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Northern Irish Texels Show Strength in Scotland

15 December 2014

UK - The strength and quality of Texel breeding in Northern Ireland was demonstrated clearly at this year’s Scottish National Sale, Lanark, with Northern Irish breeders having a hand in all three of the top priced lots.

Recent years have seen some of the finest Texel genetics coming forward from Northern Irish breeders and this year proved the exceptional depth of breeding present in the province.

This year’s top priced Texel at 145,000gns, Knap Viscous Sid (pictured) from Robert Cockburn is a son of the 7500gns Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold, a ram bred in Roger Strawbridge’s Tamnamoney flock at Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

He had stood fifth in the pre-sale show and had previously been first prize ram lamb at Lesmahagow Show and sold to Charlie Boden Sportsmans, Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Cowal, and Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn.

Following closely after that was the year’s second best price, an 85,000gns bid for Cornmore Velvet Jacket from young first time vendor John Leitch, Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

“This lamb was both bred in Northern Ireland and backed by Northern Irish breeding, being a son of the 42,000gns Tullylagan Tonka bred by the Hammond family, Cookstown, Co Tyrone.“He is out of a Sheeoch Ringmaster dam and was knocked down to John Forsyth, Glenside, and Alasdair Beatton, Wester Crosshill.”

Brian Hanthorn then completed a clean sweep for Northern Irish breeders when selling Mullan Vivaldi at 52,000gns to Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Jim Innes, Strathbogie, and Graham Morrison, Deveronvale.

Vivaldi is a son of Oberstown Usain Bolt son out of a Douganhill McFly dam.
Adding to Northern Irish breeding success was the top priced ram at this year’s Kelso ram sales which set a new all breeds record for the venue at £35,000.

This was a shearling ram from Peter and Lynn Gray’s Scrogtonhead flock, Scrogtonhead Ustoater. He is a son of the 46,000gns Lanark purchase Foyle View Superstar bred by Michael Smyth, Limavady, Co Londonderry, out of a homebred dam by Cambwell Regal.

This one had previously been interbreed champion at Newmilns and after a heated bidding battle was knocked down to Procters Farm, Clitheroe, under the management of Jeff Aiken.

“It is always pleasing to see top quality Texel genetics in demand and the quality of Texels across the UK has never been higher. The breed is in a strong position, with 29 per cent of the UK ram market and exceptional clearance rates in volume at all the National Sales this year as well as recent major commercial sales at Kelso and Builth Wells.”


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