Farm Ireland

Friday 15 December 2017

Sheep classes for everybody

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

An extensive range of sheep showing classes will take place at Cillin Hill on Sunday.

The Charollais Sheep Society will have a photographic exhibition to celebrate its 21st anniversary, while RTE's Damien O'Reilly is to launch the society's 2011 yearbook at 2.30pm.


Judging of the six sheep classes by Cork judge Albert Ferguson will start at 12 noon and winners will qualify for the Osmonds All-Ireland at Mullingar on Sunday, July 10.

The Irish Vendeen Sheep Society is hosting its six National Championship classes, including classes for senior rams, shearling rams, ram lambs, senior ewes, Vendéen shearling ewe and ewe lambs.

Michael McHugh, head of Teagasc's sheep advisory services, is to judge the classes.

The Texel Sheep Society is to have the biggest display of sheep at the shearing event, with 211 sheep entered into the Growvite All-Ireland Texel Championships on Sunday.


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Antrim-based judge Robert Calvin is to preside over the nine classes across all ages and both sexes, and there will also be a young stockpersons class that can be entered on the day.

Judging of the Suffolk National Championships will start at 11am on Sunday, where Meath-based judge Pat Greaney will inspect the 90 animals entered for the nine classes.

Mr Greaney is a renowned judge of sheep, having previously been involved with the Bailey's Herd.

Caitriona Murphy

Indo Farming