Charollais Sheep Premier show and sale

Trevor Bell and daughter Ariana with the Supreme Interbreed Champion at Castlewellan Show.

Trevor Bell and daughter Ariana with the Supreme Interbreed Champion at Castlewellan Show.

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The Premier Show and Sale of the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club takes place on Monday, July 27 in Dungannon Market.

The Charollais Breed has once again had an amazing show season with the Lornbrook Flock of Diane Christie and Trevor Bell taking the Supreme Interbreed at Balmoral with their Ewe Beechview “Naughy But Nice”.

Jim Bell,Amy Presho and Trevor Bell won the Interbreed Group of Three at Castlewellan Show

Jim Bell,Amy Presho and Trevor Bell won the Interbreed Group of Three at Castlewellan Show

The Lornbrook Flock have continued their success throughout the show season winning several Interbreed Championships. Shows are the shop window of breed societies and the Charollais window demonstrates the depth of quality within the breed as the show ring has been graced with many sheep of star quality looking to take centre stage.

Progeny from these prize winners together with many potential winners will be on sale at the Charollais Premier in Dungannnon.

Judging the pre-sale show is Edward Buckley of the renowned Kilbarry Flock,

Show commences at 10am with sale at 1pm, with 173 are catalogued. All sheep are Brucella Ovus tested and ready for immediate export. The club is once again indebted to the sponsors of the show classes, Danske Bank, J Thompson and Sons Animal Feeds and Dungannon Market.

Jonathan Aiken showed the Reserve Interbreed Group of Three at Castlewellan Show

Jonathan Aiken showed the Reserve Interbreed Group of Three at Castlewellan Show

Catalogues can be viewed on line at www.charollaissheep.com.

The sheep industry like most other areas of farming has hit a bad patch. Times like this can often make us take stock and evaluate our system and consider how we can improve practise to generate a better cash flow.

Purchasing a Charollais ram offers many benefits to the sheep farmer. Two major areas in sheep production which determine profit are the number of lambs sold and the length of time from birth to finish.

The Charollais breed scores on both points with their natural prolificy and ability to produce lambs that are quick to grow and finish.

Even though lamb prices have fallen commercial farmers still need to purchase a quality ram, the ram has a major impact on the Flock and the quality of the lamb produced and buying a good Charollais ram will pay in the long term.