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Yearbook 2018

Texel Sales Dates 2018 Blessington Premier Show & Sale Fri & Sat 10th & 11th August 2nd Main Sale–Carrick on Shannon Sat 15th September Tullamore (Lambplus Multibreed) Sat 25th August Blessington (Multibreed) Sat 22nd September Blessington In-Lamb Sale Sat 08th December Donegal Raphoe Fri 24th August Raphoe Fri 14th September Raphoe Fri 05th October Raphoe In-Lamb Ewe Sale Fri 14th December West Region Roscommon Sat 25th August Athenry Mon 03rd September Tuam Tues 18th September Roscommon 2nd Sale Sat 22nd September Athenry Mon 24th September Delvin Thurs 27th September Ballinasloe (Evening) Thurs 04th October Maam Cross Sat 13th October Ballinasloe In-Lamb Ewe Sale Fri 07th December (evening) North Connacht Ballinrobe Sat 18th August Ballina Tues 28th August Ballinrobe Fri 07th September North East Carnaross Fri 25th August Cootehill Sat 08th September Cootehill In-Lamb Ewe Sale Fri 29th December South East Tullow Tues 28th August New Ross (Multibreed Evening) Mon 03rd September Enniscorthy Wed 05th September Kilkenny Mon 20th August South West Milltown (Multibreed Evening) Thurs 06th September Roscrea (Multibreed Evening) Thurs 27th September Cahir Wed 03th October More sales dates including In-Lamb sales may be confirmed during the year. Please check in order to obtain the must current sales dates list.

Contents Chairmans Foreward.................................................................................................. 2 Society Contact Information....................................................................................... 3 Forthcoming Texel Events.......................................................................................... 4 Recipe – Butterfly Leg of Lamb with a Herb Crust and Salsa Verde......................... 6 National Championships 2017................................................................................... 9 Texels Prove Perfect for Early Lamb Production…................................................... 23 Irish Texel Society Celebrates Five Fantastic In-Lamb Sales................................... 27 Premier Sale Report 2017........................................................................................ 37 Newport Butchers “Keane” on Texels...................................................................... 47 RDS Champion of Champions ................................................................................ 49 QualEUtex................................................................................................................ 51 West Region Club Report 2017................................................................................ 54 Hiltex Ewes The All Round Performer For Laois Farmer.......................................... 72 Midland Region Report............................................................................................ 73 Awards Night 2017................................................................................................... 84 Donegal Texel Club Report...................................................................................... 86 Hall of Fame – Arthur O’ Keeffe................................................................................ 90 North Connacht Club Report.................................................................................... 94 Recipe – Teriyaki Lamb Stir Fry.............................................................................. 107 Texels Add Profit For Glen Keen Tourism Farm...................................................... 109 South West Region Report..................................................................................... 115 North East Region Report ..................................................................................... 123 South East Region Report...................................................................................... 129 Texel Shop.............................................................................................................. 134 List of Approved Judges........................................................................................ 136 Membership Information & Fees............................................................................ 138 Application Form for Membership.......................................................................... 140 Members List 2018................................................................................................. 141 Advertisers Index................................................................................................... 151


Chairman’s Foreward Michael Bird Dunlever Texels, Trim, Co. Meath Once again we are looking forward to yet another year of assessing the success of the Texel Breed here in Ireland. There are of course numerous indicators of this, each with their own level of importance to a particular breeder or end user. The factual data cannot be overlooked and can be included in the competitive excitement of the show and sales rings. Clear indicators like overseas interests, enthusiastic crowds around show and sale rings and the increasing popularity of in-lamb sales around the country coupled with new and young members are all welcome signs that the Texel Breed is consistently delivering. The Texel traits of hardy lambs at birth with a good kill out percentage and an acceptable level of fat cover continue to be what the commercial producer expects and gets from using a Texel Ram. The use of the increasingly reliable Lamb Plus data as a helpful additional selection tool to choosing a ram ensures that these traits are maintained. Schemes such as the QualEUtex continue to expand giving premiums to producers who produce that higher grade of Texel cross lamb. Equally the established Hiltex ewe consistently produces a very marketable product. Finally I would like to wish all our Texel breeders and customers every success in the season ahead.


Society Contact Information Chairperson: Michael Bird Dunlever House Trim, Co. Meath 086 9965239

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Secretary: Sinéad Brophy Kellistown Farm, Kellistown, Carlow 087 3552992

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Forthcoming Texel Events Growvite National Championships The Hub Indoor event centre at CillĂ­n Hill Co. Kilkenny is the venue for this years competiton that is being hosted by the NSBA Championships (supported by the RDS) on Saturday 09th of June. This is the first year of this event and Texels are very proud to be a foundation breed to what will be an annual event on the sheep showing calendar. It is a tremendous boost to see the re-establishment of the RDS classes (albeit a different location) which are held in nostaglic esteem by so many. This is the biggest Pedigree Texel Interflock Competition that is held annually and is judged across ten classes with the eventual Supreme Texel Champion being selected. We are delighted to confirm that our judge for the event is Mr. Henry Gamble of the much admired Springwell Flock from N.I. Judging will commence at 10am. For those intending to exhibit the first 1-6 placed in the Senior & Junior Ram Lamb Class and the Shearling Ram Class will qualify for an extra entry into the Premier Sale*) A commercial competition of crossbred sheep will also be held on the day, this will have an added attraction for many. A total prize fund of â‚Ź1500 is on offer for this competition. This is a great day and a fantastic show of both Pedigree and Commercial Texel sheep is assured!! *Qualifying rams must be entered into the Premier Sale and normal entry fees will apply. Premier Sale This year our first Show and Sale of the season will be held on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of August, at Blessington Livestock Mart, Co. Wicklow. The judging will commence at 2pm on Friday 10th, which will culminate in the awarding of the Premier Sale 2018 Male & Female Champions. The sale will commence at 10am on Saturday 11th. Females will be sold first followed immediatly by the ram sale. On the day there will be approximately 250 rams and 100 females offered for sale. A catalogue with full details will be available to download from our website or from the Society Secretary prior to sale. 6

National Flock Competiton Six regions have nominated three local shows in their area. Results from these shows will be tabulated throughout the show season and an eventual winner will be decided based on the total points awarded from attending the nominated shows. All nominated shows are open events and are therefore open to all members of the Society. A breeder who collects the most points from each region will be the regional finalist and the Overall winner will be announced at the AGM social in November. The Society actively encourages all its members to participate and support their local shows. National Livestock Show – Tullamore Tullamore Show is scheduled to take place on Sunday 12th August 2018 at the Butterfield Estate, Tullamore Co. Offaly. This is the biggest Livestock Show in the country. Texels have always had strong presence at this event, and the Irish Texel Sheep Society are proud to be sponsoring the majority of the Texel classes at this years show. National Ploughing Championships For the third consecutive year Screggan, Tullamore Co. Offaly has being selected as the 2018 venue. This three day event will take place from September 18th to 20th . We will be located in the NSBA sheep tunnel which always boasts a steady throughput of visitors over the three days. On our display, we will have Hiltex Ewes, Pedigree Rams, Texel Ewes and Cross-bred lambs. The ploughing championships is the ideal opportunity to come and discuss Texel Sheep with members of the Society at the stand and they can answer any questions you might have.

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Butterfly Leg of Lamb with a Herb Crust and Salsa Verde To serve

A butterflied leg of lamb, where the bone has been removed and the meat opened out into roughly the shape of a butterfly, is super simple to cook and carve. Great for a crowd and cooks perfectly either in the oven or on the barbecue.

Steamed baby potatoes and cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil and gently roasted Heat the oven to Gas Mark 7, 220°C (450°F).

Time: 1 hour Serves 8

To cook the lamb: Place the lamb skin side up in a roasting tin. Put the ingredients for the herb crust in a small bowl and mix well. Then spoon the mixture over the lamb. Place in the oven and roast for 40 minutes.

1 leg of lamb, 2½-3kgs, boned, well trimmed and butterflied

Herb Crust

To make the Salsa Verde: Put all the ingredients, except the oil, into a blender. Turn on and gradually add the oil.

• 2 tablesp. thyme leaves, chopped • 2 tablesp. rosemary leaves, chopped • 2 tablesp. parsley leaves, chopped • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped • 1 tablesp. Dijon style mustard • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 tablespoons olive oil

When the lamb is cooked, transfer it to a carving board, then leave to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes.

Salsa Verde

• 2 anchovy fillets • 1 tablesp. Dijon mustard • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped • 25g parsley leaves, chopped • 25g mint leaves, chopped • 25g chives, chopped • 1 tablesp. capers, drained • 1 tablesp. fresh lemon juice • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 120ml cup extra-virgin olive oil 8

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Wexford Win on Home Ground The sunny South East definitely was true to the saying at the 2017 Texel Growvite National Championships. 186 Pedigree Texel’s competed in blistering sunshine for the top titles. With speed and confidence Ms. Anna Minnice Hughes eventually selected a Ram Lamb UVI1701309 sired by Tophill Wallstreet and a Strathbogie Python ewe, bred by John Neville, Thornville Texel’s as her Supreme Champion. The dam was herself was 1st prize winning lamb at the 2013 National Championships. Reserve Supreme Champion was awarded to the winner of the Senior Ewe Lamb Class and the Female Championship winner DII1701294 out of Knock Yazoo and a Derrylahan bred sired Garngour Vintage ewe shown by Anthony Donnelly from Claremorris in Co. Mayo. Martin Walsh from Sligo definitely made his long trip worthwhile by securing the first place in the Senior Ram Class and also coming second in both the Aged Ewe Class and Novice Ram Class. In the Shearling ram class Anne Murphy was placed first with Foundry Yahoo, a son of Corbo Val Verde and a Chessy ewe. Liam Dillon from New Ross was placed 2nd in the Senior Ewe Lamb class with a daughter of Knap You’re the Man and an Oberstown Usain Bolt daughter, she sent on later to be the Reserve Female Champion of the day. The Reserve Male Champion title was awarded to the second placed Senior Ram Lamb FSE1701050 by Stainton Vantage II, exhibited by Fergal O’Sé, Tralee Co. Kerry. The sun was definitely shining for Anthony Donnelly who took the reds in three of the ewe classes. Initially Anthony was brought forward with a daughter of Knock Ursus DII16023 in the highly competitive Shearling Ewe class. His flashy Senior Ewe Lamb DII1701294 was selected by Ms. Minnice Hughes as her 1st prized ewe lamb, she eventually went on to become the Reserve Supreme Champion. This is the second consecutive year that Anthony has taken this title back to Co. Mayo! DII1701306, a daughter of Knock Yazoo and an Ettrick Rainbow warrior dam also took the Junior Ewe lamb title. Knock Yazoo also came up trumps for D&E McManamon in the Junior Ram Lamb Class with Derrylahan Alpha Male DEE1705544 coming out in Premier position. 11

In what were seen as the most ecstatic winners of the day the Novice classes were won by Tom Whelan Co. Wexford and Sean McGee Co Cavan. Tom and his grandchildren successfully exhibited a powerful ram lamb TWF1701762 Springbridge Alex by Thornville Winner. Sean McGee Co. Cavan displayed a classy daughter ZEI1701717 out of Tophill Wallstreet that was selected to be the first placed. The Gemma Doyle Memorial Cup was presented to David Craig, Clonard Co. Meath as the Junior Stockperson of the year 2017. During the judging interval all present were treated to some slow cooked Texel lamb meat burgers which definitely went down a treat and highlighted excellently the quality and taste of Texel lamb meat. Overall it was a tremendous day for the promotion of Texel Sheep in Ireland with all parts of the country represented and doing their part. Our Judge was extremely efficient and decisive in her selections throughout the day and wasted no time considering her decisions. The breeders of Co. Wexford have to be complemented for the effort that was put into organizing this event behind the scenes, and it was fitting that so many were then recognized on the day with their exhibits.


results Supreme Champion 2017: UVI1701309 by Tophill Wallstreet. John Neville Co. Wexford Reserve Supreme Champion 2017 DII1701294 by Knock Yazoo. Anthony Donnelly Co. Mayo Male Champion UVI1701309 by Tophill Wallstreet. John Neville Co. Wexford Reserve Male Champion FSE1701050 by Stainton Vantage II . Fergal O’Se, Co. Kerry Female Champion DII1701294 by Knock Yazoo. Anthony Donnelly Co. Mayo Reserve Female Champion LDE1700407 by Knap You’re the Man. Liam Dillon New Ross Co. Wexford Junior Stockperson 2017 David Craig Clonard Co. Meath Aged Ram: 1. GAI 15055 Enniscrone Warrior by Milnbank Valdaron Martin Walsh, Swinford Co.Mayo 2. PNE15065 Nilands White Knight by Knock Ursus Gerard Niland, Kinvara Co. Galway 3. ZNE15013 Treemore Will by Baltier Panther John & Neil Kidd Kildavin Co. Wexford 4. PXI15004 Foundry Wisconson by Foundry Volvo Anne Murphy, Gorey, Co. Wexford Aged Ewe: 1. CJN1302236 by Strathbogie Smokey Blue Ronan Gallagher Enniscrone Co. Sligo 2. QTI13019 by Massavilla Trooper Martin Walsh Co.Mayo


3. ALL1400954 by Ballydesland Usher John & Neil Kidd Kildavin Co. Wexford 4. GRS1401456 by Bradleys Underworld Robert Walker, Croom Co. Limerick 5. CJT1500955 by Mossvale Vissa Robert Walker, Croom Co. Limerick

6. BHF14010 by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior Brendan & Patrick Hanley, Edgeworthstown Co. Longford Shearling Ram 1. . PXI16026 Foundry Yahoo by Corbo Val Verde. Anne Murphy Co. Wexford 2. . GAI16022 Enniscone Yavin by Shannagh Won-O-Won. Liam Dillon Co.Wexford 3. . DEE16038 Derrylahan You’re the Man by Knock Trident. Fergal O’Sé Tralee Co. Kerry 4. . EBF16003 Ballyclough Yves by Springbridge Wonder. Brian Kidd, Enniscorthy Co. Wexford 5. . ZNE16023 Treemore Yaron by Llangwn Vesuvius John & Neil Kidd Kildavin Co. Wexford 6. . YGI16001 String Yamaha by Millars Outstanding Mary Gallagher Glanworth Co. Cork Shearling Ewe 1. . DII16023 by Knock Ursus. Anthony Donnelly Claremorris Co. Mayo 2. . OKI16010 by Knock Trident. A& P O’Keeffe Mallow Co. Cork 3. . FRI16051 by Duncryne Uber Cool. Flor Ryan Prosperous Co. Kildare 4. . G  BE16001 by Shannagh Won-O-Won. Jimmy Garrivan, Westport Co. Mayo 5. . PNE16060 by Knock Ursus. Gerard Niland Kinvara Co. Galway 6. . DEE16037 by Knock Trident. D&E McManamon Newport Co. Mayo


Senior Ram Lamb Class 1. . UVI1701309 by Tophill Wallstreet. John Neville Co. Wexford 2. . FSE1701050 by Stainton Vantage II . Fergal O’Se, Co. Kerry 3. . UVI1701319 by Knap You’re the Man Junior Ram Lamb 1. . DEE1705544 by Knock Yazoo. D&E McManamon Co. Mayo 2. . DKF1702141 by Shannagh Won-O-Won. David Keane Co. Mayo 3. . DKF1702140 by Tophill Union Jack. David Keane Co. Mayo 4. . GAI1701712 by Tophill Union Jack. Ronan Gallagher Co. Sligo 5. . GBE1701956 by Derrylahan Werewolf. Jimmy Garrivan Co. Mayo 6. . JEE1700842 by Knaper Yes Sir. J & Ml Donohoe Co. Cavan Senior Ewe Lamb 1. . DII1701294 by Knock Yazoo. Anthony Donnelly Co. Mayo 2. . LDE1700407 by Knap You’re the Man. Liam Dillon New Ross Co. Wexford 3. . GBE1701928 by Tophilll Union Jack. Jimmy Garrivan Co. Mayo 4. . DEE1705533 by Garngour Vintage. D&E McManamon Co. Mayo 5. . BHF1701307 by Knock Yazoo. B&P Hanley Co. Longford 6. . UVI1701315 by Knap You’re the Man. John Neville Co. Wexford Junior Ewe Lamb 1. . DII1701306 by Knock Yazoo. Anthony Donnelly Co. Mayo 2. . DEE1705546 by Knock Yazoo. D&E McManamon Co. Mayo 3. . UVI1701300 by Millars Windbrook. John Neville Co. Wexford Novice Ram Lamb 1. TWF1701762 by Thornville Winner. Tom Whelan Co. Wexford 2.

