Ardstewart Beltex in fierce demand at Carlisle

Scooping the Supreme Championship at the National Beltex Sale at Carlisle was the Ardstewart flock of Wade & Alison McCrabbe, Donegal.
Scooping the Supreme Championship at the National Beltex Sale at Carlisle was the Ardstewart flock of Wade & Alison McCrabbe, Donegal.

Wade and Alison McCrabbe from Raphoe, Donegal have notched up one of their most successful seasons to date with their award winning Ardstewart Beltex flock.

The National Beltex Sale held recently at Carlisle saw their entry of 10 shearling rams sell to a top price of 12,000 guineas and level at an average of £4862.

Their sale leader was “Ardstewart Angus” who is a son of Rathbone Tony ET, and out of a Broughton Pound Stretcher daughter. The duo also scooped the Supreme Championship out of an entry of almost 1500 sheep, with another son of Tony.

Just two weeks later the McCrabbes travelled back across the Irish sea to Carlisle with a team of gimmers for the Beltex Beauties sale which saw a select entry from a handful of breeders attract tremendous returns.

Top of their pen was the 7000 guineas Ardstewart Attractive Lady ET, who traces back to the highly successful Ardstewart Swagger Jagger. This outstanding gimmer is a full sister to the 12,000 ram Ardstewart Angus.

Two further lots from the same team were snapped up at 6000 guineas each. All of these were sired by Rathbone Tony ET.

The McCrabbes are familiar faces throughout Ireland after they starred in the hit TV series Rare Breed - A Farming Year. In addition to breeding pedigree Beltex they also are pioneers of the Rubex breed of sheep, and run a herd of Hereford cattle.