Northern Ireland Texel Sheep Breeders Club

Secretary:

Martin Warnock
7 Cloghan Road
Limavady
Co Londonderry
BT49 0PJ
Tel: 07791 679 112

nitexelbreedersclub@live.co.uk
Honorary Treasurer – Brian McAllister

Chairman:

Mr Martin Cromie
24 Old Manse Road
Tullyear
Banbridge
Co Down
BT32 4JJ
Tel: 07879 648719


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Northern Irish Club reflects on successful 2016

Recently the NI Texel Breeders Club members gathered at Greenmount Agricultural College for their AGM.  The Club’s chairman, Martin Cromie welcomed the turnout of members, friends, guest speaker Neil Clelland, Neogen and Adrian Farrell from the Southern Area Hospice.  

The evening’s proceedings commenced with Mr Cromie and the Herdman Family presenting a cheque to Mr Farrell for £4200 from money raised at the Club’s Annual Open Night at their family farm last August.  Mr Farrell thanked the Club and the Herdman family for the generosity of the donation made, informing those present that without public donations the Southern Area Hospice Service would not be able to continue to deliver the standard of inpatient and outpatient services to those patients suffering from cancer, MS, Motor Neurone and Aids.  


Following the charity presentation, Dr Clelland, Business Development Executive at Neogen Europe gave those present an informative talk on genomics, its application and benefits to the future of the Texel Sheep Industry.  After a short question and answering session vice chairman, Martin Cromie commenced the AGM formalities, with the previous minutes adopted.  

Mr Cromie went on to highlight the Club’s successes during 2016 at shows, sales, Club activities and events.  He thanked all the members who took part in the various competitions throughout the year, highlighting the importance of the Club’s sponsors in their continued support to run their annual events.  

He congratulated those who took home trophies and encouraged members to continue to compete in 2017.  As part of his resume of events, congratulations were expressed to Edna Corbett, Laganbann Texels, for her success at Balmoral Show and for keeping Texels well to the fore claiming reserve at the interbreed with her jointly owned aged ram. Mr Cromie also expressed congratulations to Roger Strawbridge, Tamnamoney Texels, for claiming the championship at the Northern Irish National Show and Sale and to Paul and Baillie O’Connor, Drumgooland Texels, for taking reserve champion.  

Congratulations were also expressed to John and Richard Currie, Tullagh Texels, for receiving the top price for a ram lamb at the National and the O’Connor Family, Drumgooland Texels, for the top price shearling ewe.  Congratulations were expressed again to John and Richard Currie for profiling Northern Ireland breeders at the Scottish National Show and Sale, claiming champion.  Mr Cromie acknowledged that this was the third year in succession that a Northern Ireland breeder has claimed this achievement.  Roger Strawbridge Tamnamoney Texels was congratulated for getting the top price for a Northern Ireland Breeder at Lanark, selling a ram lamb for 9K.

Mr Cromie thanked members for participating in this year’s Volac Show Flock Championship and Flock Competitions, recognising the hard work that goes in to preparing and participating in such events.  Alastair Gault was congratulated for his success in the Volac Show Championship Competition with his Forkins flock taking the overall championship, and also congratulations were extended to Alastair Breen’s Drumderg Texels, for achieving Reserve Volac Champion.  

Specific reference was made to Alastair Gault’s continued achievement in claiming overall champion flock in the Club’s prestigious Annual Flock Competition, judged by David McKerrow, Nochnary flock, Freuchie, Fife and also to Victor and David Chestnutt’s Clougher flock for coming reserve.

Mr Cromie paid special thanks to all the members of the committee for their hard work throughout the year, convenors for their hard work at shows and sales and to the judges supporting the club’s activities.  He highlighted that without their hard work, support and commitment the club would not be able to function smoothly.  The vice chairman also expressed particular thanks to those who sponsored the Club throughout the year namely, Danske Bank, Volac Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Farmware Supplies Northern Counties Co-op, Farm Care, Glen Farm Supplies, Smyth Daleside, S H Coleman, Holden Agri & Fuels,  Fane Valley, Ivan Porter, Osmonds, and Oldstone Veterinary.

Flock Competition 2016

David McKerrow Nochnary Flock Freuchie, Fife who is this years judge for the prestigious NI Texel Club Danske Bank Flock of the Year Competition to be held in November.

Martin Cromie and James Wilkinson accept generous sponsorship from John Henning Danske Bank for the NI Texel Clubs forthcoming Danske Bank Flock of The Year Competition in November.

 

Texel Harvest Sale Ends Ram Sales with 94% Clearance Rate
 

The NI Texel Club held their final tup sale of the season in Ballymena Mart recently. This sale saw prices peaking at £840 for shearlings with ram lambs peaking at £682.50.  During the Pre-show sale kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford, the Judge, Philip Whyte picked his Champion from the ram lamb pen of Nigel Ross, Larne.  Mr Ross saw his Glenross lamb, a Curley Usher son out of a Connachan Raging Ram mother sell to T McKillop Glenarm for £682.50.  Standing next in the line-up in the ram lamb class was Austin Shaw Fairmount Texels with a homebred lamb sired by Fairmount War Horse.  This lamb went on to claim Reserve Champion and then change hands for £577.50 to John Butler Ballycastle.  Claiming the third place rosette was J&R Currie, Tullagh Texels Ballymena with a Milnbank Womaniser son out of a Glenside Topgun dam.  Selling for the same money he moves home to David Johnston Maghera.

