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, and is an integral part of the South of Ireland Branch of the Society, thereby allowing us access to the largest Suffolk Flock Book in the world and easy access to the markets of Britain and Europe.
2021 witnesses our Club celebrating 50 years of Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeding in the West of Ireland. To celebrate this magnificent milestone, we have published a special anniversary yearbook. This contains historical features, up-to-date articles relevant to modern sheep farming today as well as numerous images of Club members participating in Club and Suffolk Sheep Society Shows and Sales. Since the Clubs inception in 1971, we have been constantly introducing new bloodlines to Club Flocks. Today the Club boasts bloodlines from the top flocks in the UK & Ireland. We are producing high end, prolific sheep with great bone and carcass suitable for both breeders and commercial farmers alike. Suffolk Rams are producing fast finishing lambs for market and top quality replacement breeding stock. The Suffolk Ram continues to be the No1 Terminal Sire in the West of Ireland today.
We are proud of our Clubs history and our continuing affiliation to the Suffolk Sheep Society. Please see the link below to download our Anniversary Magazine. Alternatively, our free magazine will be available at all Club and Society Sales.
Celebrating 50 Years of Suffolk Breeding Excellence in the West of Ireland
The West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Sheep Breeders Club is a fully affiliated club of the Suffolk Sheep Society.
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