Entries sought for annual Beltex cross-bred carcase competition

Entries are being sought for the annual Beltex cross-bred sheep carcase competition which will be held at Dunbias premises in Dungannon on Friday, July 29.
Entries are being sought for the annual Beltex cross-bred sheep carcase competition which will be held at Dunbias premises in Dungannon on Friday, July 29.

Entries are now being sought for the annual Beltex cross-bred sheep carcase competition which will be held at Dunbia’s premises in Dungannon on Friday, July 29.

Organised by the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club and supported by the Beltex Sheep Society, the event is sponsored by Dunbia and AB Europe.

Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club (left) thanking Gareth Beacom of AB Europe for their support in this years Beltex Sheep cross-bred carcase competition. AB Europe works closely with farmers to help improve quality and profitability of sheep flocks.

Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club (left) thanking Gareth Beacom of AB Europe for their support in this years Beltex Sheep cross-bred carcase competition. AB Europe works closely with farmers to help improve quality and profitability of sheep flocks.

With a total prize fund of £550 up for grabs the club is once again hoping for an excellent turnout on the day.

“This is primarily a pairs competition with farmers having to decide which of the live lambs are paired before weigh-in,” explained Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club.

“It tests their ability to not only judge the fat class but the kill out percentage to ensure that the best matching pairs go before the judges.”

There will also be a cash prize awarded for the best individual carcase.

Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club (left) with William Allister of sponsors, Dunbia. A fundamental part of Dunbias business activities is to seek continual improvement from farm to fork as improved grades help to increase farmers returns.

Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club (left) with William Allister of sponsors, Dunbia. A fundamental part of Dunbias business activities is to seek continual improvement from farm to fork as improved grades help to increase farmers returns.

All lambs entered should be in the usual processor spec of 16-21kg dead weight.

The Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club are hoping for a good entry and an invitation has also been extended to farmers, members of Young Farmers Club and producers who would like to view the carcases following the competition.

“This is a very worthwhile exercise for those wishing to hone their skills in live sheep and carcase judging,” added Colin.

For further details or to enter contact Colin Barnes via email colin_a_barnes@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 07811 556673.