ARTNAGULLION Fonta, a shearling ewe from Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock, Kells, took the Supreme Champion title at this year’s Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club’s In-lamb Christmas show and sale held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
The Reserve Champion title went to County Fermangh-based Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s Gossip ET, a ewe lamb.
In the aged ewe class, Bodoney Everest ET, from Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon’s Bodoney Flock, Trillick, was the class winner.
The Supreme Champion, Artnagullion Fonta, took top price on the day, selling to Kenny Preston from Omagh for 1300gns.
The McAllisters also recorded the second highest price with their runner-up in the shearling ewe class, Artnagullion Fable, selling to Russell Tinney from Letterkenny for 1100gns.
Artnagullion Fonta was described by judge Gary Scott from Omagh as “a real big, correct sheep with great skin and end”. Sired by Greenall Dennis The Menace, the dam is Artnagullion Angel ET.
The Reserve Champion, Matthew Burleigh’s ewe lamb Matt’s Gossip ET, was described by Gary as “a real flashy ewe lamb that handled very well and also had a great skin”. Sired by Murrays Expert, the dam is Matt’s Cracker.
“In general terms we had a good show of sheep with some exceptional females in the classes, a credit to the owners,” added Gary.
In the follow-up sale Matthew Burleigh’s shearling ewe, Matt’s Fragile ET, was purchased by Russell Tinney from Letterkenny for 800gns. Matthew’s third place shearling ewe, Matt’s Finance ET, made 700gns selling to J & M O’Connor from Cookstown.
Hugh O’Neill, from Glenarm, had two shearling ewes sell for 640gns each, Lagyveagh Fuschia and Lagyveagh Forget Me Not, both being purchased by Trevor Smyth from Kilrea.
Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon’s aged ewe Lakeview was purchased by John Hutchinson from Comber for 600gns.
Sold under the auspices of the Beltex Sheep Society and the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club, a total of 61 MV Accredited and Scrapie monitored Beltex pedigree sheep were listed in the catalogue – 49 in-lamb shearling ewes, three aged ewes and nine ewe lambs.
Supreme Champion – Artnagullion Fonta, shearling ewe from Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock, Kells. Reserve – Matt’s Gossip ET, ewe lamb from Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s Flock, Kinawley.
Aged Ewes – 1, Bodoney Everest ET, Andrew & Jamie McCutcheon, Bodoney Flock, Trillick; 2, Bodoney Ember ET, Andrew & Jamie McCutcheon; 3, Lakeview, Andrew & Jamie McCutcheon.
Shearling Ewes – 1, Artnagullion Fonta, from Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock, Kells; 2, Artnagullion Fable, from Elizabeth McAllister; 3, Matt’s Finance ET, from Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s Flock, Kinawley; 4, Glenkeen Franchesca, from F & J Harbinson’s Glenkeen Flock, Limavady.
Ewe Lambs – 1, Matt’s Gossip ET, from Matthew Burleigh’s Matt’s Flock, Kinawley; 2, Matt’s Golden Heart ET, from Matthew Burleigh; 3, Coolough Giselle, from John Donaghy’s Coolough Flock, Loughmacrory, Omagh; 4, Coolough Glitter, from John Donaghy.
The judge was Gary Scott, Bessy Bell Flock, Omagh.
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