BODONEY Caveman ET, a shearling ram from Trillick-based Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon’s Bodoney Flock, took the Supreme Champion title at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club’s Bank Holiday Show and Sale staged at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Scottish judge Grant Anderson tapped out the home-bred ram whose sire was Kingledores Apollo ET and the dam Rocksolid Tumble.
The Reserve Champion title went to Artnagullion Cleo ET, a shearling ewe belonging to Kells-based Elizabeth McAllister. Sired by The Bare Boy, the dam was Artnagullion Snappy.
Judge Grant Anderson, who is an auctioneer with Harrison and Hetherington and a renowned Beltex breeder having until recently held the record price given for a Beltex ram, 60,000gns paid for his much lauded Topflite Al Pacino, described the Supreme Champion, Bodoney Caveman ET as “a good muscled ram that was very correct”.
He described the Reserve Champion shearling ewe as “a long and clean shearling gimmer that was also very correct”.
“Bodoney Caveman ET just had that little bit more character,” said Grant.
The show got underway with Bursyepark Benny, belonging to Seamus Kelly, being named Aged Ram Champion.
The shearling ram class followed and this was highly contested.
Runner-up in the class was Carnew Cash, belonging to Mrs C Aiken from Dromara.
As well as winning the shearling ram class with Bodoney Caveman ET, Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon also took third spot with Bodoney Charlie ET.
Bodoney Caveman ET went on to be named Male Champion with Carnew Cash taking the Reserve Male Champion title.
Finishing in second place in the shearling ewe class was Glenkeen Cbeebies ET from Limavady-based F & J Harbinson who went on to take the Reserve Female Champion title. Female Champion was Artnagullion Cleo ET.
The ram lambs’ class was won by Ravara Dirty Old Town, belonging to A Murray & Son from Ballygowan.
The Murrays also won the ewe lambs’ class with Ravara Dark Star ET.
A total of 90 MV Accredited and Scrapie Monitored pedigree sheep were listed for sale on the day with the top price of 1120gns paid for Bodoney Charlie ET, a shearling ram belonging to Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon, Trillick.
The ram, which finished in third place in the shearling class, was purchased by John Laverty from Armoy.
Next best was 650gns paid by S Rooney from Sligo for Derryouge Chic, a shearling ewe belonging to Edward and Shirlee Nicholson from Kilkeel.
S Rooney also paid 620gns for a shearling ram from the Derryouge Flock, Derryouge Comet Man.
Again 620gns was the sum paid by Alexander Ross from Newtownards for a shearling ram belonging to Mrs C Aiken (Carnew Flock) Carnew Cash, the Reserve Male Champion.
Meanwhile, the Female Champion, Art-nagullion Cleo ET, belonging to Elizabeth McAllister, sold to AJ Mutch & Son from Witney for 500gns.
The ram lambs’ class winner, Ravara Dirty Old Town, belonging to A Murray & Son, was purchased by Geoffrey Porter from Crumlin for 340gns. The ewe lambs’ class winner, also from Ballygowan-based A Murray & Son, Ravara Dark Star ET, fetched 300gns. PT Lyons from County Cork was the buyer.
Seamus Kelly’s Aged Ram Champion, Bursyepark Benny, was sold to Stephen McCahon from Aghadowey for 300gns.
The Show and Sale was sponsored by Roxan, suppliers of the Tag Faster Automatic Tagging Applicator.