Thompsons sponsor Charollais sale

Drew Cowan receiving sponsorship from Girvan King, Thompsons representative
Drew Cowan receiving sponsorship from Girvan King, Thompsons representative

J Thompson and Sons Animal feeds are once again sponsoring the Charollais Sheep Ram sale in Dungannon Farmers Market on Monday, September 7.

Ninety three head are catalogued, with the show at 11am and sale at 1pm. Judging the pre-sale show will be Kenneth Malcomson of the Ringclare Flock, Donaghmore, Newry, Co Down.

The Charollais share of the market place continues to grow as discerning buyers realize the benefits of using the breed, not just for their easy lambing but their great muscle and length.

The ability of the Charollais cross lamb to finish quickly and achieve good grades is a big bonus when margins are so tight. This has been a big plus for those lambing early this year and were able to get their Charollais cross lambs away before prices dropped.

With all the breeds competing to secure bids for rams it can be very confusing for those just beginning their sheep enterprise.

The Charollais breed has always encouraged their members to breed for the market not the show ring and this is evident in the consistency of the carcase quality of the Charollais lamb.

Breeders have maintained the finer bone structure which ensures their easy lambing; a stress free lambing is a huge bonus for both ewe and lamb. A ewe with an easy birth is less likely to develop post lambing complications and will do her lamb better. It is those early days which are critical to how a lamb will develop and go on and grow well. Productivity is one of the key factors which influences profits.

Forty Charollais rams are also catalogued for sale at the Multibreed Sheep Sale at the Maze today (Saturday, September 5). As this is a new venture it is hoped it will be well supported.

The evening of Monday, September 7, will see Ballymena Market host the Northern Ireland Charollais Sheep Club ram sale.