Sheep breed­ers’ an­nual show is buzzing with pos­i­tiv­ity

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THERE was a great crowd at En­nis­cor­thy Mart hop­ing to nab a bar­gain and maybe even some prizes as the 126th County Wex­ford Sheep Breed­ers’ Great An­nual Show and Sale took place. The at­mos­phere was over­whelm­ingly one of pos­i­tiv­ity as many farm­ers be­lieve that the tide is turn­ing as prices re­turn to the best lev­els they’ve been at for years.

There was a great turnout and plenty of ex­cite­ment as some of the finest sheep in the South East were put on show and bid­ding be­gan. ‘We had a great turnout,’ said or­gan­iser Michael Bren­nan. ‘The weather prob­a­bly helped us a bit. Prices were sig­nif­i­cantly up on re­cent years and there was al­most a com­plete clear­ance of stock. I think ev­ery­thing went above breed­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions and it was a great day.’

The top price on the day was earned by a Suf­folk Ram be­long­ing to Bren­dan Fitz­patrick from Bal­ly­william which fetched €950.

As well as buy­ing and sell­ing sheep, there were also prizes on of­fer for the best sheep on the day. Judges were Si­mon Brown from Graigue­na­managh for the pedi­grees and Tom Bol­ger from Tul­low for the cross-breeds. First prize in the Charo­lais Shear­ling Sec­tion was Pat Ros­siter Ban­now and J Stephen­son from Adamstown. In the Charo­lais Ram Lamb sec­tion, the win­ners were W.M. Glee­son from Feathard and Pa­trick Ros­siter from Ban­now.

Top prize in the Texel Shear­ling Ram sec­tion was Gavin Roth­well from Adamstown. In the Suf­folk sec­tion, Tom Ros­siter from Ban­now came out on top in the Ram Lamb Sec­tion, with Pa­trick Glee­son from Feathard scor­ing top hon­ours in the shear­ling ram and Tom Ros­siter from Ban­now in the group. The cross bred ewe lambs sec­tion was won by Jim Stephen­son from Adamstown with Tom Ke­hoe from Cas­tle­dock­rell win­ning the cross bred shear­ling ewes sec­tion.

Over­all the 126th an­nual show was said to have been a huge suc­cess and was en­joyed by all who at­tended.

Back: Michael Bren­nan, sec­re­tary; Si­mon Browne, judge; June Harpur, chair­per­son; with Pa­trick and Tommy Ros­siter and Ai­dan Boyle with the cham­pion Charo­lais ram at the County Wex­ford Sheep Breed­ers an­nual show and sale in En­nis­cor­thy Mart.

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