The Northern Lights Sale of pedigree Texel females proved to be an overwhelming success on the run up to Christmas with a clearance rate of more than 90% for the ewes forward to a sale of average of £693 for gimmers and £357 for empty ewe lambs.
A Strathbogie Top Secret daughter, in lamb with twins to Sportsmans Yogi Bear, led the sale for the Springwell flock bred by Henry Gamble, Groomsport selling to Adrian Liggett’s Corbo flock for 3000gns.
Second highest price of the day, selling to 2700gns was a smart gimmer from David Warwick’s Braehead pen. A Tophill Union Jack daughter she sold in-lamb to Sportmans Yaya and was purchased by A Smith. Also clearing the 2000gns mark was a Mullan bred gimmer from the Hanthorn family – she realised 2100gns in the ring, selling to G R Williams she is a Garngour VIP daughter from the successful Mullan Superfly family and was sold served to Fairywater Yorkie.
Topping the Tullagh pen of John and Richard Currie was a Mossvale Visa daughter in lamb to Milnbank Womaniser she sold to 1650gns and was knocked down to G Cathcart, Enniskillen, who also purchased a Knap Vogue daughter from the Springwell flock for 1050gns. Also coming from the Tullagh pen, a second Mossvale Visa daughter again served to Milnbank Womaniser, realised 1300gns selling to Mr Delaney, while an Elgur Viscount bred gimmer from the Springwell pen sold to R Gallagher, Enniscrone for the same sum.
Travelling from Scotland, Thomas and Victoria Illingworth also procured an Elgur Viscount daughter for their Glenrock flock, she changed hands for 1250gns matched by a Tullylagan Tonka daughter from the Tullagh flock selling for the same amount which traveled home with Mr Delaney.
The Tullagh flock took the opportunity to broaden the genetics within the flock by purchasing a Garngour VIP daughter in-lamb to Sportmans Yaya from the Braehead flock, she sold to 1150gns. Keeping within the four figure region, Springwell sold a further pair of gimmers for 1050gns and 1000gns to Irish breeders G Conway, Mayo, and M McHugh, Monaghan, respectively.