gns was the Hanthorn family’s Mullan pen. Mullan Elite is a brother to Mullan Dior, which sold for 3400gns
in Lanark last year. He is a Plasucha Boss Man son out of a ewe by Strathbogie Yaba Daba and comes with an EBV index of 227.
The Alderview pen of Mark Pat-terson also featured in the buyers’ demands with Alderview Emerates topping the prices for the Alderview pen. A Kingspark Dynamite son out of a dam by Allanfauld Am the Man saw the hammer drop at 1200gns.
Proving popular among the bid-ders was Michael Cunningham’s Aughnacullion exhibit which stood
fourth in the pre-sale show. Augh-nacullion Everest is a March-born son of Enniscrone Bronson out of a Strathbogie Yes Sir sired dam and changed hands for 1020gns.
Results of Smyths Flakes Championship
Shearling Rams – 1st John Watson, Duvarran; 2nd Murray Annett, Mile-stonehill; 3rd Adrian Liggett, Corbo; 4th Neil Watson, Findrum; 5th Gary Beacom, Lakeview.
Ram Lambs – 1st Colin Gregg, Kildowney; 2nd Mark Patterson, Alderview; 3rd Martin Warnock, Straidarran; 4th Michael Cunningham, Aughnacullion; 5th Gary Beacom, Lakeview; 6th J Wilson & J Wilson Moses, Blackstown.
Gimmers – 1st J Wilson & J Wilson Moses, Blackstown; 2nd Gary Beacom, Lakeview; 3rd Messrs Price, Loanends; 4th Nathan Armstrong, Dynawhite.
Champion – Colin Gregg with Ram Lamb; Reserve – J Wilson & J Wilson Moses with gimmer.
The NI Texel Club will be holding sales in Swatragh September 23, Lisahally September 24, Hilltown September 24, Ballymena Mart Sept-ember 27, and Markethill September 29. Catalogues available online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791 679112. All sales will follow strict Covid-19 guidance.