Top price in last night’s sale of Texel shearling ewes at Dungannon ahead of the tup sale today was a 4600gns bid for the reserve female champion, a Brague Nixon daughter from Brian Hanthorn’s Mullan flock. This one, lot 37 in the sale catalogue, is out of a dam by Tophill Joe and is full sister to 3200gns tup Mullan Paymaster. Buyer was Malcolm Reid for the Kelso flock.tex10lot37dng 3443.jpgThen at 1550gns was the female champion from Kenneth Wilson. This was lot 27, a Cambwell OBE daughter which is out of a Pergill Monarch. She sold to Ian Green.tex10lot27dng 3423.jpgMaking 1300gns was a Cherryvale Nijinsky daughter from Emma, Megan and Robert Shaw’s Mounthill flock. She was lot 16, a daughter of a Mossvale Krackerjack sired dam. She was also bought by Mr Green.tex10lot16dng 3769.jpgFollowing that at 1200gns was the best from Murray Annett’s pen, a Milestonehill Outlaw daughter, lot 51. She is out of a dam by Milnbank Lyon King and sold to K Jarvie.tex10lot51dng 3839.jpgAnd at 1000gns was another of Brian Hanthorn’s, a Milestonehill O’Gara daughter, lot 38. This is out of a Loosebeare Imp sired daughter which was interbreed champion at Lurgan Show in 2008, he maternal sister was second at Castlewellan this year. Buying this one was Billy Dillon.

The overall average for the shearling ewes sold was a respectable £532.35 (Dungannon Farmers Mart)

Hopefully, I’ll have at least one spy ringside for the tup sales today and will be able to bring you some updates as the day progresses….