The Irish Texel Sheep Society
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9 August, 2013Blessington Premier Show & Sale

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Blessington Premier Show & Sale
9th & 10th August 2013
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REPORT

Pavarotti Son hits the high notes at Texel Premier Sale

In excess of 300 lots were on offer at the recent Texel Sale held at Blessington Livestock Mart. Mr.Pip Kermode of the Orrisdale Texel’s, Isle of Man was the appointed judge. After a strong competition across all seven classes, Oberstown Usainbolt was awarded the Male Champion. Earlier he was the first prizewinner from the Open Ram Class exhibited by father and son team Pat & Barry Farrell, Tara, Co. Meath. He was sold to Paul O Connor, Drumgooland Texel’s. Farrell’s then sold a half brother of the Champion to Peter Gibbons also from Co. Meath, for 3600gns.

The Reserve male champion went to the Donegal bred Muckish Unique a son of Deveronvale Oddie bred by John McGee stood first in the Lambplus Ram Class. He was sold to the partnership of Michael Bird, John Canty and Eugene O’ Sullivan for 2700gns.

The winner of the shearling ram class was Danny Murray, Billary, Co. Donegal with an impressive son of Bailey’s One and Only. He was bought by Charlie Clarke Jnr, from Co. Monaghan at 2000gns. Galway born Niland’s Universal bred by Gerard Niland took the red rosette in the Novice Ram Class with a lamb sired by Cowal Rico and out of a Tullagh Neptune ewe.

Cork breeders Arthur & Patrick O’Keeffe’s, ‘Group of 3 rams’ came up trumps in this lamb class followed closely into 2nd place by a trio put forward by Liam Walsh from Ballina, Co. Mayo.

After a very high standard of females to choose from, the Female Champion was awarded to Jackie Ryan Co. Kildare with a daughter of Bailey’s One and Only.

She was later sold for 3100gns. Reserve Female Champion was awarded to a February born daughter of Castleknowe Matchmatcher, brought out by John Neville, Thornville Texel’s Co Wexford. She was later bought by the vendors of the Male Champion Pat & Barry Farrell Co. Meath for 2,000gns.

Other top prices obtained included; Liam Walsh, Co. Mayo 2400gns, Andrew & Richard Wilson, Co. Donegal 2200gns, Johnny Ryan Co. Kildare 2000gns.

Testament to the high quality of Texel’s on offer saw both the commercial and pedigree buyers ensuring a strong trade for the duration of the sale. There was a strong clearance of almost 80% in both the Ram and Ewe Categories. The average run of prices for the commercial rams was from 300gns to 1000gns with a top price of 1850gns. The general run of prices for the Pedigree breeders ram was from 1000gns to 4000gns with a top price paid at 7000gns. 17 rams were sold in excess of 1000gns with a further 9 moving for over 2000gns.