The first place rosette in the shearling class went to Henry Gamble’s Springwell pen.  This homebred Shearling out of Knap Vogue later sold to D&F Kinney Cushendal for £756.  Mr Whyte’s second place rosette was claimed by D&S McIlwaine, Mistyburn Texels, with Irish Hill Warrior.  Purchased as a stock ram last year this Hartside Volt son later sold for the top price of the evening at £840 to J&M Donaghy Limavady.  Standing third was Adrian McCartney Gruig Texels with Bregagh Walcot.  This Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold son sold for £577.50 and moves home to join S Morrow’s flock in Dungiven.

At the close of the sale 53 ram lambs, sold to an average of £395, while 21 shearling rams sold to an average of £480.50 with an overall clearance of 94%.
 

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford.

Overall Champion: N Ross, Glenross

Reserve Champion:A Shaw Fairmount
  

Shearling Ram Class                                                  

1st Henry Gamble Springwell
2nd D&S McIlwaine Mistyburn
3rd Adrian McCartney Gruig
4th Messrs M&J Watson Hillhead
5th John Watson Duvarren

Ram Lamb Class

1st Nigel Ross Glenross
2nd A Shaw Fairmount
3rd Messrs J&R Currie Tullagh
4th Adrian McCartney Gruig
5th Messrs B Bell & Sons Kiltariff
6th Messrs B Bell & Sons Kiltariff

Other Leading Prices

J Watson 700gns; 700gns
P Garrivan 650gns; 500gns
J Minford 550gns
N Ross 550gns
P Boyd 520gns
J Boyd 500gns
G Martin 500gns
B Bell & Sons 500gns

 

Nigel Ross accepts the SH Coleman Championship at the NI Texel Club Harvest Show and Sale at Ballymena from Judge Philip Whyte and Geoffrey Fleck representing Sponsor of the event SH Coleman Glarryford. 

Geoffrey Fleck representing Sponsor SH Coleman Glarryford and Judge Philip Whyte hand over the Reserve Champion Rosette to Austin Shaw Fairmount Texels at the NI Texel Club Harvest Show and Sale at Ballymena.

Cracking Commercial Trade for Texel Rams at Gortin

There was cracking trade for Texel Rams as the NI Texel Breeders Club draws near to the close of their ram sales at Gortin recently.  Judge Paul O’Connor, Drumgooland Texels Seaforde commenced proceedings with judging the Smyths Daleside Feeds Show and Championship.

In the Shearling class first place went to C & M Mullan Blue Gates Texels Limavady for Kiltariff Warrior, a Cowal Viceroy son out of a Hillhead Orbit daughter which was purchased as a lamb last year.  He later stood as the Smyths Daleside Reserve Champion and sold to S&A Conway Newtownstewart for £924.  Mr O’Connor’s second place rosette went to John Watsons Duvarren pen to a homebred sheep sired by Duvarren Ultra out of a Millcomb popstar dam.  He later changed hands for £766.50to John McSorley Beragh.  Claiming third place was M&J Watson Hillhead for his Hillhead exhibit, a son of Kiltariff Ulster Way out of a Fairmount Superman ewe.  He also moves home to Beragh to join Gordon Gibson’s Flock for £399.  Taking fourth place in the line-up was RS Robinson Cloughbane Texels with a Ballyrussell Thor son out of a Kilcoan Prince Regent mother.  Purchased by Stephen and Roisin McGurk Drumlea he realised £840.  Mr Robinson went on to take high prices for the rest of his Cloughbane pen pocketing £861, £850.50 and £630 for this ram’s other penmates.

The Judge took his first place Ram Lamb and Smyths Daleside Champion from Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen.  Sired by Milnbank Womaniser out of a Strathbogie Stud motherthis lamb moves home to TP McNamee Strabane for £651.  The Fairywater pen continued to take leading trade with this lambs penmates selling for £787.50; £682.50; £651and £577.50.  Claiming second place was Sean and Michael Keenan’s Crockanboy exhibit, a Leapoges Sharif son out of a Hillhead O’Gara dam.  Standing next for third place was Alistair Breen Drumderg Texels with his homebred Won and Only son out of a Hull House Schnapps which later sold for the top price of the evening for £966 to John Foster Castlederg.  M&J Watson’s Hillhead pen featured for fourth place in Mr O’Connor’s line-up with a Mossvale Wiggy son out of a homebred dam.

The sale saw 45 lots sold and averages up on last year for shearling rams at £578 and ram lambs at £387.  The Northern Ireland Texel Club wish to thank Smyths Daleside for sponsoring the event.

Results

Shearling Ram Class

1st C&M Mullan Blue Gates

2nd J Watson Duvarren

3rd M&J Watson Hillhead

4th RS Robinson Cloughbane

 

Ram Lamb Class

1st Andrew Fyffe Fairywater

2nd S&M Keenan Crockanboy

3rd Alistair Breen Drumderg

4th M&J Watson Hillhead

 

Other Leading Prices

P Hammond 720gns; 500gns; 480gns; 460gns; 390gns; 380gns

A Liggett 500gns

M&J Watson 380gns

B Dooher 380gns

Paul O’Connor Judge and David Armstong Smyths Daleside present Andrew Fyffe Fairywater Texels with the Smyths Daleside Champion Rosette at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Gortin.

