Farm Ireland

Monday 22 January 2018

Suffolk ram lamb to be raffled by society

After enjoying a successful year in the show and sales ring, the Suffolk Sheep Society will have a comprehensive display of sheep at its stand at the Ploughing Championships.

Occupying its usual spot, the stand will be the first on the right-hand side of the sheep tunnel.

The display will include a pedigree a registered Suffolk ram lamb that was bought by the branch from the Kells flock, which will be raffled on the last evening of the championships.

In addition to this fine ram lamb, the display will consist of three pedigree registered Suffolk ewe lambs from the flock of Niall Walsh, Errill, Portlaoise, together with three cross-bred ram lambs and three cross-bred ewes. There will also be a Scotch-cross ewe and her two lambs from the flock of Greg Rossiter, Grange, Bannow, Co Wexford.

Suffolk Society secretary Anne Mitchell says there are 10 gold standards for Suffolks.

"Suffolks are top for superior growth rate, easily fleshed and early finished lambs, and top for hardy, lively and early turnout lambs," she said. "They are also top for footrot resistance, milk yield, mastitis resistance and scrapie resistance.

"Suffolk rams are ideal for cross on all breeds, being the only dual purpose breed that produces lots of quality lambs," she added.

If you have not bought your Suffolk ram lamb or won him in the raffle by the end of the championships, the Suffolk Society will hold its last sale of the season at Roscrea Mart on Wednesday, October 5.

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