The Irish Texel Sheep Society has in excess of 280 pedigree registered Texel breeders. The Society is hugely committed to performance recording and has had the biggest participation in the LambPlus Programme since it was established in 2009.

Texels are leading the way for STAP 2015. The €uroStar ram is the only measure within the programme that has a value which equates to two tasks. This has made it a very attractive option for farmers participating in the STAP programme.

The Society’s involvement with Sheep Ireland has only served to highlight and further promote the Texel breed within Ireland through performance recording.

Full access to the Irish Texel Sheep Society flock book data and a strong involvement with the Central Progeny Test (CPT) and Maternal Lamb Producer Group (MALP) programmes means that the breed’s evaluations demonstrate high and reliable accuracies.

This has proven very effective in the overall education of farmers and commercial producers with regard to the financial benefits of purchasing and using a star-rated ram in their flock.

This year, the Irish Texel Sheep Society is located in the National Sheep Breeders Tunnel (NSBA) at the Ploughing. There will be a range of pedigree Texel rams and ewes, and some Hiltex (cross between a Scotch blackface and a Texel ram) sheep on display.

Over the course of the three days, it is an ideal opportunity to meet members of the society and seek further information on this popular terminal breed. Texel breeders will be present on the stand and will be only too happy to answer any questions and queries that you may have relating to the breed.

At the stand this year there will be a free draw with one litre of Growvite as the first prize. Throughout the year, the society organises various promotions and draws to keep members and those with an interest in the Texel breed up to date on events within the society. To be informed, text your name and county to 087-390 7540.

All Texel sales feature €uro-Star evaluated rams or STAP eligible rams. For details of forthcoming sales in your area, contact 087-355 2992, visit or check out Facebook.

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