Saturday’s 6th Northern Stars Sale of in-lamb Texel females at Ballymena Livestock Mart, saw excellent steady trade for in-lamb gimmers.
The well known award-winning flocks included namely Richard Henderson (Ballynahone), Victor and David Chestnutt (Clougher), Alastair Gault (Forkins), Roger Strawbridge (Tamnamoney) and guest consignor Andrew Kennedy (Maineview).
Taking the top price of the day was Richard Henderson’s Ballynahone Flock, Tobermore at 4,000gns.
This smart female is a Knock Travis daughter out of a Douganhill McFly mother in lamb to Teiglum Vigilante. She comes from one of the strongest breeding bloodlines in the Ballynahone flock with females from the same family having sold to 11,000gns and males to 9,500gns. She finds her new home across the sea with Mr G Jones, Foxhall Farm, Denbighshire.
The Ballynahone Flock also saw this gimmer’s pen mate sell for 1100gns, a Braehead Touch of Class daughter out of a Ballynahone Oscar mother. In lamb to Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold carrying twins and out of the same family bloodlines she heads South to her new owner Mr Michael Dwyer, Roscommon. Ballynahone averaged £971 for nine gimmers.
Second best price of the day was for another Knock Travis daughter out of a Douganhill McFly dam from Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney pen, Coleraine. Carrying twins, this classy female is in lamb to Sportsman’s Scania. She is a maternal sister to the noted Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold and also moves South to Mr L Brown, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Roger Strawbridge also saw a Sportsman’s Scania daughter change hands for 1,700gns. Out of a Ballynahone Rissoto dam and from the same family as females selling to 11,000 and 5,000gns, in lamb to Teiglium Vigilante this in-lamb gimmer joins the Carmavy Flock of S & J McCollum Crumlin, Co Antrim. Another Scania daughter from the Tamnamoney pen with a McFly mother realised 1100gns. From the same family as Tuborg Gold, carrying twins to Vigilante she moves to join the flock of Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk, Ayrshire. Roger Strawbridge averaged £713 for 22 gimmers.
Next in the running was Alastair Gault’s Forkins and Cherryvale Flocks. Again a Knock Travis daughter with a Douganhill Mcfly mother realised 3,600gns.
In lamb to Duncryne Uber Cool and out of the top bloodlines in the Forkins Flock, including maternal sisters selling at 11,000gns and brothers to 3,500gns, she also crosses the sea to Mr S Barclay Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
For this gimmer’s pen mate Alastair Gault realised 3,000gns, again for a Knock Travis daughter with a McFly mother and full sister to this year’s RUAS Champion sold earlier this year for 15K. She heads to join local breeder Paul O’Connor’s Drumgooland Flock, Seaforde, Co Down.
Mr Gault also realised 2,300gns for a Haddo Ringleader daughter out of a McFly mother. In lamb to Teiglium Vigilante, she moves home to local breeder Mr Alan Thompson, Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Alastair Gault averaged £1330 for 20 gimmers.
Victor Chestnutt, Clougher and Bushmills Texels was next in line to make the money with a Braehead Real McCoy daughter changing hands for 2,200gns. This female is out of a Ballybrooney mother and in lamb to Kiltariff Vagabond goes to reside with new owners Wilkinson Bros, Ballygroogan, Cookstown. Victor Chestnutt averaged £856 for four gimmers.
Also in the top prices of the day was guest consignor Andrew Kennedy, Maineview Texels, with a Drumgooland Tattoo daughter out of a Mossknowe Pudsey mother. In lamb to Crailloch Victor this flashy gimmer sold to 2,000gns and finds her new home with Scottish breeder Andrew Neilson, Straiven, Scotland.
Overall average for Maineview sales was £862 for 8.
Other Leading Prices
A Gault - 2,000gns x2;1,900gns;1,700gns;1,450gns;1,400gns;1,300gns;700gns; 620gns;600gns
R Strawbridge- 1,700gns;1,100gns;950gns,820gns;800gns;650gns;550gns;500gns;450gns
R Henderson - 1,100gns; 500gns
A Kennedy - 1,400gns; 750gns; 520gns; 500gns
V Chestnutt - 480gns
Trade was consistent with the average for 63 sheep at £965.50.
The consignors would like to thank sponsors Innovis, Thompsons Sheep Feeds, Scotts Hardware, Fane Valley Feeds, Ovibreed, Grove Veterinary Centre, Knockanboy Sheep Breeding Services, Connon General Merchants, Volac, Animax and Greenvale for their generous sponsorship.
They also wish all buyers every success with their purchases and a prosperous and successful New Year.