The Blessington All-Star Texel sale took place over the weekend, with a record price set for a female sold in the Republic of Ireland.
The sale of 70 ewes from six different flocks peaked at €5,200 for a ewe belonging to Anthony Donnelly. A daughter of Grangour Bladerunner, she is out of a Knock Ursus-bred ewe. Sold carrying twins due in February, she was secured by Brian Connelly.
Anthony also sold two more full sisters to this ewe for €3,000 and €1,600 respectively. It proved an exceptional day for Anthony, who sold 11 in-lamb shearling ewes, all daughters of the aforementioned stock ram Bladerunner, for an average of just shy of €2,000.
Also hitting the €3,000 mark were Arthur and Patrick O’Keeffe with their Annakisha flock. Their top ewe was a daughter of Grangour Alabama which sold to Adam Heffernan carrying twins.
Matching this price was Flor Ryan with a daughter of Foundry Achilles. With five stars across the board, she sold carrying twins and was the pick of Pascal Keogh.
Gareth Murphy secured a Grangour Bladerunner daughter from the Donnelly flock at €2,400. Last to break the €2,000 mark was a daughter of Forkins Anfield from the O’Keeffes’ pen. Charles Deane paid out €2,200 for the Anakisha ewe, which was carrying twins.
Clearance rate on the day surpassed the 90% mark, with an average sale price of over €1,200 per ewe. While bidding interest came from the likes of Belgium and Germany, all lots were secured by Irish bidders.