The NI Texel Breeders Club held their annual show and sale at Armoy Mart recently.
Mr Martin Warnock, Straidarran Texels, Limavady judged the Glens Farm Supplies presale, commencing with the Shearling Class.
Mr Murray Annett, Milestonehill Texels, Rathfriland Co Down took the first place rosette and overall Glens Farm Supplies Champion for a Brackenridge Transformer son out of a Knock papoose daughter which later sold for £525 to Samuel Taggart.
Second place went to the McKinney Bros, Heathmount Texels, Maghera. Their Baltier Top Notch son changed hands for the same money at £525 to Damien Duggan. Simpson and Calvin’s Ballyhivistock, Dervock claimed the judge’s third place rosette with Ballyhivistock Volvo, a Fairmount Seven O Seven son out of a homebred ewe. He later sold for £462 to B&J McCloskey. Trade for shearlings remained strong with Henry Gamble, Springwell Texels Groomsport topping the sale with Tosh’s Vogue, a Haddo Unique son who sold to John McLaughlin for £546.
Mr Warnock choose his first place and Glens Farm Supplies Reserve Champion from the Kiltariff pen of Barclay Bell & Sons, Rathfriland. He later realised £336 to S White. Second place was claimed by Austin Shaw, Larne, with his Fairmount exhibit, a Forkins Versace out of a homebred ewe by Bushmills Sargent. He sold to Ernest Wiley for £430.50. John and Richard Currie, Ballymena saw their Tullagh exhibit take third place in the line-up. A Mossvale Visa son out of a Fairywater Superstar daughter he also sold for £430.50 to Randall McDonnell.
Overall quality lots met with steady trade as 23 shearlings sold to an average of £391, while 40 Ram lambs sold to an average of £290 with an overall clearance of 82%.
Thank you goes to Glen Farm Supplies for their sponsorship.
Show results kindly sponsored by Glen Farm Supplies
Overall Champion: Murray Annett, Rathfriland
Reserve champion: Barclay Bell & Sons, Rathfriland
Shearling rams: 1st, Murray Annett, Rathfriland; 2nd, McKinney Bros, Maghera; 3rd, Simpson & Calvin, Dervock; 4th, J&M Watson, Dundonald; 5th, Austin Shaw, Larne
Ram lamb: 1st, Barclay Bell & Sons, Rathfriland; 2nd, Austin Shaw, Larne; 3rd, J&R Currie, Ballymena; 4th, Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena; 5th, Sam McAuley, Mosside; 6th, Alex Thompson, Islandmagee
Shearling rams: H Gamble 520gns; J&M Watson 510gns, 510gns, 400gns; M Annett 500gns; McKinney Bros 500gns; A Shaw 510gns, 400gns; B McConville 400gns; R Mulligan 460gns, 400gns; R Calvin 460gns, 400gns.
Ram lambs: D McKay 410gns; J&R Currie 410gns; A Shaw 410gns; G Martin 360gns; M Annett 330gns, 330gns; N Ross 330gns; C Gregg 330gns; B Bell 320gns; R Calvin 320gns
The next NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sales will be Markethill kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op to be held in Markethill Livestock Mart on Monday 23rd September and Clogher kindly sponsored by the Bank of Ireland to be held in Clogher Mart on Thursday 24th September. Judging will be at 6.00 pm with the sale commencing at 7pm. Catalogues available from the Marts or online at www.texel.co.uk/auctionsales/nationalsaledates.php