MWF1702277 by Tophill Union Jack. Martin Walsh Co. Mayo


BWF1705618 by Thornville Yolo. Pa Whyte Co. Waterford


AIE1701339 by Kelso Ultra. Shane Keane Co. Mayo 15

5. . NMF1701339 by Strathbogie Wizard. John McGloin Co. Roscommon 6. . HVF1708873 by Tullylagan Yukon Gold. David Sandall Co. Kildare Novice Ewe Lamb 1. . ZEI1701727 by Tophill Wallstreet. Sean McGee Co. Cavan 2. . CQE1700077 by MDI14075. Darragh Cunniffe Co. Galway 3. . ZNE1707202 by Llangum Vesuvius. John Kidd Co. Wexford 4. . TWF1701771 by Springbridge Victory. Tom Whelan Co. Wexford 5. . BFF1700083 by Tullylagan Yukon Gold. Lisa Breaden Co. Monaghan 6. . MWF170221 by Shannagh Won-O-Won. Martin Walsh Co. Mayo

Supreme Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion

The top two at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey - The Supreme Champion and Male Champion, left, was exhibited by John Neville, Murrintown, County Wexford while the Reserve Supreme Champion and Female Champion was exhibited by Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris, County Mayo. Also included are Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge; Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsor and Patrick Joyce. Photograph: Columba O'Hare L-r Mark O’Rourke, Univet (Sponsor) Ms Anna Minnice Hughes (Judge) Anthony Donnelly, Donnelly Texels


Sean McGee, Lavey, County Cavan owned the winner in Class Ten – Novice Ewe Lamb at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Tom Wheelan, Enniscorthy, County Wexford owned the winner in Class Nine – Novice Ram Lamb at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey. Pictured exhibiting the winner are Claire Wheelan and Ben and Amy Casey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Fergal Ó Sé from Tralee owned the Reserve Male Champion at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey and is pictured here with Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsor. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

David Craig, Clonard, County Meath was the winner in the Young Handler competition at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey. Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsor is pictured presenting the cup. Photograph: Columba O'Hare L-r Mark O’Rourke, Univet (Sponsor) Ms Anna Minnice Hughes (Judge) John Neville, Thornville Texels


The winner in Class Two – Senior Ewe at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey was owned by Ronan Gallagher from Enniscrone, County Sligo. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The winner in Class One – Senior Ram, at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey was owned by Martin Walsh from Swinford, County Mayo. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The winner in Class Three – Hogget Ram at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey was owned by Anne Murphy from Gorey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Knock Ursus daughter owned by Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris, County Mayo was the winner in Class Four – Hogget Ewe at the Texel Growvite National Championships. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

John Neville, Murrintown, County Wexford owned the winner in Class Five – Senior Ram Lamb at the Texel Growvite National Championships. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Daire and Enda McManamon owned the winner in Class Six – Junior Ram Lamb at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


Gathered round the ring at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey.

Anthony Donnelly, Claremorris, County Mayo owned the winner in Class Eight – Junior Ewe Lamb at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey.

The top four in Class One (Two Shear Ram & Upwards) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


The top six in Class Nine (Novice Ram Lamb) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The top six in Class Ten (Novice Ewe Lamb) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, Judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


The top six in Class Two (Two Shear Ewe & Upwards) at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The first six in Class Three (Shearling Ram) at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


Judging under way in Class Four at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Entrants in Class Four at the Texel Growvite National Championships in Gorey. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The top six in Class Four (Shearling Ewe) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


The top six in Class Five (Ram Lamb born before 1st March) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The top six in Class Six (Ram Lamb born on or after 1st March) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


The top six in Class Seven (Ewe Lamb born before 1st March) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The top six in Class Eight (Ewe Lamb born on or after 1st March) at the Texel Growvite National Championships 2017 in Gorey pictured with Anna Minnice - Hughes, judge and Mark O'Rourke, Univet, sponsors of the event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare


Texels prove perfect for early lamb production on Claffey’s farm “Texel sires are doing a fantastic job for us and we fully intend to continue using them in the future”. Tommy and Noel Claffey farm 100 acres in Ballinagore, Kilbeggan Co. Westmeath. The father and son team operate a mixed grazing enterprise consisting of a 125 ewe flock which are run in conjunction with a herd of 50 suckler cows.

Flock Management The Claffey’s are early season lamb producers and aim to produce high quality lambs for the Easter market. The ewe flock is made up of predominantly Suffolk cross ewes with a selection of Texel cross ewes included also. Lambing begins in the last days of December, ewes are housed 4 to 5 weeks before lambing and weather permitting are released to pasture within 10- 20 days post lambing. Tommy and Noel have off farm employment meaning they need a breed of lamb that requires as little assistance as possible, traits which they say Texel lambs possess in abundance while not compromising on quality. Tommy was quick to point out “Texel rams prove perfect for our system as both myself and Noel are working off farm, the lambs are full of the get up and go vigour that we desire. Lambs are quick to get up and suckle along 25

with minimal lambing difficulties; traits that we know are associated with Texel’s. Then when we get the ewes and lambs to grass the lambs continue to thrive with minimal labour required as Texel’s are known for their high worm resistance”. Ram selection When it comes to selecting flock sires, Tommy outlines that he demands a ram which will fullfill all the requirements to successfully mate his ewes in a short period of time. “We select our rams by assessing physical attributes such as muscle, power and length along with functionality and the ability to survive in the flock for multiple seasons. The Texel constantly delivers on these requirements”. Flock sires are generally purchased privately from established breeders while Society sales are also considered when new flock sires are required. Lamb sales The Claffey’s sell lambs both to local butchers and are part of the Longford Lamb producer group; both of these outlets demand high quality carcasses. All lambs on the farm are reared to slaughter, with breeding replacements purchased annually as hoggets from the West of Ireland. The use of terminal Texel rams allows them to produce high quality U grade lambs with excellent carcass characteristics. These characteristics include increased carcass weights, muscularity, and adequate fat cover from lambs slaughtered between 12 and 18 weeks of age. When released to pasture all lambs receive concentrate feeding to compliment grass, as lambs increase in age and concentrate and grass intake increases the Claffeys note that they find growth rates and feed conversion efficiencies superior in Texel’s than in other breeds which were kept on the farm in the past. Tommy continued that “We find Texel lambs perform very well in our system. Lambs on the farm are drafted at 40-42 kg with the aim of producing a 21kg carcass. The high kill out percentage of Texels allows these targets to be easily achieved at a young age”. Satisfaction The Claffey’s comment on the satisfaction they have with the Texel breed and the important role the breed plays within the family’s production system. Tommy and Noel’s satisfaction with the breed is clear from talking with them; “Why fix what is not broken, Texel sires are doing a fantastic job for us and we fully intend to continue using them in the future”. They finally concluded that “the Texel breed delivers the live weight performance we require while producing a carcass which is in high demand by the butchers and processors we provide with our lamb. The positive feedback and continued praise we receive is always encouraging”. 26

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Our 2018 lamb crop are predominately by: Stainton Wisdom - purchased Lanark 2015 Feddal Road Attila - purchased Lanark 2017 Macetown Art Attack - purchased Blessington 2017 â—? â—?

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Irish Texel Society celebrate 5 fantastic in-lamb sales On the back of what can only be described as an exceptional season of in-lamb ewe sales across the country, it is with great anticipation we look forward to our 2018 shows and sales. The five society sales were met with exceptional demand and an exciting trade to match, with 300 in-lamb hogget ewes finding almost 100% clearance throughout. The ewes on offer were a credit to all venders and as a society we are both confident and excited as to what the future holds. These sales proved an excellent opportunity for existing breeders to add quality to their flock, while also providing the opportunity for many new breeders to establish flocks, bringing the society to over 360 registered breeders. Four breeders also very kindly donated a Pedigree female each with all proceeds going to their chosen charity. A total sum of ₏4,558 was donated from the sales. Some of the highlights and top prices from the five sales: Blessington Loy 17 from Arthur and Patrick O’Keefe sold for 2700gns:


Blessington Mart kicked off the in-lamb sales on Saturday December 2nd. This proved a huge success with a full clearance on the day and a total sale average of 750gns. Arthur & Patrick O'Keeffe topped the sale at 2700gns for Lot 17, a Claybury Warrior daughter. This ewe was only shown once this year where she was placed 2nd in the Growvite National Texel Championships, an exceptional well bodied gimmer she sold scanned carrying twins to Arkle You star. Next best on the day was from Anthony Donnelly when he received 2400gns for Lot 45. A full sister to this year’s 1st prize shearling ewe at the Growvite National Championships, sired by Knock Ursus this one sold carrying twins to the fantastic breeding Knock Yazoo. The O'Keeffe's were back up again with lot 19 for the third best price of the day at 2000gns. This ewe was also a prolific show winner this year where she was Reserve champion at Tullamore Show. Sired by Knock Trident, she sold carrying twins to the sire of the top priced ewe on the day. The ewe kindly donated by the Ryan's for Cancer Awareness Charity sold for 950gns. Western Region Lot 11, Champion ewe sold for 1500gns by Eric Cambell

Next stop was Roscommon mart for the Western Region Texel sale on the 8th of December. This proved another exciting sale with almost full clearance and a very lively trade. 30

A full ringside watched as Eric Cambell’s lot 11 fetched to top price of 1500gns. A Kiltarriff Vigilante daughter and out of the flocks best ewe, noted for winning Western Region Overall champion twice, this flashy ewe sold carrying twins to Kilcurley Ace. John Brookes then took the next two best prices with the first and last ewe into the ring. Lot 1 set the pace and got the sale of to a flyer when she was finally knocked down at 1000gns. Sired by the 40000gns Mullan Vivaldi and carrying twins to Mullan Avatar this one will be an exciting prospect for the successful purchaser. John then closed the sale of with the second top price of the day when he sold lot 47 for 1200gns. Another ewe with fantastic back breeding, sired by the former UK sire of the year Glenside Razzle Dazzle and this time carrying twins to Valhalla, she concluded what was an excellent sale for the region. Donegal Texel Breeders Lot 24 from Neville Myles selling for 1300gns:

The sales then headed north to the Raphoe Livestock Mart where the Donegal Texel Society held their annual sale on the 15th of December. Another fantastic sale with 70 ewes on offer, these resulted in almost full clearance and an exceptional trade with both established and new members competing. 31

A super ewe, lot 24 from Neville Myles secured a top price of 1300gns on the night. An ET sister to three ram lambs sold at Premier Sale 2016, sired by Knock Trident and out of the Annakisha ewe that was purchased at the Premier in 2015. This one sold carrying to Annakisha Yoghurt, 1st prize junior ram lamb at National Championships 2016. The next two best prices came from John Greene’s pen, ET sister lot 29 and 30, selling for 1020gns and 1080gns respectively, with a third sister Lot 63 also making 1000gns. These three fantastic ewes were by the noted sire Baltier Thunderbird and out of a Redford dam, all selling scanned in lamb to last year’s 11000gns purchase, Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Doo. Isobel Moore kindly donated a pedigree ewe lamb for Children’s Cancer Ireland; she sold for 500gns with the Donegal Texel Society matching this to bring the total to €1,000 donated to the worthy cause. Christmas Belles Lot 29 top priced ewe from Ronan Gallagher selling for 3400gns:

Carrick-on-Shannon was the venue for the Christmas Belles sale on the 28th of December for what turned out to be another fantastic sale of in lamb females. The sale included 54 ewes from the flocks of Ronan Gallagher and Jimmy Garrivan, and sold to 100% clearance averaging at 785gns. A flying trade from the off was topped by lot 29 from Ronan Gallagher, when, after a flurry of bidding the hammer fell at 3400gns. A member of the Enniscrone 2017 show team, sired by the phenomenal breeding Shannagh 32

Won-O-Won which had been purchased at the Premier Sale at Blessington in 2015, and has gone on to breed females to 10000gns in the UK, this excellent bodied ewe sold carrying twins to Plasucha A Class. The next two best prices came from the same home, firstly, lot 17 was sold for 2800gns, again out of Won-O-Won and carrying twins to A Class, this powerful ewe was out of a very successful flush that saw her sister winning numerous shows this summer and two brothers sold to pedigree flocks in Ireland. Then came lot 20 at 2000gns, sired by Stainton Vantage II and one of the only ewes offered in lamb, carrying twins to the exciting Garngour Aerosmith purchased in Lanark this year. A ewe carrying an embryo was offered up for charity by Ronan Gallagher; she sold for 420gns and along with raffle tickets sold brought the total raised to ₏1,215 for the North West Hospice. Cootehill Pat and Barry Farrell’s Lot 30 which sold for top price of 2200gns:

The Twilight sale in Cootehill Livestock Mart on the 29th of December wrapped up the year on a high note when a large crowd attended the second annual sale, and the high demand continued with another great sale averaging 737gns per head. 33

Pat and Barry Farrell produced the top three priced females of the sale this year to give them an average of 1650gns for 6 sold. Topping the sale was lot 30 when she was knocked down for 2200gns, sired by the 85000 Cornmore Velvet Jacket, this sparkey ewe sold carrying to Arkle A1. Next from the Farrell’s was the 2000gns call for lot 61, sired by Procters Ventura and selling scanned with Twins to Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Doo. They continued their exceptional trade on the evening with the third best price when the secured 1720gns for lot 59. This one was again sired by Velvet Jacket and carrying twins to Yabba Dabba Doo. The Farrell’s ended the night by generously offering lot 35, a pedigree ewe lamb, for their chosen charity The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, which raised €1,380. The Irish Texel Society would like to thank you all for your support in 2017. We wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year, and the best of luck for 2018. Dwayne Shiels

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Greenstar Flock produces a Star with their first lamb at Blessington Premier. Greenstar Alfie, a Wallstreet son definitely produced Wallstreet figures by hitting €17,000. The outstanding son of Tophill Wallstreet was sold after hurried bidding to Milnbank, Strathbogie and Seaforde Texels. Mr. John Mellin from Hullhouse Texels U.K. had earlier tapped him forward as his 1st placed Novice Ram, then Male Champion and Supreme Overall Champion. John Greene also sold a full brother of the Champion for 5700 to Rodney McLaughlin, Clara Texels The Reserve Male Champion exhibited by Anthony Donnelly Lot 212 DII1701298 also a grandson of Wallstreet by Knock Yazoo was purchased by McHugh Bros from Donegal for €4800. In the female classes Mr. Mellin found his Champion in a hoggett ewe sired by Claybury Warrior exhibited by A&P O'Keeffe OKI16029, she sold for 1450 to Ben Kelly. Reserve Female Champion was awarded to D&E McManamon with a daughter of Forkins Will-I-Am and a Strathbogie Stiffler ewe she was purchased by Donegal breeder James McGrath for €2300. The highest priced female was Lot 15 exhibited by Flor Ryan, Ryan Texels. This flashy daughter of Duncryne Uber Cool was snapped up by Hexel Texels for €4300. Flor Ryan and John Donohoe then went on to purchase a son of Cressage Yankee bred by McHugh Bros Donegal for €3000. John Greene then presented Lot 305 a full brother to Greenstar Alfie into the ring. He was purchased for €2600 by Noel Gallagher Agricare Texels Co. Donegal. Ronan Gallagher then hit €2600 with a son of Tophill Union Jack selling to Michael Sinnott Co.Wexford. Co. Cork breeders Eddie & Sheena McCarthy snapped up another very catchy son of Tophill Will Street for €2400, bred by Willie Doherty’s Hillcrest flock from Co. Donegal. John Greene then continued his winning ways by selling a Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Do son 39

for 2200 to Co. Meath Texel breeder Pascal Keogh. A son of Knap Your the Man from Thornville Texels was purchased by J, C & M McHugh for €2100. They then recovered their outlay by selling a Maineview Will-I-Am son at the same money to Edward Buckley Kilbarry Texels Co. Cork P&B Farrell sold Oberstown Ysagyum sired by Procters Ventura to Michael Murphy’s Co. Galway Texel flock for €1900. Also at €1900 a lamb sired by Mac's Wannabes bred by Shane McHugh found his new home in the Hillswood Flock of Tom Kenny Co. Roscommon. A commercial buyer got value in Lot 253 by Foundry Texels when he purchased a powerful ram sired by Greenhill Yemen Boy for €1800. Commercial rams sold for between €370 right up to the top commercial price of €1800, the average was €1089. Pedigree rams cleared at varying prices ranging between €350 to the top price of the day for the Champion at €17000. Overall there was an 82% clearance rate across the sale. Female clearance at 69%, with prices from €420 to €4200 for the highest. Premier Show Results, 1st Placed: Shearling Ewe Class: Lot 12 A&P O’Keeffe Sherling Ram Class: Lot 78 P&B Farrell Ewe Lamb Class: Lot 56 John Neville Open Ram Class Lot 212 Anthony Donnelly Lambplus Ram Class: Lot 145 A&P O’ Keeffe Novice Ram Class: Lot 195 Chaylee & Lorinne Greene Group of 3: 1st John Neville, 2nd L&D Coen, 3rd J,C & M McHugh Female Champion Lot 212 A&P O’Keeffe Co Cork Sold for €1450 Reserve Female Champion Lot 24 D&E McManamon Sold for €2300 Male & Supreme Champion Lot 195 C&L Greene Sold for €17000 Reserve Male & Res Supreme Champion Lot 212 Anthony Donnelly Sold for €4800 40
























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Emlach Alva-Reserve Male All Ireland Champion 2017. Sold for €1700.

Sires used for 2018 season 1. Teiglum Young Gun-Top priced 70K lamb Lanark 2016. Bred the 130K Sportsmans A StarLanark 2017 and Female Champion & Reserve Champion-Great Yorkshire Show 2017. 2. Duncryne Uber Cool-Champion Carlisle 2013. Sired Female Champion Balmoral 2016. Bred a gimmer to 19K -Northern Stars 2017 ( New Northern Ireland Female Record!) 3. Tophill Wall Street-UK Sire Of The Year 2016. Sons selling to 60K. 4. Stainton Vantage II-Bred lambs to 14K-Lanark 2016. 5. Claybury Warrior-Purchased in partnership with the Annakisha flock. Sired Junior Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion-All Ireland 2016. Supreme Female Champion-Premier Sale 2017 & First Prize Recorded Lamb 2017. 6. Derrylahan You’re the Man-Sired by Knock Trident and out of an Ettrick ewe. Stood 3rd in his class in the 2017 All Ireland Championships. 7. Emlach Star-By Kelso Picasso and his dam was an All Ireland Champion Hogget ewe. 8. Annakisha Al- Correct grandson of Halbeath VIP. Al’s sire -Arkle You Star -purchased Lanark 2016. His ET brother sold for 8K. Purchased privately.

