Carlisle based livestock auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington, have announced the largest sale of pedigree Beltex sheep ever to have been held in the United Kingdom. This will be the twenty-first annual show and sale of MV accredited pedigree Beltex rams and females.
Carlisle Beltex judging 2011
The sale to be held on the 16th and 17th of August will be the largest ever sale of the Beltex breed and one of the country’s largest pedigree sheep sales. With 1342 animals entered there are two hundred more entries than last year. This demonstrates the growth in popularity of the Beltex as both a pedigree and commercial sheep.
With so many entries, this year the sale has been scheduled over two days. Day one will see judging beginning at 8.30am followed by the sale of 342 shearling gimmers and 261 ram lambs. Starting at 10.00am on day two, the 740 shearling rams will be sold in two sales rings. By selling in two rings the aim is to give both commercial and pedigree buyers more opportunity to select and buy the rams that they want.
The Beltex, a terminal sire breed is a sheep that attracts huge interest with a tremendous carcase. Its meaty shoulder, long loin and full gigot makes it an ideal sheep for both home and export markets. There is high heritability of these traits ensuring that a Beltex X lamb reaches a high killing out percentage.
Scott Donaldson, Sales Director for Harrison and Hetherington comments on the upcoming sale;
“We have seen popularity in the breed growing year by year and this is the largest number of entries we have ever had for a pedigree sale here at Borderway. This is a fantastic showcase of some of the best sheep in the country. The animals for sale will suit all levels of interest from pedigree to commercial breeders and farmers”.
Harrison and Hetherington have received interest from all over the United Kingdom with enquiries from both Northern and Southern Ireland. For anyone looking at expanding their current flock or interested in a breed with proven impressive carcase conformation, this is an opportunity to discover how productive and profitable the Beltex breed is.
Maimie Patterson, Chairman of the Beltex Sheep Society tells us what this, the 21st show and sale signifies for the society;
“It gives pedigree and commercial buyers an opportunity to select from the very best of the breed. Beltex prime lambs top the markets regularly and consistently, attracting a premium both on the hoof and on the hook. Finished or store, there is always a buyer willing to pay extra for them.”
Maimie of Upper Auchenlay, near Dunblane runs a small flock of 40 pedigree Beltex ewes and also farms pedigree Charollais Sheep and a herd of British Blues. She concluded;
“The Beltex Society is very excited to see the breed going from strength to strength and proving such a profitable choice for lamb producers”.
Entries for the sale are now closed and details of stock entered can be found on www.livestock-sales.co.uk or by contacting Harrison & Hetherington direct on 01228 406230.
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