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Northern Lights sale peaks at 3300gns

A TOP price of 3300gns was achieved at the Northern Lights sale of Texel females at Hilltown, Co Down, last week, when the best from Henry Gamble's Springwell flock from Hill Farm, Groomsport Bangor, sold to Adrian Liggett, Co Tyrone.

Selling at this price was a Crowhill-bred gimmer by Derryvore Ranger and out of a dam by Llangwm Ollie Magurne. The service sire was the 4500gns Drumgooland Tattoo.

Scottish breeders, Kenneth Sutherland, and sons Stephen and Kenneth, Sibmister and Stainland Farms, Caithness, also made their presence felt, buying four females including the second best from the Springwell flock at 1750gns. This was a home-bred gimmer also by Derryvore Ranger but out of a ewe by Rams Lighthouse. She sold in lamb to Cornerstone Tin Tin.

Crumlin breeder, James Wilson, also had a good day with gimmers selling to 2800gns and 1500gns. Dearest of the duo was an ET female bred from a Mellor Vale Masterpiece dam and sired by Millcomb Powerhouse. She sold due to Haddo Ringleader, to Ballywalter breeder, Richard Reynolds.

The 1500gns gimmer, by Blackstown Rambo and out of a Clynnog Joe Tex-sired female, also sold in lamb to Haddo Ringleader, to Southern Ireland breeder, Roland Gallagher, Sligo.

Mr Wilson also sold the top priced ewe lamb at 1600gns, a daughter of Carmavy Striker out of a ewe by Halley Pathfinder. The buyer was Norman McLeary, Augher, Co Tyrone, while another Blackstown ewe lamb by Rocky made 1050gns selling to the Sutherland family from Caithness.

Top price from the Currie family's Tullagh flock from Ballymena, was a 2000gns sale for a gimmer by Kelso Oxygen, out of a ewe by Cherryvale Nijinsky. Southern Irish breeder, Thomas Kelly, Ballina, forked out the cash for this female which sold in lamb to Cwmcerrig Topper.

Another from the same home then made 1700gns selling to Frank McNally, Draperstown. A full sister to the 2000gns Tullagh gimmer she sold due to Strathbogie Stud.

Leading the way for Austin Shaw's Fairmount flock from Larne, Co Antrim, was a 1400gns call for a gimmer by Haddo Ringmaster out of a dam by Glenside Malibu. Another purchased by Thomas Kelly, Eire, she sold in lamb to BallyCoose Tornado.

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