As a shearling, Sarah was a big bodied but fairly rough looking sheep, but good four horned ewes were very very difficult to get in Ireland back then. However, when she turned two, she grew out of her ugly duckling phase and turned into a really beautiful sheep. We showed her as a two year old and she did ok but didn't win anything major. She seemed to get even better as a three year old ewe though, and her first good year was in 2009 when she was the Champion at Tullamore and Tullow Shows, and the Reserve Champion at Tinahely Show. She was shown as a four and five year old too and did well, although she was beaten on several occasions by Dun-Mor Ultimate and a fantastic ewe that Joseph Hughes was showing then.
Sarah's first lamb, born in 2008, was a bit of a disappointment, but in 2009 and 2010 she had lovely twin lambs by Overdale Monty. She really clicked with Dun-Mor Ultimate and has had twins by him in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The best of these have been Sugarloaf Noodle (2011) and Sugarloaf Sundance (2012) who did incredibly well at the shows in 2012. Noodle was the Champion and Sundance the Reserve Champion each time they were shown. In 2014 Sarah had another set of twins, this time sired by Border Marengo. Her ram lamb, Fitzgerald, is growing into an enormous sheep and was the first prize ram lamb at Tullow Show this year. Her ewe lamb, Ella, is four horned and is arguably the best ewe lamb we have had this year. She is also a huge sheep and we have earmarked her for the shows next year.
Sarah is still going strong and has been running with Dun-Mor Yogi Bear this autumn. We have never sold a ewe lamb out of her and her first great grandchildren will be born in 2015. She has made her mark on both the Stonecroft and Sugarloaf flocks, and is an incredible foundation ewe.