NI Rouge breeders have been busy supporting their local shows this summer which included their new Male and Female of the Year competitions held at Ballymena and Antrim Show respectively.
At Ballymena Show Mr Malcolm Workman, Monaghan judged the Male of the Year finding his Champion in the Aged Ram, Millend Lighthouse exhibited by the Tullyvallen Flock of AJ Graham, Antrim, no stranger to the show ring having been a previous Balmoral Champion in 2014.
Reserve Male of the Year was then awarded to Sunrise Regal, a January lamb who was Reserve Champion at Balmoral show this year belonging to Jayne Tannahill, Coleraine.
At Antrim Show Mr Brian Matthews placed the Female of the Year line-up, choosing the Sucked Ewe from the Tullyvallen Flock of AJ Graham, she already had achieved the Champion spot at Balmoral Show this year.
Reserve Female went to a gimmer from the Sunrise Flock of Jayne Tannahill.
Antrim Show proved a great success for the Rouge breed when the Tullyvallen Flock presented their Group of three in the interbreed competition and were runner up and then went on to take the Champion Interbreed Pairs with their sucked ewe and gimmer.
At Ballymoney Show Jayne Tannahill won the Interbreed Ram Lamb Competition in a large class of rams.
At a damp Fermanagh show George Knox claimed Interbreed Sheep Champion with his Aged Tup, Kinsella Nemo, with the Interbreed judge describing him as ‘a breeding ram with tremendous potential’.
Club members are now looking forward to their Premier Sale in Dungannon Market on Friday, 28th August in conjunction with the Beltex Sheep Society.
On offer will be a selection of Male and Females including Performance Recorded sheep.
The Club members are indebted again to Mr Alistair Sampson of Volac for their continued sponsorship.