The NI Texel Breeders Club held their annual show and sale at Armoy Mart recently.
Mr John Trimble, Curley Texels, Newry, Co Down judged the Glen Farm Supplies presale show, commencing with the shearling class.
Mr Murray Annett, Milestonehill Flock, Rathfrailand, Co Down took the first place rosette for a Duvarren Talisman son out of a daughter by Tullagh Legend, which later sold for £735. Second place went to Graeme Martin, Burnside Texels, Broughshane.
His Milestonehill Smithy son changed hands for £586.50. Henry Gamble Springwell Texels, Groomsport, Co Down, claimed third place for his Cornerstone Temple Mount son out of a homebred ewe by Deveronvale Oddie. He later sold for joint top price of the night for £756 with M&J Watson, Hillhead Texels Dundonald, Co Down selling his homebred shearling, a Hillhead Test Drive son, for the same money.
Trade remained strong for shearling rams with Robbie Mulligan, Brague Texels, Banbridge, Co Down in the money for his fourth placed shearling, a Milcomb Stobart son making £735.
Mr Trimble choose his Glen Farm Supplies Champion and Reserve Champion from the ram lamb class. The Champion was selected from the pen of Robert & Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena. His Maineview exhibit, a Duncryne Uber Cool son out of an Ettrick Warrior dam realised £483, while his pen mate a Strathbogie Smokey Blue made £420. Martin McConville, Glenhone Texels, Rathfrailand, saw his Reserve Champion, a Haddo Undercover son sell for £525. But taking top price for ram lambs was Simpson & Calvin, Ballyhivistock Texels, Castlecatt, Ballymoney for the fourth place lamb selling to £577.50.
Trade was maintained with Sam McAuley, Whitepark Texels, Mosside, Ballymoney see his lamb change hands for £441 with Stephen Etherson, Killans Texels, Ballymoney follow close behind with £430.50 and Henry Gamble, Springwell Texels, Groomsport with £420.
Overall quality lots met with steady trade as 20 shearlings sold to an average of £536.55, while 49 Ram lambs sold to an average of £304.50 putting averages up on last year. Thank you goes to Glen Farm Supplies for their sponsorship.
Show Results kindly sponsored by Glen Farm Supplies
Overall Champion: Robert & Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena
Reserve Champion: Martin McConville, Rathfrailand
1st Murray Annett, Rathfrailand
2ndGraeme Martin, Ballymena
3rd Henry gamble, Groomsport
4th Robert Mulligan, Banbridge
1st Robert & Andrew Kennedy, Ballymena
2ndMartin McConville, Rathfrailand
3rd Sam McAuley, Ballymoney
4th Simpson & Calvin, Ballymoney
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 22nd September and Clogher kindly sponsored by the Bank of Ireland to be held in Clogher Mart on Thursday 25th 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