Leading County Down breeder Mark Priestley took top honours at the recent Northern Ireland Branch Premier Show and Sale held in Ballymena Mart when his Strathbogie Stradivarius sired lamb clinched the Supreme Champion title before going on to sell for 7,800gns to Gary Owen of the Morris Flock, Anglesey.
This follows on from the Limestone flock owner’s recent successes at both the Shrewsbury and Stirling sales.
Southern Ireland breeders were largely represented with John Oakman, Co. Westmeath paying 1,000gns for the Reserve Champion Lomondview Legacy sired ram from the Oakbridge flock of Philip Gurney.
Limestone flock owner Mark Priestley continued his success selling his Limestone Aston Martin sired ram to joint purchasers Judge Martin Doherty, Co. Donegal and Sean and Jane McCloskey of the Glenroe flock for 2,700gns. A total of 11 lambs were sold to Southern breeders.
Meanwhile the Islandmore flock of S&P O’Connor, Co. Kerry paid 1700gns to secure an impressive Birness Buckshot bred ram from the Braeburn flock of Adam Porter.
Rodney Blair, Co. Antrim paid 1500gns for a Ballynacannon Taylor Made ram from the Crewelands pen of Stephen Sufferin. Alastair Barkley, Blackbrae flock and Jack Smyth, Bessiebell flock both sold to 1,200gns to Edward Jeffery, Co. Cork and Trevor Burke, Co. Galway respectively. Martin & Eoin Butler, Castlewood sold to 1,000gns to fellow breeder Tyrone Lindon, Co. Armagh.
Elsewhere in the show ring Co.Down breeder Brian Dickson took the winning rosette in the Shearling ram class and Alastair Barkley took first in the Commercial Gigot Class going on to sell to 850gns to Michael Murphy, Co. Galway.
David Ford took the Novice Cup with his Strathbogie Im Invincible sired lamb selling to 480gns to L Aiken, Co. Down.
The pen of three honours went to the Oakbridge flock of Philip Gurney, Lesley and Mervyn Liggett, and Dennis Taylor were runners up.
Thank you to sponsors Danske Bank for their continued support of the NI Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
CLASS 1 – Shearling Ram: 1st B Dickson; 2nd A Porter; 3rd D Duncan
CLASS 2 – Commercial Gigot Ram Lamb: 1st A Barkley; 2nd P Donnelly; 3rd A McNeilly
CLASS 3 - Novice Cup: 1st D Ford; 2nd I Porter; 3rd M McNally
CLASS 4 – Ram Lamb: 1st M Priestley; 2nd S&J McCloskey; 3rd A Barkley
CLASS 5 – Pen of 3 Ram Lambs: 1st P Gurney; 2nd L&M Liggett; 3rd D Taylor
Supreme Champion: Mark Priestley
Reserve Champion: Philip Gurney