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First demo day for NI Valais Blacknose Club

The Northern Ireland Val-ais Blacknose Club has announced details of its very first “demo day” in the Province.

It will take place on Sunday, October 10, 1-5pm, at Beatties Livestock Center, Omagh.

Speakers from NFU, UFU, Provtia, and Magee Shearing will be joined by guest speak-ers Raymond Irvine and Jenni McAllister from the TV series This Farming Life.

Raymond and Jenni live on a farm in the Scottish Highlands near Tomintoul, where they specialise in pedigree Charolais cattle.

Jenni grew up on a farm by Loch Lomond and works in IT.

The pair were at the Balmoral Show this year, where Raymond was judging the Charolais classes.

In May 2014 they imported 13 blacknose from Valais and then another 26 in September that year. They currently have an ever-growing flock of 85 plus.

On one of the first trips to Valais they bought King Kong ram, a big ram with a big heart and he was the beginning of their blacknose adventure. King Kong offspring are kept in Northern Ireland.

Since then together Raymond and Jenni have enjoyed much

success taking show champion-ships and top prices, including a recent female record for a ewe lamb at the Blacknose Beauties Sale in late August.

Having started the main UK Society to which the NI Valaisblacknose Club is affiliated, and organising the biggest show and sale in Carlisle, its fair to say they have great passion for

the breed.

On the day they will be talking about the breed standards of the sheep, and what to look out for when purchasing a Valais, the health of the sheep and how to prepare them for showing, and will also be taking questions.

On the demo day there will be lots taking place, including a stock judging competition with classes for both adults and kids with lovely prizes from The Sheep Game.

Big kids and small kids will also be allowed to get up close for a lovely picture in the Hugs with Herbie pen and see why everyone is talking about the “world’s cutest sheep”

Magee Shearing will be on hand doing a demo on shearing the Valais, including shearing sheep on the day.

It will also have a stall with everything that you need for clipping any animal.

Having sheared all over the world, including in Valais in Switzerland, there is no one better placed to answer any shearing questions. Come and see the experts in action!

There will also be stalls from Mullagh Livestock Photography, Country Clothing Company, Tan-nahill Livestock Care, Stitched Stuff, Whinney & Waggles, Grace Scott – Pastel Artist, and much much more.

The club looks forward to welcoming everyone to the demo day, Entry for non-members is £12 per adult, and £10 for members. Children go free. First 100 tickets sold get a goody bag, with all tickets bought in advance of the day put into a draw to win a hoody or t-shirt.

There will also be a raffle and auction for some amazing prizes on the day.

Club memberships remains at £10 for this year and anyone wanting to join can do so via the website or on the demo day.

They can also speak to one of the committee members: Diane Lowry, Slieveroe Valais; Emma Conway, Cavanlee Valais; Irene Gray, Diamond Valais; and Adam Frazer, Brookmount Pygmy Goats & Valais Blacknose Sheep.

Tickets can be purchased at www.nivalaisblacknoseclub.com

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