The NI Texel Club held their annual in-lamb ewe show and sale in Ballymena Livestock Mart recently, generously sponsored by Oldstone Veterinary Clinic.
Judge Henry Gamble, Groomsport, made his selection from John Watson’s Duvarren pen for his first place rosette and later his overall reserve champion.
This Fairmount Superman daughter out of a Knock Papoose mother is in lamb to a homebred ram, Duvarren Ultra and later sold to S McKeegan, Cushendall for £840. Gareth Tumelty, Aideshill Texels, claimed Mr Gamble’s second place rosette for his Tamnamoney Torrens daughter, while Kieran McAfee, Drumeil Texels took third in the line-up with his Haddo Unique exhibit.
In the ewe lamb category, Paul and Baillie O’Connor, Drumgooland Texels, claimed the judge’s first and second place rosettes and later Overall Champion.
The champion was a Duncryne Uber Cool daughter out of a Castlecairn SAS Commander dam.
Coming from one of the best Drumgooland breeding lines, this ewe lamb’s full sister was third place at Balmoral 2015. Duncryne Uber Cool was reserve male champion Carlisle 2013. She later dropped the hammer at £577.50. This ewe lamb’s penmate, a Killyvolgan Veejay daughter realised £420. However it was the Drumgooland Embryo Pregnancies which topped the trade of the evening with an embryo pregnancy from a Castlecairn SAS Commander daughter out of a Hexel Lexus dam purchased from Strathbogie. This ewe’s maternal sisters were third in the ewe lamb class and fifth in the shearling ewe class at this year’s Balmoral Show. This single embryo to Usk Vale War-Lord, changed hands for £1155 to Rodney McLaughlin Donegal. Mr O’Connor saw a further two embryo pregnancies sell for £735 for another Usk Vale War-Lord from an Oberstown Usain Bolt Ewe and again to Mr McLaughlin at £550 for a Drumgooland Wildcard out of a Kelso Oxygen daughter.
Also getting good trade was Murray Annett’s Milestonehill pen. His sixth place exhibit, a Ballydesland Usher daughter, whose GDam bred the £15,000 O’Gara realised £787.50. Mr Annett also saw this ewe’s pen mate and fourth place prize winner, a Ballygroogan Ronaldo and full sister to 6,000gns Utah Jazz, 3100gns Tyson and 3100gns Toploader, move home to Michael Cunningham’s flock in Newcastle for £472.50.
Trade for good females remained strong throughout with 18 averaging £497.
The club wish to thank Oldstone Veterinary Clinic for their support in the sponsorship of this event.
Gimmers: 1st John Watson, Duvarren; 2nd Gareth Tumelty, Aideshill; 3rd Kieran McAfee, Drumeill; 4th Murray Annett, Milestonehill; 5th Andrew Kennedy, Maineview; 6th Murray Annett, Milestonehill
Ewe lambs: 1st Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland; 2nd Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland
Champion: Paul O’Connor with ewe lamb
Reserve champion: John Watson with gimmer
Leading prices: Paul O’Connor, 1100gns, 700gns, 550gns, 550gns, 400gns; John Watson, 800gns, 300gns, 250gns; Murray Annett, 750gns, 450gns, 360gns, 350gns; Andrew Kennedy, 420gns, 380gns, 360gns; Gareth Tumelty, 320gns; W Herdman, 280gns