Welcome to the News page for the Ireland Region which includes Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Regional Council Member
Mr Paul Colhoun
25 Kingarrow Road
Tel: 07715326021 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Irelnd Region Committee
Paul Colhoun (Omagh), Derek Brown (Belturbet),Martin Harney (Ballinasloe), Adrian Hamilton (Omagh), James McGrath(Omagh), Jonathan Harkness (Antrim), Pat Gogan (Slane) & Matthew Kehoe (Gorey)
NEWS & EVENTS 2017
Ireland Open Day - 2017
This year`s Open day will be held at the home of Martin and Bernie Harney - Green Star Jacobs, on Sat 3rd June at their home in Ballinasloe, Galway. The pedigree Jacob flock consisting of 22 ewes run alongside their commercial flock of 120 ewes which are all looked after by Martins sons – Kevin & David. The Green star flock purchased their first Jacob ram in 2001 and they joined the JSS in 2003 when they purchased a pedigree ram from Derek Brown. The Harney family show their Jacob sheep at most of the shows in Ireland and their most notable success in the last few years was winning the Southern Ireland show and sale championship in 2015 at Tullamore with their homebred shearling ram - Green Star Tim. I hope that as many members as possible can attend this years Open day as it is a great social event in the calendar and it is a great opportunity to meet up with other members in our region. The Open day will start at 1pm and there will be lots to keep young and old entertained throughout the afternoon.. More details with directions etc will be sent out in the Spring Newsletter Martin has agreed a special rate (110 euros for a double or twin room – B&B) with the local hotel – Gullanes hotel, Main street, Ballinasloe and 10 rooms have been reserved for any JSS members who wish to stay over and make an evening out of it. This is now becoming a regular date on the Jss calendar and always proves to be a very enjoyable night. Please contact hotel directly – 00353909642220 and quote - Jacob sheep society to avail of the price. Please contact Martin - 00353872296656 or Paul - 07715326021 to let us know if attending so we have an idea of numbers on the day.
The 5th Northern Ireland Official Show & Sale will be held on the earlier date of Sat 5th August in Gortin Mart (Co Tyrone). There were 145 entries last year and I think all members went home very happy with the prices they received in the ring. The key to this show & sales success is for members to continue to bring the best quality sheep they can for sale. Good sheep means good prices and a good reputation for your flock. Bad sheep will probably do as well in the factory. Robert Locker will be travelling over from Scotland to judge along with Gordon Connor & Scott Dalrymple who will be doing the pre show inspection. The show will start at the slightly earlier time of 11am and the sale at 12.30pm (Sheep to be penned by 9.30am). Entry forms will be sent out in June.
The Southern Ireland Official Show & Sale will be held at Blessington Mart (Co Wicklow) on Sat 23rd September in conjunction with the Multibreed pedigree sale. With better entries and good sheep on offer for sale, last years sale was a great success and we are hopeful that this year will continue to improve. We have 40 + members in the South and it would be great to see some new faces and sheep at the sale. Adrian Hamilton from Omagh will be the judge this year. Show will begin at 11am, Sale at 12pm (All sheep must be penned by 9.30am and all members exhibiting sheep are asked to wear white coats). Entry forms will be sent out in August
The Joint Show Competition is going strong and is now in its 4th Year. Nine shows North & South are included in this years competition. Scores from six of the shows will count towards the final scorings which means members don’t have to attend all nine shows in order to be in with a chance of being in the prizes. A big thank you to our sponsor – Richard Beattie Livestock Sales – Gortin
Current Members in the Ireland Region
The full list of Ireland members can be found in the - Search for members section - at the bottom of the homepage of the Jacob Sheep society website
News & Events in 2016
Northern Ireland Show & Sale - Saturday 20th August - The 4th Official Northern Ireland Show & Sale will take place on Saturday 20th August at Gortin Mart, Co Tyrone (Show 11.30am, Sale 1pm). Please note all sheep must be penned by 10am. The quality of sheep at last years Show & Sale were excellent and this is a credit to our members who strive to bring the best sheep that they can to their local sale. The judge this year is the Scott Dalrymple (Scotland). All sheep sold in the pedigree section will have to go through a pre show inspection before they are sold to make sure they reach the societys Breed standard requirements. This gives the buyer the assurance that they are only buying the best quality stock. There will be 150 plus pedigree and non pedigree sheep for sale.
