IT was very much a ‘Champion’ night for David Brown and Mark Latimer’s Brownville Flock at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club Show and Sale held at Ballymena Livestock Market.
The Bessbrook-based Beltex breeders took Supreme Champion honours along with the Reserve Champion title, the Male Champion title and the Female Champion title along as well as Reserve Female Champion status at the evening event.
Reigning Supreme was Brownville CJ ET, a shearling ram sired by The Bare Boy and out of Brownville Tomboy.
Meanwhile the Reserve Champion title went to Brownville Caramel, a shearling ewe, sired by Artnagullion Barbour ET with the dam, Brownville Take Me Out.
The judge, Beltex Sheep Society Chairman John Harbinson from Limavady, said the Supreme Champion was “a good strong, correct sheep with plenty of body and power” whilst the Reserve Champion was “a great carcase gimmer with super gigots – a good all round sheep”.
The Supreme Champion, Brownville CJ ET, was also named Male Champion while Brownville Caramel took the Female Champion title. David Brown’s Brownville Flock also had the Reserve Female Champion, Brownville Cinderella ET. Sired by Artnagullion Willy ET, again the Dam was Brownville Tomboy.
The Reserve Male Champion was Coolough Chemical Anchor, a shearling ram belonging to John Donaghy from Loughmacrory, Omagh.
Sired by Coolough Bungle in the Jungle, this well-shaped Ram was out of Coolough Tidy ET.
The Ram Lamb Champion was Derryharney Del Boy ET from Lisnaskea-based breeder Alan Burleigh. Sired by Jewitt Cracker Jack ET, the Dam was Langlands Angela ET.
The highest price on the night in the sales ring was 750gns paid for the Supreme Champion, Brownville CJ ET, by show judge John Harbinson.
Next highest price was 700gns which was given by MJ O’Hara for John Donaghy’s Reserve Male Champion, Coolough Chemical Anchor.
This was followed by a price of 420gns paid for Brownville Charles, another shearling ram belonging to David Brown and Mark Latimer – the purchase was made by James Jardine.
Omagh-based Sean Daly achieved the next best price of 350gns for Glenview Common, a shearling ram. The buyer was Colin Woodside.