Texel breeders made their way to Clogher Mart recently for their annual club show and sale. Sponsoring the event again this year was the Bank of Ireland, with judge for the night Brian Hanthorn, Mullan Texels, Co Armagh.
Starting proceedings with the Shearling Ram Class, Mr Hanthorn made his selection for first in the line-up from Andrew Hutchinson’s Round Island pen. His exhibit, Rowandale Wanderer 11, a Knap Vital Spark son purchased from Darren McKay as a lamb last year later sold for £289.
Claiming Mr Hanthorn’s second place rosette was Messrs Annett, Milestonehill Texels with his homebred Shearling sired by Knock Ursus out of a Mellor Vale Masterpiece ewe, which later sold for £220.50. Standing next were Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House Texels with a Tullylagan Vantage son.
In the Ram Lamb Class Mr Hanthorn choose a Scholars Twenty Twelve son out of a Springhill dam for his first place rosette and overall Bank of Ireland Champion from Alistair Breen’s Drumderg pen. He later cashed in for £451.50.
Mr Hanthorn’s second place lamb and Bank of Ireland Reserve Champion went to Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen. His Knock Trident son out of a dam sired by Ettrick My Jinks later went on to top the sale prices at £619.50.
Gary Rankin’s Garvetagh Hill exhibit claimed Mr Hanthorn’s third place rosette. A Holylee Volcano son out of a Mossvale Unique mother, he realised £315.
Overall sale trade was steady with 90% clearance.
Show results sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Overall Champion - Alistair Breen Drumderg
Reserve Overall - Andrew Fyffe Fairywater
Shearling Rams: 1st, Andrew Hutchinson Round Island; 2nd, Messrs Annett Milestonehill; 3rd, Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House
Ram Lamb: 1st, Alistair Breen, Drumderg; 2nd, Andrew Fyffe, Fairywater; 3rd, Gary Rankin, Garvetagh Hill Texels; 4th, Philip Hammond, Tullylagan Texels; 5th, Ernest Hogg, Bunnahesco; 6th, Messrs A&J Young, Kilrail House.