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Newport butchers “Keane” on Texel’s Keane’s Meats The Keane family from Newport, Co. Mayo run a family butcher shop alongside their Glenaileann and Glenvale pedigree Texel flocks. The family butcher shop was opened in 1984, when Sean purchased a small premises on the Main Street. The business was built and started from there and in 2004 he purchased the premises next door. After months of work and preparation to make this a modern eye catching butchers, the new shop was opened and has gone from strength to strength. We pride ourselves in having a warm welcoming atmosphere and quality meats and with this nobody leaves without a smile on their face. Newport is located in the heart of The Great Western Greenway and offers stunning views of the islands in Clew Bay and the Nephin mountains along such an enjoyable cycle towards Mulrannny. The Greenway brings a great buzz to the town. What started as a local butcher shop has since expanded and is now a booming enterprise incorporating a mobile shop servicing local areas and employing Sean’s brother Richard, sister Ann, son Shane and fellow colleague Andrez, not to forget his wife Mary who is the woman behind it all keeping the farm going. Shane was delighted to comment about all their produce being sourced locally and that it continues to meet the highest standards. “I think that here on the West coast of Ireland we can produce lamb that has its very own authentic Mayo flavour ‘sea sprayed lamb’. We have a steady custom, coming from 49

far and wide especially for this fabulous product, not to mention our award winning homemade sausages, puddings, burgers, as well as our very popular lamb burgers ”. Texel lambs prove perfect for the Keane’s, so much so that they decided to establish their own pedigree flocks in 2012 and 2014 respectively. “The Texel breed has come on leaps and bounds in the last number of years because of demand for their ability to reach heavier weights with sufficient carcass cover but remaining lean. The Texel is renowned for their larger legs and a greater eye muscle, both traits which we would be looking for in our killing lambs”. Keane’s Meats supply many local restaurants and hotels which require larger cuts of meat. “The Texel carcass has the perfect balance, the loin is the most valuable cut and the Texel provides a length and depth of loin that other breeds can’t compare with”.


Glenaileann and Glenvale Texel’s Having seen the huge benefits that the Texel sheep possess Shane and David established a Texel flock each in 2012 and 2014, respectively. With foundation ewes purchased from Derrylahan, Ballbrooney and Enniscrone flocks, the Keane’s were so impressed with the pedigree Texel’s had to offer “We decided to expand our flocks purchasing from Garngour, Teiglum, Milnbank and Cambwell, all of which have done very well in our flock and we hope to continue to expand” Not alone are the Texels doing the business on the pedigree side of the farm, they also run a commercial flock of Texel x ewes. Some of these are used for commercial lambs which are all slaughtered through their own shop, with the others kept for embryo transfer recipients. “Our future plans are to continue to improve the quality of both our commercial and pedigree flock, producing top quality lambs for our shop, and pedigree rams that will hopefully go on to breed excellent quality lambs for slaughter for other farmers”

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The QualEUtex Lamb Producer Group formed just over two year's ago after an approach made by Michael Geoghegan and Bertie Mannion of Kepak, Athleague with a couple of local producers to see if it were possible to source more Texel and Beltex lambs to satisfy a niche market they had with some Belgian customers. Following a number of meetings between a core group of Texel and Beltex lamb producers and Kepak management a deal was struck and as they say the rest is history. In money terms the bonus of 35c /kg extra for an E2 or E3 grade lamb can add an extra 7 to 8 euros at optimum weight while the bonus of 30c /kg extra for a U2 or U3 grade lamb can add an extra 6 to 7 euros at optimum weight above R3 grade price depending on time of year. Any lamb falling outside these grades or the specified weight bands which changes throughout the year will be paid at the going rate for that weight and grade on the day in Kepak. Numbers of lambs coming through the group have more than doubled in our second year in existence and membership numbers now exceed 100. The general feedback we have been getting from members is very positive and in fairness to Kepak they deserve a lot of praise for instigating this development. It comes at a time when they have made huge investment in their Lamb and Beef processing plant in Athleague which would indicate a confidence in the trade going forward.


Anthony holding a texel x lamb typical of what he produces.

One such member is Anthony Moran from Tibarney, Mount Talbot, Co Roscommon. Anthony runs a mixed enterprise of sheep, sucklers and horses together with his wife Imelda. With a keen eye for quality he is no stranger to the showing ring and has won many red rosettes for his weanlings. An Agri Lloyd agent in his spare time he also has a keen interest in breeding dogs which I suppose is no surprise as his father Dan who recently celebrated his 100th birthday excelled in training sheep dogs. The 220 strong flock they run are made up of Texel ewes crossed with a Blue Leicester ram and then crossed back with a Suffolk ram to produce what Anthony describes as the ideal ewe. They have size, shape and milkiness with a good litter size which makes them ideal for crossing back with Texel. the vast majority of Anthony's lambs qualified for the Qualeutex bonus with a very good % of E grades on these. Anthony creep feeds his lambs and in hindsight particularly in the year gone by this paid off big time.He decided with the higher kill out of his Texel x lambs coupled with the higher bonus joining the group was pretty much a no brainer. He always buys pedigree Texel rams and has been more than impressed with how clean and shapey the progeny are compared to any other breed he has used. With the introduction of the Clean Lamb policy at the start of the year, this he sees as another plus in choosing Texel. From seeing the resulting lambs on the ground he is definitely going the right way about it. 54

Anthony Moran in Kepak, Athleague with a consignment of lambs he sent through our group last year.

One of Anthony's ewes with a March born texel triplet lamb at foot.

He says he has no bother in getting premium prices for ewe lambs at home after he has picked out replacements for his own flock in the back end of the year. Somehow I'm not surprised. Anthony gets text updates twice weekly from the group coordinator on prices and other related matter which he finds useful. Kepak kill for the group on Mondays and Thursdays with the exception of bank holidays when the kill moves to Tuesday. Lambs going through the group must be from farm of origin and must be the progeny of a pedigree registered Texel or Beltex ram. Lambs may be dropped off at the secure lairage the evening before if morning delivery doesn't suit. Bookings for the group must be made via the coordinator. Chairman: T J Gormley Coordinator: Donal Mee Contact: 086 2254932 for bookings and further information.


West Region Club Report 2017 We commenced the year with an extremely successful Open Day at John Brooks’ farm. 25 members from the region assembled with a selection of their sheep at John’s farm where we were joined by a group from the north of England. We had a lovely meal (and a drink or two!) with our visitors and we had entertainment from a local group “Comáin” who gave a fabulous display of Traditional Irish music, singing and Sean nós dancing. We had a novel method of judging on the day, where each of our visitors selected their top 3 sheep in each category. Points were awarded and a “Visitors Choice” was given for the highest points in each class. We were joined later in the day by members of the Society from other regions. Huge thanks are due to John, Bernie & Ellie Brooks and family for their help.

Some of our visitors enjoying the entertainment

The All-Ireland Shearing Championships The National Shearing Championships were held in Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon on the June Bank holiday weekend where the Club provided sheep and manned the stand for the two days. Attendance was poor which was disappointing after the effort that was put in. 56

The Texel & QualEUtex stand at the National Shearing Championships

Young Breeders Weekend In early June, Thomas Kenny, Michael Haverty and Raymond Heneghan went to the UK for the Young Breeders weekend. They were part of the team that took 1st place overall at the competitions during the weekend. The other members of the team were Stuart Dorran, Clive Rothwell and Michael Sinnott. Congratulations on a great achievement.


West Region Club Championships 2017 After a last minute change of date and venue due to the cancellation of Galway County Show, the West Region Championships for 2017 were held at Athlone Agri-Show on Sunday 25th June. On a warm sunny day that was a welcome change from the torrential rain which was beset the 2016 Championships, over 120 Texels were put before our Judge - John Foster of Springhill Texels, from Castlederg, Co.Tyrone We started with the Senior Ram class. Niland’s White Knight exhibited by Gerard Niland took the red rosette. He was sired by Knock Ursus - his dam was Chessy PNI 10103 by Ettrick Oki Doki. We had a fine display of Senior Ewes, with Tom Kenny’s ewe Hillswood KTE14029 by Annakisha Uproar and a Chessy ewe by Ettrick Oki Doki taking 1st place. Alma & Lorraine Brennan, Brendan & Patrick Hanley, PJ Kenny, Tom Kenny, and David Gibbons were the other prizewinners, in that order PJ Kenny’s Shearling Ram Shannagh YoYo was the winner in the next class. He is by Knock Trident and a Shannagh ewe by Mossknowe Pudsey. Brendan & Patrick Hanley were 2nd and 4th in this class, with Cyril Keane 3rd, and John Brooks and John Higgins in 5th and 6th respectively Padraic Niland won the Shearling Ewe class with a fine gimmer PNI 16038 by Niland’s White Knight (winner of the Senior Ram class) and a Chessy Ewe by Wayside Topgun. Seamus Delaney was 2nd, with Darragh Cunniffe, Gerard Niland, Brendan & Patrick Hanley, and Alma & Lorraine Brennan in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places respectively. Padraig and Michael Treacy’s Gailey A One, a half-brother to last year’s 8,000gns lamb in Blessington took 1st place in the Senior Ram Lamb class. He is by Baltier Nailer and a Gailey ewe by Duncryne Uber Cool. Tom Kenny swept the boards in this class taking 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th places with Darragh Cunniffe in 4th. In the Senior Ewe Lamb class, Brian Connelly took 1st place with a ewe lamb by Thornville Yankee Doodle Dandy and a Turoe ewe by Master Vantastic. John J Brennan was 2nd; Tom Kenny was 3rd and 5th, with Brendan & Patrick Hanley 4th and Gerard Warde 6th. Maree AP McCoy exhibited by Cyril Keane was the winner of the class for Ram Lambs born after 1st March. He is by Tooreen West Yehudi and a 58

Male Champion – Padraig Treacy

Maree ewe by Craighead Masterpiece. Other prizewinners were Gerard Warde, Tom Kenny, Kenneth Bailey, Michael Haverty and John McGloin. In the class for Ewe Lambs born after 1st March John Brooks ewe lamb took the red rosette. She is by Millar’s Windbrook and a Racepark Ewe by Glenside Razzle Dazzle. Patrick Joyce was 2nd with Padraic Niland, Tom Kenny, John Brooks and Brian Egan also in the prizes. In the class for members who joined the Society since 2011, Brian Connelly’s Ram Lamb, Stonepark Ace by Stonepark Yuri and a Miller Ewe by Donnelly Ultan took 1st, with Brian Egan in 2nd place. In the class for a Group of 3 from the same flock, Tom Kenny was 1st, with Padraic Niland 2nd,and Brendan & Patrick Hanley 3rd. We had 12 excellent Young Handlers compete and Michael Brooks was in 1st place with Evan Turley 2nd and Ella Bailey in 3rd place. Padraig & Michael Treacy’s ram lamb Gailey A One was the Male Champion with Tom Kenny’s ram lamb Hillswood Aztec, Reserve Male Champion. 59

Reserve Supreme Champion (Tom Kenny) and Supreme Champion (Padraic Niland)

The Supreme Champion was judged to be Padraic Niland’s shearling ewe with Tom Kenny’s senior ewe, Reserve Supreme Champion Thanks to the committee of Athlone Agri-Show for accommodating us in holding the Championships at short notice. Thanks also to those members who assisted with setting up beforehand and taking down the penning after the show and to our three ring stewards for their work on the day. Congratulations and thanks to the members for their huge show of support in the great number of entries presented. A huge vote of thanks also to our Sponsors: •• Roscommon Co-Operative Livestock Marts Ltd •• Vet Supplies, Roscommon •• Greenvale Feeds •• Chanelle Veterinary


John Foster (Judge) with Jack & Laura Kerins presenting the Moira Kenny Memorial Cup to Padraic Niland


Club Trip On 23rd July we headed to Castlederg on a beautiful sunny day for a flock visit at John & Helga Foster and family’s, Springhill Texels’ in conjunction with the North East Texel Club. The show flock was on display along with the rest of the breeding stock. John Foster gave a very informative and educational talk on his ideas for Texel breeding. Graham also showed us some stock from his Charollais and Blue Texel flocks. We had a lovely barbeque and refreshments. Many thanks to the Foster family for their hospitality.

Michael Murphy (Club Vice-chairman) making a presentation to John Foster in recognition of his judging our championships and our flock visit

Open Evening We were back at John Brooks’ farm again on August 8th for a Sheep Breeding event organised jointly by Teagasc, Kepak & QualEUtex (Texel & Beltex Societies). There was a huge attendance at this Knowledge Transfer approved event.


Sales The Club held its Annual Show & Sale at Roscommon Mart on Saturday August 26th 2017. John Greene, Larahirl Texels from Culdaff in Co. Donegal was the judge on the day. In the Shearling Ram class, Newbridge Ulick from Enda Turley came 1st. He was subsequently sold at €630. Declan Whelan and Donal Mee were 2nd and 3rd. In the Open Ram Lamb class, new breeders Cathal & Tony Lavin took the red rosette on their first day out. Their Ram Lamb Lavard Antoine is sired by Derrylahan Werewolf, and sold later at €788. Tom Kenny’s Hillswood Action Man by Shannagh Whistler was 2nd in this class and topped the sale at €798. In the new QualEUtex class, for a ram most likely to produce lambs suitable for the producer group, the class was won by Sean Brennan’s Lisgobbin Aristocrat by Stainton Wisdom. Mark Noble’s Kilcoursey Alvaro was 2nd. Cathal & Tony Lavin’s Lavard Antoine was Overall Champion of the show with Tom Kenny’s Hillswood Action Man, Reserve Champion. Clearance was 83% with an average price of €544.

John Green (Judge) and Cathal & Tony Lavin with the Roscommon Champion


Prizewinners: Roscommon Sale Shearling Ram 1. Enda Turley - Newbridge Yago 2. Declan Whelan - Lisnagree Young Gun 3. Donal Mee - Coolderry Yo Yo 4. Declan Whelan - Lisnagree Yoga Bear 5. Donal Mee - Coolderry Yule Open Ram Lamb 1. Cathal & Tony Lavin - Lavard Antoine 2. Tom Kenny - Hillswood Action Man 3. Alma & Lorraine Brennan - Roscommon Apollo 4. Michael & Damien Carroll - Comer Australia 5. Michael Haverty - Dunblaney Aerosmith 6. Darragh Cunniffe - Horseleap Archer QualEUtex Ram Lamb 1. John J Brennan - Lisgobbin Aristocrat 2. Mark Noble - Kilcoursey Alvaro 3. Michael & Damien Carroll - Comer Allstar 4. John J Brennan - Lisgobbin Ambassador 5. Thomas Kenny - Hillswood Aspot 6. John McGloin - Knockglen Ace


Tom Kenny exhibited the Reserve Champion and Declan Whelan had the Champion at Delvin sale

Anthony Donnelly with Athenry Open Sale Champion, Michael Bird (Judge) and Sean Brennan with Reserve Champion


Seamus Delaney had the Champion and Tom Kenny Reserve Champion at Ballinasloe sale

Tom Kenny had Reserve Champion and Michael Haverty showed the Champion at Mountbellew sale


Declan Whelan showed the champion at Tuam sale and Tom Kenny , Reserve Champion Also in photo are the judges, PJ Monaghan & Cathal Meares Michael Carroll with Seamus Delaney’s Reserve Champion, Donal Mee (Judge) and Mark Noble with the Champion at Roscommon 2nd Sale

Our In-Lamb sale on December had a great attendance despite poor weather conditions. All were sold bar one with a top price of â‚Ź1500 67

Eric Campbell with his In-Lamb sale champion

Show Flock of the Year Patrick Hanley with the Reserve Champion Texel at Longford show, Barry Farrell (Judge) and Tom Kenny with Champion Texel


Mullingar show Tom Kenny’s Hillswood flock was the Regional winner of the Show Flock competition and was 2nd nationally

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Hilltex ewes the all-round performer for Laois farmer “As you get on in years you learn that it is very important to find a ewe that suits your system and requires minimal labour but still provides you with exceptional quality offspring” James Bennett farms up to 900ft above sea level in Moher West near Mountrath in Co. Laois, with the help of his son Phillip. The Bennetts run an impressive mixed enterprise consisting of 170 Hilltex ewes, suckler cows, store cattle and a large area of planted forestry. James previously ran mainly Cheviot ewes, while buying in full mouth horned ewes and mating them with Texel rams, taking one crop off them before fattening them and killing them along with the lambs in the summer time. “It was more by accident than anything I started using the Hilltex ewe. In 2011 I was short of replacements and decided to keep all the Texel ewe lambs out of the horned ewes. I was amazed by the way they performed in our system and haven’t looked back since with all ewes now Hilltex bred”


James started to buy his replacements 5 years ago at the annual sale in Ballinrobe and has been returning every year since. James spoke with great enthusiasm about the Hilltex ewes and plans to continue going to the sale in the future for all his replacements. Having been farming for over 50 years in Moher West he believes he has now found a perfect ewe for his system. “These ewes are constantly impressing me year on year. In my opinion they are the ideal maternal ewe, hardy and easy to keep, not too big allowing for higher stocking rates, docile to work with and as you get on in years you learn that it is very important to find a ewe that suits your system and requires minimal labour but still provides exceptional quality” The ewes scanned very well this year. With an impressive 1.78 lambs per ewe joined with the ram. This was no surprise to James as he stated they were constantly achieving such scans. “This is one of my favourite things about the Hiltex ewes. They are a very fertile ewe producing plenty of lambs without the large numbers of triplets associated with other maternal breeds. I only let out the ram for 32 days and then take him away to reduce the lambing spread. I have only 3 barren ewes this year out of 172. I can’t complain about that” Lambing usually starts on the 17th of March on Bennett’s farm, however, James made the decision to push that back until the 28th this year. Something he is very happy with following the terrible winter we just encountered. All lambing takes place outdoors, something that proves the Hilltex ewe processes superior mothering ability while carrying the great get up and go associated with the Texel breed through to her lambs. “I start feeding 75

a small amount of meal 3 weeks before lambing. This will increase to 500g per head the week before lambing. This is to ensure adequate colostrum for lambs and give them the best chance to get going. The Hilltex ewes are generally very milky and require minimal assistance at lambing, two traits which are essential when lambing outdoors”. James uses a mix of rams mainly Charolais and Beltex and finds they all cross very well on the Hilltex ewes. “I find these ewes are ideal to cross back to any terminal bred ram. We take all lambs to slaughter. The lambs readily achieve close to 50% killout and can be finished to suit several different markets. We kill the first lambs which finish at 41-42kg reaching the targeted 19-21kg carcass whilst frequently receiving a bonus for the lambs as they grade E’s and U’s. The superior grading lean carcass allows us to carry these lambs to heavier weights as the year goes on producing more muscle without the risk of them becoming overfat”. James finished with some very positive feedback stating the longevity and economical value that is on offer from these ewes. “Some of the first Hilltex ewes I brought into the flock in 2011 are still going strong. They are very hardy, have good mouths and lovely correct and firm udders. It will be interesting to see how long they can last. Like myself, they are getting on in years, but aslong as they continue to produce the goods with minimal labour required there will be a place for them here and the Hilltex ewe will be in Moher West for the foreseeable future. Why fix what isn’t broken?”


