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Regional Council Member
Mr Paul Colhoun
25 Kingarrow Road
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JACOB SHEEP SOCIETY 53rd AGM WEEKEND 2022
Hosted by the Ireland Region
Friday 22nd – 24th April 2022
The AGM weekend schedule has been released and booking for the weekend is advised.
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The Ireland Show and Sales 2021
The Southern Ireland show and sale was held in Tullamore mart on Friday 6th August. A big thank you to our judge, Mrs Geraldine Fletcher from Wicklow. The pre show and sale inspection was carried out by Adrian Hamilton and Paul Colhoun.
Trade in the ring was very good and hopefully all members went home happy. The champion rosette was awarded to Cathal Walsh (Donadea flock) with his very stylish two horned shearling ewe and reserve champion was also awarded to the Donadea flock for his strong two horned shearling ram. The ram lamb class was won by the Harney family (Green star flock) with a very smart two horned ram lamb. The ewe lamb class was also won by the Harney family and was nearly a clean sweep as they had 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 6th placed ewe lambs in the winning line up. The aged ewe class was won by Brendan Carthy (Midfield flock) who also took 2nd place in the class.
Entries for the sale were superb with 94 pedigree sheep up for sale. A big thank to you to all the members who supported the sale by entering sheep or buying. , and to the committee members who helped out. Highest price on the day was €500 for the reserve champion shearling ram sold by Cathal Walsh, and the 2nd placed shearling ram also sold by Cathal Walsh achieved the 2nd highest price on the day of €440. . A new trophy was presented by the Ireland region for the reserve champion in memory of Mr Gordon Connor who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Averages – rams - €385, 4 sold; ewes - €255, 4 sold; shearling ewes - €267, 21 sold; ram lambs - €216, 5 sold; ewe lambs - €188, 38 sold.
Looking forward to next years sale which will he held at Tullamore Mart on Friday 5th August 2022
GORTIN SHOW AND SALE
The ninth Northern Ireland Show & Sale was held on Sat 14th August 2021 and with a superb entry of 168 pedigree sheep there was plenty for buyers to choose from. A big thank you to our judge, Stephen Dodsworth, who travelled over from the UK to judge some very large classes, and thanks also to our inspection team, Scott Dalrymple and Derek Brown, for inspecting a lot of sheep in a very tight schedule.
Stephen awarded the championship to the Harkness flock (Jonathan Harkness) with his stylish four horned ewe lamb by Pentrenant Hope out of a Pentrenant ewe. Reserve champion was awarded to the Crumkill flock (Joseph Duff) with his four horned aged ewe bred by Wyn and Siwan Harries. The second reserve champion went to the Gleannmor flock (James & Gareth McGrath) with their strong four horned shearling ram, Rill Elijah, bred by Linda Wilson.
Scott Dalrymple presented the new trophy given by the Ireland Region in memory of Gordon Connor for the best shearling ram to Gareth & James McGrath. Two new trophies where presented for best ewe lamb (Jack lynch trophy presented by Kevin Lynch) and best homebred shearling ewe (Albert Hamilton trophy presented by Adrian Hamilton).
The aged ram class was won by the Drumnagloh flock (Chris Martin) with his ram, Kildress Joseph; the ram lamb class was won by the Carnbeg flock (Cahal Moss) with his strong homebred two horned lamb; and the shearling ewe class was won by the Beltrim flock (Adrian Hamilton) with his strong homebred two horned ewe.
Top price on the day was awarded to the reserve champion aged ewe sold by Joseph Duff which achieved 1020gns in the sale ring. The champion ewe lamb sold for 800gns and went to the same home as the Champion - Ms Fidelma Brannigan & Ms Anna McGrath. The second placed ewe lamb sold by Cahal Moss achieved 600gns. Shearling ewes sold by the Beltrim and Kingarrow flocks achieved 500gns, and ram lambs topped at 600gns sold by the Crumkill and Kingarrow flocks - Crumkill Ezekiel & Kingarrow Axel. Aged rams topped at 560gns sold by James McGrath.
I have to say a huge thank you to all exhibitors and buyers for making the sale a success again. The sheep on display were superbly turned out and a credit to all exhibitors. A big thank you to all our sponsors for supporting our sale each year. Next year the tenth show and sale will ne held on Saturday 13th August 2022.
Averages - Aged ewes 10 sold, 403gns; shearling ewes 21 sold, 350gns; ewe lambs 86 sold, 262gns; aged rams 4 sold, 340gns; shearling rams 11 sold, 242gns; ram lamb 22 sold, 250gns