The countdown is on to the Jalex breeding sheep sale, which takes place on Thursday, July 30th at 7pm at Gloverstown Road, Randalstown.
Buyers are welcome to attend the sale with social distancing measures in place, according to the flock owner.
There is an online virtual catalogue available to view on Facebook with batches of hoggets penned up in 12s, 6s and some smaller lots to suit buyers.
“This is an excellent opportunity for sheep producers to source genuine replacements and also ideal for recipient work.”
It is the “largest sale that the Alexander team have put together yet”, with close to 1,000 entries and James firmly believes it is, without doubt, the best quality so far.
“We have been working hard to produce the type of hard-wearing ewe that we would like to use ourselves.”
“The sheep are all totally grass-fed, and their easy fleshing ability will transmit to their lambs.”
“There is also a smart selection of rams ideal to head to work now. These carry tremendous pedigree in addition to looking the part.” Added James
The catalogue comprises of 450 Suffolks out of Cheviot Mule ewes (NC Cheviot ewe x traditional Blue Leicester Tup), 100 Suffolks out of Scotch Half Bred ewes (NC Cheviot ewe to Border Leicester Ewe), 100 straight Suffolk Cheviot hoggets. (Wicklow Cheviot ewes)
150 Cheviot Mule bred gimmers, (NC Cheviot ewe x Traditional Blue Leicester Tup) 20 Beltex Blue Leicester gimmers, 20 Blue Leicester x Texel gimmers,50 Scotch Mule gimmers,100 Cheviot Mule draft ewes (4 crop ewes), 15 Suffolk shearlings, 3 Suffolk ram lambs along with a selection of Aberfield ( Blue Leicester X Texel) and Suff x Tex shearlings will go under the hammer.
All sheep will be Toxo and Enzo vaccinated well before the sale so that they can go straight to work, the flock owner said.