A shearling ram, Bonecastle Asker, belonging to Downpatrick-based Beltex breeder, Dermot Murray, (Lot 2) took the Supreme Champion title at the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club Show and Sale held at Omagh Auction Mart on Saturday, September 24.
Bonecastle Asker, sired by Artnagullion Wagon Wheel ET with Bonecastle being the dam, took the honours in the Shearling Ram Class and was named Male Champion before going on to win the Supreme Champion title.
Bonecastle Avram, from Dermot’s Bonecastle flock, finished in second place in the Shearling Ram class and went on to take the top price of 600gns on the day with the purchase made by Kenny Preston of Omagh.
Kenny also had a good day in the show ring, taking first and second place in the Ram Lamb classes with Glenpark Bluestone ET (Lot 52) going on to be named Reserve Champion.
The Shearling Ewe class and Female Champion title was won by Lagyveagh Abba (Lot 55) from H. ONeill’s Lagyveagh flock in Glenarm.
Runner-up in the class and Reserve Female Champion was Munreary Addictive from Claudy-based PLJ Brolly.
Commenting on the winners, judge Alison McCrabbe from Raphoe in Donegal described the Supreme Champion, Bonecastle Asker as “a big straight, correct ram with loads of power” and the Reserve Champion, Glenpark Bluestone ET, as “a strong lamb with loads of potential – great Shearling next year!”
The Show and Sale was sponsored by EasyTag.
A total of 75MV Accredited Beltex Pedigree Sheep went under the hammer on the day.
Shearling Ram Class: 1st Bonecastle Asker (Lot 2) Dermot Murray, Downpatrick.
Ram Lamb Class: 1st Glenpark Bluestone ET (Lot 52) Kenneth Preston, Omagh.
Shearling Ewe Class: 1st Lagyveagh Abba (Lot 55) Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm.
Male Champion: Bonecastle Asker (Lot 2) Dermot Murray, Downpatrick.
Reserve Male Champion: Glenpark Blue Stone ET (Lot 52) Kenneth Preston, Omagh.
Female Champion: Lagyveagh Abba (Lot 55) Hugh O’Neill, Glenarm.
Reserve Female Champion: Munreary Addictive (Lot 59) Patrick Brolly, Claudy.
Supreme Champion: Bonecastle Asker (Lot 2) Dermot Murray, Downpatrick.
Reserve Champion: Glenpark Blue Stone ET (Lot 52) Kenneth Preston, Omagh.