Martin Mullan Blue Gates Texels accepts the Smyths Daleside Reserve Championship from Judge Paul O’Connor and Sales Rep David Armstrong at the NI Texel Club Show & Sale in Gortin.

MULLAN TEXELS CHAMPION TWO YEARS RUNNING AT MARKETHILL

The Northern Ireland Texel Club returned to Markethill recently for their Club Show and Sale, kindly sponsored by Fane valley Co-Op.  Judge for the evening was Young Breeder Baillie O’Connor, Windermere Texels, Seaforde. 

Mr O’Connor made his first choice in the Shearling Ram category from W&J Herdman’s Templepark pen.  He was a Forkins Vespa son out of a Teglium Pornstar daughter.  Second place went to Robert Boyd, Newry for his Sheepbridge entry.  This Beechvale Superior son out of a Kerryhill Revelry mother was purchased last year as a stock ram from David & James Boyd’s Crawfordsland Texels. He later sold to Andrew Morrison to top the Shearling trade for the evening at £493.50.  Shearling trade remained steady averaging £351.75.

Taking the Fane Valley Championship for the second year running was the Hanthorn Family’s Mullan exhibit.  Selling to Seamus O’Connor, Mullan Yogi, a Stathbogie Wanted son out of a Teglium Tornado dam changed hands for £630, making the top price of the evening.  Next in line for a rosette was Stewart Ferris with a Maineview Warner son out of a homebred ewe from his Leapoges pen.  This lamb later went on to make £388.50 at the fall of the hammer.  Taking third prize and selling for the same money was R&J Trimble with their Curley exhibit.

Trade for lambs remained consistent with averages reaching £368.50.

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op

Overall Champion   Hanthorn Family, Mullan

Reserve Champion   Stewart Ferris Leapoges

Shearling Ram Class                                    

1st W&J Herdman Templepark                                    

  2nd Robert Boyd Sheepbridge                             

  Open Ram Lamb Class

1st Hanthorn Family, Mullan

2nd Stewart Ferris, Leapoges

3rd R&J Trimble, Curley

4th W&J Herdman Templepark

5th N Ardis, Milburn

6th Jim Killen, Ballygorian

Gortin Sale sponsored by Smyths Daleside will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday 7th October judging commencing 6.00pm followed by sale at 7.00pm.

The Ballymena Harvest Sale kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford will be held in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Monday 10th October judging at 6.00 pm with the sale commencing at 7.00pm.

Catalogues available from the Gortin Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart Tel: 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk.

Brian Hanthorn Mullan Texels with son George accepting the Fane Valley Champion Rosette from Young Breeder and Judge Bailie O’Connor and Fane Valley Representative Donald Mackin at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale at Markethill.

Donald Mackin, Fane Valley and Baillie O’Connor Judge present Stewart Ferris with the Fane Valley Reserve Championship at the NI Texel Breeders Show and Sale at Markethill.

TAMNAMONEY TEXELS HOLDEN AGRI CHAMPION AT LISAHALLY

The NI Texel Club returned to Lisahally Mart for their Annual Show and Sale of Texels recently More than half way through with the Clubs Shows and Sale season breeders continue to reap steady trade for quality lots.  Sponsorship for the show was kindly provided by Holden Agri and Fuels Ltd, Strabane with Judge for the evening Owen Donohoe Derryvore Texels Enniskillen.

Taking Mr Donohoe’s first place rosette in the Shearling Ram class and the Holden Agri Reserve Champion was Michael Smyth Foyleview Texels Limavady with a Stainton Victor son out of a Straidarran Ranger ewe.  This shearling later went on to take the highest bid of the evening selling to William Patterson Kilclean for £703.50.  Standing next in the line-up and also in the leading prices was Adrian Liggett’s Corbo exhibit.  Changing hands for £672 this ram sired by Clarks Unreal heads to a new home with Gerard McCullagh Draperstown.  Generating keen interest among buyers Mr Liggett also saw this rams two other penmates sell for £609 and £546.  Claiming Mr Donohoe’s third place rosette was Gary Rankin’s Garvetagh Hill ram, a homebred shearling sired by Garvetagh Hill Vivid he realised £588.  Selling for the same money was the fourth place exhibit from Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney pen, a Teglium Vigilante out of an Annan Limmy daughter.  Mr Strawbridge also sold this sheep’s other penmates, both Duncryne Uber Cool sons for £651 and £588.

Mr Donohoe returned to the Tamnamoney pen for his first place Ram Lamb and Holden Agri Champion.  Selling to James Bradley Plumbridge this Ballynahone Wild Child out of an Oberstown Usain Bolt daughter realised £588.  Selecting his second place lamb Mr Donohoe chose Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater exhibit.  Sired by Fairywater Valiant and out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle mother he sold for the same money.  Claiming third place in Mr Donohoe’s line up was Martin and Cyril Millar’s Cowal Volkswagan son.  First into the sale ring for the Ram Lambs he changed hands for £399.

