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HE Border Leicester Sheep Society is
set to mark 125 years of this versatile
breed by hosting an innovative National
Show at Harrison and Hetherington Market in
Carlisle on Saturday, August 7, starting at noon.
Society president Pete Brown said: “125 years
is a signiﬁcant achievement for any breeding
society, and one we certainly did not want to
“Holding a National Show gives us the
opportunity to get together and learn more
about individual ﬂocks, whilst also reﬂecting
on the history of the society and celebrating
those who have made big strides developing
their breeding and genetics.”
Ofﬁcially formed in 1896, the society’s
membership has grown from strength to
strength, currently welcoming over 200
breeders of all ages.
After a year of no events, it is delighted
to unite for the ﬁrst time since the Covid-19
pandemic to showcase the dual-purpose breed
on a national scale.
A panel of progressive judges include
representatives from throughout the British
Isles, including two well respected and longstanding breeders who will place the Overall
Judging the male classes and championship is
Isobel Duncan from Aberdeenshire, alongside
Coote Geelan from County Leitrim.
Representing England and judging the female
classes and championship will be Gill Watkins
from Hereforshire, who is joined by Olwyn
Hughes Owen, from Anglesey, representing
Sister act Jan Howell and Carol Evans,
whose father Frank Richardson founded the
Franklane ