Blackface stockjudging event raises £7,300 for charity

DONATION: Pictured at the presentation of a cheque to Autism Families are back from left: John Manley, Autism Families CSG; Jim Killen, Mourne Sheep Breeders and James Mason, Autism Families CSG. Front from left: Amanda Johnston, Autism Families CSG and Paul Brennan, Castlewellan Blackface Sheep Breeders.

CASTLEWELLAN Blackface Sheep Breeders and Mourne Sheep Breeders jointly organised  their annual stock judging event and in-lamb ewe sale in Hilltown Saleyard on Friday, March 6, with all monies raised split between Autism Families CSG and Air Ambulance NI.

The event was again well supported with competitors from most Ulster counties in attendance as well as competitors from further afield. The event has now been running annually for 11 years and has raised approximately £42,000 for local charities since its inception.

CHEQUE: John Brennan, left, Castlewellan Blackface Sheep Breeders, and Paul McEvoy, Mourne Sheep Breeders, make a presentation to Colleen Milligan, Air Ambulance NI.

A big thank you to everyone who gave of their time on the night, those who provided items for the auction and prizes for the raffle and the stockjudging, those who provided and prepared sheep for the judging, those who sold sheep in the in-lamb sale, those who helped with the selling of entry cards and ballots, the scorers Grainne Killen and Claire Brennan and all who helped with the sorting of the score cards, Jimmy Annett for conducting the auction, George Conway for acting as judge, Hilltown Mart for the use of its premises and to all the competitors who turned out to support the event.


Open – 1, John Conway 364; 2, Padraig Rice 360; 3, Ben Crawford 352.

Ladies – 1, Bronagh Morgan 348.

Junior – 1, Jack Crawford 348.

Champions Winner – James Brannigan.


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