Springhill in-lamb sale success at Omagh Mart

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Buyers travelled from near and far to Omagh Auction Mart recently to invest in the superior pedigrees on offer from the Springhill, Duvarren and Milestonehill flocks.

Topping the sale at £2362 was a smart gimmer from the Springhill flock of John Foster; she sold in-lamb to Clew Bay Van Gar and was purchased by A Dickson, Drumquin.

Securing the second highest price of the evening, also from the Springhill flock, was a three shear homebred ewe which sold to £1,365, she travels to the Derryhoney flock of young breeder Nathan Armstrong, Lisbellaw.

Also selling for a four figure sum from the Springhill flock was a former show ewe in-lamb to Marbleton Vantastic, a son of the Texel Sire of the Year Oberstown Usain Bolt, she sold to £1312, while the next lot, a Crosskirk Superstar ewe, in-lamb to Derryhoney Unbeatable sold to £1260 and a Springhill Twenty Twelve daughter sold to £1155 in-lamb to Clew Bay Van Gar.

Springhill ewe lambs also met with super trade selling to a top price of £1260 for a Drumderg Uno daughter out of a Crawfordsland Outlook ewe. She along with a Teiglum Tornado ewe lamb and a selection of ewes make up the nucleus flock for Alice, Catherine and William Graham, Kiladeas.

Overall the Springhill flock experienced an excellent evening’s trading averaging almost £599.14 for 66 lots sold.

Murray Annett’s Milestonehill flock, topped their sale with the hammer falling on two gimmers at £945, both strong gimmers from proven families within the flock. The first travels back to County Down to the Curley flock of John Trimble while the other was purchased by a Co Sligo breeder.

Another duo of strong gimmers from the Milestonehill flock a Sabbath Hill Tallboy and a Brackenbridge Transformer daughter sold to £630, both in lamb to Millcomb Van the Man. Yet again the Milestonehill flock experienced good trade with 28 lots selling to an average of £425.25

The Duvarren flock also experienced steady trade for breeder John Watson, Annacloy, realising a top price of £682.50 for a Springhill Study two shear ewe in- lamb to the powerful homebred tup Duvarren Texan. She joins the newly established Screeby flock of Christina Dickson’s in Trillick along with her pen mate a Duvarren Rolls Royce daughter which sold to £525. The Duvarren flock recorded an average of £483, endorsing the level of trade at this sale.

The continued support at this sale from local breeders as well as fellow breeders from the Irish Texel Society was yet again evident with the excellent averages achieved by each vendor and over 25 sheep being exported. The vendors wish all of the buyers every success with their new purchases.