THE North Country Cheviot NI Club held its third annual Show and Sale on Friday, August 27, at the new venue of Beattie’s Livestock Centre in Omagh, kindly sponsored by Provita Animal Health.
There was a tremendous entry of over 300 North Country Cheviots and 146 Cheviot first crosses on display. The popularity of the North Country Cheviot has been increasing year on year with a demand for pure use and for commercial use with many farmers realising the benefits of the North Country Cheviot as a terminal and maternal sire.
There was a new record price set for a NCC ram at the club sale of 1800gns and 20 rams went on to sell for an average of 848gns with eight rams making over 1000gns and North Country Cheviot fe-males had a 96 per cent clearance with excellent prices throughout.
The pre-sale show was judged by David Beech from the Ormerley flock in Derbyshire.
First in the shearling ram class and reserve overall champion went to Norman Robinson’s Ben-rafton Bullseye. He was sired by the 2019 Lockerbie champion Humbleheugh Xtra Special and went on to sell for 1410gns. Second place shearling ram went to John Graham’s Ross Bob sired by Nisbet Mill Warrior. He went on to sell for a sale topping 1800gns. Alastair Armstrong was third in the shearling ram class with Stragole Big One selling for 1020gns.
The individual Park gimmers were up next with Mr Beech picking a gimmer from Allister McNeill’s Kilvaddy flock sired by Synton Vagabond out first. She later went on to win overall champion, selling for 840gns.
Second was a gimmer from the Stragole flock of Alastair Armstrong sired by Stragole Alfredo, selling for 550gns, and third went to John Graham’s Ross flock, sired by Synton Vagabond, selling for 460gns.
Mr Beech then moved on to the Park type ewe lambs selecting a Kilvaddy ewe lamb from Allister McNeill out first. She was sired by a home bred ram Kilvaddy Warrior selling for 500gns with second and third going to Orla McAlister’s Oakwood flock. Both these ewe lambs were sired by Glenrone X00933, selling for 350gns and 390gns.
In the pair of ewe lambs section Alastair Armstrong was tapped out first with a pair of twins sired by Allanshaws Xackeri selling for 370gns. Second went to Allister McNeill with ewe lambs sired by Allanshaws Xcavator and Kilvaddy Warrior selling for 420gns.
In the Hill section a gimmer from Samuel Miskelly’s Lisbreen flock sired by Hownam Grange Villager was tapped out first and went on to be Hill Champion selling at 180gns. Second prize and reserve hill champion went to Crockataggart Farms later selling at 280gns. Third place went to Alex Colhoun from the Kingarrow flock with a gimmer by Borgie Warrior making 320gns.
In the groups of Park gimmers, first and second went to first time exhibitor Gareth Henderson from the Sandelford flock in Bushmills, selling for £610 and £530 respectively. Both pens were sired by Kilvaddy Xman. Third prize went to D & D Robinson’s Glen flock with a pen of five selling for £295.
In the groups of ewe lambs, first and second went to Allister McNeill with two pens of five making £320 and £330 respectively and third went to Adrian McSorley from the Ardeevin flock in Castlederg selling a pen of six hill type lambs for £165.
In the crossbred section of gimmers, William Rankin was first, second and third with his Scotch half breds selling for £240, £235 and £235 respectively.
In the crossbred section of ewe lambs Allister McNeill was first and second with Cheviot Mules. The first prize pen of five lambs made £200 with the second prize pen of eight ewe lambs making £240. D & D Robinson were third with a pen of eight ewe lambs selling for £250.
The NI NCC Club would like to thank Mr David Beech of the Ormerley Flock for giving up his time to carry out the judging, also thanks to all the staff at Beattie’s Livestock Centre for their hard work in the running of the sale.