It was the Myles family from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal that stole the show at the Irish Texel sheep society premier sale in Blessington, on Saturday 11th of August. There was an excellent display of Texel sheep on offer and were a credit to all breeders. This was met with an equally exceptional demand by both pedigree and commercial buyers seeking to add value to their flocks. However, it was Neville Myles ram lamb, Silver Hill NVI1802041 that set a packed ringside alight when he quickly soared to 15,000gns under auctioneer John Doyle. Lot 226, a sparky ram lamb with tremendous white hairs and colours was the talk of the mart. He was sired by Strathbogie Yes Sir and out of a Glenside dam by Castlecairn Vavavoom. He finds his new home in Northern Ireland with a trio of breeders sharing him, Danny Mc Kay (Rohan), Martin Miller (Millers), and Andrew Kennedy (Mainview).
The male champion from the all-Ireland Growvite National Championships in Kilkenny in June took the second top price of the day. Enniscrone GAI1801797, from Ronan Gallagher, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo finally settled at 9,500gns. Lot 185, a Top Hill Wall Street son out of a Strathbogie Terminator bred dam who herself was sister to the Blessington champion 2015. This lamb also found a new home in Northern Ireland with Kieran McBarron, Co. Antrim.
The next best of the day went to Daire and Enda Mc Manamon, Derrylahan Texel’s. Lot 177, Derrylahan Big Balls, DEE1805625, a Knock Yazoo sired lamb and out of a homebred ewe by Knock Reebok this lamb was secured for 6200gns by an Irish consignment, namely Flor Ryan, John Donohoe, Alex Clarke and Tom Bailey.
His ET brother, Derrylahan Bagatelle, lot 178, then fetched 2600gns this one being the choice of Robbie Walker, for his Kilcurley Flock.
Liam Dillion then claimed the next two best prices of the day. Firstly with lot 132, Kilclammon Brody, LDE1800904, when he was knocked down at 5000gns to another four way split, Shane McHugh, J, C and M McHugh, Sean McHugh and Liam Coen. This lamb stood fourth at the Growvite National Championships, sired by Arkle A One and out of a Knock ewe by Cowal Vogue.
Liam then sold his female champion and reserve overall champion of the day for 4000gns. Lot 26, a very stylish hogget ewe, LDE1700407, sired by Knap You’re The Man and out of a homebred ewe, this one stood reserve at the Growvite all Ireland female champion as a ewe lamb in 2017 and goes south to Paddy Morrissey.
Liam finished his day getting 2700gns for lot 133, LDE1800876, Kilclammon Bertram, another You’re The Man son, this one was the pick of Pascal Keogh, Co Meath.
Ronan Gallagher, Enniscrone, was back in the money with lot 187, GAI1801794, when he sold for 3700gns to Donegal breeder, Ronnie Edwards. A third prize lamb on the day, this powerful Top Hill Wallstreet son goes back to a Teiglum ewe by Strathbogie Smokey Blue.
He then sold his ET brother, lot 274, GAI1801796, for 3000gns to Tom Bailey, Co Meath to give him a fantastic pen average on the day.
The Overall Champion was next up at 2500gns. Lot 235, from Patrick Joyce, Recess, Co. Galway was put forward by judge Mr. Rodger Strawbridge in the pre-sale show and went on to sell to Brian Kirkham, Co. Meath. PJE1800323 sired by Knock Yazoo and was out of a Derrylahan ewe by Garngour Vintage. His ET sister also stood 1st in the All Ireland championship 2018.
Other notable prices on the day included:
Lot 170 – Chaylee & Lorinne Greene, Co. Donegal, Greenstar Boomerang, 2500gns
Lot 205 – John Neville, Co. Wexford, Reserve Male Champion, Thornville Better Class, 2400gns
Lot 160 – J, C and M McHugh, Co. Monaghan, Greenhill Bright Star, 2400gns
Lot 138 – Daniel Devlin, Co. Donegal, Quarry House Baby Guinness, 2400gns
Lot 175 – A & P O’Keeffe, Co. Cork, Annakisha, 2300gns
Lot 230 – Richard Wilson, Co.Donegal, Shannagh, 2200gns
Lot 207 – John Neville, Co. Wexford, Thornville Boxed Squire, 2200gns
Lot 198 – Kate Purcell, Co. Kilkenny, Rower Bale, 2100gns
Lot 180 – Paul Mallon, Co. Donegal, Tawney Big Bill, 2100gns
Lot 183 – Ryan Doherty, Co. Donegal, Hill View Bravo, 2000gns
Lot 47 – Mark Nobel, Co. Longford, Kilcoursey, 2000gns
The Irish Texel sheep society would like to wish all purchasers the very best of luck with their sheep. We would also like to thank all sponsors, Blessington mart for hosting the sale, and Mr. Rodger Strawbridge for judging the presale show. An exceptional trade was met for all sheep with great clearance. There was a buoyant demand by both pedigree and commercial buyers especially with many commercial buyers competing strongly in the 500 – 1250 bracket for quality lots. Averages below:
Shearling ewe: 31 ewes averaging €853 (86% clearance)
Ewe lambs: 25 lambs averaging €720 (89% clearance)
Shearling rams: 43 rams averaging €750 (100% clearance)
Ram lambs: 111 sold averaging €1341 (70% clearance)