29th September 2023

Colin Hamilton, Castlederg

Shearling Ram

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st H O'Neill LAGYVEAGH EON.H1493 10
2nd K Preston GLENPARK KSP.H015 17
3rd H O'Neill LAGYVEAGH EON.H1488 9
4th K Preston GLENPARK KSP.H062 13
5th W Porter MAJOR'S BRIDGE MBP.H029 29
6th D Teague GLENARM DWT.H002 12

Ram Lamb

Placing Breeder Name Flock Prefix Ear Tag Lot No
1st C McCrea TAMNABRADY CRM.J003 30
2nd C McCrea TAMNABRADY CRM.J004 31

Beltex Champions

Category Breed Breeder Name
Champion 1st Prize Shearling Ram H O'Neill
Reserve 2nd Prize Shearling Ram K Preston

Father and son duo, Hugh and Eddie O’Neill led the way at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders’ Show and Sale at Beatties’ Omagh centre on Friday, 29 September, securing both the Supreme Championship and top price.

The sale had an impressive 100% sell-through rate with 28 Beltex sheep heading to new homes.

Lagyveagh Header, a shearling ram from the Glenarm-based flock, won its class before being tapped out as Supreme Champion by judge Colin Hamilton from Castlederg, then topped the prices, selling to Robert Nelson for a respectable 600gns. The shearling ram’s dam is home-bred Lagyveagh Felicity and it was sired by Glenkeen Fire Cracker ET.

Reserve Champion was a Glenpark emrbyo shearling, KSP.H015, from Kenny Preston’s Glenpark Flock, Omagh. The shearling ram also achieved second highest price at the sale, making 580gns.

Trade was strong and among the top prices in the ring was another Glenpark embryo shearling, KSP.H034, selling for 550gns to Joe McQuillan.

First in the ram lamb class was Tamnabrady Jameson, from Christopher McCrea’s Tamnabrady Flock, Strabane. Tamnabrady Johnny Cash, from the same flock, was second in the class and achieved joint top-priced ram lamb, selling to Gareth Galbraith for 350gns.

Edward and Shirlee Nicholson’s Derryogue Homer Simpson also made 550gns, heading to Ronald Campbell.

Thanks to Kathryn Williamson for report and photos.

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