Midland Texel Region Report Show season in the Midland Region kicked off with Carnew Show which was back on for 2017 unfortunately I don't have a full report but speaking to the judges later in the year an outstanding display of quality Texels turned out for judging and as always the commercial classes were dominated by Texel crossbreds. Well done to all and hopefully in 2018 we will have a full report. First on the list of shows was Ossary and the results are as follows

Edward Plunkett judging the very strong class of Texel crossbred shearling ewes.

Ossary Show 2017 :

Texel Ram. 1st Gerald Delaney, Emo, Co.Laois 2nd Jackie Ryan, Enfield, Co . Meath 3rd Flor Ryan ,Prosperous, Co. Kildare Texel Ewe. 1st Arthur O'Keeffe Annakisha, Mallow, Cork 2nd Arthur O'Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork 3rd Robert Walker , Croom, Co . Limerick 77

Texel Ram Lamb. 1st. Arthur O'Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork 2nd Arthur O'Keeffe , Annakish, Mallow ,Cork 3rd Robert Walker, Croom, Co . Limerick. Texel Ewe Lamb. 1st Arthur O'Keeffe ,Annakisha, Mallow, Cork 2nd Arthur O'Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork 3rd Matt Keohane, Kilcock, Co.Kildare Champion Arthur O'Keeffe's Shearling Ewe Reserve Champion Ger Delaney's 2 yr old Ram. In the Texel Society sponsored crossbred shearling ewe classes : 1st & 2nd David Kelly, Tiermaclane Ennis Co Clare. 3rd Gerald Delaney Emo Co Laois. In the Texel society sponsored crossbred Ewe Lamb class : 1st & 2nd Aidan Fahy, Ardrahan Co. Galway. 3rd David Kelly Tiermaclane Ennis Co. Clare. Texel classes were judged by Edward Plunkett,

Tinahely Show 2017

Tinahely Show 2017 once again had great numbers entered with some outstanding quality competing for the top placings the results are : Texel Ewe Two shear and upwards 1st John & Neill Kidd, Kildavan, Co Wexford 2nd John L Taylor, Barna, Co. Tipperary 3rd Tom Whelan, Ballyhogue, Co . Wexford Texel Ram Two shear and upwards 1st Tom Whelan, Ballyhogue, Co . Wexford 2nd John & Neill Kidd, Kildavin, Co.Wexford 3rd John L Taylor, Barna, Co.Tipperary Texel Shearling Ewe 1st Jackie Ryan , Enfield, Co. Meath 2nd Flor Ryan, Prosperous, Co.Kildare. 3rd Tom Whelan, Ballyhogue, Co.Wexford. 78

Champion Texel and Reserve Texel at Tinahely Show in Co. Wicklow. L > R Champion shown by Jackie Ryan, Caropiro, Thomastown, Enfield.Co Meath, John Neville,Thornville Texels, Murintown, Co Wexford (Judge), Reserve Champion shown by John Kidd, Kildavin, Enniscorthy,Co. Wexford.

Texel Shearling Ram 1st Brian Kidd,Co.Wicklow 2nd Jackie Ryan, Enfield, Co.Wexford 3rd Flor Ryan, Prosperous, Co.Kildare Texel Ewe Lamb 1st John L Taylor, Barna, Co.Tipperary 2nd John & Neill Kidd, Kildavin, Co.Wexford 3rd Tom Whelan, Ballyhogue, Co.Wexford Texel Ram Lamb 1st John & Neil Kidd, Kildavin, Co.Wexford 2nd Tom Whelan, Ballyhogue, Co.Wexford 3rd John L Taylor, Barna, Co.Tipperary Champion Jackie Ryan, Enfield, Co. Meath Shearling Ewe Reserve Champion John & Neill Kidd, Kildavin, Co.Wexford Ram Lamb Judge John Neville. Tullamore Show Tullamore Show once again followed two hectic days trading at the Blessington Premier, however entries were of very good quality wirh numbers a little back on other years the results were :


Tullamore Champion 2017 GRS1401456 Exhibited by Robbie Walker

Texel Aged Ram : 1.John Kidd Cranemore, Kildavin, Bunclody, Wexford. 2. Enda Quirke Newtown, Hill Of Down, Enfield, Meath. 3. Patrick and Pearse Leonard Glassdrummond, Smithboro, Monaghan. Texel Shearling Ram : 1. A& P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 2. Enda Quirke Newtown, Hill Of Down, Enfield, Meath. 3. Paul McDonnell Ellinure, Newbliss, Monaghan. 4. Patrick and Pearse Leonard Glassdrummond, Smithboro, Monaghan. Texel Ram Lamb : 1. Patrick and Pearse Leonard Glassdrummond, Smithboro, Monaghan. 2. A&P O Keeffe Annakisha house,Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 3. Paul McDonnell Ellinure, Newbliss, Monaghan. 80

4. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. 5. Robert Walker Kilcurley, Kilcurley, Croom, Limerick. Texel Aged Ewe : 1. Robert Walker Kilcurley, Kilcurley, Croom, Limerick. 2. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. 3. A&P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 4. Robert Walker Kilcurley, Kilcurley, Croom, Limerick. 5. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. Texel Shearling Ewe : 1. A&P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 2. Enda Quirke Newtown, Hill Of Down, Enfield, Meath. 3. A&P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 4. Paul McDonnell Ellinure, Newbliss, Monaghan. 5. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. Texel Ewe Lamb : 1. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. 2. A&P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse, Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. 3. Fergal Ó Sé Ard a' Bhóthair, Ceann Trá, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí. 81

4. Thomas Kenny Hillswood, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co . Galway. 5. Fergal Ó Sé Ard a' Bhóthair, Ceann Trá, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí. Texel Championship : Champion : Robert Walker Kilcurley, Kilcurley, Croom, Limerick. Aged Ewe. Reserve : A&P O Keeffe Annakisha Hse,Annakisha, Mallow, Cork. Shearling Ewe. Judge : John Wherly. Many congratulations goes to Jackie Ryan, the winner from the Midland Region of the Show flock of the year.

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MAJOR NSBA EVENTS FOR 2018 NSBA Championships Cilín Hill (supported by RDS)

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Saturday 09th June, The Hub Cillín Hill, Kilkenny National Championships and Pedigree Breed Displays Commercial Competition with €1500 prize fund sponsored by Irish Farmers Journal Pedigree entries to respective breed society, Enquiries for Commercial entries to

Sunday 01st July 2018 All Champions in their respective breed will be judged to be Interbreed Champion 2018. Judge: Mr. Jim Jeffery Entries to Clonmel Show Secretary

NSBA Sheep Tunnel, National Ploughing Championships Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly 18th – 20th September Come meet breeders and society representatives.

NSBA Multibreed Sale Blessington Livestock Mart, Saturday 29th September Entries to J.P. & M Doyle Ltd COMMITTEE 2018

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Awards Night 2017 A social event was held after the AGM last November at the Firgrove Hotel in Mitchelstown. During the course of the evening the results of the Show flock of the year competition were announced as follows; Donegal Region:

John Green. Larahirl Flock, Co. Donegal

North Connacht:

Ronan Gallagher. Enniscrone Flock, Co. Sligo

West Region:

Tom Kenny. Hillswood Flock, Co. Roscommon

North East Region:

Sean McGee. Navac Flock, Co. Cavan

Midland Region:

Jackie Ryan, Rotsee Flock, Co. Kildare

South East Region: Tom Whelan, Springbridge Flock, Co. Wexford South West Region:

A&P O’Keeffe, Annakisha Flock, Co. Cork

Michael Bird spoke on how successful this initiative of this competition has been at local level upwards to promote showing at local shows which are each breeders shop window to the general public. After much curiosity the overall winner of the competition was declared to be A&P O’Keeffe from Co. Cork. The Ballyhivistock Perpetual Trophy went Leeside for the second consecutive year. The Reserve National flock was Tom Kenny from Co. Roscommon. All shows were hotly contested throughout the sale season. Well done to all who exhibited their stock competently and expertly throughout the show season. A new competition was also launched, the title of Irish Sire of the Year is awarded to the Irish bred sire that produces the three highest selling priced rams at the Premier Sale. Greenhill Yemen Boy bred by J,C & M McHugh was this years winner of this new incentive in its foundation year. Yemen Boy is currently owned by Anne Murphy, Belcarrig, Gorey, Co Wexford.



Donegal Texel Club Report Premier Show & Sale, Blessington The Donegal Texel Breeders enjoyed another successful weekend at the Irish Texel Sheep Society’s Premier Show and Sale at Blessington Livestock Mart, Co. Wicklow. John Greene’s Larahirl flock is well known for turning out superb sheep, but it was his daughters Chaylee and Lorinne who, on their debut at the sale, upstaged their father with their ET born tup lamb Greenstar Alfie. This lamb, having been awarded the Novice class and Supreme Overall Championship the evening before by Judge Mr. John Mellin (Hull House Texels), drew plenty of pre-sale attention and it was standing room only when this Tophill Wall Street sired lamb out of a Duncryne Uber Cool ewe entered the ring. After a flurry of bids Alfie went on to sell to the Scottish based Milnbank, Strathbogie and Seaforde flocks for €17,000gns – the third highest selling price ever obtained at an Irish Premier Sale. John Greene also enjoyed a bumper sale selling two full brothers of the champion. His first lamb into the ring, Larahirl Alphonso, sold for €5,700gns to the Donegal based flocks of Rodney McLaughlin and Roger Doherty whilst Larahirl A-Lister sold for €2,600gns to Noel Gallagher’s Agricare flock. The Greene family’s good day continued when they sold Larahirl All-Star, a Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Do bred son out of home bred ewe by Fairwater Tribute for €2,200gns to Pascal Keogh’s Co. Meath based Mullagharoy flock. Not a bad day’s work at the office for the Greene family! Other Donegal based flocks to have a good day included the McHugh Bros’ Speenogue flock from Burt when they sold Speenogue Alonso, a Cressage Yankee bred son, for €3,000gns to Flor Ryan’s Lawn and John Donohoe’s Ballybur flocks whilst William Doherty’s Hillcrest flock sold Hillcrest Armstrong, another son of Tophill Wall Street out of a Sportsmans Superstar 88

bred dam, for €2,400gns to Co. Cork breeders Eddie and Sheena McCarthy. Shane McHugh’s Dunfanaghy based Figart flock was also in the money when he sold Figart Ace for €1,900gns to Tom Kenny’s Hillswood flock. This lamb was sired by Mac’s Wannabee out of a homebred ewe by Milnbank Ulex.

Speenogue Alonso

Raphoe August Sale Our annual August sale, held in conjunction with the Irish Texel Sheep Society, enjoyed another successful night at Raphoe Livestock Mart with no fewer than eight lots breaking the €1,000gns barrier. Adrian Liggett of the Fintona based Corbo flock was given the enviable task of judging the event with more than 115 sheep on show. Following on from their recent success at the Irish Premier sale in Blessington, it was Chaylee & Lorinne Greene making the headlines once again – this time with Greenstar Alonzo, a full ET brother to the €17,000gns Greenstar Alfie, sired by Tophill Wall Street and out of a Duncryne Uber Cool ewe. This one was purchased by a syndicate of Donegal breeders led by James McGrath, Collar Rock Texels for €2,100gns. Not to be outdone by his daughters, John Green’s Larahirl flock also produced the goods when he sold Larahirl A-Team, a Millar’s Windbrook son, for €1,850gns to Aiden Loftus’ Deelvale flock from Co. Mayo. The high quality of rams on offer was also evident when John sold the Male and Overall Champion on the night, Larahirl Yours Truly, sired by Tamnamoney Walter, for €1,180gns whilst two further Larahirl shearling rams, also sired by Walter, sold for €1,220gns and €1,100gns. Reserve Champion on the night was obtained by John McLoone’s Glenties based Tullyard flock with his champion ram lamb, Tullyard Achilles, sired by the €8,000gns Gailey Yesterday purchased by John at last year’s Blessington sale. Out of a homebred Sportman’s Superstar sired ewe, he sold for €1,400gns to the judge, Adrian Liggett. It was also a night to remember for Mervyn & Anna Boal when their sole entry, a shearling ram sired by Claybury Warrior, sold to Dessie Graham, Laghey, Co. Donegal for €1,280gns. 89

The last ram to break the €1,000gns barrier was from John McGee’s Muckish flock when his 2nd prize shearling ram, Muckish Yard Stick, sired by the 2014 All Ireland Champion Strathbogie Uno, sold early in the sale for €1,000gns to Lee McKinney, Co. Donegal. Other leading prices (all gns): John McLoone, Tullyard - €660; J&C McHugh, Greenhill - €820, €800, €680; Malachy Byrne, Ballymagowan - €820; Shane McHugh, Figart - €810, €760, €750, €720; William Doherty, Hillcrest - €850, €800, €760 (x2); Peter McLaughlin, Isle - €620; Seamus McGrath, Clarecarrick - €760; Niall Brennan, Grange - €640; Stuart McKeague, Claggan - €780, €660; Stuart Parke, Glenkeerin - €640; McHugh Bros, Speenogue - €700; Noel Gallagher, Agri-Care - €600; Rodney McLaughlin, Clara - €980, €700, €600 (x2); John McGee, Muckish - €850, €720, €600



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National Hall of Fame - Arthur O' Keeffe, Annakisha Texels

The Annakisha Texel Flock was established in 1977 with the purchase of four ewes from the Deptartment of Agriculture. Working closely with his father, Arthur Snr, the Texel flock which was run in conjunction with a Suffolk flock enjoyed much success at local and national shows. The flock was the winner of the Supreme Texel Champion at the RDS National Championships on various occasions in the late eighties and into the ninties. The Texels proved to be a very good sire for the black Suffolk Cross ewes in the commercial flock and vice versa. However with the untimely death of his father in 1992 sheep numbers had to be reduced and showing of Texels was curtailed until 2001, when the Annakisha Flock was re-established by Arthur and his son Patrick who has a very keen interest in Texels. Arthur also runs a 150 cow dairy herd as well as a beef enterprise with the help of his family. Since 2001 a greater emphasis has been put on genetics in developing the breed characteristics within the flock and a number of top sires have been used through AI. These included the breed record priced Deveronvale Perfection who was sold for 220,000 gns. He left very good 92

females in the flock while a sons of his, Cairness Rags to Riches, which was purchased at Kelso proved a very successful sire for the Annakisha Flock siring the Reserve Champion at the 2011 Premier Show & Sale in Blessington. 2011 also saw the Annakisha Flock win Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion at the All Ireland Championships held in Kilkenny while Reserve Female Champion was won in 2010 and 2012. This was followed on by winning the Reserve Male Champion in 2014 and 2016. In 2010 a ram lamb from the Annakisha Flock went all the ways at the Premier Show & Sale in Blessington winning Supreme Champion. The pen also had the top average at the sale. Subsequently the flock won the Champion Group of 3 ram lambs in 2013 and 2014 and also had the Reserve Supreme Champion in 2014 at the Premier Show & Sale. Annakisha Texels have also enjoyed great success at the National Livestock Show in Tullamore winning Supreme Champion in 2012 and 2013 and Reserve Supreme in 2014 and 2016. It also won the Supreme Champion title at the Golden Shear Championships in Gorey in 2014. In recent times some quality females have been purchased from Claybury, Chessy and Forkins and females are sold annually at a joint production sale with other top flocks. Gimmers have sold up to 2,600gns and it’s pleasing to see that they have bred very well for the purchasers. Arthur is a firm believer that breeders must work hard for the Society of which they are members, in order for the Society is to be able to deliver for its members. Not one to shirk his responsibility he became Chairman of the Irish Texel Sheep Society in 2014 having been a member of National Texel Council for four years prior to his election. While Chairman, in 2016 the Society celebrated its 40th Anniversary at different events throughout the country. Arthur would like to take this opportunity to express his thanks to the Society’s secretary Sinéad Brophy and the many breeders who work hard to showcase this breed up and down the country.



