The Northern Ireland Texel Sheep Breeders Club held their open night recently at the farm of Peter Boyd, Poseyhill Texels, Ballyclare.
Peter’s family have been farming for three generations and he shares fond memories with his father and grandfather.
Peter runs 35 Pedigree Texels ewes and recalls purchasing his first Texel ewes 15 years ago feeding his passion for sheep farming. Peter comments on how he likes the way the Texel lambs thrive – one of the reasons he chose to breed Texels over any other sheep breed. When choosing stock rams Peter looks for overall good conformation. “I like rams that have a good body, stand well on their feet and have a good pair of ears, spark and character,” he says.
The Poseyhill Flock has been named among those claiming rosettes in the last number of years at Balmoral RUAS, Ballymena Show and Antrim shows with 2016 being one of his proudest years for show success. Peter can also claim success in recent years in the sales arena with ram lambs selling at 1800gns; 2500gns and 3000gns at the NI National Sale and Balmoral RUAS Maze sale.
This year’s Open Night gave pedigree and commercial breeders an opportunity to get a preview of this year’s Poseyhill sales consignment in advance of the NI National Premier on 29th August in Ballymena Livestock Mart and forthcoming Club Sales.
As well as an opportunity for a tour of the Poseyhill Flock, visitors were able to participate in the annual stockjudging competition, visit the various stalls and business stands, compete in the Rodeo competition, and contribute to the charity auction in aid of Diabetes NI. The evening’s raffle and charity auction was co-ordinated by Sean Irvine, Ballymena Livestock Mart. Many donations were made towards the raffle and auction and Peter and the NI Texel Breeder’s Club would like to thank all the businesses, members and friends who provided items to be raffled or auctioned and to those who purchased. Peter and the Texel Club would like to thank the sponsor for the stockjudging event, namely HVS Animal Health for their generosity.
Stockjudging Under 12: 1st James Johnston; 2nd Ella Kennedy; 3rd Charlotte Curry
12-25 Age Group: 1st Sam Rutherford; 2nd Katie Gilmour; 3rd G Cowan
Over 25: 1st W Weatherup; 2nd Caroline Kennedy; 3rd Francis Johnston
Guess the Weight of the Calves: Justin Ross
Name The Donkey: Adam Gray
Rodeo Sheep Competition: Ben Robinson
Sale season starts on August 27th with the first club sale of the year at Rathfriland with the Northern Ireland Premier Sale at Ballymena Mart moving to a new one day event on 29th August.
For catalogues and further information contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791679112 or visit on line www.texel.co.uk/sales.