Sale of working sheepdogs

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The Northern Ireland region of the National Sheep Association, in conjunction with Closamectin and Ballymena Livestock Mart are once again organising a sale of working sheepdogs and pups, to be held at NSA SheepNI on Monday, 6th July 2015.

The sale will be held as usual in a field adjacent to the mart, kindly loaned by John Anderson.

Working dogs will be given a short time to show off their skills handling a small flock of Blackface hoggets, before being offered for sale by auction.

A spokesman for the NSA committee explained: “This sale has become one of the most popular attractions at our biennial sheep event. Many of our customers, both buyers and sellers, have found it very useful to have this sale locally, saving them the time and expense of having to travel over to Scotland or England to trade working sheepdogs.”

A working dog is an essential part of the team on the modern sheep farm. Many sheep farmers of course, especially part timers, struggle with finding the time and patience necessary to train a dog to a working standard, so there is a good demand for ready trained dogs, and a number of Northern Ireland trainers have built a reputation for producing top quality trial and working dogs, both at home and on the mainland. The NSA/Closamectin sale is now established as the most important sale of working dogs and pups in Northern Ireland, offering prospective buyers the opportunity to see dogs demonstrating their ability.

The NSA spokesman said: “In past years we have had a number of requests for the catalogue before the sale from buyers wanting to study form, so this year we hope to have the catalogue ready earlier, and for this reason we would appreciate it if prospective sellers would enter their dogs in good time. Due to time pressures we may have to restrict entries of working dogs, so to avoid disappointment we would encourage vendors to have their entries in well before the closing date of Monday 15th June to ensure inclusion in the catalogue. The association would like to thank Norbrook/Closamectin for their generous sponsorship, Ballymena Livestock Mart, and John Anderson for all their help.”

Entry forms are available now from either Edward Adamson telephone: 07711071290, or Eamon McCormick: 07740175698.