Western breeders sweep the boards at All-Ireland Texel Championships
Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30
The west was truly awake as sheep farmers from the region continued on a winning streak at the Growvite Texel All Ireland Championships by taking both Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion titles back across the Shannon again.
Gerard Niland, Kinvara Co Galway was presented with the coveted trophy for the Overall Supreme Texel Champion at the biggest pedigree Texel interflock competition held annually which took place for the second consecutive year at the picturesque Bellurgan Park, Co Louth.
Competing for the awards in 11 classes was an entry of 200 Pedigree Texel sheep from all parts of the country and the high quality entry set a challanging five hours of deliberation for show judge, Alastair Gault.
PNE15076, a very catchy daughter sired by Knock Ursus and out of a Wayside Topgun ewe was eventually deemed a very worthy winner of the Overall Supreme Texel Champion for Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris Co. Mayo who had a fantastic day. He had earlier taken first and second placings in the Senior Ewe Lamb Class with ET sisters sired by Knock Ursus.
He also came out on top in the Junior Ewe Class with a Forkins Will-I-Am daughter. DII16003 went on to be selected as Reserve Female Champion and then later Reserve Supreme Texel Champion 2016.
Hillcrest Wagner by Tophill Union Jack, bred by Willie Doherty, Co Donegal and exhibited by McHugh Texel's claimed the Male Champion title. Wagner also sired the winner of the Open Ram Class HUI16069, shown by JC and Michael McHugh.
A son of Claybury Warrior, OKI16080 bred and exhibited by AP O'Keeffe, Co Cork was placed first in the Junior Ram Class and later was selected as Reserve Male Champion.
The stock ram Hillcrest Topshot co-owned by John Neville & Charlie Clarke was the winner in the Senior Ram Class. John Neville also dominated the Open Ram Class with second, third and fourth placings, two of whom were ET brothers sired by Proctors Va Va Voom.
Novice Ram Class
Padraig Tracey also from Co Galway showed the winning Novice Ram Class with a son of Baltier Nailer. Kenneth Bird exhibited the winner of the Novice Ewe class.
The Gemma Doyle Memorial Cup for the Junior Stockperson 2016 was awarded to Jason McDonnell, Co. Monaghan.
On completion of the formalities ehibitors and guests were treated to a barbeque to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Irish Texel Sheep Society.
The Society expressed their thanks to the sponsors for the Championships, Univet and ICM.