The Northern Ireland Texel Club returned to Markethill recently, establishing the sale in the Texel calendar for the second year.
The club show and sale was kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op and judge for the evening was Adrian Liggett, Corbo Texels, Omagh.
Mr Liggett made his first choice and Fane Valley Reserve Champion in the Shearling Ram category from Sam Gordon’s Lindstair pen. He was a Teiglium Troy son out of a Cowal Powerhouse dam.
Second place went to Robert Boyd, Newry for his Sheepbridge entry. This Tullyear Uhuru out of a McBride Pacemaker mother later sold for £294. Third place was claimed by Andrew Hutchinson, Newtownbutler for Gorteen VW, purchased from Charles and David Seaman as a ram lamb. He is a Glenside Razzle Dazzle son out of a Ballynahone Rissoto ewe.
Catching the judge’s eye was the Hanthorn family’s Mullan pen, taking first place in the ram lamb class and later the Fane Valley Co-Op Champion.
From the same family as the reserve champion at Markethill last year this Oberstown Usain Bolt son out of a Douganhill McFly mother sold to the top price of the evening for £472.50. Also from the same pen, the Hanthorn family, Tynan, Armagh saw the champion’s pen mate realise £420 for another Oberstown Usain Bolt out of a Mullan Supremacy daughter who was the Armagh Show Champion 2014.
The judge’s second place rosette in the ram lamb class went to Peter Boyd, Ballyclare for his Poseyhill exhibit. A Glenside Veegee son out of a Lindstair Nic Nak mother he later changed hands for £346.50. Robert Mulligan, Banbridge claimed the third place rosette for his Ettrick U Tube son out of a Blackstown Sportsmans daughter, who later sold for £231.
Trade for 22 Pedigree Texels saw averages to £281.50.
Show results kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op
Overall champion: Hanthorn Family, Mullan
Reserve Champion: Sam Gordon, Lindstair
Shearling ram class: 1st, Sam Gordon, Lindstair; 2nd, Robert Boyd, Sheepbridge; 3rd, Andrew Hutchinson, Round Island; 4th, Naomi Ardis, Millburn
Open ram lamb class: 1st, Hanthorn family, Mullan; 2nd, Peter Boyd, Poseyhill; 3rd, Robert Mulligan, Brague; 4th, Hanthorn family, Mullan
Leading prices: Hantorn family, 450gns, 400gns, 340gns, N Ardis, 400gns, M Boyd, 360gns, G Weir, 350gns, R Boyd 330gns, P Boyd, 330gns
Gortin sale sponsored by Smyths Daleside will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday 2nd October judging commencing 6pm followed by sale at 7pm.
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 on 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart Tel: 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk/auctionsales/nationalsaledates.php