Hurried spate of bidding sees Texel ram make €17,000 at sale
A Donegal breeder scored on the double at the Irish Texel Sheep Society Premier Show & Sale
Greenstar Alfie swept the boards for Donegal breeder John Greene, topping the sale at €17,000 after scooping double championship rosettes at the Irish Texel Sheep Society Premier Show and Sale at Blessington Mart on Saturday.
The February 5, 2017 born ram lamb became the third highest ever priced Irish bred Texel lamb at the society sales when he was purchased jointly for the Milnbank, Strathbogie and Seaforde Texels, Aberdeenshire and Co Down in a hurried spate of bidding at the sale.
The Tophill Wallstreet son, from the Greenstar flock at Larahirl, Culduff, Co Donegal, was judged winner of the Novice Ram Lamb Class.
He was then tapped forward as the Male Champion of the Show and subsequently Overall Supreme Champion by show judge John Mellin from Hullhouse Texels UK.
Rodney McLaughlin, Clara Texels, paid the second highest price of the day for a full brother of the Champion from the same flock, which he purchased for €5,700.
Noel Gallagher, Agricare Texels, Co Donegal, paid €2,600 for a full brother to Greenstar Alfie from the same flock and John Greene then continued his winning ways by selling a Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Do son for €2,200 to Co Meath Texel breeder Pascal Keogh.
The Reserve Male Champion, which was exhibited by Anthony Donnelly from Ballyglass, Scardaune, Claremorris, Co Mayo, was another grandson of Wallstreet by Knock Yazoo and was purchased by McHugh Bros from Donegal for €4,800.