The Donegal Texel Breeders, in conjunction with the Irish Texel Sheep Society, enjoyed another successful August show and sale at Raphoe Livestock Mart with no fewer than eight lots breaking the €1,000gns barrier. Adrian Liggett of the Fintona based Corbo flock was given the enviable task of judging the event with more than 115 sheep on show.

Following on from their recent success at the Irish Premier sale in Blessington, it was Chaylee & Lorinne Greene making the headlines once again – this time with Greenstar Alonzo, a full ET brother to the €17,000gns Greenstar Alfie, sired by Tophill Wall Street and out of a Duncryne Uber Cool ewe. This one was purchased by a syndicate of Donegal breeders led by James McGrath, Collar Rock Texels for €2,100gns.
Not to be outdone by his daughters, John Green’s Larahirl flock also produced the goods when he sold Larahirl A-Team, a Millar’s Windbrook son, for €1,850gns to Aiden Loftus’ Deelvale flock from Co. Mayo. The high quality of rams on offer was also evident when John sold the Male and Overall Champion on the night, Larahirl Yours Truly, sired by Tamnamoney Walter, for €1,180gns whilst two further Larahirl shearling rams, also sired by Walter, sold for €1,220gns and €1,100gns.

Reserve Champion on the night was obtained by John McLoone’s Glenties based Tullyard flock with his first prize winning ram lamb, Tullyard Achilles, sired by the €8,000gns Gailey Yesterday purchased by John at last year’s Blessington sale. Out of a homebred Sportman’s Superstar sired ewe, he sold for €1,400gns to the judge, Adrian Liggett. It was also a night to remember for Mervyn & Anna Boal when their sole entry, a shearling ram sired by Claybury Warrior, sold to Dessie Graham, Laghey, Co. Donegal for €1,280gns. The last ram to break the €1,000gns barrier was from John McGee’s Muckish flock when his 2nd prize shearling ram, Muckish Yard Stick, sired by the 2014 All Ireland Champion Strathbogie Uno, sold early in the sale for €1,000gns to Lee McKinney, Co. Donegal.

Following on from this sale The Donegal Texel Breeders are holding their annual harvest show and sale of Pedigree Texel Rams and Ewes on Friday 15th September in Raphoe Livestock Mart. A large number of the 100 rams catalogued will be Sheep Ireland Recorded. Show at 5pm and Sale at 6.30pm.
A full sale catalogue can be downloaded from the Irish Texel Sheep Society’s website or by contacting David McKane on 00447769 258 976.

Other leading prices (all gns):
John McLoone, Tullyard – €660; J&C McHugh, Greenhill – €820, €800, €680; Malachy Byrne, Ballymagowan – €820; Shane McHugh, Figart – €810, €760, €750, €720; Willam Doherty, Hillcrest – €850, €800, €760 (x2); Peter McLaughlin, Isle – €620; Seamus McGrath, Clarecarrick – €760; Niall Brennan, Grange – €640; Stuart McKeague, Claggan – €780, €660; Stuart Parke, Glenkeerin – €640; McHugh Bros, Speenogue – €700; Noel Gallagher, Agri-Care – €600; Rodney McLaughlin, Clara – €980, €700, €600 (x2); John McGee, Muckish – €850, €720, €600