Southern Ireland Show & Sale - Saturday 24th September - The Southern Ireland Official Show & Sale will take place on Saturday 24th September at Blessington Mart, Co Wicklow - Show 11am,Sale 12pm. Mike Bundy will be travelling over from England to judge. All sheep to be sold will have to go through a pre show inspection before they go in the show ring to make sure they reach the societys Breed standard requirements. This gives the buyer the assurance that they are only buying the best quality stock. I encourage as many members as possible to support this sale by bringing good quality stock.
CLICK BELOW TO SEE SHOW DATES FOR IRELAND REGION 2016
Show Competition 2016 - The Show Competition was a huge success in 2015 and it will run again in 2016. It will include 9 shows (North & South) and points being awarded for attending shows, 1st,2nd & 3rd place in Ram, Ewe, Ewe lamb & Ram lamb classes and for Champion & Reserve Champion. Showing at local shows is a great opportunity to meet other members and to show the general public the quality of Jacob sheep that are currently in Ireland. A big thank you to Richard Beattie Livestock Sales(Gortin) who has kindly sponsored this event for the third year running.
The Jacob Sheep Society and the Ireland Region would like to welcome our newest members - Mr Chris Martin (Cookstown), Geanette stephens & Michael Butler (Gowran), (Jan Carrington (Roundwood), Master Ryan Fair(Newtownstewart) and Mr Sammy Wasson (Letterkenny). I hope that you enjoy being a member of the Society and I hope to meet you in person at one of our Regional Events.
News & Events in 2015
Ireland Region Open Day (Saturday 27th June) - The Ireland Region Open day will be hosted by Geraldine & Nicola Fletcher (Stonecroft & Sugarloaf flocks) on Saturday 27th June at their home in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. The Open day will start at 2pm and there will be plenty for young and old to do throughout the day. Along with the opportunity to see some of the best Jacob sheep in Ireland there will be a stockjudging competition, Preparing sheep for show demonstration, Talk by local vet, Auction, Kids games, Barbecue and many more events on the day to keep us entertained into the early evening. Open days are a great way to meet other members in our region and it is also a great opportunity to encourage anyone who is considering keeping Jacobs or joining the Society to come along for the afternoon. There are lots of B&Bs and hotels nearby for any members who would like to stay for the Saturday evening. The Coach house B&B –Roundwood (Tel -00353012818157) have rooms available at €40 per person and some rooms have already been booked by members who are intending to stay overnight. If attending the Open day please contact me via phone(07715326021) so that we have an idea how many numbers to expect on the day. Directions will be sent out with the Ireland newsletter in May. Hope to see you there.
Judges Seminar - Friday 3rd July - There will be a judges seminar held on Fri 3rd July at Kingarrow Jacobs (P&S Colhoun) at 1pm. This event is being run for all judges to attend and is open to any members who would like to come along. It should be an interesting afternoon and plenty of topics about the Jacob breed will be discussed. The society field officer, Gordan Connor is travelling over from Scotland to run this event and to also judge the Jacob classes at Omagh show on Sat 4th July. The address for the judges seminar is - 25 Kingarrow road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 7TX.
Northern Ireland Show & Sale - Sat 15th Aug - The 3rd Official Northern Ireland Show & Sale will take place on Saturday 15th August at Gortin Mart, Co Tyrone (Show 12pm, Sale 1.30pm). The quality of sheep that were brought to the Show & Sale was excellent and this is a credit to our members who strive to bring the best sheep that they can to their local sale. The judge this year is the Society field Officer, Gordan Connor.
Southern Ireland Show & Sale - Wed 26th Aug - The S.Ireland Show & sale will take place on Wednesday 26th August at Tullamore mart, Tullamore. (Show 11.30am, Sale 1.00pm). I would urge all members in the South of Ireland to support this new Show & Sale and to please get your entries in by the required deadline date. The new date in August was decided at the AGM in November 2014 and this should hopefully mean that members lambing in March & April will have lambs ready for the sale. Barbara Webster will be travelling over to Tullamore to judge the classes and a full inspection team will be in place as normal to check that all sheep are up to Breed standard.
Show Competition 2015 - The new Show Competition was a huge success in 2014 and it was decided at the AGM in November that we will run it again in 2015. It will follow the same format as last year with 8 shows (North & South) and points being awarded for attending shows, 1st,2nd & 3rd place in Ram, Ewe, Ewe lamb & Ram lamb classes and for Champion & Reserve Champion. Showing at local shows is a great opportunity to meet other members and to show the general public the quality of Jacob sheep that are currently in Ireland.
Click below to see Show Dates for Ireland Region, 2015