The Cooley Sheep Breeders Association is gearing up to host a major charity fundraising event on the back of their annual September sales.
The voluntary non-profit organisation was founded by sheep farmers in 2011 with an objective to give local sheep breeders a platform to market their quality home-bred stock, as explained to That’s Farming by Oisin Sheelan of Cooley Sheep Breeders Association.
"When we got the sale end of things established, we decided that we could do more and focused on what we could give back because we ourselves rely heavily on sponsors and voluntary work including both committee members and others.” Oisin Sheelan explained to Catherina Cunnane of That’s Farming.
In response to the meeting and successful sales, the association has organised a fully-fledged charity stock-judging event which is earmarked to occur at 7:30 pm at Rose Wood Country Club, Newry Road, Ravensdale, Dundalk, County Louth.
“Each year a new charity is selected and this year all proceeds are in aid of local schools,” Oisin added.
“There are 8 groups of 4 matching sheep. Each group are put into the ring and spectators mark the sheep from first to fourth the aim is to match what the judge in the ring has selected.” Oisin said.
Interested parties can participate in the night for €10, with free admission for children. 1st; 2nd; and 3rd will be granted to who best match the judge’s scores, with a junior and senior competition to follow.
Raffle & Charity Auction
The stock-judging will be followed by a raffle; charity auction and refreshments. Raffle prizes that will be up for grabs on the night include vouchers for restaurants and a number of hampers, while a number of sheep-related items including feed and a range of Agri products will go under the hammer, as a result of the kind sponsorship from businesses in the locality.
“It will be a very entertaining night and everyone is welcome to attend,” Oisin concluded.