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

Club Reports – West of Ireland 2018

West Of Ireland Registered Suffolk Sheep Breeders club

2018 was a challenging year in every way with weather conditions not very favourable for the breeder.  Lambing time proved difficult with stock having to be housed for longer than normal and with delay’s getting stock out to grass.

The first outing for the Suffolk Sheep Society was the National Sheep Championships which was this year in Kilkenny as part of the NSA on June 9th.  I would like to congratulate our members Coote Geelan, Kennith Bailey and Garth Graham who were among the prize winners.

The calendar for the club opened this year on 7th July with the Club Championships being held at the “ Sheep 2018 Farm to Fork “run by Teagasc of Athenry . This event  was a great shop window to show case Suffolk’s and the high standard of Suffolk’s that are available from our members here in the West of Ireland. Kennith Baileys aged ewe was champion with Mattie & Kevin Kelly’s ram lamb as reserve. Congratulations both.

The south of Ireland premier was held once again in Roscrea and once again the west was well represented in the line-up for rosettes. I would like to congratulate all members who took part.

The 2018 sales opened with the West’s premier show and sale in Roscommon in early August. Johnathan Lucas from Killygorden, Donegal was the appointed judge .His choice on the day for champion was the winner of the ram lamb open class which came from the Benwiskin flock with the 1st prize winner in the Reordered class taking reserve champion from Priorview flock.

Our final show and sale for 2018 was also in Roscommon and with a large entry. John Doherty from Malinhead Donegal choose the 1st place open ram class winner from Benwiskin Suffolk’s as champion with Mattie & Kevin Kelly Summerhill Suffolk’s Galway taking reserve champion with their 1st prize winner in the recordered class.

Congratulations to all who took part in our shows this year and look forward to seeing you all back in 2019.