Growvite Texel All Ireland Judge 2024

We are delighted to announce the judge for the 
All Ireland Championships this year to be one of
the prominent breeders in the Texel breed of 
recent years.
This years judge will be Mark Priestley of the
 Seaford flock, who has bred rams that have
 been in some of the top pedigrees in recent 
years. Most notably Empire King who has bred
 lambs to 100k and also the notable 
Auldhouseburn Fancy Pants. It was also another 
significant day last year for Seaford when a son 
of Seaford Egyptian Warrior topped the legendary 
Kelso tup sales.
Mark has truly learned his trade in some of the 
most notable flocks in the breed when 
he started learning the trade in Milinbank as a
 teenager and moving to the Sportsman’s Flock
 at 22. Since then Mark moved to working on
 his own farm with Suffolk and Texel flocks.
Mark is not stranger to the show ring with 
him recently picking up overall champion in bot
h the Texels and Suffolks in Balmoral and 
claiming the Interbreed with his Suffolks.
He has remarked that he is looking forward 
to judging the all Ireland and is excited 
about the quality of stock that will be on display. 
He noted this will be looking for something
 with commercial features for today’s market but 
will need that extra bit class to attract the eye.
June 5th, 2024|News|