Ulstermen want more Beltex sires

3 September 1999

Ulstermen want more Beltex sires

NORTHERN Ireland commercial lamb producers pleased with deadweight grades for lambs sired by Beltex rams were back at Portadowns Automart to re-invest in new sires at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club show and sale.

An entry of 125 head provided a good selection and saw bidding reach a peak of 800gns for three rams. The successful Downkillybegs prefix came to the fore when a shearling by Downkillybegs Vampire from Donegal breeders Wallace and Furlong was the first to reach this level after taking the reserve championship. Buyer was Robert Darker, Co Wicklow.

A good team of shearlings from club chairman Fergus Harbinsons Glenkeen flock at Limavady twice hit the 800gns mark. Both rams were sired by an Inveresk-bred tup.

Downkillybegs Viper, sire of the champion at the recent breed sale at Carlisle, produced three good entries for T J Carson and Sons, Ballymena, to reach 620gns, 500gns and 400gns.

Kevin and Anna McCarthy, Comber, Co Down sold shearlings to 580gns. The 36 shearlings levelled at £433.

The supreme championship was awarded to a shearling ewe from Alastair Shortt, Omagh. Judge was leading Scottish breeder John McIlwraith who bought the ewe, by Shogun, for 700gns. A ewe lamb by Shogun from Mr Shortts Woodview flock took the reserve female ticket – one of two from this consignment to make 600gns.

But the top female price of 800gns came for a two-shear ewe by a Tullygarley sire from Charles McCandlesss Cara flock. .

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