The 2018 Texel Twilight Sale is set to take place in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Saturday December 29th.
“The sale is taking place the 29th of December in Cootehill,” said Michael Donohue, Secretary for the North East Irish Texel club to That’sFarming.
The Sale -
This year’s sale, which will take place at Stationroad Mart, Cootehill, is hosted by the North East Irish Texel Club. The sale will kick off at 1pm sharp on the day, with 60 Pedigree in-lamb Texel shearling ewes up for sale and viewing from 12pm sharp.
“There will be sixty Pedigree in-lamb Texels up for sale,” Michael explained.
Featured at this year’s sale will be stock from the Oberstown, Clover Hill, Macetown, Corry Hill and Macs, Geordie, Ellinure, Grove, Glassdrummond, Mullaghrafferty, Finn and Navac flocks, some of the top performing Texel flocks in the country. Each entry at this year’s sale is a part of the LambPlus scheme by Sheep Ireland and all sheep are EuroStar rated.
“All of the flocks are in the LambPlus scheme and have Eurostars.” Michael said.
“Some of them would have double five-star ratings.” He added.
Not your typical in-lamb ewe sale, the annual sale will see sellers donating a portion of each sale to charity.
“All the sellers are actually donating two percent of each sale to the Irish Society of Autism.” said the Secretary of the North East Texel Ireland Club.
“Over the last three years, we have picked a charity…This year, we decided to go for Autism.”
Last Year -
Last year’s sale saw Pat and Barry Farrell of the Oberstown Flock make the best price of €2,310 on the night, for a ewe sired by Cornmore Velvet Jacket. The pair of farmers also had the three best priced females on the day.
Continuing with the charitable nature of the sale, the pair of farmers then donated a pedigree ewe lamb up for sale as part of the auction, with all funds going to the chosen charity, The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The ewe lamb raised €1,380 in total.
“Last year was for Motor Neurone disease.” Secretary Michael explained.
“Pat Farrell donated a ewe lamb last year and it made decent money.” He added.
This wasn’t where the charitable efforts ended last year as the North East Irish Texel Club also did a “whip-around” and managed to raise in excess of €2,000 in total for Motor Neurone Disease.
“Last year, we did a bit of a whip-around afterwards and raised over €2,600 in total.” Michael said.
“It’s not all about selling stock. It’s Christmas time, people like to share and give a little to other people who are maybe in need.” Michael concluded.
To keep up-to-date with the events of the sale or for further information visit the official North East Texel Irish Club Facebook page here. You can view the catalogue in full here