Farm Gates Open and ready to welcome in Ireland

The Irish Club Improving Sheep Profits Open Day on Saturday 14th April is set to be a major industry event and all are welcome. Leading up to this, many of the Irish breeders are staging an ‘Open Gate’ event which is an invitation for any breeders who would like to take the opportunity to visit and view some of the best Hampshire Down sheep in Ireland. See below participating breeders and map out a route and plan some visits ahead of the Open Day at Ballycreelly on Saturday.

The BALLYCREELLY flock currently have 40 breeding ewes producing pure breeds but would like to increase that number to 60. We have also been using Hampshire ewe lambs to produce Hamptex composites sired by Beltex and have had a very promising crop this year. Come and visit and enjoy The Craic.

Kevin McCarthy 07785 325 028

 Ballycreelly Ram Lambs

Ballycreelly Ram Lambs

The BALLYVESTER flock is one of the oldest flocks in Ireland, established in 1972. We aim to breed high quality sheep to be used in both pedigree and commercial flocks. We are very proud of our small flock and its achievements over the years. Which include, high placings in UK and Ireland Flock Competition, breed champion at the Northern Irish National show 2016 & 2017, Balmoral Show breed champion in 2017 along with champion pair of Spring lambs in 2017 & 2018.

Hannah Robinson on : 07892919648

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LOUGHAN MOSS, another one of the oldest established flocks in Ireland. Lambs have been continuously selected for correctness, carcass conformation and growth rates. The flock has bred breed champions at Royal Ulster, Royal Dublin, Royal Highland and The Royal (England). We are scrapie monitored and M.V. accredited and therefore stock are eligible for export to the E.U.  Jim Fletcher 02891872163 or 07875842433.

 Loughan Moss Marius

Loughan Moss Marius

The ASHLEY flock was established in 2005 and over the years we have tried to breed high quality breeding sheep for pedigree and commercial use, while trying to keep the breed character of the Hampshire Down but also modernising our flock, with more length and overall scale. This has been highlighted by our breeding being introduced to a number of flocks throughout Ireland and the UK. We have achieved great success with winning the Royal Ulster show in 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as winning Best small flock in Ireland over a number of years.  Our greatest achievement was in 2016, when our flock was awarded overall Champion flock in Ireland and Overall Reserve Champion flock in the UK.

Allen McFadden on 07815045406

 Ashley Group of Three

Ashley Group of Three

The ELDRON Hampshire Downs, established in 1982, are bred for strength, length, and adherence to the Breed Standard.  With careful breeding, using the flocks long blood lines, our sheep consistently breed quality stock, suitable to be used for pedigree breeding or the meticulous commercial farmer.  We are very proud of our sheep and would love to show them off to you.  Annora Whitley on 00353 877413125.

 Eldron Ram Lamb

Eldron Ram Lamb