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NORTH CONNACHT REGION REPORT The North Connacht region once again had an extremely strong showing at the 2017 All-Ireland's held in Gorey. The opening class, Aged Ram, was won by Martin Walsh, with GAI15055. He later followed on this win with 2nd in the Aged Ewe class with QTI15019, and 1st in the Novice Ram lamb class with MWF17227. In the Aged Ewe class, Ronan Gallagher was placed first with CJN1302239, a daughter of Strathbogie Smokie Blue. Anthony Donnelly had a super day's showing with red rosettes in three classes- Hogget Ewe, Senior Ewe lamb, and Junior Ewe lamb - with DII16023, DII1701294 and DII1701306 respectively. In the Junior Ram lamb class, Dáire & Enda McManamon got the red rosette for DEE1705544, their Knock Yazoo son, Derrylahan Alpha Male.

Ballinrobe Sale – Open Ram Class


Later, Donnelly's Senior Ewe lamb, went on to be named as Female Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion. This topped off a hugely successful showing for the North Connacht region, where a total of 7 red rosettes were taken home by breeders from the region! We, as a region, would like to compliment and thank the South-East region for a very enjoyable and well-organised event. At local shows in the region, at Louisburg Annual Show, the judge picked Martin Walsh's Aged Ewe QTI15019 as Champion Texel and Overall Interbreed Champion. At Bonniconlon Show, Ronan Gallagher's hogget ewe GAI16015, bred from Shannagh Won-O-Won was named as Overall Texel Champion. Later at Grange Show in Co Sligo, the same hogget was given the rosette for Overall Texel Champion, for Ronan Gallagher again. At the 4th Annual North Connacht Texel Championships, held in conjunction with Erris Agricultural Show, Judge John Neville gave the Overall Texel Champion to Dรกire & Enda McManamon's hogget ewe, DEE16037, a daughter of Knock Trident. She later went on to be named as Overall Interbreed Champion of the show.

Ronan Gallagher, Champion Grange Show


Champion Louisburg Show – Ronan Gallagher

Champion Bonniconlon Show – Ronan Gallagher

Sales At the Premier Show and Sale in Blessington, congratulations from the region are extended to Anthony Donnelly, whose ram lamb DII1701298, was named as Reserve Supreme Champion, later selling in the ring for €4800. 98

Ballinrobe Sale Lambplus Ram Lamb Class

Well done also to Dáire & Enda McManamon, as their hogget ewe DEE16022 was named as Reserve Female Champion, and later sold in the ring for €2300. Other top prices from breeders in the region included Ronan Gallagher's ram lamb, a son of Tophill Union Jack, selling for €2600. Local sales in the region were also well supported for the past year. At Ballinrobe Show and Sale, Dáire & Enda McManamon's ram lamb was named as Champion, and Anthony Donnelly's ram lamb named as Reserve Champion. Top prices on the day were €830 and €820 respectively. At Ballinrobe 2nd sale, Tony McKeown's ram lamb was given Champion, with Dáire & Enda McManamon given Reserve Champion. A top price of €740 was paid on the day. The winner of the "Show Flock of the Year" competition was named as Ronan Gallagher and his Enniscrone Flock. Congratulations to Ronan on this achievement which was the result of a very successful year on the show circuit. Finally, we the North Connacht region of the Irish Texel Society would like to take this opportunity to thank all judges and inspectors in the region for the past year, and to wish all buyers and breeders every success in the coming year ahead. 99

Champion & Reserve Champion Ballinrobe Sale

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Senior Ram Lamb – Ronan Gallagher, North Connacht Championships

Shearling Ewe – D&E McManamon, North Connacht Championships


Ballinrobe Open Sale There was a healthy ram trade for the Ballinrobe Open Texel sale. Judge Pat Lyons put Anthony McKeown's ram lamb forward as Champion, with Dรกire & Enda McManamon's ram lamb given Reserve Champion. In the pre-sale show, the Open ram lamb class results saw Anthony McKeown

placed 1st with a Shannagh Won-O-Won son off a Milnbank Valdron ewe. Second was Dรกire & Enda McManamon's lamb, a Garngour Vintage son from a Strathbogie Terminator dam. In third place was Anthony McKeown, with a Tophill Union Jack son, off a Terminator ram. In fourth place was Jimmy Garrivan with a Union Jack-bred lamb from a home-bred ewe.


The Lamb Plus class saw Alma & Lorraine Brennan's ram lamb, a son of Doon Hill Viking and a Lisgobbin Uppercut ewe was given first, a lamb later sold for €700 in the ring. Second place was Martin Walsh with a son of Enniscrone Warrior off a home-bred ewe. In third place was Sean Brennan, his lamb a Stainton Wisdom son from a home-bred dam. In fourth was Patrick Joyce with his Knock Yazoo son, bred from a Tullylagan Tonka dam. Bidding around the ring was brisk and lively, with a top price of €740 paid for Dáire & Enda McManamon's ram lamb, earlier put forward as Reserve Champion in the show. Other note-worthy prices in the sale included €700 & €540 for Sean Brennan, and €630 paid for Anthony McKeown's Champion of the show. There was a 61% clearance of animals on the day, with an average of €478 paid.



Hiltex & Texel X Success The annual special sale of Hiltex and Texel X breeding ewes took place at Ballinrobe Mart in Saturday August 19th. There was a very good supply of top quality sheep on offer from all around the region. Buyers came from the length and breadth of the country to purchase these sought-after ewes, many of them repeat buyers who have reported being extremely happy with the stock they have acquired at the

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sale in years past. The merits of the Hiltex ewe and the Texel X ewe as hardy, prolific and long-lasting ewes are becoming well known, also with their ability to produce lambs that will finish quickly and easily. The prices on the day were in the following range: Texel X Lowland ewe hoggets: €135 - €215, with an average of €174. Texel X Lowland ewe lambs: €102 - €140, an average of €118. Hiltex hogget ewes: €120 - €175, an average of €146. Hiltex ewe lambs: €70 - €110, an average of €96. The sale was then followed by an Irish Texel Pedigree Registered ram sale. Buyers were presented with some excellent quality Texel rams. Top prices paid on the day were €830 and €820, to an average of €593, with a 70% clearance rate.


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Teriyaki Lamb Stir-fry Serves: 4 Time: 25 minutes To Serve: Wholegrain rice If you don’t have time to make the Teriyaki Sauce feel free to buy it ready prepared. To prepare the teriyaki sauce: Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Ingredients • 400g stir-fry lamb strips or lean lamb leg steaks, cut into stir-fry strips • 1 tablesp. rapeseed or olive oil • 150g mange-tout, sliced in half, lenthways • 1 large red pepper, quartered and cut into strips • 1 head of pak choi, cleaned and sliced lengthways • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced • 1 tablesp. sesame seeds, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan

To cook the vegetables: Heat a little oil in a large, non-stick frying pan or wok, add the vegetables and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove to a plate and keep warm while you cook the lamb. To cook the lamb: Add a little more oil to the hot pan or wok. Add half the lamb and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you cook the rest of the lamb. Combine all the lamb and the vegetables in the pan or wok and toss to combine. Stir through the teriyaki sauce and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Taste and season. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and serve with rice or noodles.

Teriyaki Sauce • 60 ml soy sauce • 1 tablesp. light brown sugar • Rind and juice of 1 lime • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped • 1 chilli, deseed and chopped • 5 cm piece of ginger, peeled and chopped • 1 teasp. cumin 109

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Texel’s adding profit for Glen Keen tourism farm “The Hilltex lambs are achieving double the prices previously achieved by that of our blackface hill lamb, with the same amount of farm efforts” Glen Keen Farm is nestled with a majestic backdrop of Mweelrea along the Wild Atlantic Way just 10km from Louisburgh in Co.Mayo. Catherine O’Grady-Powers and her American Husband Jim Powers were invited to leave their life of aviation in the United States to return to Glen Keen and take over the family farm in 2000. The farm is steeped in history with Catherine’s grandmother Margaret O’Grady previously run a very successful farm at Glen Keen until she passed away in 1970.


Shortly after taking over the large farm, Catherine soon realised that this Blackface farm was not viable as a stand alone business and decided to embrace tourism and investigate other ways of sustainability. In 2014, in conjunction with the Wild Atlantic Way, Glen Keen farm visitor attraction was opened. The business has grown steadily and has welcomed almost 35,000 visitors in its third season. The business was built with a focus on the coach tour market where visitors enjoy; sheepdog herding, sheep shearing, agricultural group visits, immersive traditional turf-cutting and farm style lunch to include the Glen Keen Farm lamb dishes. This has led to both Catherine and Glen Keen Farm achieving awards of excellence, including awards for exceeding customer expectations in 2015, 2016 & 2017.


Catherine decided in 2015 they needed to produce a more profitable lamb. They firstly selected 100 blackface ewes to breed with two Texel rams as a trial run. Catherine added: “The rams performed very well successfully mating 91 of the ewes and producing a high percentage of couples which proved a huge success resulting in high profits for the farm. The Hilltex lambs are achieving double the prices previously achieved by that of our blackface hill lamb, with the same amount of farm efforts”. Initially Catherine and Jim were concerned about the lambing process in terms of care and observation of a Blackface ewe producing a larger lamb. However, Catherine was delighted as she explained: “The Blackface ewes are treated exactly as they have always been, no extra measures were needed. The cross has proved to be an excellent fit for our system. It has worked out perfect, we have had minimal lambing difficulties and coupled with vigorous lambs which show fantastic get up and go. We are absolutely delighted with this easy solution that has resulted in increased profits for the farm”. In 2017 Catherine and Jim added two more pedigree Texel ram lambs to Glen Keen, and all ewes will be mated to Texel rams in the future. Catherine stated; “that the introduction of Texel rams has provided the farm with a very positive outlook and it is an area that they intend to further develop at Glen Keen, it is a win, win with minimal investment and great rewards” Future plans include the development of food tourism, educational tourism and research into sheep wool products. For more information visit 113


National Livestock Show, Tullamore Texel Champion 2016 & 2017 - GRS1401456 Runner Up National Flock Competition 2016

Sires used for 2017 Lambs Millars Windbrook Corbo Wagon Wheel - Purchased Ballymena 2015 where he stood Reserve Champion Springhill Young Farmer - Purchased at Ballymena in 2016, A real big sheep!

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South West TEXEL report 2017 proved to be a positive and successful year for Texels in the South West. I would like to congratulate all the exhibitors and breeders in our region. It is not an easy task for breeders to turn out pedigree sheep at shows and sales and at the same time maintain their stock at peak condition. A special mention to our new and younger breeders. The turn out at our regional championships was heartening. More importantly the standard of sheep presented is improving steadily. Sales during the year were up and down and while our club sale in Milltown was a mixed bag, quality sheep sold well. Congratulations to Arthur and Patrick O’Keeffe for having the champion on the night and Robert Walker stood reserve. Crowds were up on other years and this definitely had something to do with the fact that the sale was Multibreed. The society sale in Roscrea again was a Multibreed. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our show winners in all classes from our club to regional championships to the All-Ireland


Championships that were successfully held in Gorey this year. Special congratulations are due to both Arthur and Patrick O’Keeffe for winning the Show Flock of the year for the second year in a row. The society’s AGM was held in Firgrove hotel in Mitchelstown in November. It was great to see the attendance up on previous years and the buffet meal afterwards was enjoyed by all. As I’m writing this report, sheep trade is buoyant and hopefully it will remain so for the year ahead as it has been a horrendously long, hard and wet winter for all farmers across the board. Please God the worst of it is over. Mar Fhocal Scoir, we would like to congratulate young James Keane on his many young handlers awards during the show year!

GRS1401456 by Bradleys Underworld Charleville Champion,Limerick and Nenagh Interbreed Champion and Tullamore National Champion 2016/‘17. Champion Junior Handler James Keane Charleville Show

Reserve Champion Charleville Show exhibited by Fergal O’ Se


South West Regional Championships 2017 Results Shearling ram and upwards. 1.Diarmuid and James Keane. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Robert Walker. 4.Chris McCarthy. Ram lamb. 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Robert Walker. 4.Robert Walker. Senior ewe. 1.Robert Walker. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Robert Walker. 4.Mary and Mikey Gallagher. Shearling ewe. 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Robert Walker. 4.Diarmuid and James Keane. Ewe lamb. 1.Fergal Ó Sé. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Robert Walker. 4.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. Pair of lambs. 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 2.Robert Walker. 3.Fergal Ó Sé. 4.Andrew Hume. Limerick Show held on August 27th was the last competitive show of the year. Numbers and breeders were back on other years but the standard of Texel sheep on show was remained high. Great credit due to the breeders who brought out their sheep on the day. 119

Pat Lyons of the Turoe Flock in Galway had the honour of putting forward a champion. He found his Champion in the Shearling Ewe and Upwards. This ewe belongs to Robbie Walker of Limerick and the same ewe had a fantastic show season. Pat also found his Reserve Champion in the same pen. This was Roberts ram lamb. Many thanks to Pat for officiating on the day.

Results of Limerick Show 2017. Shearling ram and upwards. 1.Diarmuid and James Keane. 2.Mary and Mikey Gallagher. 3.Robert Walker. Ram lamb. 1.Robert Walker. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Mary and Mikey Gallagher. Shearling ewe and upwards. 1.Robert Walker. 2.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 3.Mary and Mikey Gallagher. Ewe lamb. 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe. 2.Mary and Mikey Gallagher. 3.Robert Walker. Overall Show Champion- Robert Walker. GRS1401456 by Bradley’s Underworld. (Shearling Ewe and Upwards) Reserve Overall Champion Ram lamb. Clonmel Show was held on a scorching Sunday on the second of July. This surely was one of the biggest shows of sheep in the country with up on 700 sheep on view. 120

Johnny Donohoe was the Texel judge on the day. The following was a summary of the first prize winners on the day. Shearling ram and upwards 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe -Arkle You Star by Halbeath VIP. 2.Ram lamb 1.Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe-by Claybury Warrior (This lamb was Reserve Champion on the day) 3.Shearling ewe and upwards 1. Arthur and Patrick O Keeffe A Fourdafourie ewe that later went on to claim Supreme Champion of the show. Ewe lamb 1. Brian Mathews - by Claybury Warrior.


Annual Christmas Inlamb ewe sale in conjunction with the Dispersal of the renowned Baileys Flock. Blessington Mart, Saturday 8th December 2018

Over a 100 of the Top Pedigree Inlamb ewes in the country for sale Inlamb to top Irish and UK Sires. All of these flocks are well proven on the All Ireland Show circuit!

Female Champion, Premier Sale 2017 bred by A&P O’ Keeffe, sired by Claybury Warrior

The Top bloodlines in the country! Not To Be Missed!! Annakisha Flock-0868135804. Baileys Flock-0868216971. Chessy Flock-091635148. Emlach Flock-0879895475. Foundry Flock-0868441144. Lawn Flock-0868115560. As well as guest consignments from Donnelly Flock-0872632711. | Thornville Flock-0871204485. A Date for the diary for sure!!!! 122


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North East Texel Club Report The North East Club had a successful and enjoyable year in promoting and selling Texel sheep in the Region. Club membership continues to grow as is the popularity of the Texel breed among commercial sheep farmers. The highlight event of the year was a visit to the Foster family’s Springhill Flocks, near Castlederg in Co Tyrone. Here, members were shown a flock of tremendous quality ewes and their offspring. John, aided by his sons Graham and Robbie, gave us a detailed insight to Springhill’s breeding strategies and the overall management of their flocks. Members were most impressed with the quality of the stock on show and, following the visit, quite a few introduced Springhill genetics into their own flocks. We are grateful to the Foster family, John, his wife Helga plus sons Graham and Robbie and daughter Alice for the huge effort and hospitality given in ensuring we all had a most memorable farm visit. Texel Growvite All-Ireland Championships The Region was very well represented at this prestigious competition which was held in beautiful sunshine in Gorey, Co. Wexford, on the 17th June 2017. Sean Mc Gee, who had a very successful year, took 1st place in the Novice Ewe lamb class, with a ewe lamb sired by ‘Tophill Wallstreet’. John & Michael Donohoe took 6th place in the Junior Ram lamb class with their ram lamb sired by ‘Knaper Yes Sir’. Premier Show and Sale At the Premier Show and Sale, in Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Pat & Barry Farrell took 1st place with their Shearling Ram ‘Oberstown Ysgawyn’. Malachy Mc Meel took 4th place with ‘Corryhill Yale Gold’ and Patrick Leonard was 5th with ‘Navac Yeshaya’. Garrett Murphy took 2nd place in the Shearling Ewe class with ‘Garavilla’, and this was followed by ‘Geordie’ owned by Brian Kirkham in 5th place. J. C. & M. Mc Hugh were 5th in the Ram Lamb class with Greenhill All-star and followed this with 3rd place in a group of three lambs. 125

