South of Ireland Branch Flockbook is now ‘LIVE’ on the Sheep Ireland Database

South of Ireland Branch Flockbook is now ‘LIVE’ on the Sheep Ireland Database

Your Account

Our flockbook is now hosted on the Sheep Ireland database and provides you with your online flockbook account to view the current animals located in your flock. You can now use your online account to record the information required by the breed society throughout the year – i.e., mating, lambing, animal movements etc. You can also request pedigree registrations and animal genotypes via the account. Several helpful flock management reports for your flock are also available. There is a HELP button at the top of most pages with instructions and guidance on how the page works.

How to Log in

To access your online account go to www.sheep.ie and click ‘Online Services’. Enter your personal department flock designator as your username (IE04 followed by 5 digits – IE0412345). If logging in for the first time, you will need to create your own password.  To do this, click on the ‘forgot password’ link which you will find on the online services page. This will send an email to the email address attached to your flocks account (if you did not include an email on your application to the society you will not be able to access your online account, (Please contact the South of Ireland office directly to correct this).

 Follow the simple instructions on this email to create your password.

First steps once you get logged in
  • Please check your flock inventory once you log in. It is crucial that this inventory is accurate and kept up to date. If new sheep need to be added, you can do so by using the ‘Add Animal’ function under the ‘Inventory’ tab on your account. Contact the society if you have any issues adding sheep. If sheep have been sold or have died, please record this information accurately in a timely fashion using the animal sales screen or the death tab. Every effort was made to ensure a smooth transition of the Suffolk Sheep Society – South of Ireland Flockbook onto the Sheep Ireland database, however if you see something inaccurate please contact the SOI office directly and we will correct it as soon as possible.
  • Record your ewes recent pregnancy scan results, including your barrens
  • Order a genotype for your stock ram/s. This is compulsory. You can also genomically test any other animal in your flock if you so wish.

NB: ALL STOCK RAMS MUST BE GENOTYPED INCLUDING RAMS USED IN 2021

  • Add your 2022 lambs as soon after birth as possible, by clicking on ‘Lambing Management’ located under the ‘Management’ option on your account.
Make recording your lambing even easier!

Download the Sheep Ireland app to your phone and record your lambing data as it happens. Our LambPlus members have found this app extremely user friendly and efficient.

Sheep Ireland on the App Store (apple.com)

Sheep Ireland – Apps on Google Play

Joining Sheep Irelands LambPlus programme

We strongly encourage all society members to join the LambPlus performance recording programme. To continue and increase the rate of genetic gain in our breed, we must collect as much data as possible on our breed. There are also many perks, such as subsidised genotyping costs and access to the LambPlus customer care team.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering joining the LambPlus Program, Sheep Ireland have extended the online application deadline for the LambPlus 2022 season for Suffolk members until 24th January 2022

You will see a yellow banner appear on your homepage when you log into your Sheep Ireland account and you can simply sign up there. Alternatively,  call their office on 023 88 20 451 to discuss what’s involved or email query@sheep.ie to express your interest in joining.  Sheep Ireland will be closed over the Christmas period and will re-open again on Tues 4th Jan.” Please bear with us as we transition from the Grassroots system into the new Flockbook system on the Sheep Ireland system. Inevitable there will be some queries and adjustments to be made.

If you have any queries, please contact the Suffolk Sheep Society – South of Ireland Branch office directly either by phone on 083 0907313 or via email at enquiries@irishsuffolksheep.org

Useful Links

Sheep Ireland

Sheep Ireland on the App Store (apple.com)

Sheep Ireland – Apps on Google Play

query@sheep.ie

enquiries@irishsuffolksheep.org

1971-2021 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SUFFOLK BREEDING IN THE WEST OF IRELAND

1971-2021 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SUFFOLK BREEDING IN THE WEST OF IRELAND

The West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club publish a 50th Anniversary Magazine to mark tremendous milestone in their history.

Click on the cover page below to read articles from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., ‘The Origins of the Suffolk’, a trip down memory lane and much much more.

If you would like a copy, please get in touch with any of the committee or at woisuffolk@hotmail.com and it can be arranged. You can also visit their website here or click the links below.

