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Texel membership up 19pc in a year

The popularity of the Texel breed has increased steadily in recent years and this is reflected out by figures that show the Irish Texel Sheep Society membership now stands at 250.

Almost 40 new members joined the society in the past 12 months, giving the membership a 19pc boost in just one year.

Breeding statistics also back this up, with 6,500 breeding ewes in the national Texel flock and a 50pc increase in ram registrations over the past 12 months.

To show farmers why the breed is so popular, the Texel stand at this year's Ploughing Championships will include two hogget rams displaying the size, length and muscling that Texel breeders and commercial producers are striving for.

The society also intends to display lowland Texel-cross hogget ewes, which will demonstrate why Texel-cross ewes are so popular in the commercial flock.

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Other animals on display will include some examples of the Hiltex (Blackface mountain ewe x Texel ram) brand.

This cross has been developed to demonstrate the adaptability of the Texel breed to Irish conditions.

Members of the South East Texel Club, along with office holders of the society, will be in attendance to deal with all queries Texel-related and to discuss the merits of this popular terminal sire breed.

Meanwhile, the society will hold a series of sales in the next month including today at Ballina and Carnaross; Thursday, September 27 at Ballymahon, and the Blessington Multibreed sale on Saturday, September 29.

In October, sales will take place in Carnaross (October 9), Raphoe (October 12), Mountbellew (October 13) and Blessington (October 13).

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