Local Shows Dundalk Show Congratulations to Sean McGee who was placed 1st in the following categories: Aged Ram, Shearling Ram, Ewe Lamb and was crowned champion with his Ewe Lamb and Reserve Champion with his aged ram. Other winners included, Christopher Kerr and Enda Quirke in the Aged Ram class. Malachy Mc Meel was 1st in the Aged Ewe class followed by Peter Gibbons who took 2nd place and Paul Mc Donnell who took 3rd place. In the Shearling Ram class 1st place went to Sean McGee, 2nd to Peter Gibbons and 3rd to Conor McCann. In the Shearling Ewe class John & Michael Donohoe took 1st place and Enda Quirke took 2nd and 3rd. In the Ram Lamb class John & Michael, 1st place, Sean Magee 2nd and Malachy McMeel 3rd. In the Ewe Lambs class Sean McGee took 1st place, Gareth Murphy 2nd and Malachy McMeel 3rd. Oldcastle Show In the aged Ram class Sean Mc Gee came 1st followed by Enda Quirke in 2nd place and Brian Kirkham with 3rd. In the Age Ewe class 1st prize went to John Canty, 2nd to Brian Kirkham and 3rd to Enda Quirke. In the Shearling Ram class 1st prize went to Terry Dolan, 2nd John Canty and 3rd John Taylor. The Shearling Ewe class was closely contested with Enda Quirke coming 1st and going on to be Overall Champion and winning the North East Texel Cup with Sean McGee getting Reserve Champion with his ewe lamb. The 2nd and 3rd prize in the Shearling Ewe class went to John Canty and John & Michael Donohoe. In the Ram lamb class, 1st Terry Dolan, 2nd Malachy Mc Meel and 3rd Sean McGee. Ewe Lamb class 1st Sean McGee, 2nd John Canty and 3rd Malachy Mc Meel. Virginia Show Sean McGee was back as Champion after getting 1st with his ewe Lamb; he also came 1st with his aged ram, and 3rd in the Ram Lamb class. Enda Quirke and Paul Mc Donnell came 2nd and 3rd in the Aged Ram class. The Shearling Ewe class was won by Paul Mc Donnell, with Enda Quirke 126

taking 2nd and 3rd place. The Ram Lamb class, Enda Quirke 1st, Robert Porter 2nd and Sean McGee 3rd.Ewe Lamb class, Sean McGee 1st, Paul Mc Donnell 2nd and Paddy Leonard 3rd. Trim Show Enda Quirke was winner in the Ewe and Ram lamb class and also came 2nd and 3rd with his aged Ram. Sean Mc Gee won the Aged Ram and Ewe Lamb class. Tom Kenny came 2nd and 3rd in the Shearling Ewe class and 2nd in the Ewe Lamb class. North East Flock of the Year Congratulations to Sean McGee on winning the North East flock of the year. This was as a result of accumulating the most points from wining Texel classes at our nominated shows. Sean exhibited some wonderful stock at all our nominated shows and indeed his presence was seen at many other shows in the North East. Congratulations also to the Greenhill Flock who bred Greenhill Yemen Boy. Yemen Boy was awarded the Irish Texel Sire of the Year award having sired the three top priced rams at Society sales in 2017 for Anne Murphy’s Foundry flock. North East Sales The club held three ram sales in the North East Region. In all three centres there was a brisk demand for good commercial animals with high €Star animals commanding a premium. These sales confirm the trend of Texels gaining in popularity and are now the number one choice of ram breed for commercial sheep farmers in the region. The station road Mart in Cootehill has now become established as a successful venue for the sale of Pedigree Texel sheep. Shearling Rams averaged €550 and Ram Lambs €450.Top price on the day went to Sean McGee for ‘Navac Abide’ a 5 Star Ram lamb selling for €775. Carnaross had a brisk trade for quality commercial stock with prices ranging from €400 -€500. Castleblaney was the last sale of the year in late September. The quality of some stock on offer was somewhat back on the previous sales but despite this there were customers willing to pay good money for suitable ram lambs. 127

Cootehill Twilight Sale The Twilight sale of in-lamb hogget ewes in Cootehill Livestock Mart on the 29th of December wrapped up the year on a high note when a large crowd attended the second annual sale, and the high demand continued with another great sale averaging 737gns per head. Pat and Barry Farrell produced the top three priced females of the sale this year to give them an average of 1650gns. Topping the sale was lot 30 when she was purchased for 2200gns, sired by the 85,000gns, ‘Cornmore Velvet Jacket’, this sparkey ewe sold to Robert Walker carrying to Arkle A1. Next from the Farrell’s was the 2000gns call for lot 61 purchased by Pascal Keogh, sired by ‘Proctors Ventura’ and selling scanned with Twins to ‘Strathbogie Yabba Dabba Doo’. They continued their exceptional trade on the evening with the third best price when the secured 1720gns for lot 5 from John Foster who had bought their top priced Ewe in 2016. This ewe was again sired by ‘Velvet Jacket’ and carrying twins to ‘Yabba DabbaDoo’. The Farrell’s ended the night by generously offering lot 35, a pedigree ewe lamb, for their chosen charity The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, which raised €1,380 and thanks to the generosity of our members we were able to hand over a cheque for €2600 to this worthy charity. At our AGM two of our distinguished Texel Breeders Michael Mc Hugh (secretary) and Peter Gibbons (treasurer) who have both given outstanding service to the Society over the years did not seek re-election. We thank them for their hard work and dedication in promoting the breed and we wish them ever success in the future. We congratulate Michael Donohoe who was elected Secretary and Enda Quirke as Treasurer for the coming year and finally a word of thanks to Sinead Brophy our Society Secretary for all her help during the year. Sale Dates Club Sale Society Sale

Cootehill 8th Sep 2018 Carnaross 25th Sep 2018

Promotion Day Our Texel promotion evening will be held at Ronan Delaney’s Farm Dunshauglin Co. Meath on Friday 29th of June.


Presentation to Peter Gibbons , outgoing treasurer of North East Club Secretary, by John Canty Chairman, North East Texel Society Club at a recent AGM.

Presentation to Michael McHugh ,Outgoing North East Club Secretary, by John Canty Chairman, North East Texel Society Club at a recent AGM.

Presentation of a cheque for â‚Ź2600 to the Motor Neurone Association of Ireland. This was the proceeds of an auction of a Pedigree Texel ewe lamb that was held at Cootehill Twilight in lamb Hogget sale kindly donated by the Oberstown Flock of Pat and Barry Farrell on 28th Dec 2017

Enda Quirke with his overall champion Texel hogget ewe at Oldcastle Show July 2017.Also in picture Sean McGee (Judge), John Fagan, Oldcastle Show Sheep Secretary and Gavin Quirke.



south east REGION REPORT The South-East region celebrated a bumper year for 2017 which is set to continue into 2018 with an increase in memberships. The first day out for members in the region was the Growvite National Championships held at Gorey Agricultural Show on the 17th of June. It was a proud day for the region with South-East members reigning supreme and placing in the majority of classes. It was South-East member John Neville who took the Supreme Champion for 2017 with the Male Champion by Tophill Wallstreet. The Reserve Female Champion by Knap You’re the Man went to fellow Wexford man Liam Dillon of New Ross. In the Aged Ram class it was a yellow rosette for John and Neill Kidd of Kildavin with their ram Treemore Will by Baltier Panther with long time member Anne Murphy taking the green rosette with her ram Foundry Wisconson by Foundry Volvo back to Gorey. Not to be outdone by their ram, John and Neill Kidd also brought home the yellow in the aged ewe class with their ewe by Ballydesland Usher. The South East members nearly made it a clean sweep in the Shearling Ram class with Anne Murphy taking pole position with her ram Foundry Yahoo by Corbo Val Verde, second went to Liam Dillon and Enniscone Yavin by Shannagh Won-O-Won. Then it was the Kidd families who dominated the lower section of the class with the green rosette going to Brian Kidd’s Ballyclough Yves by Springbridge Wonder and John and Neill Kidd taking the pink back to Kildavin with their Treemore Yaron by Llangwn Vesuvius. John Neville continued his winning streak winning the Senior Ram Lamb class with his ram by Tophill Wallstreet, he could only manage sixth though in the Senior Ewe Lamb class with a half sister to second placed winner Liam Dillon’s ewe, both by Knap You’re the Man. In the Junior Ewe Lamb class John Neville placed third while Tom Whelan’s ram lamb took the red rosette in the Novice Ram Lamb class. Finally in the Novice Ewe Lamb class it was John Kidd’s ewe by Llangum Vesuvius and Tom Whelan’s ewe by Springbridge Victory who coveted the third and fourth places respectively to finish out another super year at the National Championships. With the showing season in full swing the members attended Adamstown Agricultural Show on Saturday 1st July. Wexford member Tom Whelan and 131

his family left very few rosettes behind them at the Wexford venue where he won all of the classes on offer. Full results of the show were as followTexel Ram 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Brian Kidd, Ballyclough (Co. Wexford), 3rd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford) Texel Ram Lamb 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 3rd Brian Kidd, Ballyclough (Co. Wexford) Texel Ewe 1stTom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Clive Rothwell, Tullow (Co. Carlow), 3rd Stuart & Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House (Co. Wexford) Texel Shearing Ewe 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 3rd Stuart & Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House (Co. Wexford) Texel Ewe Lamb 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Stuart & Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House (Co. Wexford), 3rd Brian Kidd, Ballyclough (Co. Wexford) Next on the showing circuit was the Bannow-Rathangan Agricultural Show which was also held in July. The Wexford men were out in force again at this event with the Champion on the day going to John Neville’s ram lamb, a class the Brownstown man ran away with, and reserve champion going to his shearling ewe. Texel Shearling ram or upwards 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Brian Kidd, Ballyclough (Co. Wexford), 3rd Stuart & Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House (Co. Wexford) Texel Shearling Ewe or upwards 1stJohn Neville, Brownstown (Co. Wexford), 2ndJohn Neville, Brownstown (Co. Wexford), 3rd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), Texel Ram lamb class it was a clean sweep for John Neville winning first to fourth Texel Ewe lamb 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2ndTom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 3rd Stuart & Gavin Rothwell, Adamstown House (Co. Wexford)


The Tullow Agricultural Show brought out members from Carlow, Wexford, Kildare and Wicklow, where the Texel ewe lamb class proved to be the biggest class of the day. Champion on the day went to Tom Whelan, while reserve champion went to John & Neill Kidd Best Texel Shearling Ram and Upward 1st Brian Kidd, Ballyclough (Co. Wexford), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 3rd John & Neil Kidd, Kildavin (Co. Wexford). Best Texel Shearling Ewe and Upwards 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd John & Neil Kidd, Kildavin (Co. Wexford), 3rd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford) Texel Ewe Lamb 1st Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford), 3rd John & Neil Kidd, Kildavin (Co. Wexford) Texel Ram Lamb 1st John & Neil Kidd, Kildavin (Co. Wexford), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford) 3rd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford The final of the shows held during the year was the Iverk Show which was held on the 26th of August. Despite the fact that the Multibreed Sheep Ireland sale was on the same day in Tullamore, the Iverk Show saw members from Kilkenny in the ribbons. Pedigree Texel Ewe Lamb 1st Paddy Morrissey, Ballintaggart (Co. Kilkenny), 2nd Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny) 3rd Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny) Pedigree Texel Shearling Ewe 1st Paddy Morrissey, Ballintaggart (Co. Kilkenny), 2nd Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny) 3rd John Taylor, Renaghmore (Co. Tipperary). Pedigree Ram Lamb 1st: John Taylor, Renaghmore (Co. Tipperary), 2nd Tom Whelan, Barmoney (Co. Wexford) 3rd John Taylor, Renaghmore (Co. Tipperary) Pedigree Texel Senior Ewe, 2 years and upwards 1st Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny) 2ndJohn Taylor, Renaghmore (Co. Tipperary), 3rd Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny) Champion : Ann Stephenson, Corstown (Co. Kilkenny)


Blessington Premier Sale Our members came home with a shares of the ribbons from Blessington, frist class of the evening was the Shearling ewe where John Neville received the yellow rosette, then in the ewe lamb class John Neville received both red and green rosettes and Tom Whelan received purple for his 6th prize ewe lamb. Next class was the Shearling ram where John Kidd received the yellow rosette. Finally, that left the 3 ram lamb classes. In the open class John Neville received both blue and yellow ribbons, in Lambplus class John Neville received both blue and green rosettes, then in the novice ram lamb class Michael Sinnott received 6th place. John Neville also received 1st in the group of 3 ram lambs The South East region was well represented again this year at the Five Nations competition held between Young Texel Breeders of the Irish, Welsh, English, Scottish and Northern Ireland Texel societies. The threeday competition was held in Manchester in June and saw young breeders Clive Rothwell, John Neville, Liam Dillion and Michael Sinnott representing the South East over the three days. Following a busy three days of flock visits, stock judging and fun competitions it was the Irish team of Clive Rothwell, Stuart Doran, Tom Kenny, Michael Haverty, Raymond Heneghan and Michael Sinnott that brought home the five nations Emerald Isle Shield.

County Wexford Sheepbreeders Association Sales dates 2018

Enniscorthy Mart

1st Show & Sale

Wed. 15th August at 12.30pm

2nd Sale

Wed.29th August at 12.30pm

2nd Show & Sale(Evening) Wed.12th September at 7pm Sale

Wed.26th September at 12.30pm


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Texel merchandise

Hoodies Umbrellas • Red & White • Black & White Showcoats 1 Regatta Full Jackets Bodywarmer Fleece Jackets Regatta Softshell Jacket Polo Shirts 2 Baseball Cap 3 Wool/Beanie Hat Available Colors


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Regatta Jacket Black only Fleece Jacket Black, Navy, Red Polo Shirt Black, Navy, Red, Green Other color options available on request Sizes available S - XXL Children's showcoats and jackets also available The above quoted price includes standard logo of Irish Texel Sheep Society on left chest 4 , and on the back of item 5 (this can be omitted if requested at time of ordering). Flock name can be added on under logo at extra cost of €5.00. The service is also available to apply logo and flock name onto items of clothing. Please contact Secretary for further details. Postage Costs Please contact Secretary for details, as items are items are priced according to weight. The above items are priced exclusive of postage & packing.



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Lisgobbin Wonder purchased in partnership with some great Irish Breeders. €4,200 at Premier Sale 2015

Rams used for 2018 Lambs Lisgobbin Wonder Tophill Wall St, Millar’s Windbrook Cairness Vicious Jad Complete Dispersal of Bailey’s Texels on Saturday 8th of December at Blessington In-Lamb Ewe Sale


List of Approved Judges Mr. Michael J Bird, Dunlever Hse, Trim, Co. Meath Mr. John J Brennan, Lisgobbin, Roscommon Mr. Edward Buckley, Kilbarry, Macroom, Co. Cork Mr. Alex Clarke, Alepat, Boyerstown, Navan, Co. Meath Mr. Liam Coen, Lehinch, Hollyount, Co. Mayo Mr. Paul Coyne,Rathgranagher CLoghans Hill Tuam, Co. Mayo Mr. John Donohoe, Ballybur, Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny Mr. Ronnie Edwards, Hillsborough, Ramelton, Co. Donegal Mr. Pat Farrell, Oberstown, Tara, Co. Meath Mr. Barry Farrell, Oberstown, Tara, Co. Meath Mr. John Gallagher, Ballinamongree, Glanworth, Co. Cork Mr. Ronan Gallagher, Carrowcarden,Enniscrone, Co. Sligo Mr. Jimmy Garrivan, Belclare, Westport, Co. Mayo Mr. Peter Gibbons, Macetown, Tara, Co. Meath Mr. John Greene, Larahirl, Culduff, Co. Donegal Mr. John Kidd Kildavin Bunclody Co. Wexford Mr. Pat Landers, Mountnicholas, Gortatlea, Tralee, Co. Kerry Mr. Pat Lyons, Turoe, Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway Mr. Michael McHugh, Cnoc Glas, Lisnashannagh, Carrickmacross Mr. Shane McHugh, Figart, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal Mrs. Anne Murphy, Belcarrig, Gorey, Co. Wexford Mr. Michael Murphy, Moneen Cummer Tuam Co. Galway Mr. Wm Murphy Snr, Sheffield Hse, Ballylinan, Athy, Co. Kildare Mr. Neville Myles, Legaltion, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Mr. Michael Neenan, Dromakee, Kilyflynn, Tralee, Co. Kerry Mr. John Neville, Brownstown, Murrintown, Co. Wexford Mr. Padraic Niland, Chessy, Kinvara, Co.Galway Mr. Arthur O’Keeffe, Annakisha Hse, Killavullen, Co. Cork Mr. Fergal O’Se Church Cross, Ventry, Tralee Co. Kerry Mr. Tom Pollard, Grawn, Ballingarry, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Mr. John Renehan, Violet Hill, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny Mr. Flor Ryan, Lawn, Prosperous, Co. Kildare Mr. John Stewart, Roughan, Ramelton, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Mr. John Taylor, Hilton Park, Clones, Co. Monaghan Mr. John L Taylor, Renaghmore, Barna, Thurles, Co. Tipperary Mr. John Wehrly, Ravensdale, Dundalk, Co. Louth


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Membership Information & Fees

New members must have 5 Pedigree Registered females before they can accepted as members of the Society. Membership application forms can be obtained from: The Secretary, Irish Texel Sheep Society, Kellistown Farm, Kellistown Carlow. Alternatively forms can be downloaded from All applications for membership should be made before the 31st December so that lambs born the following Spring are eligible for registration with the Society. Applications received after the 31st December will not eligible to enter Society sales the following Autumn. All lambs must be birth notified to the Society Secretary by April 30th in the year of their birth. Lambs not birth notified by this are subject to a late birth notification fee of €10 each. Costs: Entrance Fee Annual Membership Book of Birth Notification Forms 2018 Registration Fees Every Ewe mated fee before 31st October

€65.00 €50.00 €20.00 € 5.00 (€10 thereafter*)

*L  ate fees not accepted after 31st December. Full rejoining fees & outstanding balances are then due after this date.

