The Drumgooland Flock owned by Paul and Baillie O’Connor, Seaforde, Co Down is to host this year’s Texel Club open night on August 1 at 19 Drumgooland Road, Seaforde, Co Down, BT30 8NT.
Drumgooland flock has enjoyed a number of successes in the show and sales rings over the past three years including RUAS Balmoral show winning Male Champion, Reserve Male Champion, Aged Ram, Shearling Ram, Ewe Lamb and the Ram Lamb class twice.
Drumgooland Flock has also enjoyed success at local shows winning Breed Championships and Interbreed Champion and it is with anticipation the club looks forward to seeing their flock.
The Drumgooland Flock was established in 2010 with foundation females purchased from the Forkins, Tamnamoney, Tullagh, Springwell, Kiltariff, Strathbogie, Sportsmans, Milnbank, Cowal and Ettrick Flocks. The O’Connors continue to buy a select number of top female lines every year to enhance their breeding potential within the flock.
Paul and Baillie believe in producing quality pedigree stock and pay close attention to the female genetics within the flock. They undertake a flush programme each year with the top females within the flock, seeing the investment in female genetics as an essential component to their breeding success.
Careful selection of females and stock rams is carried out aimed at producing for both pedigree and commercial markets. The O’Connor family consider performance and growth of lambs from grass with a high killing out percentage of lean meat as an essential quality to the commercial industry.
Pedigree sires are sourced mainly from National sales where the best quality stock for pedigree breeding is made available to choose from.
Paul and Baillie look to purchase rams with good carcass, skin, topline and legs. As well as considering the eye appeal of the stock ram they also consider the back breeding success. They view this as important to ensure their breeding programme continues to produce breed qualities as well as appealing to the commercial farmer.
The Northern Ireland Texel Club would like to thank the O’Connor family for hosting this year’s open night and look forward to seeing the Drumgooland Flock on show.
The event is sponsored by AB Europe Ltd, Browne and Day and Webprint and the club extends their thanks for their generosity. The night will be packed with activities including the annual stockjudging competition, trade stands, barbecue and of course a tour around the host flock.
This is an open night for all – members, friends and commercial breeders alike. A charitable contribution from the event will be made to Motor Neurone Disease.