Breeding stock are in demand for both the sheep and cattle world and this year’s Christmas Belles sale of pedigree Texel ewes was no exception, with a super demand for ewes on the day.
The three west of Ireland flocks have built up a strong following, with a lot of repeat purchasers back again.
Top call of the day went to Neville Myles’s Silverhill flock for their March 2019-born hogget. She is by Milnbank Ally Cat going back to a Derrylahan Victorious ewe and was sold scanned in lamb with twins to Greenhill Dance Monkey. She was eventually knocked down at €3,050.
@farmersjournal at Carrick on Shannon Texel ewe sale. Lot 39, from Neville Myles a Milnbank Ally Cat ewe going back to Derrylahan Victorious sells carrying twins to Greenhill Dance Monkey for the top price so far of €3050 @FJ_Pedigree @FJSheep pic.twitter.com/2ZmM2imUDX— Adam Woods (@ajwwoods) December 28, 2020
The Silverhill flock also got into top money for Lot 20, a Springwell Abu Dhabi hogget going back to a Knock Trident ewe. This ewe was scanned in lamb with twins to Greenhill Dance Monkey and sold for €2,400.
Top call for Ronan Gallagher’s Enniscrone flock went to Lot 33, a Garngour Aerosmith hogget going back to an an Elgur Viscount ewe. She was sold scanned in lamb with twins to Stainton Coca Cola and sold for €2,250. Not stopping there, the Enniscrone flock also sold another Garngour Aerosmith ewe, this one going back to a Shannagh Won-O-Won ewe.
She was scanned in lamb with twins to Stainton Coca Cola and sold for €2,200. Her full sister was sold later for €900.
@farmersjournal at Carrick on Shannon Texel ewe sale. Lot 33, from Ronan Gallagher’s Enniscrone flock, a Garngour Aerosmith sired ewe going back to Eglur Viscount scanned with twins to Stainton Coca Cola sells for €2250 @FJ_Pedigree @FJSheep pic.twitter.com/xwloK0vuI2— Adam Woods (@ajwwoods) December 28, 2020
Top call for Jimmy Garrivan’s Clewbay flock was for Lot 18, a February 2019-born hogget. By Garngour Aerosmith, she sold scanned in lamb with twins to Stainton Coca Cola, selling for €1,100. The sale achieved a 100% clearance rate, with ewes finding new homes all over Ireland.
@farmersjournal in Carrick on Shannon Texel ewe sale. Another Garngour Aerosmith sired ewe from Jimmy Garrivan scanned in lamb with triplets to Midlock Yorkie lambing in mid January sells for €980. @FJ_Pedigree @FJSheep pic.twitter.com/ajcBqdsHPK— Adam Woods (@ajwwoods) December 28, 2020
One of the highlights of the day was the sale of four pedigree Suffolk lambs. The lambs, just over a week old, sold with the recipient mothers. The two ewe lambs averaged €930 each, while the two ram lambs averaged €710 each. Also included in the sale were three pedigree Blue Texel ewe lambs. They were sired by Clenagh Disneyland and averaged €566 each.
For the full sale report, see the pedigree section of next week’s Irish Farmers Journal.