Sheep breeders raise £3,100 for charity

Andrew Kennedy gives a talk on the farm walk. INNT 38-450-CON
Andrew Kennedy gives a talk on the farm walk. INNT 38-450-CON
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A charity event hosted by a Ballyclare family has raised £3,100 for The Daisy Lodge Cancer Fund for Children NI.

The Lleyn Sheep Breeders’ open day and barbecue was held by the Kennedy family of Mileview and Skilganaban Lleyns.

The proceeds were presented to the charity by the “Lleyn” breeders at their annual show and sale in Ballymena on September 13.

The open day started with a welcome from Andrew Kennedy, chairman of the Lleyn Club, who welcomed fellow Lleyn breeders and visitors from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He then introduced Eileen McCloskey, from Cafre, who gave an informative talk about maternal sheep breeds.

Everyone was then invited to take part in a farm walk viewing “Saler” cattle, followed by a “sheep shower” demonstration by John Holden, from Cairncastle.

Andrew then continued the “farm walk” of sheep with many potential breeders showing a keen interest in the “Lleyn” breed.

Afterwards, Robert and Wilton Goligher, from Eglinton, gave a sheepdog demonstration which proved to be very popular with the spectators.

Other attractions included trade stands, stock judging and guessing the weight of the lambs with lots of information and pictures on display showing the main characteristics and attributes showcasing the popularity of the “Lleyn” breed.

After the barbecue, auctioneer Rodney Clarke conducted the charity auction and with his wit and humour had all the bidders winking and waving their arms to secure their lots.

Andrew then thanked all those who had attended the open day and barbecue, sponsors and those who generously donated throughout the day and helped to make the day a success.

Founder member Fiona Cunningham then thanked the Kennedy family for hosting the open day which was attended by 300 people.