2015-06-29    facebooktwitterrss

Young Texel Breeders Enjoy Five Nations Event

The recent Texel Five Nations Youth event hosted by the Irish Texel Society saw more than 40 British Texel Society young members enjoy an action packed weekend in Southern Ireland.

Arriving on Friday the first stop for those attending was a visit to Pat and Barry Farrell’s Oberstown flock to view the flock and meet up with Irish young members.

Texel Youth Team

Texel Sheep Society Youth Development Programme chairman Duncan Mellin said the group were impressed with the quality and uniformity of the flock.

“We were expecting to see some top quality Texels and we weren’t disappointed. The Farrell’s bred the 2014 BTSS first season sire of the year, Oberstown Usain Bolt, the first southern Irish bred ram to win the award and the standard of their flock made it easy to see why.”

After a social evening the group then headed to Liam Dillon’s Kilclammon flock on Saturday for the highlight of the weekend the team competitions.

“This was a diverse competition, which saw teams have to complete a range of stockjudging tasks, including judging four commercial cows, four commercial ewes and four pairs of butchers lambs.

“Teams also had to name the sires of pedigree Texel lambs based on photographs of the sires as well as guess the weight of a cow and calf and a horse,” he explains.

Alongside these stock based tasks the teams also took part in field games, including hurling and bale rolling and also had to complete a ‘quiz with a difference’.

“The difference was the answers were written on stones placed at the bottom of a pool. This meant one member from each team had to go in to the pool to get the answers.

“All of these activities then contributed to the overall team score, with the English team of James Robinson, Nicholas Woodmass, Scott Armstrong, Oliver Taylor and Shauna Lake, winning the competition.”

On Sunday the group then visited the All Ireland Texel Show held at Dundalk which had a high quality entry forward. “All those attending were greatly impressed with the quality of the sheep on display and they were a credit to the breeders.

“We are extremely grateful to the Irish Texel Sheep Society for organising and hosting the Five Nations event and all the hard work which went in to making a highly successful weekend.”

British Texel Sheep Society chairman Henry Gamble, added that the societies on both sides of the water have strength in depth with many young breeders having a keen eye for stock and a clear focus of what the breed can deliver to commercial producers.

“Both the Irish and the British societies have a reputation for providing successful learning and social events for their membership and this event has more than delivered on that front. We have been pleased to be able to provide support for our young breeders.


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