Moat­far­rell flock adds to decades of success

Pat Lynch scoops top prizes at Suf­folk So­ci­ety show in Ro­screa to main­tain the Long­ford flock’s track record at shows and sales re­ports Martin Ryan

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE -

The Moat­far­rell flock con­tin­ued its decades-long run of success when cream­ing the top ac­co­lades from the Ir­ish Suf­folk Sheep So­ci­ety premier show and sale at Ro­screa Mart on Satur­day.

No other Suf­folk flock in the land can match the Mount­far­rell record of nine group-of-three champions at the an­nual Premier.

One of the old­est flocks in Ire­land, hav­ing been founded by the late De­nis Lynch of Bal­li­nalee, Co Long­ford in the late 1940s, the flock’s re­mark­able record of success in both the show and sales rings over 75 years is be­ing con­tin­ued by his son, Pat.

“The first Ram lambs from the flock were ex­hib­ited at Prus­sia Street (Dublin) in 1950, ob­tain­ing the fourth high­est price on the day, and in 1951 the second high­est price was achieved sell­ing to a top of £35.14s,” re­calls Pat.

The stan­dard of stock rams and rams bred within the herd has been a cor­ner­stone of the Lynch success over the decades.

“One ram of note bred in the

Moat­far­rell Flock was Moat­far­rell Dis­cov­erer, RDS Cham­pion for three years in suc­ces­sion,” says Pat.

“The stock rams in­cluded Bridge­stone Ben Hur, the 1992 Sire of the Year, Re­serve Cham­pion at Ed­in­burgh and pur­chased for 11,000 gns.”

The Jan­uary 2020-born ram judged Male Cham­pion and Supreme Cham­pion at the 2020 Premier on Satur­day went on to sell for the leading price of the day at €1,500, des­tined for the Mayo flock of show judge Stephen Govin, who had ear­lier awarded him the red rosette in the highly com­pet­i­tive large Open

Ram Lamb class.

He is the first lamb shown by the main flock stock ram Burn­view Magic, who was sired by Forkins Fer­rari II. His dam is Willy Tait’s great breed­ing ewe T86 13082, mother of nu­mer­ous high-price sell­ing rams, and the dam of Burn­view Hit­man II, re­garded as one of the top rams in the Suf­folk world.

Achieving a double success in the Fe­male Cham­pi­onship was Michael Murphy, of Cum­mer, Tuam, Co Gal­way with two Jan­uary 2020born ewes awarded Cham­pion and Re­serve, nei­ther of which reached their re­serve in the sale ring.

Second high­est price of the day was €1,000 paid for John Martin’s March 2019-born ram, third prizewin­ner in the Shear­ling Ram Class, from the flock at Dun­cormick, Co Wex­ford.

In the ewe lambs, Matthew Pearse, of Cap­pa­kee, O’Brien’s Bridge, Co Clare re­ceived the leading price of the sale for his prize-win­ner in the Ewe Lamb Class at €500.

All fig­ures for 2019 were ex­ceeded with the top price up by €400 and clear­ance at 63pc com­pared to 49pc last year, while the over­all av­er­age of €616 showed an in­crease of 10 pc in an over­all suc­cess­ful trade un­der the ham­mer of auc­tion­eer Ge­orge Can­dler.

Champions:

Mark Gre­aly with Mark and Clodagh Gre­aly and their win­ner of the Re­serve Male and Re­serve Supreme Cham­pion; left: Richard Moore with his win­ner of the Shear­ling Lamb class

The stan­dard of stock rams and rams bred within the herd has been a cor­ner­stone of the Lynch success over the decades

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