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Roscommon Sale 2020 Catalogue

Posted on September 19, 2020 at 3:50 PM

 The catalogue for the Roscommon Sale 2020 is now live on our website.


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Tullow Multi Breed Sale Catalogue 2020

Posted on August 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM

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Raphoe Sale 2020 Catalogue

Posted on August 12, 2020 at 3:40 AM

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Premier Sale 2020 Report

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 6:40 AM

Delight for Delaney as Finnan takes Championship.

Long standing Belclare breeder Liam Delaney had a day to remember at the

Premier Sale held last Tuesday August 4th in Kilkenny Mart when his ram lamb

Coolgarragh Finnan took top spot in a very competitive ram lamb class and then

went on to be awarded the 2020 Premier Sale Supreme Champion trophy.

Judge on the day Shay Kennedy had a difficult job when an outstanding line up of

ram lambs was presented to him for the pre-sale show, but after much deliberation

he found his winner in the shape of Liam Delaney’s early January born

Coolgarragh Finnan, a sharp son of Violet Hill Chappy, out of a homebred

daughter of Coolgarragh Beckham. This smart lamb later went on to sell for €660.

The sales top price came late in the day when Michael Gottstein’s final ram into

the ring caught the eye of a number of breeders. After a prolonged bidding war,

Coolkellure Fidal a twin born son of Knockcroghery Eldorado out of a Violet Hill

Achak ewe, was eventually knocked down to Roscommon breeder Declan Miley

who was pushed to go to €1600 by fellow Connaught breeder John McTigue to

secure this powerful ram. Miley secured another ram from the Coolkellure flock

when he picked up Lot 33 Coolkellure Faze another son of Knockcroghery

Eldorado for €920. This lamb came from one of the best bloodlines in the

Coolkellure flock, where his dam, a daughter of TF1201503, has already produced

a number of stock rams for pedigree flocks.

Gottstein also sold Coolkellure Flannery, Coolkellure Francis and Coolkellure

Forrester all sired by Cahergal Cassidy a son of 2016 Premier Sale Champion

Rathkenty Beethoven for €840, €800 and €760 respectively.

Reserve Champion on the day went to Oltore Eban a hogget ram presented by

Tim Keady. This March 2019 born son of Violet Hill Bacla had earlier in the day

taken top honours in the hogget ram class, and went on to sell for the top price of

the hogget ram section when fetching €840.

Keady switched rolls later in the sale when purchasing Lot 42 Silverbrook

Fitzgerald for €720 from Tullamore breeder Paul Smyth. This ram was followed

into the ring by Paul Smyths highest priced ram of the sale Silverbrook Fabio. A

single born son of Kilmeany Bobby, out of an Esker Anthony ewe, he was bought

by Johnstown breeder John Renehan for €1200.

The third prize winning ram lamb, Rathkenty Franco, sired by Rathkenty Caesar,

out of a Rathkenty Bundaberg dam, was the first ram lamb to enter the sales ring

carrying a rosette. He grabbed the attention of new Belclare breeder Fredrick

Hunter who went to €800 to secure this strong ram.

Richard and John Lalor of the Rathkenty flock also sold two more sons of

Rathkenty Caesar to become stock rams in pedigree flocks. First up was

Rathkenty Frankel who sold for €720 to Christy, Margaret and Brian Gallagher,

then came Rathkenty Fibonacci a triplet born ram out of a Rathkenty Black

Apalachi ewe, which sold for €740 to Donegal breeder Henry Kee. The Lalor

brothers also sold Rathkenty Fastidious and Rathkenty Foreman two sons of

Rathkenty Dionysus for €780 and €760 respectively.

Liam Delaney’s successful day continued when he took the red rosette in the

hogget ewe class with a daughter of Coolgarragh Cooper. This eye-catching ewe

went on to sell for €640 to Mullingar breeder Roy Butler.


Top price in the hogget ewe section and setting a new Premier Sale record for a

hogget ewe was Lot 113 a stylish daughter of 2016 Premier Sale Supreme

Champion Rathkenty Beethoven who was produced for sale by Sonny Jennings

Cahergal flock. She sold for €900 to Dwayne Shiels from Donegal.