The evening’s trade saw 21 Shearling rams sell to average £506 and 42 Ram Lambs average £354.

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Holden Agri and Fuels Ltd

Overall Champion    Roger Strawbridge Tamnamoney

Reserve Champion   Michael Smyth Foyle View

 

Shearling Ram Class                                    

1st Michael Smyth Foyle View                      

  2nd Adrian Liggett Corbo

  3rd Gary Rankin Garvetagh Hill

  4th Roger Strawbridge Tamnamoney

  5th Brian Williamson Farmhill

  6th Dessie Tosh Tosh’s        

 

Open Ram Lamb Class

1st Roger Strawbridge Tamnamoney             

  2nd Andrew Fyffe Fairywater

  3rd M&C Millar Millar’s

  4th Alistair Breen Drumderg

  5th Gary Ranksin Garvetagh Hill

6th Brian Dooher Shacon

      

Leading Prices

Brian Williamson 590gns

McKinney Bros 550gns

A Liggett 520gns

R Strawbridge 520gns; 450gns

W Smyth 500gns

S McBride 490gns; 460gns

A Fyffe 490gns

D Tosh 480gns

M Warnock 460gns

 

Gortin Sale sponsored by Smyths Daleside will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday 7th October with judging commencing at 6.00pm followed by sale at 7.00pm.

The Ballymena Harvest Sale kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford will be held in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Monday 10th October with judging at 6.00 pm with the sale commencing at 7.00pm.

Catalogues available from the Gortin Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart Tel: 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk.

Roger Strawbridge Tamnamoney Texels Coleraine accepts the Holden Agri Championship at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale in Lisahally Mart.  Handing over the rosette is Judge Owen Donohoe and Sponsor Stephen Holden.

Judge Owen Donohoe and Sponsor Stephen Holden, Holden Agri Ltd presents Michael Smyth Foyle View Texels Limavady with the Holden Agri Reserve Champion rosette at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale in Lisahally Mart.

HIGH PRICES FOR TEXEL SHEARLINGS AT BALLYMENA

There was a continued demand for Texel Rams at the Northern Ireland Club Show and Sale at Ballymena recently when the top price was given for a Shearling Ram.  Exhibited by John Watson Duvarren Texels Co Down, this massive shearling took the Tullivan Growvite Texel Champion at the pre-sale show.  A Duvarren U-Patriot son out of a homebred dam he moves home for £1575 to M&J Watson Dundonald, taking the top price of the evening.  Out of the same pen Mr Watson sold this sheep’s pen mate, a Duvarren Ultra son out of a Millcomb Popstar daughter for £892 to Mervyn Tweed Comber.  Selling Judge Stephanie McCollam’s fourth place prize winner for the next highest prize of the evening was Alastair Gault Forkins Texels Newtownabbey.  Realising £924 his Duncryne Uber Cool son out of a Douganhill McFly mother sold to M&R Simpson Broughshane.    Also selling the Male Champion from Antrim Show in July, Forkins Volvo, a two shear was Nigel Ross Glenross Texels Larne.  Another Duncryne Uber Cool son, he heads to join JG Connors flock in Limavady for £819.  Demand for shearlings remained good with quality sheep selling well to average £456 for 28.

The sale had a large turn-out of Ram Lambs with Pat Garrivan’s Ballydesland pen leading the way selling Lot 107 for £714 to S&D Bothwell, Co Fermanagh.  Sired by Knock Trident out of a Mellor Vale Masterpiece dam, he claimed Miss McCollams third place rosette earlier in the evening.  Making the same money was Messrs Bell & Sons with their fifth place Kiltariff exhibit.  This Cowal Viceroy son joins Alex Thompson’s Kilcoan Flock Larne.  Also pocketing the same money were Alex and John Minnis with their lamb sired by Orrisdale Viking out of a homebred dam, selling to James Fegan Hilltown.  Keeping consistent bidding going was Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen with Fairywater Yorkie sired by Milnbank Womaniser selling for £630 to Brian Hanthorn Mullan Texels, Co Armagh.

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Tulivin Growvite

Overall Champion: J Watson Duvarren  

Reserve Champion: D McKay Rohan
 

Shearling Ram Class

1st J Watson Duvarren
2nd J Wilson & J Wilson Moses Blackstown
3rd R Strawbridge Tamnamoney
4th A Gault Forkins
5th Emma, Megan and Robert Shaw Mounthill
6th H Gamble Springwell
                               
Open Ram Lamb Class

1st D McKay Rohan
2nd G Martin Burnside
3rd P&R Garrivan Ballydesland
4th R Henderson Ballynahone
5th Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons Kiltariff
6th V Chestnutt Clougher
 

Leading Prices

Shearling Rams

J Wilson 620gns
R Strawbridge 580gns
J Watson 580gns
M Shaw 480gns                         

Ram lambs

JK Currie 480gns; 470gns
D Jones 450gns; 400gns
A Gault 420gns
A Shaw 400gns
N Ross 400gns
G Martin 400gns
M Smyth 400gns
C&M Mullan 400gns

The next Texel Show & Sale will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday 7th October. Judging commences at 6.00pm with the sale commencing at 7.00pm.  Catalogues available from the Auctioneer R Beattie Tel: 028 8164 7105 or online at www.texel.co.uk.

