More than 180 entries to battle for texel title
The 2017 Texel Growvite National Championships will be one of the highlights of the day for sheep farmers when the event takes place at Gorey Agricultural Show on Saturday.
More than 180 entries from 50 of the leading pedigree Texel flocks in the country will be in contention for the awards to be decided in 11 classes, with judging to get under way at 11am.
The judging will culminate with the selection of the overall Supreme Texel Champion for 2017, the top annual award.
Gerard Niland from Kinvara, Co Galway, took the coveted award in 2016 with PNE15076, a very catchy daughter sired by Knock Ursus and out of a Wayside Topgun ewe, having earlier in the day won the Female Championship of the breed at the show, which took place at the picturesque Bellurgan Park, Co Louth.
Exhibitor of the reserve overall champion last year was Anthony Donnelly from Claremorris, Co Mayo with DII16003, also judged the reserve female champion.
In the sheep section there are also classes for: Suffolk, Charollais, Jacob and Zwartble breeds as well as a class for Crossbred and a Young Handler competition.
The show, being held for the 158th year, is one of the longest running in the country and will host a full programme of varied interests.
Glanbia Animal Nutrition have come on board to sponsor the Friesian classes this year and there are also livestock classes for Hereford, Charolais, Aberdeen Angus, Partenaise and Belgian Blue.