Artnagullion Beltex flock owner enjoys ‘sweet success’ at show

Elizabeth McAllister from Kells, Ballymena with her Supreme Champion Beltex Shearling Ewe. Sired by Woodies Snoop Dog who was purchased by the Artnagullion flock in Carlisle for 12,500 gns, her Dam is Artnagullian Mika LIZM32. Making the Supreme Champion Award presentation is judge, Graham Burke from Scotland.
Elizabeth McAllister from Kells, Ballymena with her Supreme Champion Beltex Shearling Ewe. Sired by Woodies Snoop Dog who was purchased by the Artnagullion flock in Carlisle for 12,500 gns, her Dam is Artnagullian Mika LIZM32. Making the Supreme Champion Award presentation is judge, Graham Burke from Scotland.

The sun was shining, the weather was sweet and for Ballymena-based Beltex Sheep breeder, Elizabeth McAllister and her Artnagullion flock the day was made complete with a hat-trick of wins and the Supreme Championship!

The wins came in three out of the four classes entered – Shearling Ram, Ram Lamb and Shearling Ewe with the Shearling Ewe also taking the title of Champion Female and Overall Champion.

Beltex judge, Graham Burke from Scotland said: “The Supreme Champion Shearling Ewe is a very correct female, showing loads of good character.

“She has a tremendous top on her, great presence in the show ring and handles exceptionally well. A very correct sheep and an excellent example of the breed.”

And Elizabeth wasn’t finished there. Her Shearling Ram was named Champion Male and she also captured top honours in the Group of Three and had the Best Pair of Beltex Lambs born in 2015.

The Reserve Champion title went to Fermanagh breeder, Matthew Burleigh with his Ewe Lamb.

Judge, Graham Burke described the young lamb as “very sharp, very correct and one to be watched in the future”.

Matthew also had a win in the Ewe class, two-shear and upwards, rearing or having reared a lamb in 2015.

Meanwhile, Colin Barnes from Dungannon won the Ram class, two-shear and upwards.

Summing up judge Graham Burke said: “Altogether we had a great day, an excellent turn out, good big classes and terrific support around the ring watching as well.”

Beltex results from Balmoral Show May 13th 2015

Judge: Graham Burke

Class 145 Ram, two-shear and upwards: 1st - Mr Colin A Barnes - BEECHTREE (ARY S026); 2nd – Mr Fergus Harbinson – GLENKEEN (FHG T1147)

Class 146 Shearling Ram: 1st – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION   (LIZ W034); 2nd – Mr Gary Scott – BESSY BELL (JUL W010); 3rd – Mr Kevin McCarthy – BALLYCREELLY (LIZ W033); 4th – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION   (LIZ W025)

Class 147 Ewe, two-shear and upwards, rearing or having reared a lamb in 2015: 1st – Mr Matthew Burleigh – MATT’S (MAT P053); 2nd – Mr Colin A Barnes - BEECHTREE (RSB S023); 3rd - Mr Fergus Harbinson – GLENKEEN (FHG S042)

Class 148 Shearling Ewe: 1st – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION (LIZ W032); 2nd – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION (LIZ W021); 3rd – Mr Matthew Burleigh – MATT’S  (MAT W084) 

Class 149 Ram Lamb: 1st – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION (LIZ A011); 2nd – David Brown – BROWNVILLE (DWR A025)  ; 3rd – Mr Colin A Barnes – BEECHTREE (RSB A003)

Class 150 Ewe Lamb: 1st – Mr Matthew Burleigh – MATT’S (MAT A020) ; 2nd – Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION (LIZ A004); 3rd – Mr Matthew Burleigh – MATT’S (MAT A023)

Best Group of Three

Champion  - Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION

Reserve - Mr Colin A Barnes – BEECHTREE

Best Pair of Beltex Lambs born 2015

Champion - Elizabeth McAllister – ARTNAGULLION

Reserve – D Brown BROWNVILLE

Champion Male – Elizabeth McAllister’s Shearling Ram  – ARTNAGULLION - (LIZ W034)

Reserve Champion Male - 2nd Prize Shearling Ram – Mr Gary Scott - BESSY BELL (JUL W010)

Champion Female – Elizabeth McAllister – Shearling Ewe  – ARTNAGULLION    (LIZ W032)

Reserve Champion Female – Matthew Burleigh’s Ewe Lamb – MATT’S – (MAT A020)

Overall Champion – Elizabeth McAllister Shearling Ewe – ARTNAGULLION    (LIZ W032)

Reserve Overall Champion - Matthew Burleigh’s Ewe Lamb – MATT’S – (MAT A020)