John Watson Duvarren Texels Co Down accepts the Tullivin Growvite Championship at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale in Ballymena Mart.  Handing over the rosette is Judge Stephanie McCollam and sale convenor Geoffrey Fleck.

Judge Stephanie McCollam and sale convenor Geoffrey Fleck present Danny McKay Rohan Texels Ballymena with the Tullivin Growvite Reserve Champion rosette at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale in Ballymena Mart.

GLENHONE TEXELS LEAD THE WAY AT HILLTOWN

The NI Texel Club held their annual Show and Sale in Hilltown Sale Yard recently, kindly sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op.  Judge for the evening was Peter Gibbons, Macetown Texels, Co Meath.  Proceedings began with Mr Gibbons awarding his first place shearling and later Fane Valley Reserve Champion rosette to Robert Boyd’s Sheepbridge exhibit, a Tullyear Uhuru son out of a McBride Pacemaker ewe.  Purchased by K Magee he realised £378.  Second place was claimed by J Trimble, Curley Texels for his son of Cowal Viceroy and out of a Strathbogie Smokey Blue dam which hit £420 in the sale ring.  Mr Gibbon’s third place rosette in the Shearling Class was awarded to Liam McPolin for his Tamnaharry exhibit.Sired by homebred Tamnaharry Salsa he shared the top sale price of the evening, changing hands for £630.

The judge chose his first place ram lamb and overall Fane Valley Champion from Martin McConville’s Glenhone pen.  Sharing the top price of £630 this Tophill Union Jack son out of a Sportsmans Unimog sold to B Rodgers.  Mr Gibbons second place rosette was selected from Aiden Branagan’s Largy pen for his Tullagh Saracen son out of a Glenside Ring A Ding mother which later sold for £451.50.  Third place went to Cynthia Aiken’s Carnew exhibit, a Springhill Voltage out of a Castlecairn Prince.  He sold for £430.50 to J Heenan.

Prices met with steady trade for quality lots with 17 shearling rams selling to an average of £382, while 19 ram lambs averaged £378.   

Show Results sponsored by Fane Valley Co-Op

Champion: Martin McConville Glenhone

Reserve Champion: Robert Boyd Sheepbridge

Shearling Rams 

1st R Boyd Sheepbridge

2nd J Trimble Curley

3rd L McPolin Tamnaharry

4th G Tumelty Aideshill

5th S&J Burns Longbeech

6th I Martin Tierkelly

Ram Lambs                                                                        

1st M McConville Glenhone

2nd A Branagan Largy

3rd C Aiken Carnew

4th J Trimble Curley

5th J Killen Ballygorian

6th C Aiken Carnew            

Other Leading Prices

S&J Burns 530gns; 490gns

G Tumelty 500gns

I Martin 480gns

M Annett 460gns

C Cunningham 430gns

J Killen 430gns

J Trimble 410gns

The next Texel Show & Sale will be held in Ballymena Mart on Monday 10th October. Judging commences at 6.00pm followed with the sale at 7.00pm.  Classes kindly sponsored by SH Coleman.  Catalogues available from the Mart Tel: 028 25633470 or online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary 07791679112.

McConville, Glenhone Texels accepts the Fane Valley Championship from Judge Peter Gibbons and Fane Valley representative Aaron Megaw at NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Hilltown.

Judge Peter Gibbons and Sponsor Aaron Megaw Fane Valley present Robert Boyd Sheepbridge Texels with the Fane Valley Reserve Champion Rosette at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Hilltown.

DRUMDERG TEXELS CLAIM BANK OF IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT CLOGHER CLUB SALE

Texel breeders made their way to Clogher Mart recently for their annual Club Show and Sale.  Sponsoring the event again this year was the Bank of Ireland, with judge for the night Mr Brian Hanthorn Mullan Texels Co Armagh.

Starting proceedings with the Shearling Ram Class, Mr Hanthorn made his selection for first in the line-up from Andrew Hutchinson’s Round Island pen.  His exhibit, Rowandale Wanderer 11, a Knap Vital Spark son purchased from Darren McKay as a lamb last year later sold £289.  Claiming Mr Hanthorn’s second place rosette was Messrs Annett, Milestonehill Texels with his homebred Shearling sired by Knock Ursus out of a Mellor Vale Masterpiece ewe, which later sold for £220.50.  Standing next was Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House Texels with a Tullylagan Vantage son.

In the Ram Lamb Class Mr Hanthorn choose a Scholars Twenty Twelve son out of a Springhill dam for his first place rosette and overall Bank of Ireland Champion from Alistair Breens Drumderg pen.  He later cashed in for £451.50.  Mr Hanthorns second place lamb and Bank of Ireland Reserve Champion went to Andrew Fyffe’s Fairywater pen.  His Knock Trident son out of a dam sired by Ettrick My Jinks later went on to top the sale prices at £619.50.  Gary Rankin’s Garvetagh Hill exhibit claimed Mr Hanthorn’s third place rosette.  A Holylee Volcano son out of a Mossvale Unique mother, he realised £315.

Overall sale trade was steady with 90% clearance.

