One of the largest sheep events in Ireland will return on Saturday, June 8th at Cillín Hill Mart Complex in Kilkenny.
The National Sheep Breeders Association of Ireland (NSBA) Red Mills Championships will be a day of showing, industry seminars, exhibitions, trade stands and socialising with like-minded people.
The All-Ireland & National Championships are already confirmed from the Belclare, Charollais, Suffolk Society, Texel and the Irish Suffolk Society along with other showing classes of Blue Texel, Vendeen, Jacob, Zwartbles and Rouge.
Showing on the day will commence at 10:00 am and conclude with the championships parade and selection of the overall show champion at 4 pm.
Also in the showing section will be commercial classes, with a combined prize fund of over €2,500.
The judge of the commercial classes for 2019 will be Willie McAllister of the Artnagullion flock from Northern Ireland.
Classes for commercials include;
- Aged ewe 2 years and up,
- Shearling ewe,
- Breeding ewe lamb,
- Factory lamb (max.44kg),
- Butchers lamb (max.50kg).
Prize money for these classes starts at €100 for 1st place and continues down to €20 for the 4th placing.
NSBA Champion Pair of Commercial Sheep
- A new class with a 1st prize of €400 down to €50 for 6th place.
Entries for this class can include stock rams but at least one of the pairs must be a crossbred/hybrid sheep.
- Sheep Ireland Interbreed Ram Lamb
A new class for breeders registered with Sheep Ireland. The criteria for entries in this class will be based on the Sheep Ireland performance recording. More information and entry forms are available on request from email@example.comTrade Stands will include;
- Tagging equipment,
- Handling and shearing equipment,
- Knowledge transfer groups,
- Diverse uses of sheep produce such as wool jewellery or sheep’s milk ice cream, clothing and health care.
- AgriKids (sponsored by Irish Texel Society),
- Interactive workshops,
- Activities and digital games designed to educate children on farm safety,
- Working Sheepdog Demonstrations hosted by well-known dog trainer Donie Anderson.
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