WEST OF IRELAND
Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club
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 1971, the club was formed to produce and promote quality pedigree stock for the Western farmer and beyond. Today the club boasts numerous members with many young, vibrant breeders keen to produce the best quality Suffolks possible. Flocks are built using the top genetics available to Irish breeders today. 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 breeding sales all around Ireland.
Sales are held from early August through to October but private viewings and 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 for South of Ireland Premier sales in Blessington
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.
The Club is fully affiliated to and supported by the Suffolk Sheep Society – South of Ireland , and its members are integral to the Society., Our membership of the Society grants us access to the largest Suffolk Flock Book in the world and easy access to the markets of Britain and Europe.
The Suffolk Sheep Society – South of Ireland received official approval from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine on 30th June 2021, to operate a Pedigree Suffolk Breeding Program in Ireland. As members of this Breeding Program our breeders are in the position to be able to offer Zootechnical Certificates with all stock sold. The availability of Zootechnical certificates means that we are also able to export to the European Market. We welcome enquiries from both the Irish and European Markets