Show Results Kindly sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Overall Champion: - Alistair Breen Drumderg

Reserve Overall: - Andrew Fyffe Fairywater
 

Shearling Rams

1st Andrew Hutchinson Round Island
2nd Messrs Annett Milestonehill
3rd Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House

Ram Lamb     

1st Alistair Breen Drumderg
2nd Andrew Fyffe Fairywater
3rd Gary Rankin, Garvetagh Hill Texels
4th Philip Hammond, Tullylagan Texels
5th Ernest Hogg Bunnahesco
6th Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House
 

Forthcoming Show and Sales:

Gortin Sale sponsored by Smyths Daleside will be held in Gortin Mart on Friday 7th October judging commencing 6.00pm followed by sale at 7.00pm.

The Ballymena Harvest Sale kindly sponsored by SH Coleman, Glarryford will be held in Ballymena Livestock Mart on Monday 10th October judging at 6.00 pm with the sale commencing at 7.00pm.

Catalogues available from the Gortin Mart Tel: 028 8164 7105; Ballymena Mart Tel: 028 2563 3470 or online at www.texel.co.uk

Alistair Breen Drumderg Texels accepts the Bank of Ireland Championship from Richard Primrose and Judge Brian Hanthorn at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale at Clogher.

Richard Primrose Bank of Ireland and Judge Brian Hanthorn hand over the Reserve Champion Rosette to Andrew Fyffe Fairywater Texels at the NI Texel Breeders Club Show and Sale in Clogher.

DRUMDERG TEXELS CHAMPION AT ENNISKILLEN

NI Texel Club members travelled to the Ulster Farmers Mart for their Club Show and Sale in Enniskillen recently.  Judge for the evening was Neil Watson, Findrum Texels, Ballygawley.  Breeders received steady trade and thank you goes to Mark Crawford, TopFlock (Farmcare) for his generous sponsorship.

Mr Watson got proceedings underway with the show of Shearling Rams, selecting his first place exhibit from the pen of Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House Texels.  His Botera Unstoppable son later sold for the top price of the evening for £630.  Standing next in the line-up was C&D Seaman, Gorteen Texels with his Oberstown Usain Bolt son out of a Glenside Razzle Dazzle daughter while the third place rosette went to Leona Young Redford Texels.  Her shearling exhibit is sired by Tullylagan Vantage out of a homebred ewe by Ballymarlow Super Star and later sold at the drop of the hammer for £357.  Also making the leading prices was Alistair Breen’s Drumderg Wispa, a Mullan Viceroy son out of a Blackstown Rambo mother, he sold for £399.

The pre-sale Show continued with the exhibit of Ram Lambs.  Mr Watson returned to Alistair Breen’s Drumderg pen for his first place rosette and later his TopFlock (Farmcare) Champion.  Mr Breen’s exhibit, Drumderg Yannick is a Strathbogie Uno son out of a Hullhouse Schnapps dam and realised £593.50 selling to W McCutcheon.  Second in the line-up was Gary Rankin with his Garvagtagh Hill exhibit.  This Drumderg One and Only son out of a Razzle Dazzle daughter went on to claim Mr Watson’s Reserve Champion Rosette and later sold in the post-show sale for £388.50.  Standing third was Leona Redfords exhibit, a Far Hey Victorious son out of a Turin Marvel dam.  However it was Mr Watson’s fourth place lamb from Norman Reids Beechvale pen which headed up the sale prices next to the Champion with a Kelso Wizz son selling at £483.
Quality lots sold well with a sale average of £323.25.

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Mark Crawford, TopFlock (Farmcare) Products

Overall Champion: A Breen Drumderg Texels

Reserve Champion: G Rankin Garvagtagh Hill Texels

Shearling Ram Class
  
1st Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House
2nd C&D Seaman Gorteen
3rd Leona Young Redford
4th Alistair Breen Drumderg
5th A&R Dickson Lonicera
6th A&R Dickson Lonicera                                         
Ram Lamb Class 
1st A Breen Drumderg
2nd G Rankin Garvaghtagh Hill
3rd L Young Redford
4th N Reid Beechvale
5th Messrs A&J Young Kilrail House
6th C McEldowney Screeby

Other Leading Prices

A Breen 400gns; 320gns
A&R Dickson 330gns
C McEldowney 330gns
G Cathcart 320gns
R Graham 300gns
E Hogg 300gns

The NI Texel Club will be holding Sales in Markethill 21st September, Clogher 22nd
September, Hilltown 23rd September, Gortin 7th October and Ballymena Harvest 10th
October.  All sales will commence with judging at 6.00pm followed by sales at 7.00pm.
Catalogues available from the Marts, online at www.texel.co.uk or contact Club Secretary
07791679112.

Neil Watson Judge and Sponsor Mark Crawford TopFlock presents Alistair Breen Drumderg Texels with the Champion Rosette at the NI Texel Club Show and Sale at Enniskillen.  Also pictured is handler Nathan Armstrong.

Armstrong, Handler accepts the Reserve Champion Rosette from Judge Neil Watson and Sponsor Mark Crawford TopFlock on behalf of Gary Rankin Garvetagh Hill Texels at NI Texel Club Show and Sale in Enniskillen.

