“Great” demand continued at the Belgian Beltex Sheep Society’s recent in-lamb show and sale at Tullamore Mart on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021.
According to a society spokesperson, its most recent sale “capped off what has been a great year for the society”.
They said that the breed continues to grow “from strength to strength”.
The sale included consignments of stock from some of the “country’s top breeders” with bloodlines from “the best the breed has to offer”.
Belgian Beltex sale
Paul M. Slevin of the Riverbank Flock in Monkstown, Monilea, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath officiated as a judge on the day.
He awarded the overall champion silverware to Brian Mathews’ first prize shearling ewe, Quarrymount Fabulous.
The sheep by Stonedge Captain Fantastic is scanned carrying a single to Carrigans Lower Denzel. This entry sold for €1550 to Mr Russell Tinney, Co. Donegal.
Reserve champion – by Tercrosset Blaze – was second-placed shearling ewe, Cloneycavan Fanny Brown, by Hugh and Stephanie O’ Connor.
Their flock also had success in the aged ewe category, with Cloneycavan Esther standing in first place.
By Cloneycavan Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The sheep later sold for €1,360 to a new breeder, Amy Ryan, Co. Mayo.
Lot 58, Mr Brian Mathews’ Quarrymount Galway Girl, was crowned champion ewe lamb. Mr TJ Gormley, Co. Galway forked out €700 for the Ballinakill Full House daughter.
A spokesperson told That’s Farming:
“The sale that followed saw a phenomenal clearance of the females forward selling to a top price of €2,000.”
“They had a staggering average of €689, which is an increase on last year’s sale average. We believe to be a record average at an official Irish Belgian Beltex Breeders Society Sale in Ireland.”
Mr Declan Robinson’s lot 49, Sheephaven Dorothy, topped the sale at Tullamore Mart, selling for €2,000 to Liam Havlin Co. Donegal. The sale topper is by Kinglesdores Apollo, Carlisle champion in 2015.
Furthermore, Mr Robinson’s Sheephaven flock also featured sheep selling to €1,750 and €1,000, respectively. According to the society spokesperson, his eight entries levelled at €1,042.
Other notable sale prices included Michael Lynch’s Castlemeadow Fannie, which Tom Feehan, Co. Mayo snapped up for €800.
Lots 13 and 14 from John and Dudley Maher’s Ballinakill flock went under the hammer at €840 and €880. Jonathan Jones, Co. Cavan and TJ Gormley, Co. Galway purchased these.
Concluding, the spokesperson said: “The sale at Tullamore Mart featured several buyers that are new breeders.”
“This was another highlight of the Beltex Society this year. It was a fantastic indication of the continued growing interest and awareness of the Beltex breed and bodes well for 2022 and the future.”
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