Teagasc SHEEP 2018

Project Baa Baa will launch at Teagasc SHEEP 2018 - Farm to Fork. This is a big day out with exhibits and demonstrations ranging from wool craft to food and equipment and working sheep dog displays.

Project Baa Baa volunteers from sheep related wool craft, eco, food; cheese and meat, farming and agritourism will provide a varied programme for the day. All will be represented, wool craft, cheese and meat, traditional music using uilleann pipes,  sheep shearing, sheep dog trials outside and sheep farm experiences will be on hand to tell you about their farms. There are scheduled demonstrations all day in the Project Baa Baa Shed 10.

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The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, IGWSD, will demonstrate spining raw wool after shearing, wool washing, sorting, blending, dyeing and weaving as well as different finishing methods. Later at 3.30pm demonstration from IGWSD PRO, Grace O’Neill, well known as the Babbles Travelling Yarn blogger. 

Eddie Doherty, a well-known hand weaver based in Ardara, County Donegal, will demonstrate hand weaving on his own loom. Eddie produces a wide range of traditional handcrafted products from tweed using 100% Irish wool.  Johnny Spinning Wheels will be on hand to show off his handmade spinning wheels.

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Irish cheese will be presented by Cáis na Tíre, Rockfield Velvet Cloud, Cratloe Hills and Cashel Blue. Maturing European Cheeses from Ireland, England, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and Corsica will be on display by Sheridans, Galway.


McGeough’s Meats - Connemara Fine Foods will present on curing and smoking meats and Cumbrian, Farmer Sharp, will speak and demonstrate the difference in lamb from different breeds, advised by Achill Mountain Lamb, Kerry Hill Lamb and Connemara Hill Lamb. 
A fun element for the day is the launch of the Primary Schools SHEEP Project and the Project Baa Baa and Teagasc Colouring Competition. Children can draw on a sheep mural or try a colouring competition with parents or map their location in Ireland to Galway on the Wool Map puzzle. Working with wool by artists, Kathy Ross will be explained.

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Find out about the LIFE CYCLE of the sheep, parts of the sheep, uses of wool, meat cuts and how to register your food on EU PGI and Slow Food ARC OF TASTE, registers. Slow Food Ireland will explain its role in encouraging good, clean, fair food since its beginnings 25 years ago. 

 

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HANDS documentary on traditional Irish crafts by David & Sally Shaw Smith will present spinning and weaving at woollen mills. Woollen Mills will be represented by Donegal Yarns, Kerry and Cushendales Woollen Mills. The natural fibers and skills, acquired through generations, enable them to produce Irish wool blankets, throws, yarns and fashion accessories. 

Demonstrations will include Sheep Shearing, Dog Sheep Trails, Lamb Breeds and Cheese Maturing, Benefits of Wool, Spinning Wheel Making, Spinning, Aran Knitting, Crochet, Felting and Dyeing wool. 

Emilia Furey