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‘Top performing’ flocks to host multi-breed ‘Spring Superstars Sale’

Spring Superstars Sheep Sale at Ballybofey and Stranorlar Co-op Livestock Mart, Co Donegal at 12 pm on Thursday, May 28th, 2022.
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‘Top performing’ flocks to host multi-breed ‘Spring Superstars Sale’

A group of renowned, prize-winning, and progressive sheep breeders with “top-performing” flocks have joined forces to host a ‘Spring Superstars Sale’ next month.

The hybrid (in-person and online via LSL Auctions) multi-breed sale will occur at Ballybofey and Stranorlar Co-op Livestock Mart at 12 pm on Saturday, May 28th, 2022.

According to organisers, ewes with lambs at foot, gimmer ewes, ram lambs and recipients with lambs at foot are among those catalogued for the forthcoming sale.

Breeds that will go under the hammer include:

  • Badger Face Texel;
  • Blue Texel;
  • Dutch Spotted;
  • Badger Face Texel;
  • Valais Blacknose;
  • Texel;
  • Beltex;
  • Suffolk;
  • Charollais;
  • Sufftex.


  • Martin McLaughlin;
  • Kevin McDermott;
  • Ryan Greene;
  • Shaun Monagle;
  • Alison McCrabbe;
  • Jack O’Brien;
  • Declan Robinson;
  • Francis Cavanagh;
  • Paul Mallon.

Blue Texel

Martin McLaughlin of the Cashel View flock has bred male and female champions and had the overall and reserve at the Irish premier sale in 2021. He has fine-tuned his prize-winning flock using all imported UK genetics.

Dutch Spotted

Kevin McDermott (McDermott’s Flock) bred the top-priced male at the Irish premier sale and claims to hold the current breed record for a Dutch Spotted male.

He will offer one maternal ET sister for sale from Diamond Electro, which he purchased at 12-weeks-old at the SpringTime Sparklers sale for £5,000.

He told That’s Farming that this was a breed record in the UK at the time, but it has since been broken.


Ryan Greene of the Larahirl flock and Shaun Monagle of Tullyflock, who recently have purchased “some of the best female lines” in the UK & Ireland, will offer Suffolk entries for sale.

Beltex and Badger Face Texel

Ardstewart Beltex & Badger Face Texels, property of Alison Mc Crabbe, who has bred numerous sales toppers in Carlisle, will also put sheep under the hammer.

Meanwhile, Jack O’ Brien of Aileach View Beltex, who has “bought some of the best lines” from Matt Burleigh’s flock, is the sale’s sixth consigner.

The final Beltex breeder is Declan Robinson of the Sheephaven flock. Declan has had success nationwide, including notching up top prices at Beltex premier sales, as That’s Farming has previously reported.

Valais Blacknose

Francis Cavanagh will offer “some of the world’s cutest sheep” for sale (all imported bloodlines) from his Wild Atlantic Valais.


Paul Mallon, who has imported top bloodlines from the UK and is “one of the top-performing flocks” in the breed, is the sale’s final seller.

Social media competition, catalogue, and online bidding

A catalogue will be available to view online before the sale. To register to bid online, contact the mart on: (074) 913 1101.

Organisers are hosting a win a €100 sales voucher to launch the sale – see its Facebook page for more information.