The South of Ireland branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society will host its stand in the Sheep Tunnel at the National Ploughing Championships. The Eastern Suffolk Breeders Club is charged with sourcing and preparing sheep for the 2015 stand.

It is proposed to display a selection of pedigree- registered Suffolk ewes and lambs together with a number of Cheviot cross Suffolks. The stand will also be decked out with an outstanding ram lamb purchased by the branch at its most recent society sale.

The branch enjoyed a highly successful year so far, both at national and club level, with percentage clearances and prices at all sales up on previous years. The society suggests that the introduction of the STAP scheme in 2013 has highlighted the importance of using a recorded registered purebred ram to commercial sheep producers. This was clearly reflected in the demand for such rams at the Suffolk sales this year.

The South of Ireland Suffolk branch will hold its final sale of the year at Roscrea, Co Tipperary, on Wednesday 7 October.

In a new venture, a special female sale is scheduled for Blessington, Co Wicklow, on Saturday 21 November, which will provide an excellent opportunity for existing, new and potential breeders to introduce ewes and ewe lambs from the top flocks in the country into their own flocks. The usual club ram sales continue to be held around the country until the middle of October to facilitate the late-lambing flock. For up-to-date information on the Suffolk breed, visit www.suffolksheep.org or contact the secretary Anne Mitchell on 086-242 8554.

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