Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday June 9th saw Cillin Hill host the NSBA championships, the highlight of the 2018 sheep calendar, with an enormous turnout of quality sheep on display from most of the breed societies. This event was selected as the location for the 2018 Belclare All-Ireland Championship. The Supreme Championship found its way back to County Roscommon with Declan and Joe Miley when their hogget ewe was tapped forward as the overall champion. This very stylish daughter of Coolgarragh Blaze was one of the few hogget’s in the class to have been mated as an ewe lamb, but that had certainly not restricted her growth. The Mileys Knockcroghery flock who also enjoyed a super day in the Charollais ring with their females, also sent out the winners of the aged ewe class and the ewe lamb class. The winning ewe lamb was sired by Cahergal Casimiro and is sure to be taking home more red rosettes through out the summer. Second place also went to the Mileys while third place went to Richard and John Lalor.
Judge Liam Conway found his reserve champion in the form of Richard and John Lalors ram lamb class winner Rathkenty Dominator. Sired by the Lalors homebred stock ram Rathkenty Alabama, this powerful ram lamb with a great skin saw off a strong class to win, providing the Lalors with their third All-Ireland winning ram lamb in as many years. Second place in the ram lamb class went the way of Declan and Joe Mileys Knockcroghery Deputy, a rangy son of their junior stock ram Cahergal Casimiro and a grandson of the 2016 All-Ireland Champion ram lamb Rathkenty Beethoven. The Lalor brothers also took the third prize with Rathkenty Diesis, a son of Rathkenty Caesar. No doubt these three smart ram lambs will be back at this venue on August 7th for the Belclare Premier Sale.
Rathkenty Caesar himself had earlier in the day claimed the All-Ireland Ireland Champion Hogget ram title. This son of Rathkenty Alabama had been a first prize winning ram lamb at the National Show in Tullamore as well as at Athlone Show last year. Second prize went the way of Eunan and Mark Bannons Slanemore Hill flock, with a homebred hogget ram who will be offered for sale later in the year at the Premier Sale. The third prize also went the way of a Premier Sale bound ram in the shape of Rathkenty Coogee.
Proceedings kicked off for the day with the Aged ram class, which went to the Lalors homebred stock ram RL142327, an impressive ram who was taking the All-Ireland Senior Ram title for the third year in a row. The second prize went to Eunan and Mark Bannon, with a smart two-year-old ram.