Gortin venue for annual show and sale

Richard Beattie (Gortin Livestock mart) along with Alex Colhoun displaying some of the sheep that will be available at the show and  sale.
Richard Beattie (Gortin Livestock mart) along with Alex Colhoun displaying some of the sheep that will be available at the show and sale.

The Jacob Sheep Society will be holding their ‘Show & Sale’ of pedigree Jacob sheep on Saturday 15th August, at Gortin livestock mart.

This is the third year this event has been run in Northern Ireland and there have been superb entries for both two and four horn sheep.

There are 24 ewes, 48 ewe lambs, 13 rams and 15 ram lambs for sale in the pedigree section. There are 30 non pedigree females consisting of Jacobs, JacobxDorset and JacobxTexel.

The show will commence at 12pm and the sale of Pedigree and non-pedigree Jacobs will follow this at 1.30pm. Richard Beattie (Gortin Livestock mart) will be the auctioneer for the sale and the Jacob Sheep Society would like to thank him for hosting the event in its third year.

The Jacob Sheep Society would also like to thank all the local businesses who have sponsored the event this year. All sheep will be inspected before the Show & Sale by two JSS judges travelling over from Scotland to make sure that they are suitable for sale and that they meet the breed standard criteria for Jacob sheep.

Jacob Sheep are credited within the industry as being the most improved breed of the last 40 years, from a decorative park sheep to becoming a mainstream British breed; able to compete with the best. Jacob sheep are an ideal breed for both large and small flock keepers. Originally dating back to the Mediterranean and known to be present in England as far back as the 1750s, the British Isles now has ca. 6500 breeding sheep. Realistically, lambing at 190 per cent born alive, they are attractive hardy and long lived sheep, suitable for indoor lambing systems or over wintered outside. Wool and skins are another asset of the breed and can be used to make attractive textiles and garments.

For more details about the show and sale, please contact Paul Colhoun on 07715326021 or 02882244945.