Ewe Lamb & Hogget Registration Ram Registration Imported Ewe Reg (incl N.I ) Imported Ram Reg (incl N.I)

€10.00 €20.00 €15.00 €35.00

New breeders should generally buy their foundation stock at Society Sales, these commence in August. In-lamb sales are held in November and December. All sheep sold through these sales have been passed by Society Inspectors as being properly identified and as having no inherent faults. If breeders purchase stock privately from other breeders either in Ireland, Northern Ireland or Britain they should ensure that they are identified 140

properly. Pedigree stock should be free from obvious faults, such as wrong mouths, bad legs, black patches on the wool or brown hair on the head and legs. Such privately bought sheep will be liable to inspection and if considered unsuitable, will be removed from the Society flock book. All flock owners are actively encouraged to participate in the Lambplus breed improvement scheme run by Sheep Ireland. All members of the Society are automatically members of Sheep Ireland as the Irish Texel Sheep Society are using the online flock book and database facilities of Sheep Ireland. On joining the Society, each new breeder is assigned their own unique 3 letter flock code. New flock codes are also given a prefix usually of the breeder’s choice. This flock code and prefix are unique for each flock and are used in naming any rams born into the flock. .


Est. 1991

T E X E LS Scrapie Monitored

Stock Always For Sale Visitors Welcome Michael Neenan Kilflynn, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel.: 066 7135412 087 2777721

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Application Form for Membership Name:


Address: ...................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................... Tel No.

........................................ Mobile




Flock Designator: IE04 ..................................... I am the owner of 5 Pedigree Registered Females and I would like to apply for membership and a €1 share in the above named Society. I hereby agree to abide by the Rules of the Society, make payments as required and otherwise to be bound thereby. Applications need to be received by Society Secretary prior to 31st December in the year of application, so flocks can be established prior to lambs being born and also for the breeder to be eligible for participation in the following year’s Society Sales. Please register my flock under the prefix*

First Choice: ...................................................................................................... Second Choice: ...................................................................................................... *Farm name or first line of address usually taken as prefix

Signature: ...................................................................................................... Date: ...................................................................................................... Terms of Membership It is recommended that intending members contact the Society Secretary prior to purchasing foundation stock. €65 Entrance Fee & €50 Annual Membership Fee = €115 (Other fees may be payable, contact Society Secretary). Details of Ewes & Rams owned must be submitted with application.

This form should be completed, signed and sent with certificates and appropriate fees to: The Secretary Irish Texel Sheep Society Kellistown Farm Kellistown, Carlow


Irish Texel Membership 2018 PREFIX




Donegal JAE

Alexander, Mr. Martin, Ballincor Cross Roads Killygordon Lifford Co. Donegal

Purton Park

087 9499420

074 9149677


Baldrick, James Ballynarry Buncrana Co. Donegal


087 9823211

086 3627122


Boal, Mervyn & Anna Killydesert Coolboy Letterkenny Co. Donegal


087 7923797

074 9122290


Bonner, Dan Falmore Dungloe Co. Donegal


083 3290606


Bonner, Marty Falmore Dungloe Co. Donegal


086 6095954


Boyce, Shaun Gortmacall Milford Co. Donegal


086 3445108


Boyle, Michael P Dooey Lettermacaward Co. Donegal

Dooey Hill

087 2564034


Brogan Michael Garrygort Ray Rathmullan Co. Donegal


087 7711584


Browne, Liam Listillion Letterkenny Co. Donegal


087 9472236


Byrne Malachy Ballymagowan Dunkineely Co. Donegal


087 7517145


Canny, Henry & Carla Effishmore Gleneely Co. Donegal


086 3107033


Cox, Andrew Main Street Pettigo Co. Donegal


087 4638833


Devlin, Daniel Cleagh Clonmany Co. Donegal

Quarry House

086 0812226


Doherty, Charles Jnr Cashelgragen Carndonagh Co. Donegal


086 1063216

074 9521078

074 9737978

074 9376713


Doherty James & Shay Ruskey Manorcunningham Co. Donegal

Manor View

086 3471554


Doherty, Roger Urrisma Clonmany Co. Donegal


086 8602361


Doherty, Ryan Urrisma Clonmany Co. Donegal

Hill View

086 8530199


Doherty, William Galdonagh Glebe Manorcunningham Co. Donegal


087 2355493

074 9157491


Doohan, Daniel Glack Cresslough Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 2488454

074 9138537

086 6652455

074 9151056


Edwards, Louise Hillsborough Ramelton Co. Donegal



Edwards, Ronnie Hillsborough Ramelton Co. Donegal


074 9376275

074 9151056


Folan, Breege Fallonkell House Moneydarragh Gleneely Co. Donegal



Friel, Patrick Drumatrummom Kerrykeel Letterkenny Co. Donegal



Gallagher, Daniel Carren, Kerrykeel Letterkenny Co. Donegal

Swilly View

087 2024432

074 9159167


Gallagher, Noel Gortnessy Pettigo Co. Donegal


086 8372415

071 9861730


Gibson, Christine Mageestown Raphoe Co. Donegal


087 6119618

074 9145145


Gillespie, James & Martin Derrydruel Lettermacaward Co. Donegal

Glen Oak

087 6425304

074 9150311


Grant, Michael Umricam Buncrana Co. Donegal


086 3700664


Greene Chaylee & Lorinne Larahirl Culdaff Co. Donegal


086 8244373


Greene, John Larahirl Culdaff Co. Donegal


086 8244373


Greene, Ryan Larahirl Culdaff Co. Donegal


086 3437919


Heekin, Noel Largynaseeragh Glencolmcille Co. Donegal


087 6416299


Henderson, Michael Clonblosk Buncrana Co. Donegal


087 6216707


074 9379389


Heraghty, Ciaran Clooney Ramelton Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 4079804


Kee, Jonathon & Ivor Drumboe Ballybofey Co. Donegal

Finn Valley

086 3374292

087 2472834


Kerr, Jonathon Glebe Ballyare Ramelton Co. Donegal


086 3031779

074 9151394


Kilpatrick, Ivor & W.J The Common Raphoe Lifford Co. Donegal


087 9806968

074 9145671


McBrearty, Paul Stralinchey Grennans Glenties Co. Donegal


086 2445178


McCooey, Ryan & Eamon Drummenny Lower Donegal Town Co. Donegal


087 9199342


McCrabbe, Gavin Drumcairn Manorcunningham Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 2445178

087 1328408


McDermott, John G Falmore Gleneely Co. Donegal


086 2020734


McDermott, Kevin Falmore Gleneely Co. Donegal


086 2020734


McDevitt, Seamus Largnalarkin Cloghan P.O Lifford Co. Donegal


086 1997030


McFeeley, Patrick Bootagh Lecamey Carndonagh Co. Donegal


086 3510164


McGee, John Massinass Cresslough Co. Donegal


087 2285654

074 9138028


McGrath, James & Cian Clarcaricknagun Donegal Town Co. Donegal

Collar Rock

087 7578709

074 9722942


McGrath, Seamus Clarcaricknagun Donegal Town Co. Donegal


087 9430089

074 9722942


McGroary, Ciaran Laghey Bar Co. Donegal


087 6369974

074 9722827


McHugh Bros Speenogue Burt Lifford Co. Donegal


086 0812461

074 9368355


McHugh Shane Figart Dunfanaghy Co. Donegal


087 9512411

074 9136273


McKane, James H & David Whitehill Killygordon Co. Donegal


+44 7769258976

074 9149198


McKeague, Billy Glebe Culduff Co. Donegal


086 8189043

074 9379108


McKeague, Stuart Claggan Culduff Co. Donegal


086 8189043

074 9379108


McKinney John Knockbrack Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 2316355


McLaughlin, Ben Ballygorman Malin Head Co. Donegal

Island View

086 3547910


McLaughlin, Declan Upper Cashel Gleneely Co. Donegal

Cashel View

086 3462040

074 9133953

074 9370562


McLaughlin, Michael Lagacurry Isle of Doagh Clonmany Co. Donegal


086 8935176


McLoughlin, Peter Isle of Doagh Clonmany Co. Donegal


086 1002983


McLaughlin, Rodney Clara Isle of Doagh Clonmany Co. Donegal


086 1002983

074 9376192


McLoone, Declan Lr. Main Street Glenties Co. Donegal


086 3627292

074 9551434


McLoone, John Tullyard Road Glenties Co. Donegal


086 3627292

074 9151790


Mallon, Paul Tawney Kilmacrennan Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 1018516


Mooney, Hughie & Cathal Brackey Ardara Co. Donegal

Cashel Hill

087 9621642


Moore, Esther & Graham Letterleague Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 0382375


Moore, Isobel Labbadish Manorcunningham Letterkenny Co. Donegal


087 2389607


Murray, Danny Billary Pettigo Co. Donegal

Billary Hill

+44 7729785037

071 9861625


Murray, John Drumgorman Mountcharles Co. Donegal

Own's Park

087 1934249

074 9735331


Myles, Neville Legaltion Ballyshannon Co. Donegal

Silver Hill

086 1555599

071 9851763


Parke, John Ballyholey Raphoe Co. Donegal


087 6119618


Parke, Stewart & Scott Glenkeerin Glenmaquin Letterkenny Co. Donegal


087 2393396


Porter, Justin Lustille Carrigans Lifford Co. Donegal


086 3367442


Ruddy, Chloe Larahirl Culdaff Co. Donegal


086 2246957


074 9140115


Shiels, Dwayne 231 Ros Suilighe Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 7315358


Shiels, Gerard 231 Ros Suilighe Letterkenny Co. Donegal


086 4415999

074 9121446


Stewart, John Roughan Ramelton Letterkenny Co. Donegal


087 1277884

074 9151077


Wilson, Andrew & Richard Shannagh Raphoe Co. Donegal


087 2286809

074 9145440


Wilson, Harold & Christian Magherahane Raphoe Co .Donegal

Okey Dokey

086 2264057

074 9173053


Wilson,Luke Richard Creevin Mountcharles Co .Donegal


086 1047680


Wilson, Sam Shannagh Raphoe Co. Donegal


086 1990554


Wray, Gary Drumlask Donegal P.O Co. Donegal


086 8521177


Brennan, Francis Newtownard Grange Co. Sligo


087 9959200


Brennan, Niall Newtownard Grange Co. Sligo


087 3271158

074 9145813

North Connacht 071 9163658


Burke, John St. Anthony's Curraghmore Ballinrobe Co. Mayo


087 6145447


Coen, Liam Lehinch Hollymount Co. Mayo


087 2872674

094 9540241


Conway, Gerry Kilsallagh Westport Co. Mayo


087 6290544

098 66265


Coyne, Paul Rathgranaher Cloghan's Hill Tuam Co. Mayo


086 8796346

093 33344


Donnellan, John Cloonlavis Ballyfarna Claremorris Co. Mayo


087 7152154


Donnelly, Anthony Ballyglass Scarduane Claremorris Co. Mayo


087 2632711


Dorran, Stuart High Park House Dromard Co. Sligo

Pairc Ard

086 8411276


Durcan, Michael Carrowreagh Bonniconlon Ballina Co. Mayo


086 2363041

096 445923


Gallagher, Brian & Christy Pullagh Lavagh Ballymote Co. Sligo


087 2875448

071 9185897


Gallagher, Cathal Lisgorman Dromahair Co. Leitrim


087 6308134


Gallagher, Ronan Carrowcarden Enniscrone Co. Sligo


087 9837107


Garrivan, James Belclare Westport Co. Mayo

Clew Bay

086 3391071


Golden, Pat Lugdoon Templeboy Co. Sligo


087 9508154


Handel, Rebecca & Ingrid Threen Castlebaldwin Co. Sligo


086 1716661


Henry, Ross Munninane Grange Co. Sligo


087 2147148


Herity, Shane Ballineden Ballinful Maugherow Co. Sligo

Atlantic View

089 4939932


Higgins, Jonathon Leekfield Skreen Co. Sligo


087 1334434


Keane, Shane Cloineshill Newport Co. Mayo


086 3580730


Keane, David Cloineshill Newport Co. Mayo


087 7568576


Kelly, Brendan Woodview House Crossmolina Co. Mayo


085 2162918


Kenny, Patrick Cunnagher Ross Castlebar Co. Mayo


086 8736227


Killilea, Kevin Bothaul Meelick Swinford Co. Mayo


087 6194250


Lavelle, Liam Tallagh Belmullet Co. Mayo


086 8213899


Loftus, Aiden & Joseph Deelvale Farm Carrowkilleen Crossmolina Co. Mayo


086 8662839


Mitchell, Gavin Lear Mohill Co.Leitrim


086 1912023


McDermott, Kevin Rathbraughan Line Sligo Co. Sligo


087 0961393


McDermott, PJ Corrembla Ballina Co. Mayo


086 3260942


McGowan, Leon Cloonelly Cashelgarren Co. Sligo


087 3182348


094 9364136

096 36408

071 9166798

096 31107

096 31482

096 45050


McKeown, Tony Currane Ballyvary Castlebar Co. Mayo

Moinear Leabhar

086 3702009


McMorrow, Frankie Kilmore Dowra Carrick on Shannon Co. Leitrim


087 4109025

094 9289686


McManamon, Daire & Enda Derrylahan Newport Co. Mayo


086 8422386


McTernan, Oisin Donaghmore Manorhamilton Co. Leitrim


086 2473968

071 9855303


Moore, Michael Clogher Westport Co. Mayo


087 9933888

098 28513

O'Connor Patrick & Joseph Breaghway Ballinful Co. Sligo

Breaghway Farm

087 9242177

087 2100956


O'Dowd Gerry Carrowreagh Ballymote Co. Sligo



O'Gara, George Ballyglass Claremorris Co. Mayo


071 9183396 087 9755903


O'Haire, Tommy Letterlough Newport Co. Mayo


087 7838858


Scollan Patrick M Corglass Drumcong Carrick on Shannon Co. Leitrim


087 7668801


Staunton, Mark Rosskeen Newport Co. Mayo


086 8410234


Staunton, Pat Cappaduff Tourmakeady Co. Mayo


087 3125209


Sweeney, Emmet Quigabar Enniscrone Co. Sligo


087 6847954

098 42744

094 9544062


Walsh, Martin Carnaculla Swinford Co. Mayo


087 2256541


Walsh, Matthew Emlycass Belmullet Co. Mayo


086 7269046


Bailey, Ellen Culcommon Batterstown Co. Meath


086 8216971


Bird, Kenneth Mill Farm Dunlever Trim Co. Meath

Mill Farm

086 3238416


Bird, Michael Dunlever House Trim Co. Meath


086 9965239


Breaden, Lisa Drumgurra Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan


087 7523357


Canty, John Pubblestown Kildalkey Co. Meath

Clover Hill

086 8312817

046 9435219


Clarke, Alex Alepat Boyerstown Navan Co. Meath


087 8171037

046 9027418


Clarke, Charles Jnr Mullaghrafferty Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan


086 8243826

042 9692880


Clarke, Ornaith Alepat Boyerstown Navan Co. Meath


087 9149540

046 9027418


Coyle, Conor & Sean Omard Kilnaleck Co. Cavan


087 7935992

087 0630752


Craig, Aidan & David Ballyboggan Clonard Co. Meath


087 2680400


Dolan, Terry Cloneyfad Oldcasle Co. Meath


086 4019440


Daly, John Main St Arva Co. Cavan


087 1714139

097 20909

North East

046 9436735

049 8541140


Daly, Eddie Clonmahon Summerhill Co. Meath


087 2429335


Donohoe, John & Michael Druninisclin Crosserlough Co. Cavan


087 9924840


Dunne, Robert J Corporation Lands Belturbet Co. Cavan


087 3585284


Farrell, Pat & Barry Oberstown Tara Co. Meath


086 2615661

046 9025090


Finnegan, Anthony & Thomas Carricuaslane Annyalla Castleblaney Co. Monaghan


087 2650513

087 7670978


Garry, Frank Parkwee Meadstown Dunderry Navan Co. Meath


086 8042991


Gibbons,Peter Macetown Tara Co. Meath


087 2077560


Jerrard-Dinn Megan Lakefield Crossakiel Kells Co. Meath


087 8558667


Keogh, Pascal Mullaghraroy Grangegeeth Collon Co. Meath


087 6423352


049 4336414


Kiernan, Seamus & Therese Clonlohan Kilcogy Co. Cavan via Longford


086 1617982

049 4336674


Kirkham, Brian Drumsillagh Drumconrath Navan Co. Meath


087 2432295

041 6854812


Lenehan, Pat & Conor Lougher Duleek Co. Louth


086 3318289

041 9825350


Leonard, Patrick Glassdrummond Smithboro Co. Monaghan


086 6636383


Leonard, Pearse Glassdrummond Smithboro Co. Monaghan


086 8460659


Lynch, Ben Drumbannon Loughduff Co. Cavan


086 8229210


Lynch, David Shantonagh Castleblaney Co. Monaghan


086 8328667

042 9745754


Madden Rosemary Grange End Ratoath Rd Dunshaughlin Co. Meath


086 6011124

01 8259198


McBreen, Pauric Carricktobber Crosskeys Co. Cavan


086 2441781


McCann John Glenmore Riverstown Co. Louth

086 3837470


McCann, Conor Glenmore Riverstown Co. Louth

086 3688013


McDermott, Justin Aughnacreevy Killeshandra Co. Cavan


086 3707569


McDonnell, Enda Ellinure Newbliss Co. Monaghan


086 4037934


McDonnell, Paul Ellinure Newbliss Co. Monaghan


083 8515792

047 54263


McGee, Sean Lattagloghan Crosskeys Co. Cavan


086 6046283

049 4330356


McGuiness, Martin Drumbilla Kilcurry Dundalk Co. Louth


086 2240203


McHugh, John & Colm Cnoc Glas Lisnashannagh Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan


