A Donegal sheep breeder left Blessington Mart a very happy man over the weekend, after he sold his champion Texel ram for a cool price of €17,000 following a spate of bidding. The ram was sold as part of the annual Irish Texel Sheep Society Premier Show and sale held at Blessington Mart in County Wicklow.
The breeder, John Green from Cullduff, was visibly delighted after securing a double win at the show and then subsequently selling his prize ram, Greesnstar Alfie, for the huge price. The ram, born in February of this year, was the third highest priced Irish Bred Texel Ram in history. It won in the best novice ram lamb class and also was crowned male champion of the show and the overall supreme champion.
The ram was purchased jointly by a group which included Milnbank, Strathbogne and Seaforde Texels in Aberdeenshire Co. Down. The second highest price on the day was €5,700 which was received for a full brother of the champion ram, Greenstar Alfie, and from the same flock.
The Reserve male champion on the day sold for a price of €4,800 and was purchased by McHugh brothers. He was exhibited on the day by Anthony Donnelly.
In the female classes, the overall winner of the championship was a ewe belonging to Arthur and Patricia O' Keefe. The animal was sired by the recently successful Claybury Warrior for a cool €1,450. It was bought on the day by Ben Kelly.