Charollais Society takes biggest ever stand at ploughing
The 24 Charollais sales this year recorded a clearance rate of more than 85pc, with prices ranging from a high of €820 to a low of €300 at regional sales.
To capitalise on the successful sales season, the Irish Charollais Sheep Society has taken a larger stand than ever before at the Ploughing Championships.
The display will include a number of Charollais-cross lambs, including mountain-cross and lowland-type lambs, the winning pair of ewe lambs (pure-bred Charollais) from the National Livestock Show in Tullamore and a pure-bred registered Charollais hogget ram for the annual raffle.
As well as the hogget ram, the raffle prizes will include society sale vouchers and Bimeda products. Tickets will be sold for €2 each, or a book of six for €10. Society members will be in attendance at the stand and, as usual, enquiries, active discussion and feedback from visitors will always be welcomed.
The Irish Charollais Sheep Society will continue its celebration of the 21st anniversary, displaying a photographic highlights of the society's history, and a special commemorative yearbook at its stand.
The first Charollais sheep were imported by a number of key breeders prior to the formation of the society in 1990 from other breeders within the British Charollais Sheep Society and from the origin of Charollais sheep in France. Today, Charollais breeders continue to deliver the highest quality pure-bred registered Charollais males and females.
This year is the first that the Charollais society has a lady at the helm, after former secretary Sheena McCarthy was elected chairwoman. Sheena, her husband Eddie and daughter Jilly run their 'Awbeg' flock in Buttevant, Co Cork.