Welcome to the News page for the Ireland Region which includes Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Regional Council Member

Mr Paul Colhoun
25 Kingarrow Road
County Tyrone
BT79 7TX

Tel:  07715326021 Email: paulcolhoun@googlemail.com

NSA Documents relating to Covid-19


Here are two PDF documents which many give you information during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please click the links to download.


Covid Farm Sign

Covid Checklist for Shearers and Farmers


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The Jacob Sheep Society’s new calendar editor is Sarah Weaver who will be receiving and selecting photographs for the 2021 calendar, arranging printing, and posting them out to members in due course. Closing date for the receipt of digital photographs for consideration is July 31st and photographs should be e-mailed to sarah.weaver4475@gmail.com.

Calendars should be ordered through our merchandising coordinator, Lorna Hendey, via the on-line shop at https://sales.jacobsheepsociety.com




Ireland Region Open Day - Sat 23rd June –

Rearranged Ireland region open day - Saturday 23rd June.

The Jss Ireland committee have decided to hold an informal Open day at the Kingarrow flock in Omagh (BT79 7TX) @ 1pm followed by a visit to the Ulster American folk park @ 3pm, only a 5 min drive away from the flock visit.

All members very welcome and also non members who have an interest in jacob sheep. Please let us know via facebook, phone or text or asap if attending so we have actual numbers.

The ulster american folk park is a great visit with over 30 exhibit buildings telling the story of three centuries of Irish emigration. The cost for a group of 15+ is £6.95 each and this can be paid directly at the entrance. Rooms have been booked in the Mellon Country hotel only one mile away from the Folk park and we have agreed a special rate with them for 2 people B & B and evening meal.

If members want a room booked or just for the meal @ 8pm please let me know as only two rooms left. Hope to see you at the Kingarrow flock on the 23rd June



New Members

The Jacob Sheep Society and the Ireland Region would like to welcome our newest members who have joined in 2018 - Mr  Patrick McGlynn, (Cloghan - Co Donegal), Mr Andrew Montgomery, (Portglenone – Co Antrim ) and Mr Trevor Kane (Tandragee – Co Armagh).

I hope that you enjoy being a member of the Society and I look forward to meeting you at some of our Regional Events


Show Competition 2018 - 

The Show Competition was a huge success in 2017 and saw even more members took to the show ring.
It will include 9 shows in the North and 11 in the South this year. Points will be awarded for attending shows, 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in Ram, Ewe, Ewe lamb & Ram lamb classes and for Champion & Reserve Champion.The competition takes the same format as last year with scores from six of the shows counting towards the final scoring which means that members don’t have to attend all shows in order to be in with a chance of winning the prizes.
A big thank you to our sponsor – Richard Beattie Livestock Sales – Gortin.

Showing at local shows is a great opportunity to meet other members and to show the general public the quality of Jacob sheep that are currently in Ireland. It is also a great place to advertise the sheep that you are going to be selling at the Official sales.

Prizes and trophies will be presented at the Ireland Region Agm in October 2018.

For a full list of 2018 shows please download the list here - Ireland Shows 2018


Ireland Region Committee

Paul Colhoun (Omagh), Derek Brown (Belturbet),Martin Harney (Ballinasloe),  Adrian Hamilton (Omagh), James McGrath(Omagh), Jonathan Harkness (Antrim), Pat Gogan (Slane) & Matthew Kehoe (Gorey)


Ireland Open Day - 2017

This year`s Open day will be held at the home of Martin and Bernie Harney  -  Green Star Jacobs, on Sat 3rd June at their home in Ballinasloe, Galway. The pedigree Jacob flock consisting of 22 ewes run alongside their commercial flock of 120 ewes which are all looked after by Martins sons – Kevin & David. The Green star flock purchased their first Jacob ram in 2001 and they joined the JSS in 2003 when they purchased a pedigree ram from Derek Brown.  The Harney family show their Jacob sheep at most of the shows in Ireland and their most notable success  in the last few years was winning the Southern Ireland show and sale championship in 2015 at Tullamore with their homebred  shearling ram - Green Star Tim. I hope that as many members as possible can attend this years Open day as it is a great social event in the calendar and it is a great opportunity to meet up with other members in our region. The Open day will start at 1pm and there will be lots to keep young and old entertained throughout the afternoon.. More details with directions etc will be sent out in the Spring Newsletter   Martin has agreed a special rate (110 euros for a double or twin room – B&B) with the local hotel – Gullanes hotel, Main street, Ballinasloe and 10 rooms have been reserved  for any JSS members who wish to stay over and make an evening out of it. This is now becoming a regular date on the Jss calendar and always proves to be a very enjoyable night. Please contact hotel directly – 00353909642220 and quote  - Jacob sheep society to avail of the price.   Please contact Martin - 00353872296656  or Paul  - 07715326021 to let us know if attending so we have an idea of numbers on the day.

The 5th Northern Ireland Official Show & Sale will be held on the earlier date of  Sat 5th August in Gortin Mart (Co Tyrone).  There were 145 entries last year and I think all members went home very happy with the prices they received in the ring. The key to this show & sales success is for members to continue to bring the best quality sheep they can for sale. Good sheep means good prices and a good reputation for your flock. Bad sheep will probably do as well in the factory. Robert Locker  will be travelling over from Scotland to judge along with Gordon Connor & Scott Dalrymple who will be doing the pre show inspection. The show will start at the slightly earlier time of 11am and the sale at 12.30pm (Sheep to be penned by 9.30am). Entry forms will be sent out in June.  

The Southern Ireland Official Show & Sale will be held at Blessington Mart (Co Wicklow) on Sat 30th September in conjunction with the Multibreed pedigree sale (please note change of date****). With better entries and good sheep on offer for sale, last years sale was a great success and we are hopeful that this year will continue to improve.  We have 40 + members in the South and it would be great to see some new faces and sheep at the sale. Adrian Hamilton from Omagh will be the judge this year. Show will begin at 11am, Sale at 12pm (All sheep must be penned by 9.30am and all members exhibiting sheep are asked to wear white coats). Entry forms will be sent out in August 

The Joint Show Competition is going strong and is now in its 4th Year. Nine shows North & South are included in this years competition. Scores from six of the shows will count towards the final scorings which means members don’t have to attend all nine shows in order to be in with a chance of being in the prizes. A big thank you to our sponsor – Richard Beattie Livestock Sales – Gortin 

Current Members in the Ireland Region

The full list of Ireland members can be found in the - Search for members section - at the bottom of the homepage of the Jacob Sheep society website


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