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 Alistair Breen, Drumderg Texels, Enniskillen.
Starting with the Shearling Ram Class, Mr Breen made his selection from Andrew Hutchinson’s Round Island pen. His exhibit, Derryhoney Viscount, a Drumderg UK son purchased from young breeder Nathan Armstrong as a lamb last year later sold to N&A Johnston for £420.
Taking second place in the line-up was a homebred shearling, sired by Baltier Panther exhibited by Catherine Black. Claiming third place was Murray Annett, Milestonehill Texels with a Stonehills Utah son out of a Ballydesland Oscar dam.
In the Ram Lamb Class Mr Breen choose his first place lamb from John Young Kilrail House pen. This lamb later claimed the Bank of Ireland Champion, a Botera Unstoppable out of a Kilrail House mother sired by Forkins Superstar. Later selling for the top price of the evening at £451.50 he sold to RJ Crawford.
Mr Breen’s second place rosette and Bank of Ireland Reserve Champion went to Norman Reid Beechvale Texels, Omagh. Sired by a homebred ram, Beechvale Vet and out of a homebred ewe he sold to D Johnston for £420.
Gary Rankin’s Garvetagh Hill exhibit claimed Mr Breen’s third place rosette. A Clew Bay Van Gar son out of a Springhill Ronaldo mother realised £325.50.
Show results kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Overall Champion: John Young, Kilrail Texels
Reserve Overall: Norman Reid, Beechvale Texels
Shearling Rams: 1st, David Hutchinson, Round Island Texels; 2nd, Gillian Black, Catherine’s Bridge Texels; 3rd, Murray Annett, Milestonehill Texels
Ram Lambs: 1st, John Young, Kilrail House Texels; 2nd, Norman Reid, Beechvale Texels; 3rd, Gary Rankin, Garvetagh Hill Texels; 4th, Philip Hammond, Tullylagan Texels; 5th, Moses Irwin, Hackwood Texels; 6th, Gillian Black, Catherines Bridge Texels
Forthcoming Show and Sales:
Gortin Sale sponsored by Smyths Daleside will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday, October 2, judging commencing 6pm followed by sale at 7.00pm.
The Ballymena Harvest Sale kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford will be held in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Monday 12th October judging at 6pm with the sale commencing at 7pm.
Catalogues available from the Gortin Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart Tel: 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk/auctionsales/nationjalsaledates.php