The January Gems Texel sale was held at Ballymena Mart on the first Saturday of the New Year.
The event sparkled with a duo of in-lamb gimmers showing tremendous depth of breeding and character from the Curley Flock of Robin and John Trimble, Newry, making top price of the day at £1,680 each.
First into the ring was a Haddo Ringleader daughter from a Milestonehill O’Gara dam. She was sold in- lamb to Cowal Viceroy, and was purchased by new breeder John McPolin for his Ballei Flock based in Hilltown.
The second gimmer to equal this top price of the day was a Brackenridge Transformer daughter out of a Mellor Vale Masterpiece dam and she joins the long established Springwell Flock bred by Henry Gamble, Groomsport.
A third pen mate, another Ringleader daughter in-lamb to Cowal Vice-Roy realised £1,155 and joins Jim Wilson’s Blackstown flock in Crumlin.
The second highest price of the day came from brothers, Chris and Martin Mullan with a Bluegates gimmer, in-lamb to Millcomb Vindicator selling to £1,470. She joins the Kiltariff flock of Barclay Bell and Sons, Rathfriland.
A Mullan Superfly daughter also from the Bluegates pen changed hands through the ring at £1155, again in-lamb to Millcomb Vindicator. She travels to Trillick and the Drewmar flock of Graham and Joanne McFarland.
Also hitting the four figure mark from the Ballyhivistock flock of Samuel Simpson and Robert Calvin, were two super Hullhouse Schnapps daughters selling to Alistair Breen’s Drumderg Flock for £1417 and £1,155 both in-lamb to the new Ballyhivistock stock ram Llyfni Vidal, while a twin sister to one of these gimmers realised £945 in the ring.
Adrian McCartney’s Gruig flock, and husband and wife team of John and Leona Young with their Kilrail House and Redford flocks also experienced steady trade throughout the sale with the following averages for each vendor recorded: Curley £698.65 for 13 sold, Blue Gates £656.73 for 11, Ballyhivistock £640.50 for nine sold, Gruig £375 for 10 and Kilrail House and Redford £368.81 for 16 sold.
As predicted last year the January Gems sale continues to establish itself as a regular event in the calendar of In-lamb Texel sales within the province.