BORDER Leicester breeder Stephen Wallace farms with his partner Claire McClelland just outside Ballyclare, County Antrim.
They farm a suckler herd of stabilizer cows and a flock of Border Leicester, Blackface ewes and crossbreds.
Stephen explained: “We cross the Blackface ewes with the Border Leicester to produce greyface lambs and upcoming breeding ewes. I know this combination make great mothers and prime lambs to suit any commercial flock.
“My real passion are the Border Leicesters. I grew up alongside the Borders at my uncle Sam Agnew’s Ballynarry flock and that’s where the passion began.
“I learnt a lot from him and his knowledge as he has been breeding them for many years and still continues to do so.
“I started my flock ‘Slatehill’ in 2016 when I bought two ewes from him. The following year I purchased another six ewes and two ewe lambs from Sam and I now I have a flock of 18 ewes and ewe lambs.
“In that time I have had a lot of success in the show ring and sale ring. My first ram lamb, Kinninmonth Thunder, was purchased in Lanark in 2017.
“This year I sent two tup lambs and three ewe lambs to the Lanark Sale, Scotland, on September 14 and then I will be taking three tup lambs, five ewe lambs, three gimmers and two shearling rams to the Ulster Ram Breeders Association Show & Sale on Monday, September 26, in Ballymena Livestock Market.
“I think it is great to see the popularity of the Border Leicester increasing again for it really is ‘the Great Provider’.
“Myself and the association would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support at our Ballymena Show & Sale on September 26 – Thompsons Feeding Innovation, Danske Bank, Fane Valley Stores and ASC Farm Services.”
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