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Thursday 24 May 2018

Wexford flock makes history at Texel society show and sale

Male and Female Champions exhibited by John Neville, with judge Jerr Karvie, Duncryne Texels and John Trimble
Male and Female Champions exhibited by John Neville, with judge Jerr Karvie, Duncryne Texels and John Trimble
Reserve Male Champion bred by Ronan Gallagher, Enniscrone Yuval and sold for €2000
Highest price ram, Gailey Yesterday, bred by Padraig Tracey Co. Roscommon and sold for €8000

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.

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The second highest female selling price of €2,200 was paid by Padraic Niland from Co Galway to Tom Bailey for a very flashy gimmer bred by Knock Ursus. John Wehrly obtained the highest priced Shearling ram at €1,600 with a son of Strathbogie Uno.

Neville Myles of Donegal exhibited the first placed Open Ram Lamb, while John Neville again triumphed in the Group of three Ram Lambs.

Commercial rams sold for between €300 and €2,000. Pedigree rams cleared at varying prices ranging between €350 to the top price of the day at €8,000.

There was a clearance rate of 93pc for shearling rams and 80pc for ram lambs.

The female clearance was 91pc, with prices from €270 to the female champion selling for €4,800.

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