Jennings sold another daughter of Rathkenty Beethoven for €400 to Sligo

breeders Christy, Margaret and Brian Gallagher.

With restrictions in place due to the current pandemic trade dipped below the 2019

Premier Sale levels, however clearance levels were good with most rams finding

new homes. The Belclare Sheep Society would like to thank all purchasers on the

day and wish them the very best of luck with their new purchases. We would also

like to thank the judge on the day, Mr. Shay Kennedy, also Kilkenny Mart for

hosting the sale and congratulate breeders on putting together such a strong

catalogue of sheep for the sale.

Increase the profitability of your flock with Belclare genetics

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 8:05 AM

With attentions starting to turn to the breeding season, many farmers are looking for new bloodlines to introduce to their flocks.


When purchasing new rams, the focus should be on finding bloodlines that will complement your flock and make it as profitable as possible. Belclares have long been renowned for their ability to increase output from a flock, thus increasing the overall profitability of the flock.

Prolificacy and Ease Of Lambing


Brian Nicholson, who runs a flock of 1,000 ewes on his farm near Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, has experienced the many benefits of using Belclare genetics. The flock consists of a large proportion of Belclare-cross ewes.


One of the reasons Brian turned to Belclares in the first place was for their prolificacy and ease of lambing while still having excellent carcass quality and high kill out.

Realising that the best way to increase the gross margin/ha of the farm was by increasing output/ha, Brian set about growing his breeding flock.


While taking part in the BETTER farm sheep programme, the flock grew in size from 450 ewes to 1,000 ewes with the use of Belclare rams and breeding from Belclare-cross ewes and ewe lambs.


Brian found that lambing down ewe lambs was essential in growing his numbers quickly and Belclare-cross ewe lambs fitted the job perfectly as they were both excellent mothers and had plenty of milk to raise multiples.


The flock generally scans 2.0 lambs per ewe and weans 1.75 lambs per ewe. All lambs are finished off the farm by Christmas and with no concentrates fed until late autumn for the last couple of weeks before drafting.


Belclare ewes are renowned for their hardiness and excellent mothering ability but Brain was also quick to praise their male counterparts for their hardiness and durability; stating that rams are well capable of covering large numbers of ewes often running two-to-three rams with over 200 ewes.

Secure a Top-Quality Belclare Ram

Tuesday, August 4, sees the Belclare Sheep Society host its annual premier sale in Kilkenny Mart, where many of the best Belclare bloodlines in the country will be on offer, giving farmers the best opportunity to secure a top-quality Belclare ram to enhance their flock.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the show will be held behind closed doors on the morning of the sale, with purchasers given the chance to view rams between 10:30am to 12:30pm before the sale kicks off at 1:00pm.


There will be 90 rams and 44 hogget ewes on offer on the day. For further information, please contact Michael Neenan on: 087-2777721.

Premier Sale Catalogue 2020

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 12:30 AM


4th August 2020


Show: 8:30am Judge: Shay Kennedy

(not open to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Purchaser Viewing Time: 10:30 - 12:30

(note numbers will be limited and social distancing must be observed)

Sale: 1.00pm Online bidding is available,

Prospective purchasers must register with the mart before the sale.

For more information visit

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Sale Dates 2020

Posted on July 8, 2020 at 1:05 PM

Sale                                                    Date

Premier Sale(Kilkenny Mart)               4th August

Raphoe                                               12th August

Sheep Ireland Sale(Kilkenny Mart)     22nd August

Tullow Multi breed                              1st September

Roscommon Sale(TBC)                     26th September

Roscommon Sale 2019 Catalogue

Posted on September 25, 2019 at 3:45 PM

The catalogue for the Roscommon Sale 2019 is now live on our website.

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Tullow Multi-Breed Sale 2019 Catalogue

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 6:05 AM

The catalogue for the Tullow Multi-Breed Sale 2019 is now live on our website.

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Raphoe Sale 2019 Catalogue

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 10:15 AM

The catalogue for the Raphoe Sale 2019 is now live on our website.

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