Kerry sheep breeder explains how Texel rams have improved his flock

August 5, 2022 9:24 am

Christopher O’Neill is a sheep and suckler farmer based in Castlemaine, Co. Kerry, who runs the farm with his father and brother.

Their farm mainly consists of 300 Texel-cross ewes, but they also have 32 suckler cows and 40 dairy bull calves.

The O’Neills operate a spring-lambing system where they begin lambing during the first week of January and finish around February 20. Their flock is then ready for culling when lamb factory prices are highest.

Christopher said that he only uses Texel rams on his cross-bred ewes as the breed is “a limited edition”.