Wexford flock makes history at Texel society show and sale
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.