South Of Ireland Flock Competition – 2019

South Of Ireland Flock Competition – 2019

Overall Champion Colin Watchorn celebrates his Beechbrook Flock

Judge: Mr Iain Barbour, Solwaybank Flock

This year’s flock competition was judged by the highly respected Suffolk breeder, Mr Iain Barbour of the Solwaybank Flock, Scotland. As with recent years, the South of Ireland competition was held in conjunction with the Suffolk Sheep Society Flock competition and our Irish members performed well against flocks from N Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

In the Society competition, S & P O’Connor (Kerry) was awarded the John Long Cup for the best flock of 16-30 ewes and Ronan McLoughlin (Donegal) was presented with the Best Stud Ram trophy for ‘Limestone Aston Martin’. Both Sean and Ronan, along with Garth Graham (Sligo), Gerry Killilea (Galway) and Colin Watchorn (Wicklow) picked up a total of 7 Certificates of Merit for different classes in the Society Competition. In the South of Ireland Competition, Colin Watchorn lifted the overall trophy for best flock in Ireland. Colin (ably supported by the family) hosted an excellent viewing day and presentation on Saturday 10th August.

Overall Champion

Winner: C Watchorn, Co Wicklow (Beechbrook Flock)

Reserve: S&P O’Connor, Co Kerry (Islandmore Flock)

Flock up to 30 Ewes

Winner: S&P O’Connor, Co Kerry (Islandmore Flock)

Reserve: R McLoughlin, Co Donegal (Ballyboe Flock)

Certificate of Merit: P Byrne

Flock Over 30 Ewes

Winner: C Watchorn Co Wicklow (Beechbrook Flock)

Reserve: G Killilea, Co Galway (Carragh Flock)

Certificates of Merit: G Graham, Co Sligo (Kirriemuir Flock)

Ewe Lamb Class

Winner: C Watchorn, Co Wicklow (Beechbrook Flock)

Reserve:  G Killilea, Co Galway (Carragh Flock)

Certificates of Merit: S&P O’Connor, G Graham

Flock Ewes Class

Winner: C Watchorn, Co Wicklow (Beechbrook Flock)

Reserve: S&P O’Connor, Co Kerry (Islandmore Flock)

Stock Rams

Winner: “Limestone Aston Martin” (Owner R McLaughin)

Reserve:  “Lakeview Lonesome Days” (Owner S&P O’Connor)

Certificate of Merit: “Errigal Jack the Lad” (Owner G Graham)

South of Ireland Flock Competition – 2018

South of Ireland Flock Competition – 2018

Overall Champion Eamonn Duffy celebrates Kells Flock

Judge: Mr Andrew Wilson, Castleisle Flock

This year’s flock competition was judged by the highly respected Suffolk breeder, Mr Andrew Wilson , of the Castleisle Flock, Donegal. The South of Ireland competition was held in conjunction with the Suffolk Society Flock competition this year. Eamonn Duffy had a very successful year, winning the overall trophy for best flock in Ireland. This is the second year in a row that Eamonn has lifted the South of Ireland branch trophy, and the Kells Flock also featured strongly in the 2018 Society competition lifting the Brook Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best flock of over 100 ewes, competing against flocks from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

Overall Champion

Winner: E Duffy (Kells Flock)

Reserve: S & P O’Connor (Islandmore Flock)

Flock up to 30 Ewes

Winner: S & P O’Connor (Islandmore Flock)

Reserve: J & E Gahan (Barronstown Flock)

Flock Over 30 Ewes

Winner: E Duffy (Kells Flock)

Reserve: S & S Gahan (Barrowlands Flock)

Ewe Lamb Class

Winner: E Duffy (Kells Flock)

Reserve: C Watchorn (Beechbrook Flock)

Flock Ewes Class

Winner: R Mclaughlin (Ballyboe Flock)

Reserve: E Duffy (Kells Flock)

2nd Reserve: P Byrne (Limepark Flock)

Stock Rams

Winner: S & S Gahan “Carragh Captivate”

Reserve: S & V Tiffin “Bawnard the Rebel”

Irish Championships – Kilkenny 2018

Irish Championships – Kilkenny 2018

Shannagh Resolve from A O’Keeffe claims 2018 Supreme Champion Title

Date: 9th June 2018

Judge: Iain Barbour, Solwaybank Flock

The 1st NSBA Championships was the chosen venue for the South of Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep
Society’s National championships 2018. Blessed with celestial sunshine over 80 of the highest quality
Suffolks were lined out before Judge Iain Barbour from the “Solwaybank” Flock. Some classes boasted
Suffolks from over ten counties. The venue was perfect.


Supreme Champion, Female Champion & 1st prize Shearling Ewe owned by Arthur O’Keeffe
Sired by Shannagh Resolve; her dam by Cairness Galastar. This same ewe was reserve female of the year at the same event as last year.


