Performance key for Ile De France breeders

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LEFT: Rebecca & Georgina Mulligan with Champion & Reserve at Omagh Show

THE 2019 show season saw breed championships being awarded to four Ile de France flocks, Carrick (Edward & Stewart Adamson) Garveway (Rebecca & Georgina Mulligan) Mountnabview (David Dalzell) and Glenhoy (David Mulligan).

Competition within all classes carried on from the high standards set at Balmoral with a number of breeders vying for the Red Ribbons on each occasion.

Consistency eventually won through in both the Breeders Cup and the “Closamectin Show Team of the Year” awards going to the Garveway Flock from Augher of Rebecca & Georgina Mulligan, with the Carrick flock following close as runners-up.

The Male Champion of the Year was awarded to Carrick Jack, a mature ram exhibited successfully by Rodger & Henry Milligan’s Tullyheran Flock from Maghera, with the Reserve award going to a Tullyheran Shearling Ram, Tullyheran Aramis exhibited by the Glenhoy Flock.

The Female of the Year was awarded to a 4 year old ewe bred by the Ile De France Society President Monsieur Jean Pierre Josselin in France and exhibited by the Garveway Flock, with a home-bred Carrick female collecting the Reserve award.

Sire of the Year went to the breed’s top Index Ram, Phillippe 50334, which has again produced the goods both in the show ring and with Signet Recording with a ram lamb from the Garveway Flock collecting a string of red and blue rosettes including Breed Champion at Omagh Show to match his ranking in the 2019 performance recorded figures.

Performance recording has been backed by Ile De France breeders both in France and in the local market in Northern Ireland and this year locally a selection of rams were selected for CT scanning at Edinburgh which gives further backing to the strides taken by local flocks to “meat” the demands of the local market.

As explained by Society Register Edward Adamson, “Increasingly as margins are challenged we have found that over the years we have found a growing interest in Performance Recording of stock.

“For several years now we have had interest in N. Ireland stock from abroad and probably the outbreak of Bluetongue in parts of Europe has given us the chance to close the deal on this, hopefully, the first consignment of Ile de France to Europe. There are others companies also talking to us and we may shortly have more exciting news on the export front.”

The Ile de France Show & Sale will be held in Dungannon Farmers Mart on Thursday August 1 when John Kidd, Banbridge, will be judging.

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