 

Rathfriland Gets Texel Club Sales off to a Flying Start

The Northern Ireland Texel Club Shows and Sales got off to a flying start with keen, consistent bidding for Texel Rams at the first Club sale of the season in Rathfriland Mart on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.  The evening’s events commenced with the pre-sale judging under the professional eye of David Warwick, Braehead Texels.  Sale prices peaked at £1050 twice for a Shearling Ram exhibited by Graham Rodgers and a Ram Lamb from Darryl Branagan.  Mr Rodgers Bohard Shearling Ram is a son of Duvarren U Beauty II out of a homebred ewe sired by Springhill Paddy Power.  Also selling at £609 was this rams penmate from the same sire.  Mr Branagan’s February born Tullnasoo Ram Lamb is a son of Ettrick Van Gogh out of a Hull House Nijinsky daughter which stood 2nd place in the judging line-up.

Following on with the next best price of the evening was Liam McPolin, Tamnaharry Texels with his homebred Shearling ram, a Tamnaharry Salsa son out of a Clintery Las Vegas daughter which changed hands for £924.  Selling early in the evening was the Fane Valley Reserve Champion, a Shearling from S&J Burns, Longbeech Texels, selling at £672.  He is a Fairywater Ultra son out of a homebred ewe.  Demand for Shearling Rams continued with J Wilson & J Wilson Moses selling their 5th placed shearling, Blackstown Wiz Kid, a Springhill V Tech son for £598.50, Frank Clewer’s 4th place Bluehill exhibit, a Cambwell Socrates son changing hands for £577.50 and McKinney Bros 3rd place exhibit a Rusha Upstanding son realising £567.

Commercial trade continued into the sale of ram lambs with Eugene Branagan, Largy Texels selling the next best price for a lamb with his Ettrick Van Gogh son taking £682.50 at the drop of the hammer.  This lamb’s pen mate a Springwell Viera son also sold at a leading price of £630.  Next in line for the money was Philip Hammond’s Tullylagan consignment with an Orrisdale Viking son out of a homebred dam by Logie Durno Proclaimer moving home for £651.  Also making the leading prices late in the sale was Mark Patterson, Alderview Texels with 3rd place Alderview Yamaha, a Garngour Warrant son out of a Douganhill McFly mother which realised £546.  Next in the running was Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons with Mr Warwick’s Fane Valley Champion Ram Lamb.  Their Cowal Viceroy son out of a Tamnamoney Taylor dam realised £525.  Changing hands for the same money was Cynthia Aiken’s Carnew exhibit a Tophill Union Jack son and John Trimble Curley exhibit, a Knock Trident son.

Also sharing in the steady trade was Mark Breen, Ballygreenan Texels with his Shearling Ewe consignment.  All Garngour Vertigo daughters they realised £525 twice and £682.50.

Overall this was a steady evening’s trading with a total of 66 Pedigree Male and Female Texels selling to average £448.

Show Results Kindly Sponsored by Fane Valley

Overall Champion: Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons with Ram Lamb

Reserve Champion: S&J Burns with Shearling Ram  

Shearling Ram Class                                                  Ram Lamb Class

1st S&J Burns                                                               1st Messrs Barclay Bell & Sons
2nd Ciaran Cunningham                                              2nd D Branagan
3rd McKinney Bros                                                       3rd Mark Patterson

Leading Prices

Shearling Rams                                                          Ram Lambs

G Rodgers 1000gns, 580gns                                       D Branagan 1000gns
L McPolin 880gns, 450gns, 400gns                             E Branagan 650gns, 600gns
S&J Burns 640gns, 420gns                                          P Hammond 620gns, 450gns
J Wilson 570gns                                                          M Patterson 520gns
McKinney Bros 540gns, 460gns                                  Messrs Bell 500gns
F Clewer 550gns                                                         C Aiken 500gns
J Trimble 500gns, 420gns, 420gns                              J Trimble 500gns
C Cunningham 480gns                                                B McConville 440gns
H Magowan 480gns, 450gns                                      F Clewer 420gns
J Watson 470gns, 400gns

The Club would like to thank Fane Valley for their kind sponsorship of the event.

The NI Texel Club will be holding Sales at Balmoral Maze on Saturday 3rd Sept; Swatragh Mart on Wednesday 7th Sept; Armoy Mart on Thursday 8th Sept; and Enniskillen on Friday 9th Sept.  All sales will commence with judging at 6.00pm followed by sales at 7.00pm. Catalogues available from the Marts Tel: 02881647105 (Balmoral), Tel: 028 2177 1227 (Armoy), 028 663202218 (Enniskillen) or 028 7940 1335(Swatragh) or online at www.texel.co.uk.

 

Clougher Texels Lifts Champion Texel Title at Ballymoney Show

The summer weather brought Texel exhibitors out on show at Ballymoney today with judge Robbie Foster, Castlederg starting proceedings with the Ram Any Age Class.  

Pictured is the Bank of Ireland Texel Champion exhibit at Ballymoney Show from Victor and David Chestnutt Clougher Texels.  Handler David Chestnutt accepts his rosette from Judge Robbie Foster, Castlederg.

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Club Report 2016

NI Texel Club Celebrates a Successful Year

Recently the NI Texel Breeders Club members gathered at Greenmount Agricultural College for their annual AGM.  The Club’s Vice Chairman, Martin Cromie welcomed the turnout of members, friends and guest speaker Campbell Hume, Agronomy Specialist-Advisor for Grassland Agro.  The club would like to thank Campbell and Grassland Agro for kindly sponsoring the event.