Reserve Supreme Champion owned by Patrick O’Keeffe (son of Arthur)
This Shearling Ewe also captured Reserve Supreme Champion & Reserve Female Champion 2nd Prize
Shearling Ewe sired by Clyda Dreamcatcher: Dam by Rookery Classic


Male Champion owned by Susan O’Keeffe (president elect of the Suffolk Sheep Society)
Male Champion & First Prize Ram Lamb sired by Muirton One Direction: Dam by Rookery Classic


Reserve Male Champion owned by Seamus Browne sired by Lakeview Heart of Gold: Dam by Rhaeadr Ron.


Female Champion owned by Arthur O’Keeffe sired by Shannagh Resolve: Dam by Cairness Galastar


Reserve female Champion owned by Patrick O’Keeffe sired by Clyda Dreamcatcher: Dam by Rookery Classic


Class Prize winners were as follows-

Class 1 Shearling Ram
1st Philip Lynch Castlebellingham, Co Louth ( Burnview The Duke sired by Birness Murray: Dam by Cairness
Liam)
2nd Sean & Valerie Tiffin Kilgarvin, Co. Kerry
3rd Coote Geelan Carrick on Shannon,


Class 2 Aged Ewe
1st Philip Lynch Castlebellingham, Co. Louth (Sire Burnview Gin &Tonic: Dam by Cairnton the Cracker)
2nd Susan O’Keeffe Mallow, Co. Cork
3rd Kenneth Bailey Tulsk Co. Roscommon.


Class 3 Shearling Ewe
1st Arthur O’Keeffe Mallow, Co. Cork (Sire by Shannagh Resolve: Dam by Cairness Galastar)
2nd Patrick O’Keeffe Mallow, Co. Cork
3rd Susan O’Keeffe Mallow, Co. Cork


Class 4 Novice Ram Lamb
1st John Stacey Bunclody, Co. Wexford (Sire by Strathbogie Dynamite: Dam by Rhaeadr Johnny)
2nd Garth Graham Ballygawley, Co. Sligo
3rd David Quinlan Gowran, Co. Kilkenny


Class 5 Open Ram Class
1st Susan O’Keeffe Mallow, Co. Cork (Sire by Muirton One Direction: Dam by Rookery Classic)
2nd Seamus Browne Letterkenny, Co. Cork
3rd John Stacey Bunclody, Co. Wexford


Class 6 Novice Ewe Lamb
1st Aaron Kealy Dunshauglin, Co. Meath
2nd Colin Watchorn Newcastle Co. Wicklow
3rd David Quinlan Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

Class 7 Ewe Lamb
1st Philip Lynch Castlebellingham, Co. Louth,(Sire by Rookery Rodeo: Dam by Caireness Achievement)
2nd Seamus Browne Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
3rd Patrick O’Keeffe, Mallow, Co. Cork.

South of Ireland Branch Premier Show and Sale – Roscrea 2018

South of Ireland Branch Premier Show and Sale – Roscrea 2018

Top Price 4,200gns from S Browne

Date: 4th August 2018

Sponsor:

Auctioneer:

Judge: James Rooney, Benwiskin Flock

Delighted sellers and delighted buyers was the theme in Roscrea on Saturday last when the South of
Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society held their Premier Show and Sale at Roscrea Mart.
100% clearance on Shearling Ewes; 93 % Clearance of Ewe Lambs: 75% clearance of Ram Lambs;
67% Clearance of Shearing Rams reflected the mood of the day. Buyers from France purchased four
ram lambs and a number of very impressed Northern Ireland buyers were very happy to travel to
Roscrea to invest in their choice of breeding ram lamb for the coming season.


Champion of the Show was selected by Judge Jimmy Rooney “Benwiskin Flock” as AJ & JA Lucas’s of
the “Finnvale Flock” January born Ram lamb sired by Oakbridge Maxiumus. The judge was so
impressed by this lamb that he chose to purchase him at the sale later in the afternoon. This same
lamb was deemed as Male Champion and placed 1st in the open Ram Lamb Class.


Seamus Browne of the Errigal Flock came in as Reserve Champion with a late December born ram
lamb sired by Lakeview Heart of Gold. This lamb also captured the Reserve Male Champion Rosette
as was 1st prize winner in the Recorded Class and 2nd in the Group of Three Rams. Another Ram
Lamb owned by Seamus, also sired by Lakeview Heart of Gold, was placed 2nd in the Open Ram
Lamb Class.


