IT was a victory on ‘home turf’ for Omagh-based Beltex breeder Kenneth Preston as his shearling ram Glenpark Crunchy Nut was ‘tapped out’ as Supreme Champion at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders’ Club Show and Sale held at Omagh Auction Mart.
Judge John Donaghy (Coolough Flock), Loughmacrory, Omagh, said he was “an eye-catching, correct sheep”.
“He has a smart head with a well-balanced frame,” said John, who was making his debut as a show judge.
“He is a super sheep to handle with a wide heavy muscled end connecting to a long, broad well-fleshed loin and strong shoulders.”
Glenpark Crunchy Nut, who was sired by Tiree AJ ET out of Glenpark Armani, later went on to fetch top price on the day, 760gns, with the purchase made by Richard Moore from Ballygawley.
Kenneth Preston had further success on the day winning the ram lamb championship with Glenpark ET and finishing in second and third places in the shearling ewe class with Glenpark Cero ET and Glenpark Care-Bear ET, respectively.
The Reserve Champion title went to another shearling ram, Artnagullion Chris ET, from Kells-based breeder Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock.
Described by judge John Donaghy as “another excellent ram”, Art-nagullion Chris ET was sired by Ardstewart Blue Boy ET with the dam being Artnagullion Tit.
Female Champion was Brownville Curly Wurly ET, a shearling ewe from Bessbrook-based breeder David Brown’s Brownville Flock. Brownville Curly Wurly ET was sired by Artnagullion Willy ET with the dam, Brownville Tomboy.
The next Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders’ Club event is the In-Lamb Show and Sale on Friday, December 21, at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Seven hundred and sixty guineas paid by Richard Moore from Ballygawley for the Supreme Champion, Glenpark Crunchy Nut, from the Glenpark Flock of Kenneth Preston, Omagh.
This was followed by 550gns paid for Elizabeth McAllister’s Reserve Champion, Artnagullion Chris ET, by Mervyn Stewart.
Kenny Preston’s Ram Lamb Champion, Glenpark ET, sold to John McCrossan for 400gns and his Shearling Ram, Glenpark Corsewell ET, also achieved 400gns – the buyer was Ian Crawford.
Andrew and Jamie McCutcheon from Trillick had their two Ram Lambs sell for 400gns each – Bodoney ET was sold to T & A Gilmore with Bodoney Darwin ET, purchased by Alan Hurst.