|Posted on June 19, 2019 at 12:55 AM|
The NSBA championships at Cillin Hill played host to the annual Belclare All-Ireland
championships. The supreme championship found its way back to Co. Roscommon with well
known breeders Declan and Joe Miley sending out a very smart hogget ewe to take the top
honours. This hogget is a daughter of Cahergal Casimiro a €2200 son of 2016 Premier Sale
Champion Rathkenty Beethoven. The Mileys had supplied the first two in the hogget ewe class,
with the second prize going to a ewe bred on the same cross as the winner. Third prize went to
Richard and John Lalor with a daughter of 2017 All-Ireland Champion lamb Rathkenty Chopin a
son of Rathkenty Alabama.
The Mileys also supplied the Reserve Champion in the shape of their hogget ram
Knockcroghery Dice. This powerful hogget is sired by Coolgarragh Blaze who is also the sire of
the current breed record holder, and a grandson of TF131634. The Mileys also sent out the
second prize hogget ram, Knockcroghery Dakota, again bred on the same cross as the winner.
Third prize in this class went the way of Richard and John Lalors Rathkenty Dansili an April
2018 born son of Rathkenty Caesar. These three hogget rams gained an automatic entry into
the Premier Sale.
The Ram lamb class provided the Mileys with their final winner of the day when their
Knockcroghery Eldorado took the top spot. This well grown triplet who is a son of Teagasc Art
and one of the Mileys top show ewes, is bound to be popular when he returns to Cillin Hill in two
months’ time for the Premier Sale. Second prize went to Richard and John Lalors Rathkenty
Escobar a smart January born son of Rathkenty Cheetah and again out of a successful show
ewe in Rathkenty Circe. The Mileys also produced a full brother of the winner to take the third
prize in this class.
Proceedings for the day kicked off with the Senior ram class. This class provided Co Tipperary
breeders Richard and John Lalor with their first winner of the day in the shape of Rathkenty
Caesar a 2017 born son of Rathkenty Alabama. This powerful ram has also been successful at
this venue last year when taking the hogget ram class. Second prize in this class went the way
of Liam and Eoin Dunnes Cahergal Carly, a son of Rathkenty Beethoven, while the third prize
also went the way of a Rathkenty Beethoven son, this time Rathkenty Calypso, shown by his
breeders Richard and John Lalor.
The Lalor brothers book ended the day by taking the final class of the day the ewe lamb class
with a tight skinned daughter of Rathkenty Alabama. This ewe lamb had also taken first place in
the ewe lamb class two weeks previously at Athenry Show. The Rathkenty flock also sent out
the second prize winner with another daughter of Rathkenty Alabama, while third prize went the
way of the Mileys.
The final breeder of the day to take home a red rosette was Liam Delaney when he sent out a
very stylish ewe to take the Senior ewe class. Second prize went to Co. Cork breeder Michael
Gottstein while the third prize went the way of Declan and Joe Miley.