96th Annual Show and Sale of Pedigree Registered Galway Sheep Monday 17th September 2018
Galway Sheep Breeders’ Show and Sale 2018
The Galway Sheep Breeders’ Annual Show and Sale takes place in Athenry Mart on Monday September 17th with the Show at 11 o’clock and the Sale at 1 p.m. All sheep entered must be pure bred and registered with Sheep Ireland in accordance with the Society’s rules. The Breeders are hoping to meet old and new friends from all parts of the country on the day, which is a traditional and integral part of Ireland’s sheep breeding year for nearly a century. In recent years the Breed has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence as flock owners are beginning to re-discover the many fine traits of the Galway Breed including docility and prolificacy. This year has seen a number of enquiries from Northern Ireland in particular. The Galway Sheep is Ireland’s only native breed and the sheep are eligible for payments under the GLAS scheme subject to certain conditions. Galway Rams are suitable for crossing with lowland and hill flocks as they bring length, height and strength to a crossbred flock. This year has seen a particularly strong entry of ewe hoggets in the female section which should ensure intense competition for the Joe Casey memorial cup. Two new classes have been added to the show since last year – a class for a single ewe lamb and a class for a single ewe hogget subject to the overall limit of seven sheep per breeder for the sale.
Each year brings changes and the sale this year will not be the same without Michael Maher of Bellville and Paddy Broderick of Laraghbeg, stalwart supports of the society who have gone to meet the greatest Shepherd of all.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainmneacha.