Sheep Shearing For shear entertainment, it can’t be beat!

January 27, 2016


Filed under: — Damian Moran @ 6:45 pm

What they said…..

Irish TV shearing starts at about 12.00

The Irish Times

The Farmers Journal 


The Farmers Journal

The Irish Times

Irish TV

Attention Shearers….. Please note this change of date

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The date has changed in the official newsclip booklet!

From the 4th to the 11th of June.

Press Day In Tullynally

Tuesday morning saw the press launch of the All Ireland Sheep Shearing 2016 in Tullynally Castle, with newspaper reporters and TV crews invited for an taster of what we can expect on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Nora from “Clara Ellen Boutique” brought along some of the models, who will be adding glamour to the sheep shearing proceedings and introduced them to some of the shearers and some of the sheep ! Irish TV were also present to get an idea of what to expect on the 4 / 5 June.




Work on the stage area has started in Tullynally

Less than 4 weeks to go!




Thanks to the North Westmeath Festival Committee and helpers who tidied up and left The Square in pristine condition 

 FBD announce their sponsorship of Shearing 2016 Castlepollardfbd-insurance-logo-large

FBD etc

We brought the sheep out for the day !!


Big Week on the Farm

4 – 8 April 2016   RTE 1  Live Monday – Friday 7pm to 8pm
Major TV event comes to Westmeath !

Rumors of a big sheep shearing story !! Details to follow shortly.

Big Week on the Farm follows one of the busiest weeks for both farmers and nature as spring begins, providing the nation with real-time access to the compelling and captivating world of life on the farm for one week of live stripped event programming. This is an ambitious and enthralling week of live shows this April made by the producers of the award winning and long running rural affairs series Ear to the Ground.

From the emotive rollercoaster of new life and death on the farm, to the farm’s wildlife friends and foes – all captured using the latest production technologies. The nation will get an instantaneous taste of farming and country life. For one week viewers can follow the fascinating and important stories of Ireland’s spectacular countryside at its busiest and most beautiful.cwp_453clik_shearing

Ella McSweeney and Áine Lawlor will anchor the main nightly live shows from a lambing shed on a farm in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath. The presenters will also be joined across the week by reporters Evelyn Cusack, Kian Egan, Anna Geary and Roz Purcell to name but a few along with expert contributors and a live  audience.

Ear To The Ground reporters Darragh McCullough and Helen Carroll will also be reporting live from other key locations around Ireland every night.

Each episode will provide intimate insights into the hectic happenings on the farms that week – the births, the feeding, the vaccinating, the castrating, the breeding, the veterinary interventions, the fixing and mending.

Each night from the lambing shed will feature live demos and discussions; stunning film inserts showing the months leading to spring. Recordings from the previous 24 hours will document the unfolding drama of farm life.

The agri-food sector contributes €24 billion to the Irish economy annually, representing almost 10% of all exports and nearly 8% of all employment. Major demand for fresh and nutritious food and supply constraints has created the perfect storm for tech and innovation to play a major role in food and farming. An ag-tech revolution is taking place in Irish farming, contributing massively to Ireland’s biggest indigenous sector.

Through the stories we tell and the real farmers we meet, we’ll explore how a new era of farming is emerging with technology transforming the industry.



Saint Patrick’s Day 2016

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    Shearing on the move
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    JB pretending to be a shepherd!
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    "Queen of the Shears" Family Fun Day , The Square Castlepollard, 1-05-2016
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    St. Patrick's Day Float

We are delighted to welcome another Major Sponsor !

The well known insurance company F B D has come on board

Shearing 2016 Castlepollard now on 


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These roses we in town recently to hear about the
2016 All Ireland & All Nations Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships

Dogs kill between 3,000 and 4,000 sheep each year
Farmers express concerns as they prepare to lamb down 2.4 million ewes.

Farmers are urging dog owners to control their pets as new figures show as many as 4,000 sheep die in attacks each year.
Figures compiled by the Irish Farmers Association reveal that between 3,000 and 4,000 sheep are killed or injured by dogs every year in Ireland during 300 to 400 attacks on flocks.Recent attacks on sheep occurred in Offaly, Wexford, Wicklow and Galway. IFA national sheep chairman John Lynskey warned dog owners to keep dogs under control.He said owners can be held responsible for losses involved in dog attacks, with serious financial and legal consequences.Ireland’s 34,000 sheep farmers are currently preparing to lamb down 2.4 million ewes. Pregnant ewes on the point of lambing at this time of year are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks.Mr Lynskey advised dog owners that farmers have a right to protect their flock. He outlined a number of instances where a dog can be shot in a legally defensible way if it is a threat to a flock.

“Unfortunately, I am taking calls on a frequent basis from sheep farmers around the country who have suffered attacks. There are far too many dog owners not taking the responsibility that goes with owning a pet. Dog owners have an obligation to have their dog under control at all times,” Mr Lynskey said.

The IFA has launched a protocol to help farmers who encounter a dog attack on their sheep flock. The protocol involves an easy-to- follow, ten-point plan of action covering what a farmer should do following a dog attack or sheep kill.

Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 all dog owners, including farmers, need to microchip and register all dogs by March 31st.

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