Philip Lynch of the Glyde Flock followed up his success in the 2018 National Championships by
winning the Female Championship for the second time in three years with a Rookery Rodeo sired
Ewe Lamb, born in early January. This lamb won 1st prize in the Ewe Lamb Class as well as in the NSC
in Kilkenny in June and sold for top female price of €1,200 gns. Philip also took 3rd prize in the open
ram class with a Young Burnview the Duke sired lamb and 3rd in the Group of Three Rams; selling to
Greg Rossiter.


Reserve Female Champion of the Show went to another Donegal Breeders Jeffrey & Robert
Thornton of the Killyclug Flock. Their Shearling Ewe sired by Birness Bravado secured the Reserve
Champion Rosette as well as 1st place in the Single Shearling Ewe Class.

Average prices: Shearling Ewes €910.00: Ewe Lambs €605.00: Shearling Rams €700.00:
Ram Lambs €1030.00
High Prices in €gns.
Seamus Browne €4,200 gns; €2,800gns: €2,000gns: €1,900gns; €1,000gns.
Susan O’Keeffe €3,200: €1,600gns.
John A Doherty €3,000gns: €2,600gns.
William R Wilson €2,050gns twice: €1,450gns: €1,200gns.
Thomas Cavanagh €2,000gns.
AJ & JA Lucas €2,000gns: €1,300gns.
Philip Lynch €1,200gns
Philp Byrne €1,200gns
Colin Watchorn €1,100gns twice.
Jeffrey & Robert Thornton €1,000gns
Andrew Wilson €1,000gns.

Class 1 – Single shearling ewe
1 Lot 3 J+R Thornton

PWU:17:03884 by Birness Bravado
2 Lot 2 J+E Gahan

SKW:17:00455 by Rookery Best of the Best
3 Lot 5 M+J O’Neill

DBJ:17:01921 by Ballygarvanstud Bullseye

Class 2 – Single ewe lamb
1 Lot 23 P Lynch

CZK:18:00902 by Rookery Rodeo

2 Lot 18 G Killilea

HOL:18:03298 by Solwaybank Overdrive

3 Lot 10 C Watchorn

PXL:18:00358 by Mountford Classic

Class 3 – Shearling Ram

1 Lot 26 L+A Kirkpatrick

PWW:17:00076 BY Solwaybank Major

2 Lot 28 K Bailey

HDC:17:00914 by Ballygarvanstud Flashdance

3 Lot 24 M Ennett

LZN:17:00729 by Limestone Will Griggs on Fire

Class 4 – Ram Lamb sired by a SOI Bred Ram

1 Lot 106 J Doherty

CFN:18:02731 by Malinhead Viking

2 Lot 118 T Cavanagh

KFR:18:12637 by Gulladuff McGregor

3 Lot 98 P O’Keeffe

NBK:18:05919 by Shannagh Knockout

Class 5–Recorded Class
1 Lot 52 S Browne

PBH:18:01174 by Lakeview Heart of Gold
2 Lot 158 WJ + R Wilson

78A:18:06367 by Lakeview Armani
3 Lot 77 S O’Keeffe

BYD:18:02442 by Muirton One Direction

Class 6 – Novice ram lamb
1 Lot 162 J+R Thornton

PWU:18:03955 by Birness Bacardi

2 Lot 92 J+R Thornton

PWU:18:03956 by Birness Bacardi

3 Lot 116 C Watchorn

PXL:18:00384 by Mountford Classic

Class 7 – Open Ram Lamb
1 Lot 88 AJ + JA Lucas

DWT:18:01017 by Oakbridge Maximus
2 Lot 51 S Browne

PBH:18:01198 by Lakeview Heart of Gold
3 Lot 101 P Lynch

CZK:18:00915 by Burnview the Duke

Class 8- Groups of Three Ram Lambs

 1 Lots 85, 86 & 158 RJ Wilson

78A: 18:06388, 78A: 18:06401 and 78A: 18:06367

  • S Browne
  • P Lynch

Female champion

Lot 23 P Lynch

CZK:18:00902 by Rookery Rodeo

Reserve female champion

Lot 3 J+R Thornton

PWU:17:03884 by Birness Bravado

Male and Supreme Champion

Lot 88 AJ Lucas

DWT:18:01017 by Oakbridge Maximus

Reserve Male and Overall Reserve Champion

Lot 52 S Browne

PBH:18:01174 by Lakeview heart of Gold