Farm Ireland

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Breeders needed to meet call for Vendeen

An exceptionally high rate of on-farm sales of Vendeen sheep this year has forced the Vendeen Society to cancel one of its regional sales this year.

"We are now seeking new breeders to supply the ever increasing demand for rams," said society PRO Ann Ford.

"Prospective purchasers are prepared to travel long distances to buy a Vendeen ram and we are encouraging more breeders to join us to satisfy this demand.

"Many animals are being sold straight from the farm and this has left us with less animals for the regional sales.

"Our sales are always well attended but the interest in Vendeen rams this year is exceptional," she said.

At the Vendeen Premier Sale in Roscommon Mart, there was massive demand for the 49 lots on offer. The top-priced ram and champion of the show was a lamb bred by Martin and Damien Conboy that sold for €1,270.

The winner of the performance ram lamb section, and also reserve champion, was bred by Gordon and Yvonne Johnston, from Co Westmeath, and sold for €900 on the day.

The Vendeen year will culminate in the in-lamb ewe sale, which will take place on Wednesday, October 26, at Roscommon Mart.

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"We have an incentive in place at this event for anyone looking to start breeding Vendeen sheep," said Ms Ford.

"Any prospective member of the Irish Vendeen Sheep Society who buys two or more females, and subsequently transfers them into their own name, is entitled to their first year membership free of charge."

The Vendeen website ( has lots of useful information about the breed and its origins, a list of all members and contact details, and dates and venues of sales.

Sales catalogues are also available to download one week before each sale.

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