Proceedings commenced with Mr Cromie and Club members presenting cheques to the Club’s chosen Charities.  A cheque for £2000 was presented to Stephen Thompson, Motor Neurone Association from money raised at the Club’s Annual Open Night at Paul and Baillie O’Connor’s Drumgooland Flock, Seaforde.  The Club also presented Catherine O’Hara from the NI Children’s Hospice a cheque for £2000 which was raised from part proceeds through sales of the Clubs DVD “Texel Breeder’s Year”.  Mr Henry Gamble accepted a cheque on behalf of the Texel Society for £300 which was donated to The Youth Cancer Trust from money raised at the Annual Dinner Dance.

Mr Hume then went on to give an informative talk on “Maximising the Potential of Your Soil; Plant Nutrition and Soil Quality”.  After a short question and answering session Vice Chairman, Martin Cromie commenced the AGM formalities, with the previous minutes adopted.  Martin went on to highlight the Club’s successes during 2015 at shows, sales, Club activities and events.  He thanked all the members who took part in the various competitions throughout the year, highlighting the importance of our sponsors in their continued support, without which we would be unable to run these events, congratulating those who took home trophies and encouraging the members to compete in 2016.  As part of his resume of events, congratulations were expressed to Alastair Gault, Forkins and Henry Gamble, Springwell for their successes at Balmoral Show and for keeping Texels well to the fore.  Paul and Baillie O’Connor were congratulated for their success in the Volac Show Championship Competition with their Drumgooland Flock taking the Overall Championship, and again Alastair Gaults Forkins Flock, taking Reserve Volac Champion.  Martin went on to comment on the success of the NSA event in Ballymena in July and then the successful Open Night held in August at Drumgooland.  Moving on to the success during sales season specific reference was made to James and Austin Morgan, Drummillar Texels and Gareth Fyffe Botera Texels on their success at the National Premier sale in Ballymena for their top sale prices.  Congratulations was also extended to Richard Henderson, Ballynahone Texels for his success at the Scottish National Sale, Lanark, for achieving first place in the Ram Lamb Open Class and Overall Male Champion.  He went on to congratulate Alastair Gault once again for achieving Champion with his Forkins Flock in the Annual Flock Competition judged by Charlie Boden and to Michael Smyth, Foyleview on his Reserve Championship.

Martin paid special thanks to all the members of the committee for their hard work throughout the year, convenors for their hard work at shows and sales and to the judges supporting the club’s activities.  He highlighted that without their hard work, support and commitment the club would not be able to function smoothly.  The Vice Chairman also expressed particular thanks to those who sponsored the Club throughout the year namely, Danske Bank, Volac Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Farmware Supplies Northern Counties Co-op, Farm Care, Glen Farm Supplies, Smyth Daleside, SH Coleman, Holden Agri & Fuels,  Fane Valley, AB Europe Ltd, Mr. Ivan Porter, Osmonds.

Brian McAllister, Treasurer, followed the Chairman’s report with a detailed report of the year’s accounts 2015 which was agreed as an accurate account of the year’s expenses.  Following adoption of both the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports voting took place to replace outgoing committee members Murray Annett, Alastair Gault and Robert Calvin.  The Club wishes to thank these members for their hard work and support over the last 2 years and welcome on board new committee members John Trimble, Jean McCollam and Philip Whyte.
The evening finished with Martin Cromie presenting the Chairman’s Trophy to Mrs Barbara Gamble for her service and contribution to the NI Texel Club.


OFFICE HOLDERS 2016

Honorary Presidents: Barbara Gamble, Bangor and Robbie Mulligan, Banbridge
Chairman:  Philip Hammond, Cookstown
Vice Chair: Martin Cromie, Banbridge
Secretary: Martin Warnock, Limavady
PRO: Barbara Strawbridge, Coleraine
Minutes Secretary: Marcus Barton, Lack
Treasurer; Brian McAllister, Kells
Export Manager: Martin Warnock, Limavady
Regional Director: Henry Gamble, Bangor
Young Members’ Representative: James Wilkinson

Committee Members elected 2016
John Trimble, Newry
Jane McCollam, Crumlin
Philip Whyte, Portglenone

Committee Members elected 2015
Richard Henderson, Tobermore
Lesley Beacom, Ballywalter
Adrian Liggett, Seskinore

Committee Members elected 2014
Paul O’Connor, Seaforde
Elliot Bell, Rathfrailand

The committee would like to remind club members that limited places are available for this year’s Club Trip to the Yorkshire Show and to secure a place a deposit of £20 is payable to Paul O’Connor or contact Club Secretary Martin Warnock on 07791679112.

Stephen Thompson, Motor Neurone Association and Catherine O’Hara and Mary Peacock NI Children’s Hospice accepting cheques for £2000 each raised from the NI Texel Club Open Night and from part proceeds from sales of the Club’s DVD.  Also pictured are committee members Paul O’Connor, Martin Warnock and Martin Cromie.

Chairman Martin Cromie presents Henry Gamble with a cheques for £300 for the Texel Society’s chosen Charity, The Youth Cancer Trust, which was raised at the Annual Dinner Dance.


 


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