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Hill Breeding Groups joining Sheep Ireland

During the past year, many Hill breed Groups have been working together with Sheep Ireland, planning actions to support the farmer’s requirements for the Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS) to purchase a DNA sire-verified ram.

Sheep Ireland has identified 17 hill groups, and we are actively working with these to start genotyping stock rams in preparation for the SIS requirements for this sale season.

Several meetings will take place in the following weeks, organized by Sheep Ireland and the hill groups. These will be communicated to breeders via their group representative.

Last week, the first regional meeting organized by 7 Hill groups took place in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss the benefits of the new SIS with breeders. A discussion on what the members of the groups need to do in order to be in a position to supply SIS-eligible rams to their customers was had.

If you want to join or contact any Hill Group, you can find a representatives details below:

Hill Groups





Donegal Wicklow Cheviot Sheep Society [email protected] Shane McHugh 353879512411
Mayo Connemara Blackface Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Ronan Grealish 353860517142
Connemara Mayo Blackface Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Brendan Joyce 353872226737
Waterford Blackface Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Patrick Whyte 353876255141
Kerry Blackface Breeders Association (Dingle) [email protected] Denis Galvin 353866095081
Cheviot (Wicklow Mountain Sheep breeders Society) [email protected] Anne Marie Whittle 353876161591
Brockagh Swaledale Mayo Blackface Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Tricia McCloskey 353868832939
Brockagh Perth blackfaced SheepBreeders Association [email protected] Orla Mcdaid 353863670695
Tirchonaill Blackface Group [email protected] Mary Doherty 353834085071
Sub-A district South of Ireland Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Aaron Boyle 353876151825
Donegal Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association Philip Faulkner 074-9382786
Kerry Blackface sheep Breeders Association [email protected] Alan O’Driscoll 353879198914
West of Ireland Lanark Sheep Breeders [email protected] John Mornahan 353863994418
Cooley Sheep Breeders Association [email protected] John Wehrly 353868122485
Munster Blackface (Ram Lamb) Association [email protected] Tim Harrington 353861722397
Sliabh Liag Longwool Perth Association (Donegal) [email protected] Terrence Maguire 353876952170