History

This breed was introduced into Britain in 1990


Group of pregnant Ewes

The selection coming from seven of the top flocks in the West of Ireland.  

Two further purchases were made by two different breeders later in the 1990’s

This added tremendously to the existing gene pool 

The Galway is white in colour and has a moderately long fleece

The fleece is close and fine textured with a broad staple and weighs approx. 3.5kgs or more

The fine fleeces are also very popular with hand spinners. This sweater is knitted form one of our fleeces.

 

Robert  Bakewell of Dishley Grange Nr. Loughborough, Leics.

It is believed that in the 18th Century Bakewell sent some of his Leicester Rams over to Ireland to “improve” the Roscommon, which is believed to be the forerunner of the Galway. Some say non-payment of these rams led to his bankruptcy from which he was rescued by subscriptions of well wishers.

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Three Irish Galways

A committee was formed in 1922 in Athenry Co. Galway and this meeting gave rise to the Galway Sheep Breeders Society. The first volume of the flock book reports on the inspection of over 6000 ewes and 200 rams in 1923.Approx. 600 ewes and 20 rams were admitted to the flock book following an inspection, and it was this selection which were chosen as the foundation stock of this pedigree breed.

Ewes at grass

Although thought to be smaller than the Roscommon the Galway is still a relatively large sheep but docile, easy lambing and with good mothering abilities. Originally bred where the terrain is craggy they have very few foot problems, seemingly able to cope with different types of ground and pasture. The rams are very good terminal sires, whether to be bred pure or crossed and the resultant lambs have excellent conformation.

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Originally bred where the terrain is craggy they have very few foot problems, seemingly able to cope with different types of ground and pasture.

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The rams are very good terminal sires, whether to be bred pure or crossed and the resultant lambs have excellent conformation.

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The Galway fits in very well with any farming enterprise.

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Shearling Ewe Champion Galway Three Counties Rare Breeds Show 2013

Mutten Revival

Of course, as with any breed there is bound to be the odd barren ewe and that is where the delicious taste of mutton comes into its own. If she doesn’t breed as a shearling we always give a second chance, but if that doesn’t work there is nothing as succulent as a two shear or more mutton joint cooked slowly so that all the flavour is contained. Try it, we are sure you will agree.

The welfare of our sheep is very special to us and we make sure they are fed and cared for to a high standard. We know where they have been and what they have eaten, in turn we know that the meat we are eating is natural and good.