A RECORD sale average was achieved in the evening gimmer auction at the Farmers Guardian-sponsored Northern Irish national Texel sale, Ballymena.
Levelling at £933.07, the gimmer average was up nearly £145 on the sale’s previous record of £789, set in 2012.
Top of the sale at 4,000gns was a ram lamb from Naomi Ardis’ Millburn flock, Co Down.
This was Millburn All Star, an Usk Vale Yankee son out of a Carmavy Striker daughter, which was knocked down to Messrs Simpson and Calvin, Ballymoney, Co Antrim.
Topping gimmer prices was Louise Breen of the Fourtres flock, Augher, with a Sportsmans Wilko daughter, which went unsold in the ring, but later traded at 2,500gns.
Out of a Stainton dam by Sportsmans Tremendous, it sold to Cahir McAuley, Antrim, for his Larkhill flock.
At 2,000gns was Gareth Fyffe’s reserve female champion from the Botera flock, near Omagh.
This was a Milnbank Womaniser-sired gimmer, out of a dam by Cwmcerrig Topper, which sold to an undisclosed buyer.
The Hanthorn family, Co Armagh, took 1,800gns for an ET daughter of Strathbogie Wanted. Out of a Haddo Ringleader daughter, it found a new home with Pat and Barry Farrell of the Oberstown flock, Eire.
At the same money was the ram lamb Glenross Action Man, from Nigel Ross, Larne, which had stood reserve champion in the pre-sale show.
By Milestonehill Yankee Doodle and out of a ewe by Curley Usher, it sold to A.H. Wilson, Newton Cromellin.
Selling to C. and D. Seaman, Co Fermanagh, for 1,700gns, was a Drumderg Won and Only son from Alistair Breen, Enniskillen. Drumderg Alpha Male is out of a ewe by Teiglum Target and took third place in the ram lamb class in the pre-sale show.
Topping the shearling rams at 1,340gns was Bohard Yog from Graham Rodgers, Co Tyrone. This son of Duvarren U Beauty II is out of a dam by Cullon Prince and sold to Shaws Hill Farm, Kells, Ballymena.
At 1,200gns was the second placed shearling Duvarren Yorkie from John Watson, Co Down. Out of a dam by Duvarren Texan, it sold to A. Bowles, Co Down.
22 gimmers, £933.07; 154 ram lambs, £549; 58 shearling rams, £702.59.
Auctioneers: J.A. McLelland and Son.