Top entry for Springhill sale

Millcomb Powerhouse - sire to a number of  Springhill lots
Millcomb Powerhouse - sire to a number of Springhill lots

Omagh Mart is the venue once again for the annual Springhill female sale and with lots on offer from the Springhill, Duvarren and Milestonehill flocks there is sure to be an in-lamb ewe or empty ewe lamb to suit all.

The sale on Friday, December 11, commences at 7pm when the first of the Foster family’s Springhill in-lamb ewes enter the ring.

Duvarren Ultra, main service sire. Castlewellan show overall reserve champion 2015

Duvarren Ultra, main service sire. Castlewellan show overall reserve champion 2015

This year Springhill have 38 lots of in-lamb ewes catalogued. These lots include a number of mature ewes whose daughters have been retained in the flock, shearling ewes from top sires within the breed as well as former show ewes, including Springhill Uptown Girl who was awarded Interbreed Champion at Enniskillen Show 2013 on the only time she was shown.

All the ewes are in-lamb to a selection of service sires including the home-bred tup Springhill Vegas as well as Clew Bay Van Gar and his full brother Winkle Picker – both chosen for their good muscling, tight skin, head and mobility. Winkle Picker was the first Prize Junior Ram Lamb at the Texel All Ireland Show 2015.

Also included in the line-up of service sires to the Springhill flock are the mature tups; Millcomb Powerhouse, who was recently repurchased for further use. At six years old he is already proven within the breed. Ballydesland Thunderking, Texel Champion Omagh Show 2015. Completing the line-up of service sires is Marbleton Vantastic, an Oberstown Usain Bolt son and the newly acquired Millar’s Wanted bred from the massive 7,000gns Orrisdale Viking.

The emphasis within the Springhill flock remains, as it always has done, to produce top quality tups for the pedigree and commercial shepherd alike, and the service sires chosen for the ewes catalogued reflect the successful breeding policy Springhill has enjoyed for over 25 years.

Springhill will finish off the sale with an entry of 37 ewe lambs many of which are daughters of this year’s service sires, as well as notable sires such as Springhill Twenty Twelve, who was the Male Champion RUAS 2013, Derryhoney Unbeatable, Botera Unstoppable, Teiglum Vigilante and the 4,500gns Springhill V-Tech.

The Duvarren flock have an exciting entry of one and two-shear gimmers, in-lamb to their home bred tups Duvarren Ultra and Valencia and the recently purchased Springhill Wrangler.

Most of the gimmers catalogued are in-lamb to Ultra who left his mark at Castlewellan Show in 2015 when the flock returned to the show ring after several years rest. Ultra took first place in the Senior Ram Class before securing the Overall Reserve Championship. He has an outstanding carcase and exceptional tight skin. During the 2015 sale season Duvarren has also enjoyed consistently top prices and highest sale averages for shearlings at many of the club and society sales.

Milestonehill complete the catalogue with a batch of gimmers served by three thrilling new stock rams – Maineview Wi-Fi, a massive lamb with great character out of the best breeding ewe at Maineview; Botera Wing Man, who was also purchased along with Wi-Fi at the NI Premier Sale, Ballymena. A son of 17,000gns Teiglum Thunder he exhibits all the carcase qualities of his father.

Finally the Reserve Champion at Raphoe Sale 2015, Speenogue Weaver a very masculine ram with tremendous length, skin and carcase. These gimmers along with a few mature ewes come from the top female families in the Milestonehill flock.

The Springhill female sale has been firmly established as a sale which consistently provides a selection of well-bred females in-lamb to some sensational stock rams, the fifth annual sale is no exception and has the added allure of a batch of well-bred Springhill ewe lambs.

This sale once again provides a choice of ewes or lambs to suit all.

For a catalogue please call John 07711 101 461 or the mart on 028 8224 3311.