THE Donegal Texel Breeders enjoyed another successful weekend at the recent Irish Texel Sheep Society’s Premier Show and Sale on Saturday August 11 at Blessington Livestock Mart, Co. Wicklow. Whilst prizes were harder to come by this year, Donegal breeders maintained their position at the top of the standings with a number obtaining high prices.
It was Neville Myles and family from Ballyshannon that stole the show with their ram lamb, Silver Hill NVI1802041. This sparky lamb, with tremendous white hairs and colours, drew plenty of pre-sale attention and it was standing room only when this lamb sired by Strathbogie Yes Sir and out of a Glenside bred dam by Castlecairn Vavavoom entered the ring. After a flurry of bids he went on to sell to the Northern Irish based Rohan (Danny McKay), Millars (Martin Millar) and Maineview (Andrew Kennedy) flocks for €15,000gns.
Ryan Green’s Greenstar flock, who made the big headlines last year, was also in the money when he sold Greenstar Boomerang, a lamb sired by Scotsman Ace and out of a Duncryne Uber Cool sired ewe, for €2,500gns. Ryan’s father, John, also sold a lamb for €1,500gns.
Richard Wilson’s Raphoe based Shannagh flock had a solid day selling two lambs for good prices. The first, Shannagh RWI18006322, sired by Teiglum Young Gun sold to John McLoone’s Tullyard flock for €2,200gns whilst the second, Shannagh Bartlett, sired by Sportsman’s Alabama, sold for €1,700gns.
The strength in depth of Donegal breeding was also evident when a number of younger breeders also had a good day. Paul Mallon’s Kilmacrennan based Tawney flock sold Tawney Big Bill, a Lower Reiss Axeman son out of a Hillsborough ewe sired by Smyllum Van Gaal, for €2,100gns to Clive Rothwell’s Ballypierce flock in Co. Carlow whilst Danny Devlin, from Clonmany, sold Quarry House Baby Guinness, a Teiglum Young Gun son out of a home bred Strathbogie Untouchable sired dam for €2,400gns to Danny Murray’s Billary Hill flock.
Finally, the last lamb to break the €2,000gns bracket was when Ryan Doherty, also from Clonmany, sold Hill View Bravo, a young March born lamb sired by Larahirl Alphonsos, for €2,000gns.