Zoetis/RUAS national shearing championships set for bumper event

Raymond Irvine, Zoetis Animal Health presents a trophy to Jack Robinson, Claudy the winner in the Zoetis Animal Health sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral in 2014. Looking on are the other competitors, from left: Ian Montgomery, Ballymena, 3rd; Sean Kerlin, Claudy, 5th; Stephen Morgan, Kilcoo, 6th; James McAuley, Ballynure, 2nd and Robert Davidson, Larne, 4th. Also included, back, are Richard M Excell, The Master, Worshipful Company of Woolmen and Edwin Adams,right, RUAS. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Raymond Irvine, Zoetis Animal Health presents a trophy to Jack Robinson, Claudy the winner in the Zoetis Animal Health sponsored Royal Ulster National Sheep Shearing Championship Final at Balmoral in 2014. Looking on are the other competitors, from left: Ian Montgomery, Ballymena, 3rd; Sean Kerlin, Claudy, 5th; Stephen Morgan, Kilcoo, 6th; James McAuley, Ballynure, 2nd and Robert Davidson, Larne, 4th. Also included, back, are Richard M Excell, The Master, Worshipful Company of Woolmen and Edwin Adams,right, RUAS. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The very spacious sheep shearing facilities provided at the Balmoral Show site have been packed to capacity for the Zoetis/RUAS National Shearing final and this year is expected to be another bumper event which will generate the same enthusiasm from the crowd and a really tough competiton for the finalists.

Chief steward, Robert Harkness points out that this year’s competition will include previous winners and those shearers returning from a shearing spell in New Zealand.

The top three contestants of this nail biting final will represent Northern Ireland at the Six Nations Sheep Shearing Championship later this year in Co.Donegal.

Aurelie Moralis, veterinary surgeon with global animal health company, Zoetis, is delighted that the company is again sponsoring such a high profile event and is looking forward to the same charged atmosphere at the final.

Aurelie pointed out that it is appropriate for a company which promotes sheep health to be associated with the skills and enthusiasm of this event.

She states that CYDECTIN ® 2% LA injection for Sheep has been proven to treat scab infestations and to prevent re-infestations for 60 days from a single injection and that it has a persistent effect against worms, which means that it doesn’t only control worms present at the time of treatment, but continues to kill incoming larvae for up to 111 days.

STARTECT® is the first dual active wormer in the UK. Containing a new active ingredient derquantel and a potent macrocyclic lactone abamectin, it gives an additive effect for improved worm control, which can enhance animal performance.

Startect® Dual Active kills worms resistant to benzimidazoles, levamisole, macrocyclic lactones, and is suitable for routine use to help delay further development of wormer resistance and resultant drench failure.

The final of the Zoetis/RUAS National Sheep Shearing competition takes place on Thursday 15th May.

Aurelie Moralis can be contacted on 07557 076104.