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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Brothers hosting full dispersal sale of 14-year-old Derrylahan Texel flock

Texel Dispersal Sale

Dáire and Enda McManamon are set to disperse their multi-prize-winning Derrylahan Texel flock in its entirety later this week.

The Newport, Co Mayo natives’ sale will take place at Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart on Friday night (December 9th, 2022) at 6:30 pm.

55 lots are catalogued for the sale, which include:

  • Ewes;
  • Hogget ewes;
  • Ewe lambs;
  • A stock ram, Teiglum Distinct;
  • Frozen embryos;
  • Frozen semen from some of its “top” breeding rams of the last ten years.

The Derrylahan Texel flock was established in 2008, and the family lambed their first ewes in spring of 2009.

The brothers told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane about the flock’s humble beginnings:

“We purchased what we saw to be the best females we could afford at the time and gradually developed and improved the flock as the years progressed.”

“We are delighted to be able to offer a strong batch of hogget ewes, with some quality stock ewes and the best of this year’s ewe lamb crop.”

“Also, we are offering one of our stock rams, along with some frozen embryos and frozen semen.”

“The females on offer here are from our very top bloodlines that have served us well over the years.”

“We have had a most enjoyable journey with them and have attended many shows and sales in the years since and have achieved some level of success along the way,” the two brothers added.

Cx (1)
Last year’s top price hogget at the Blessington All-Stars sale sold for €3,200. Her dam is the outstanding breeding Knock ewe. 6 daughters of that super ewe will be for sale
Success 

Notable sales over the years included that of Derrylahan Big Balls at €6,200 in 2019, while females made €3,200, €2,500 and €2,000 last year and €2,800, €2,600 and €2,500 on two occasions in 2020.

Notable achievements to date:

  • 2015 All-Ireland Supreme Champion;
  • 2015 RDS Champion of Champion;
  • Reserve Female Champion – All-Irelands 2013;
  • 1st Junior Ram lamb – All-Irelands 2014 & 2017;
  • Reserve Female Champion – Premier Sale Blessington 2017;
  • North Connacht Overall Champion 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2022;
  • Tullamore Overall Texel Champion 2018;
  • Female Champion – Premier Sale Blessington 2020.
Enda 1
Garngour Bladerunner, a £5,500 purchase in Lanark in 2019. One of its main service sires, breeding tremendously well, including the Female champion at Blessington in 2020 and sheep selling to a top of €5,500 off him.
14-year commitment

They continued: “This is a full dispersal sale of the flock; we are selling our sheep because we do not have the time required to do the job as well as we would like.”

Ray Clarke will be the auctioneer on the night. We still really love Texel sheep and would not rule out getting back into breeding Texels in the future.”

“We hope that you can continue to support them wherever possible.”

“Texels have been a massive part of our lives for the past 14 years, and I am sure we will both have mixed emotions on the night of the sale.”

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way along our very enjoyable journey with them.”

“Finally, we wish all bidders and purchasers every success and hope that they all go on to breed to your satisfaction,” they concluded.

Enda 2
A hogget ewe they sold privately a few years back to the Donnolly and Recess flock, bred tremendously for them, including a Blessington Supreme champion. 3 full sisters to that ewe included in the sale plus 6 daughters of the 3 ewes.
Viewing and bidding

Entries can be viewed in the mart from 4 pm onwards. Online and ringside bidding are available.

Contact Enda at 087-9151665 for more information.

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