A Special Texel In-lamb sale - which will take place at Blessington Mart on Saturday, December 8th - is set to be one of the main events for Texel calendar this year.
Over 100 females will go under the hammer from some of the some of the best breeding lines of the Foundry; Lawn; Annakisha; Donnellys; Chessy; Emlach; and Thornville flocks.
To maximise the breeding potential of the ewes being sold in the sale and to give the buyers a choice, approximately twenty different service sires have been utilised.
Dispersal Sale of Baileys Flock
The dispersal sale of the renowned Baileys Flock, Co. Meath will also take place at the Wicklow-based venue. After 15 years of dedicated breeding, Tom Bailey has come to the difficult decision to totally disperse the flock.
This sale will give new and existing breeders the chance to expand their flocks and new breeders to start with exceptional bloodlines.
The flock was founded on the purchase of five ewe hoggets privately from the Muiresk flock. One of these original ewes has made the biggest influence on the flock, breeding the National Champion in 2005 and a Blessington Champion in 2006 selling for a record €38,000 and his E.T. brother was knocked down at €18,000 - this is still the current record for Texels sold in the south of Ireland and the second highest price.
Other additions to the flock were made from Glenside; Forkins; Cairness; Laurelbank; Chessy and Lawn flocks. One of the most notable purchases in the flock was the €28,000 gns, Forkins Nijinsky, who bred very well, siring the National Champion 2005; 1st-prize senior ewe lamb and1st-prize senior ram lamb.
He also sired the joint top-priced lamb at Blessington; top price at Athenry and Blessington 2nd Sale. One of his most notable sons was the renowned Bailey's One and Only stock ram in the Lawn and Ballybur flocks who left his mark in the show ring over the years.
Baileys Texels has left a record on the show circuit that will be admired for years to come by winning the National Championships 2005-2008; Tullamore Champion 2005; Reserve Female Balmoral 2007-2009; 1st-Prize Shearling Ram Balmoral 2007 and 1st-Prize Ewe Hogget Balmoral in 2007 and 2009.
Tom's ram offerings include Derrylahan Big Balls who was purchased for 6,200 and the 3,000 Enniscrone Barrin- both 5-star terminal rams.
Tom is also offering the rare opportunity to purchase recipients carrying embryos from his top ewes who will be included in the sale.
In addition to the aforementioned, a number of ewes from scrapie monitored flocks and type-ones are catalogued for the sale; therefore export can be arranged if required.
Breeders in the sale which begins at 1:00 pm in Blessington Mart, Co. Wicklow will assist with transport in Ireland where required, according to the society.
For more information on the sale, see Facebook or contact Anne Murphy - 086-8441144.Image source: Alfie Shaw via Flor Ryan