THERE was a good turnout at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders’ Club in-lamb Christmas export sale at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart despite the poor weather.
Top price on the day was 1450gns and that was shared between a ewe lamb, Matt’s Flexable ET, belonging to County Fermanagh-based Beltex breeder Matthew Burleigh, and a shearling ewe, Artnagullion Emily, belonging to Kells-based Elizabeth McAllister.
Matt’s Flexable ET, purchased by Darren Gallagher from Ballygawley, County Tyrone, was sired by Hackney Corker ET with Pentland Dixie ET the dam.
Artnagullion Emily, purchased by Edward and Shirlee Nicholson from Kilkeel, was sired by Airyolland Blackthorn with the dam being Artnagullion Champagne ET.
The export sale, carried out under the auspices of the Beltex Sheep Society and the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders’ Club, also accommodated
n 1140gns was paid for Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Eva by Edward and Shirlee Nicholson from Kilkeel.
n Artnagullion Evita ET from Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock was purchased for 840gns by Daniel Patton from Newtownards.
n 800gns was paid by Sean McCartney from Ballacolla, County Laoise, for Hugh O’Neill’s shearling ewe, Lagyveagh Eve. Scanned for twins.
n 760gns was paid by Thomas Crummy from Boyle, County Roscommon, for Artnagullion Eli ET. Scanned for twins.
n Martin Flynn from Baconstown, Enfield, County Meath, paid 700gns for Artnagullion Electra ET, a shearling ewe from Elizabeth McAllister’s Artnagullion Flock.
n Lagyveagh Elle, a shearling ewe from Hugh O’Neill’s Lagyveagh Flock, was purchased by Daniel Patton from Newtownards for 680gns.
n Lagyveagh Elisa from Hugh O’Neill was purchased by John Hutchinson from Comber for 660gns.
n Lagyveagh Erica, a shearling ewe from Hugh O’Neill’s Lagyveagh flock, was purchased by Daniel Patton from Newtownards for 650gns.
n Lagyveagh Ellen from Hugh O’Neill’s Lagyveagh Flock was purchased by Paul Kelso from Stewartstown for 620gns. Scanned for two.
n Ballycreelly Emma from K & A McCarthy sold to P Barnes from Dungannon for 420gns. The shearling ewe was scanned for twins.
n K & A McCarthy’s top-priced ewe lamb was Ballycreelly Fingal, which was purchased by Michael Havlin from Redcastle, County Donegal for 360gns.