Wexford flock makes history at Texel society show and sale
Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30
Texel history was made at the 40th Anniversary Premier Show and Sale in Blessington where the price record was broken for a shearling ewe and the three top championship awards were scooped by the same breeder.
The male and female champions - and overall champion of show and reserve overall champion - were exhibited by John Neville of the Thornville Texels flock in Co Wexford.
The final bid of €4,800 for the Female Champion and Overall Champion of the show - a shearling ewe - purchased by Pat and Barry Farrell, Oberstown Texels, Tara, Co Meath set a new Irish Texel record for the highest selling female price.
A relatively new breeder, Padraic Tracey from Roscommon, obtained the top selling price of the day when he sold a son of Baltier Nailer to John McLoone, Glenties, Co Donegal at €8,000.
The shearling Ewe Champion and Overall Champion was sired by Tullagh Saracen and bred by a Strathbogie Python Ewe.
The Male Champion, and overall Reserve Champion from the same flock - a Proctors Va Va Voom Ram lamb - was placed first in the Lambplus Class, was purchased by the syndicate of Ravensdale, Navac, Corryhill, Mac's and Crosserlough Flocks for €3,000.
The reserve female champion title went west to Michael Dwyer for a daughter of Tophill Union Jack and was purchsed by Graeme Healy from Co Offaly at €1100.
The reserve Male Champion went to the flock of Ronan Gallagher and the ram lamb by Shannagh Won O Won which was placed second in the Lambplus Class, sold to Niall Brennan from Co. Sligo for €2000.