Texel Society celebrates 40 years
The Irish Texel Sheep Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and its stand at the Ploughing will feature a mixture of Pedigree Texel Rams and Ewes, and some Hiltex (cross between a Scotch blackface and a Texel ram).
Backing their claim as the most popular Terminal breed in Ireland, the Society is committed to performance recording and has had the biggest participation in the Lambplus Programme since it was established in 2009.
"The Society's involvement with Sheep Ireland has only served to highlight and further promote the Texel breed within Ireland through performance recording," according to the society.
"Full access to the Irish Texel Sheep Society flock book data and a strong involvement with the CPT programme has resulted in our evaluations demonstrating higher accuracies than other breeds. This has proven very effective in the overall education of farmers and commercial producers to the financial benefits of purchasing and using a star rated ram throughout their flock, and all sales this years have €uro-Star evaluated rams available" they added.
The crossing of the Suffolk ram on the Wicklow Cheviot ewe, progeny of which have being commanding premium prices at the recent breeding sales will be the central feature at the South of Ireland Suffolk Sheep Breeders stand at the championships.
Three of these Tullow type ewes and three Tullow type ewe lambs, bred by Jim Gahan, which are much sought after by the commercial farmer, will be on show at the stand.
The society will also have a January born ram lamb sired by Rookery Classic out of a Freighduff ewe sired by Cairness Legend which was Champion at the Eastern Sheep Breeders Premier Show and Sale and was bred by John and Esther Gahan.
The ram lamb will be accompanied by two pedigree Suffolk ewe lambs bred by Edward and Alec Jeffery, with two Suffolk cross ewe lambs also on the stand coming from the same flock.