Sheep Event


Event Date: Thursday 18th of May 2023 11:59:59 PM
Programme & Full Detail: Open The Brochure
Event Location: OFFALY R45HW22


This year’s IGA sheep event sponsored by Mullinahone Co-op will take place on Thursday 18th May on the farm of Eddie and Aidan Connell, Coolygagen, Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly. For this year’s event we are switching things up a little with the whole event taking place on farm. The event will kick off at 6pm with refreshments served for all in attendance.

Farm Profile

Father and son team, Eddie and Aidan, farm a total of 90 Ha, 65 Ha of owned land plus an additional 25 Ha of rented ground. The majority of the farm is grassland based however there is 15 Ha of tillage which is used to provide feed for finishing animals. There are two main enterprises on the Connell farm: a 400 ewe mid-season lambing flock and a bull beef operation. At any one time there are approximately 200 head of cattle on the farm.

The ewe flock consists predominantly of Borris ewes, a maternal Cheviot X Suffolk for those less familiar. To help simplify their system, the Connells do not keep any replacement ewe lambs, with replacements purchased as hogget ewes. As such all ewes lamb down for the first time as 2 year olds. Texel rams are used across all ewes with particular attention paid to the genetic potential of the sire at purchase. Eddie and Aidan have consistently chosen five star rams, using the Sheep Ireland €uro-star indexes as an additional tool in their armour when buying rams.


Mullinahone Co Op

Mullinahone Co Op