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Michael Copeland representing McClarnon Animal Feeds hands over Sponsorship to Sheila Malcomson for the Charollais Sheep Sale in Ballymena on Monday, September 21.

Michael Copeland representing McClarnon Animal Feeds hands over Sponsorship to Sheila Malcomson for the Charollais Sheep Sale in Ballymena on Monday, September 21.

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G E McClarnon and Sons Animal Feeds are once again providing sponsorship for the Charollais Ram Show and Sale in Ballymena Market on Monday, September 21.

Judge for the pre-sale show is Harold McBratney. Judging will commence at 5.30pm with sale at 7pm.

Emmett Carten with his champion pen of Charollais cross lambs

Emmett Carten with his champion pen of Charollais cross lambs

Eighty Nine Charollais Rams are catalogued for this annual sale,14 Shearling Rams,75 Ram Lambs

The recent Charollais fat lamb competition held in Ballymena market attracted some quality lambs.

Judge David Bready awarded first prize to the pen of Emmett Carten, this is the second consecutive year that Emmett has won this competition.

In second place was Graham Martin and third was Emmett Carten.

CHAROLLAIS MAKES LIFE EASY FOR EWE LAMBS

Charollais Sheep have proved a big hit on the Carten Farm in Limavady.

Emmett farms with his father, James, and runs a Flock of Texel cross ewes. Lambs are sold through the market and have met with keen demand, his first prize lambs making the top price on the day selling at £92.00 for 21.00kgs. These lambs were born out of ewe lambs.

The Cartens lamb a batch of ewe lambs every year, these lamb late April Emmett says he has “no problems with the ewe lambs at lambing, they lamb easily to the Charollais, the lambs are quick to get up and keen to suckle”.

He is really well pleased at how they have performed this year especially as his ground has been so wet underfoot.

“For lambs out of ewe lambs they have grown on well and were easily fleshed, they have never looked behind them,” he added.