This week we received two lovely letters from two of Ireland’s youngest sheep breeders. Chaylee and Lorinne Greene, aged 13 and 12, started their very own pedigree flock approximately two years ago and its been a sucess from day 1 after they sold a €17000 ram called Alfie.
The girls hail from the Larahirl, Culdaff area of Co. Donegal, where they first set up Green-star Texels. They did so with the plan of following in their father, John’s, footsteps who is an Irish Texel sheep society member and runs the well known Larahirl Texel flock.
The girls started their flock not only because of their love for sheep, but also with their college futures in mind. They began breeding, saving and preparing themselves, saving any money earned for their future college educations.
They were both born and raised on their farm and both remember fondly being out and about helping from a very young age. The family also hold cows, but it is sheep that holds the key to their hearts as they are “loveable”.
They both share an avid interest in attending shows and love the preparation involved. Such is the girls commitment to the industry, they say they enjoy it rain, hail or snow.
“It’s weird but I love it. Even when it’s raining and i’m out in the oilskins dosing”, said Chaylee.
They last year attended and entered in their first ever show as exhibitors, to a great degree of success. The girls won the novice class for one of their rams, a great achievement for their maiden show.
While most young girls may find it hard to find the time, the Greene sisters are no different. They always make the time to get their farming done though, with their love for sheep as clear as day.
“I try to get out most days. But it’s not easy between school, football and dancing”, says Chaylee.
The two girls, in their short career thus far, have made quite a name for themselves making the third highest price ever received at Blessington recently. They sold their Ram Lamb, Alfie, for a whopping price of €17,000. Alfie was sired by Tophill Wallstreet and was purchased by Starthbogie, Milnbank and Seaforde, setting the girls well on their way for a college education.
“The lamb we sold was a very friendly lamb. He would follow you around, eat nuts and we would even take selfies with him”, said Lorinne.
Alfie’s full brother was also sold on the day, by their father John, for another high price of €5,700. The girls were happy to see Alfie go, knowing he was heading into very reputable Texel flocks.
The girls also plan to take all they’ve learned so far into future careers in the industry. Chaylee would like to become a vet when she’s older, while Lorinne would like to study agriculture with the plan to always keep their own animals.
These girls may only be in first and second year of secondary school, but they already have their heads firmly screwed on. Take a look at the adorable letters sent into us below.