Welcome to the Official Suffolk Sheep Society Club Website for the West of Ireland
In the recent Department of Agriculture Survey of sheep production in Ireland, the Western Region showed the greatest volume of breeding ewes in the country. Closely associated with many flocks over the years has been the Suffolk Ram and Suffolk Cross-bred ewes. Western farmers were quick to realise the values of the Suffolk Breed. Their hardiness, proliferacy, rapid growth rates, meat quality and ease of husbandry has made them the most popular finishing breed in the country.
In the early seventies, the club was formed to produce quality pedigree stock for the Western farmer and beyond. Today the club boasts 38 members with many young, vibrant breeders keen to produce the best quality Suffolks. The Pedigree lines held by all the breeders reflect a huge personal investment to put the West of Ireland Club Suffolks at the top of the sales all around Ireland.
Sales are held from early August through to October but private sales are always welcome by the breeders. These ram sales are spread throughout the major marts in the West, with many of our breeders producing breeder’s ram lambs and ewe lambs at South of Ireland Premier sales in Blessington and Roscrea.
Members of the club are drawn from counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Longford. The Club organises Championships, information events, flock visits and support for new members who are always welcome.
A break away Irish Suffolk Sheep Society was formed in February by suspended members of the South of Ireland branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
This new society can not offer dual memberships.
All of the break away groups sheep have been deregistered by The Suffolk Sheep Society as in keeping with the bylaws of the society.
It is important to note that at a recent club meeting on the 2nd February 2019 in the Ard RI House Hotel Tuam Co Galway, the suspended members who were in our club decided to leave the West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Breeders Club and set up their own club that would affiliate to the new Irish Suffolk Sheep Society.
Members will be pleased to know that nothing has changed in our club. Your pedigrees are still the same as before and recognised world wide. You are able to buy and sell stock in Europe easily and Brexit will have no effect on this as the pedigree status of The Suffolk Sheep Society has already been acknowledged by Europe.
No other society can offer you this.
By being a member of this club and The Suffolk Sheep Society you are given the best of everything. Promotion is going to be bigger and better than ever before and the direct contact we now have with the society office has opened our eyes to where we can market our sheep in Ireland and further afield.
The West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club is a fully affiliated club of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
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