087 6708186


McMeel, Amanda Corry Emyvale Co. Monaghan


087 9299370


McMeel, Malachy Corry Emyvale Co. Monaghan


087 9299370


MacSeain, Gerard Cherrybank Hse Cornafean Co. Cavan


086 0494822


Murphy, Garrett Garvilla Clougher Head Co. Louth


087 1248137


Murphy, Aidan & Heraty Sean Crerogue Kilmessan Co. Meath


085 1059422


Murray, Matthew Essexford Louth P.O Dundalk Co. Louth


087 6781262

042 9661712



Nulty, Jason Aughnacreevy Tullyco Cootehill Co. Cavan


086 0808090


O'Sullivan, Eugene Balgeeth Ardcath Co. Meath


086 2600616


Porter, Robert Glenboy Oldcastle Co. Meath


086 3125361


Quirke, Enda Newtown Hill of Down Enfield Co. Meath


086 8120065

046 9546207


Ryan, Joe The Rath' Garristown Co. Dublin


087 4145093

01 8354469

01 8354753


Shiels, Patrick & Darren Glan Kilcogy Co. Cavan


087 4265801


Steenson, Mervyn Cordoolagh Ballybay Co. Monaghan


085 7391583


Taylor, G,C & M c/o Hilton Park Clones Co. Monaghan


086 1930747

047 56258


Treanor, Barry Barratitoppy Scotstown Co. Monaghan


087 7806658

047 79322


Tuite, Peter Ballinvalley Oldcastle Co. Meath


087 7778463


Vidal, Donna The Beeches Roristown Trim Co. Meath


087 0946331


Wehrly, Cayla & Emily Drumsillagh Ravensdale Dundalk Co. Louth


086 8122485

042 9371744


Wehrly, John Ravensdale Dundalk Co. Louth


086 8122485

042 9371744


Midlands PPE

Boylan, Family Haylands Blessington Co. Wicklow

Piper's Hall

086 4037301


Brazil, Stephen Clonad Tullamore Co. Offaly


086 3256870


Brennan, Eamon Grennan Attanagh Portlaoise Co. Laois


086 8759115

0502 36204


Byrne, Declan Ballygannon More Rathdrum Co. Wicklow


086 0386612

086 3493132


Byrne, Joe Deputy's Pass Farm Glenealy Co. Wicklow


086 8464450


Corrigan, David Corbally Newbridge Co. Kildare


086 8696050


Delaney, Gerard New Inn Emo Portlaoise Co. Laois


087 6730313


Duffy, John & Sarah Ballyhagen Carbury Co. Kildare


085 7274573


Galavan, Liam Kilconnelly The Rower Co. Kilkenny


087 2079106


Hanlon, Eddie "Dunlon" Dunbur Upper Wicklow


087 2656239


Heffernan, Michael Ballymanus Hse Vicarstown Co. Laois


087 2556441


Keohane, Matthew Kilcannon Kilcock Co. Kildare


085 7221292


Kelly, James 270 Carbury Village Carbury Co. Kildare

Castle Kelly

086 3447137


Kelly James Jnr 270 Carbury Village Carbury Co. Kildare


085 7686185


McPadden Paul Garr Rhode Tullamore Co. Offaly


087 3107350


Maher, Noreen The Cottage Old Meadow Stud Donadea Naas Co. Kildare

Old Meadow

087 6362365


Mathews, Brian Quarrymount House Killeigh Co. Offaly


087 2658781


Murphy, Grahme & Barry Woodlands Lodge Castledermot Co. Kildare


086 3583158


Murphy, Patricia Sheriff Hill Moone Co. Kildare

Sheriff Hill

085 7695573


Murphy, William Snr Sheffield House Ballylinan Athy Co. Kildare


087 9951075


Payne Zรถe Mountvilla Farm Cappanargid Rathangan Co. Kildare


087 1351609


Ryan, Flor Lawn Prosperous Co. Kildare


086 8115560 085 2384281


Ryan, Jackie Carapiro' Thomastown Enfield Co. Kildare



Ryan, Johnny Graigues Robertstown Co. Kildare



Sandall, David Woodville Brannockstown Naas Co. Kildare


087 9966100


Walsh, Una & Mark Coolree Enfield Co. Meath


086 3964914


Bates, Tony The Hill Kilmore Co.Wexford



Brazil, Kenneth Toureen Ballymacarbry Clonmel Co. Waterford

Toureen West

057 8626362

0404 68230

046 9553443

046 9737161

057 9344964

045 870463

South East 053 9129747 087 2725636

052 36327


Connolly, Ann & Gerard Ballinacurra Carrick on Suir Co. Tipperary


087 7713144


Cullen, Michael Killowen House Crossbeg Co. Wexford


086 8495074

053 9128043


D'Arcy, Patrick 3 Mill Green Gorey Co. Wexford


087 7579176

053 9480835


D'Arcy John & Kathleen Kilmallock Ballymurn Enniscorthy Co. Wexford



Deegan, Aidan and Carmel Ballyknockane Templetuohy Thurles Co. Tipperary


087 6982606

053 9138541


Devereux, James & Maura Begerin Newbawn Wexford


087 9611983


Dillon, Liam Kilclammon New Ross Co. Wexford


087 0654839


Donohoe, John Ballybur Cuffesgrange Co. Kilkenny


087 6775844


051 428515

056 7729914


Gahan, Rob Ardoyne Tullow Co. Carlow


085 1471476


Hennebry, Gillian Curraheen Rathgormack Carrick on Suir Co. Waterford


087 9457192


Holden, David & Ellen Kellsgrange Kells Kilkenny


086 2617204


Hutchinson, William J Chapelizod House Kells Co. Kilkenny


086 2510899


Keogh, Brian Coolmanagh Upper Hacketstown Co. Carlow


085 1321150


Kidd, Brian Ballyclough Camolin Enniscorthy Co. Wexford


087 0535170



Kidd, John Kildavin Bunclody Co. Wexford


087 2480910

059 9157869


Lalor, Richard & John Rathkenty Lisronagh Clonmel Co. Tipperary


085 1476892

086 1223478


McCullagh, Anne Glenaharry Bagenalstown Co. Carlow


087 2173793

059 9721479


Morrissey, Paddy Ballintaggart Callan Co. Kilkenny


087 9557971


Mulcahy, John Ballinattin Clerihan Clonmel Co. Tipperary


087 4456486

052 6135497


Murphy, Anne Belcarrig Gorey Co. Wexford


086 8441144

053 9383270


Murphy, Michael & Aidan Belcarrig Gorey Co. Wexford


087 6634313


Neville, John Brownstown Murrintown Co. Wexford


087 1204485


O' Leary, Eamon Clonee Camolin Enniscorthy Co. Wexford


087 2943367


Pollard, Tom Grawn Ballingarry Thurles Co. Tipperary


087 6534570


Power, Michelle Kilbranish Bunclody Co.Wexford


085 7391426

056 7728023

053 9139747

052 54314


Purcell,Mark & Kate Mangan The Rower Co. Kilkenny


087 9104695


Redmond, John Knockindrane Garryhill Bagenalstown Co. Carlow


087 6419590

057 9727854


Renehan, John Violet Hill Johnstown Co. Kilkenny

Violet Hill

086 8153324

056 8838775


Richardson, Peter Aghade Kilbride Co. Carlow


086 3388047


Rothwell, Clive 3 Park Green Phelim Wood Tullow Co. Carlow


087 6617060


Rossiter, Clem & Greg Grange Bannow Co. Wexford


087 9613297


Rothwell Gavin & Stuart Adamstown House Enniscorthy Co. Wexford


087 2035784


Ryan, Denis Barmoney Ballyhogue Enniscorthy Co. Wexford


085 1044094

087 6878200


Sinnot, Michael Jnr Knockbrandon Craanford Gorey Co. Wexford


087 1361875


Stephenson, Ann Corstown Kilmanagh Co. Kilkenny


086 8340964

056 7769489


Taylor, John L Renaghmore Grange Barna Thurles Co. Tipperary


087 2357627

056 8834412


Tynan Edward Garrandarragh Mullinavat Co. Kilkenny


085 1655538

051 898429


Walsh, Noel P Ballintlea Leamybrien Co. Waterford


087 6424259


Wheelock, Aoife 15 Thornbrook Ballaghkeen Co. Wexford


087 3519576


Whelan, Thomas Barmoney Ballyhogue Enniscorthy Co. Wexford


086 6061312


Whyte, Patrick Mountain Breeze Cutteen Kilrossonty Co. Waterford


085 7818549


Buckley, Edward & Dean Kilbarry Macroom Co. Cork


086 0712641


Clifford, Raymond Dromin Milltown Co. Kerry

Sliabh Mish

086 8129672

South West


Dunne, Chris Toger Templetuohy Thurles Co. Tipperary


087 7931220


Fitzpatrick, Michael Toomullin Doolin Co. Clare


086 3518788



Gallagher, Mary Ballinamongree Glanworth Co. Cork


086 8360059


Healy, Stephen Upper Tennis Valentia Island Co. Kerry


087 9254576

025 38232


Howard, PJ Fermoyle Fanore Co. Clare


086 3179798


Hurley, Kathleen Ardnatrush Glengarriff Co. Cork


086 8123762


Jeffery, Jim & Frampton The Bungalow Ahanesk Midleton Co. Cork


086 3339010


Keane, Diarmuid Grouse Lodge House Ardagh Co. Limerick


087 2450502


Kerins, Niall Bushmount Firies Killarney Co. Kerry


087 6286724

066 9764660


Kerwick, Thomas Gleengook South New Bermingham Thurles Co. Tipperary

New Bermingham

087 1348227

052 9154361


Landers, Patrick Mountnicholas Gortnalea Tralee Co. Kerry


087 4144674

066 9764639


Leahy, Seamus Ballyquirke Newcastle West Co. Limerick


087 2660600


McCarthy, Christopher Burryroe Bantry Co. Cork


087 7613875


McCarthy, Edward & Sheena Ballybeg Buttevant Co. Cork


086 2730363


McCarthy, Jerry Fustane Kenmare Co. Kerry


087 6028669

021 4631462


Meagher, Enda Shangarry Ballingarry Thurles Co. Tipperary

Little Farm

087 9767830


Mullins, Michael & Betty Poundtown Kilnaboy Ennis Co. Clare


087 4115959

065 6837980


Neenan, Michael Dromakee Kilflynn Tralee Co. Kerry


087 2777721

066 7135412


O' Donoghue, Conor Drumeevin Kilfenora Co. Clare


085 2814307


O'Keeffe. Arthur & Patrick Annakisha Hse Mallow Co. Cork


086 8135804

022 26180


O'Mahony Robert & Ann Forrestown Carrigtwohill Co. Cork


086 8501163

021 4882108


O'Se, Fergal Church Cross Ventry Tralee Co. Kerry


087 9895475


O'Sullivan, Michael Cullinagh Skibereen Co. Cork


086 1790568


Poff, Herbert & Mark Reeksview Killorglin Co. Kerry


087 2823029


Skillicorn Patrick & Andrew Hume Newtown Bantry Co. Cork


086 1982410

087 2492065


Thompson, Daniel Castlegarde Cappamore Co. Limerick


087 9314006

061 381856


Walker, Robert Kilcurley Manister Croom Co. Limerick


087 2390270

061 397340


Wharton, Emma 8 Rockgrove Terrace Lr Glanmire Rd Cork


085 7749198

West BYF

Bailey, Kenneth & Conor Lismurtagh Tulsk Co. Roscommon


086 8309514


Beirne, Padraig Corbooley Knockcroghery Co. Roscommon


087 7659832


Brennan, Alma & Lorraine Lisgobbin Roscommon


086 8546772


Brennan, John J Lisgobbin Roscommon


086 8179246


Brooks, John J Racepark Taughmaconnell Ballinasloe Co. Roscommon


086 8122850

0906 9683627


Burke, Trevor Tavanaghmore Corofin Cummer Tuam Co. Galway


086 1606565

093 41871


Cahill, Anthony Cloonard Castlerea Co. Roscommon


086 6080433

094 9880353


Campbell, Eric Vicars Choroland Tuam Co. Galway


085 7583764


Carroll, Michael & Damien Ballymulalin Brideswell Athlone Co. Roscommon


086 0638388

0906 488074


Claney, Andrew Whiterock Longford


087 6276872

043 3345880


Conlon, Frank 4, Tennis View Moate Co. Westmeath


086 3522356

0906 6481925



Connelly Brian Abbert Abbeyknockmoy Tuam Co. Galway


087 7925263


Cunniffe, Darragh Horseleap Tuam Co. Galway


087 9895631


Davitt, Richard Simonstown Gaybrook Mullingar Co. Westmeath


087 6864288


Delaney, Seamus Creemully Castlcoote Co. Roscommon


087 2076290


Davis, Gerry Castlebrock Ballinalee Co. Longford


087 2819287

0906 6663347


Dempsey, Garry Inishmacatreer Cross Claremorris via Co. Galway


087 1374020


Devine, Joseph Lismacaffrey Mullingar Co. Westmeath


086 2513255

043 36685107


Dolan, Mark Kilkerrin Road Glenamaddy Co. Galway


086 3581322

086 2072736


Dwyer, Michael Donamon Roscommon Co. Roscommon


086 2041815


Egan, James Castle Street Elphin Co. Roscommon


086 2223548


Egan, Brian Mackenrany Mount Temple Moate Co. Westmeath


087 1306745


Egan, Jonathon Cloonlough Ballinlough Co. Roscommon


086 3011788


Fahy, Aidan Carrownamona Tullira Ardrahan Co. Galway


087 2953295


Hanley, Patrick Keelogue Edgeworthstown Co. Longford


086 8241920


Haverty, Harry Cloonboo Lavally Tuam Co. Galway


087 6714867


Haverty, Michael Dunblaney Dunmore Co. Galway


087 9000231


Healy, Christopher Doon West Roscahill Co. Galway

Doon Hill

087 1348568


Heneghan Raymond Peake Loughgeorge Claregalway Co. Galway


085 1565985

091 798669


Higgins, John Jnr Belville Baylin Athlone Co. Westmeath


087 6849778

0906 6485921


Hynes, Shane & Patrick Highwarren Bayline Athlone Co. Westmeath


086 7232552

087 2261102


Joyce, Jarlath 4 Woodfield Cappagh Rd Barna Galway


087 9957349


Joyce, Patrick Cahir Recess Co. Galway


087 6754357


Keane, Cyril Ballinamana West Clarenbridge Co. Galway


087 6655701


Keavney, John Cloonchambers Castlerea Co. Roscommon


087 9754091


Kellaghan, Ralph Newdown The Downs Mullingar Co. Westmeath


086 8042185


Kelly, Ben Borefield Strokestown Co. Roscommon


087 7709830


Kelly, Padraig Taughboy Ballyforan Ballinasloe Co. Roscommon


086 2401527


Kenny, PJ Liscahill Edgeworthstown Co. Longford


087 9088320


Kenny, Thomas Ballinderry Kilconnell Ballinasloe Co. Galway


087 2221322


Killilea Gerry Gregcarragh Claregalway Co. Galway


087 2847534


Kyne, Niall Moyvoon Oughterard Co. Galway


087 6547265


Lavin, Tony & Cathal Ardkillen Strokestown Co. Roscommon


087 7502004

093 38470

091 552430


Lyons, Conor Turoe Bullaun Loughrea Co. Galway


086 0318699


Lyons, Pat Turoe Bullaun Loughrea Co. Galway


087 9832392

091 842420


Mannion, Patrick Castleview Barnaderg Tuam Co. Galway

Castle view

087 6707298

093 49537


McDermott, Patrick Ballygalda Galway Road Roscommon


087 6055735


McGloin, John 3 Dun Ard Knockcroghery Co. Roscommon


087 1833189


McLoughlin, Colin Lisacurkia Tibohine Castlerea Co. Roscommon


086 2613884



Mee, Donal Coolderry Four Roads Co. Roscommon


086 3276061

0906 623303


Mulligan, Margaret & Ruth Mullagh Castlepollard Co. Westmeath


087 2308642

044 61314


Murphy, Martin Ballykeeran Big Athlone Co. Westmeath


087 6325371


Murphy, Michael Moneen Cummer Tuam Co. Galway


087 6993411


Murtagh Liam & J Quinn Attydermott Aughrim Ballinasloe Co. Galway


087 2810263


Niland, Gerard & Margaret Chessy Kinvara Co. Galway


086 3797349


Niland, Padraic Chessy Kinvara Co. Galway


087 4121886


Noble, Harry Kilcoursey House Edgeworthstown Co. Longford


093 41380

091 635148 091 635148 043 3371281


Noble, Mark Tully Coolarty Co. Longford


087 6146964


O' Dowd Caragh Croghan Village Boyle Co. Roscommon


086 1966079


O'Dowd Brian & Dermot Croghan Boyle Co. Roscommon


086 1966079


Regan, Michael Clooneen Hartland Strokestown Co. Roscommon


086 2670678


Shanley, Padraig Culliaghy Ballyleague Lanesborough Co. Longford


087 9044870


Sharkey, Darragh Lisboy Castlerea Co. Roscommon


087 9383151

043 3371281

071 9668255

043 3327610


Swift, Jack Ballyhiague Williamstown Co. Galway


089 4530462


Teagasc c/o Henry Walsh Research Centre Athenry Co. Galway


091 845847

091 845845


Thornton, Fintan Gortenaire Tynagh Loughrea Co. Galway


087 2220639

0909 74557


Treacy Padraig & Michael Gailey Knockcroghery Co. Roscommon


087 2879741


Turley, Enda Newbridge Fardrum Athlone Co. Westmeath


086 3818743


Walsh, Jack Ballykeeran Bullaun Loughrea Co. Galway


087 3359997


Warde, Gerard Windfield Road Menlough Ballinasloe Co. Galway


085 2431540


Whelan, Declan Lisnagree Caltra Ballinasloe Co. Galway


086 2689543


0906 430272

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