The Donegal Cheviot & Cheviot-Cross Breeders' Group was formed in recent weeks, with a view to supplying high-quality prolific females to commercial farmers and to highlight the benefits of the breed.
Speaking to That's Farming, James Lorinyenko, chairperson of the group, said: "The Cheviot breed has been here in Donegal going back years and there numerous Cheviot farmers were producing quality stock."
"They were selling them through various means, such as online or privately at the mart and we thought that we should put something together, like a show or a sale," he added.
“There is a good share of Cheviot and Cheviot-crosses here in Donegal; that’s really why we have tried to get something up and running, so in January and February this year, we made some phone calls and organised a meeting."
There was a good interest in the ideas and twenty people were present on the night to show support of the group formation; a second meeting attracted a larger attendance and a committee was elected.
- Chairperson – James Lorinyenko
- Secretary – Shane McHugh
- Treasurer – John Quigley
- Committee representative – Gordon Elder
The first point of action is to gather sponsorship and host a mart sale of Cheviots on Friday, September 6th. The sale will start at six o' clock in Ballybofey & Stranorlar Mart.
“Overall, the Cheviots are very adaptable to their surroundings; they go back in Donegal at least 40 or 50 years from the first imports of Cheviots from Co. Wicklow. You can run them in uphill or lowland farms”.
"We would like our members to have an interest in producing good quality stock; they don’t have to be big sheep or anything, just high-quality stock that can be sold brought to the commercial farmers at a high standard," said James.
"There is a nominal membership fee of €40 and if those who would like to join have any good quality home-bred ewe lambs or hoggets, for example, they will be welcome to join."
"We will accept members with Cheviot, Suffolk-cross-Cheviots or Cheviot-cross-Scottish Blackface. We would be very interested in hearing from people with those three types of sheep or crosses," James concluded
For more information, see Facebook or call James Lorinyenko - 087 2725121