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Saturday 10 December 2016

Keen competition for top Suffolks at Raphoe Show

Published 16/09/2015 | 02:30

Judge Philip Gurney with Alan Kilpatrick and the Shealing Champion at the Donegal Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Show and Sale in Raphoe Livestock Mart. Photo: Clive Wasson
Judge Philip Gurney with Alan Kilpatrick and the Shealing Champion at the Donegal Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Show and Sale in Raphoe Livestock Mart. Photo: Clive Wasson
Andrew Wilson with the Reserve Champion at the Donegal Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Show and Sale in Raphoe Livestock Mart. Photo- Clive Wasson

Sheep breeders from near and far engaged in strong competition for breeding stock at the Donegal Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Show and Sale held at Raphoe Livestock Mart.

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The top price of €910 was paid for the overall Champion of the Show exhibited by John A Doherty, Malin Head and local sheep breeder, Andrew Walton, Raphoe, one of the organisers of the event, who sold his Reserve Champion for €730.

Donegal is regarded as one of the natural 'homes' of the Suffolks and the many breeders who travelled from as far south as the midlands were not disappointed with the scale of the selection on offer or the quality in the sales ring, where there was a clear preference among bidders for the high 'star' rated lots.

Andrew Walton described the prices as on par with 2014 with a "reasonably good sale" and a further sale being arranged for September 25.

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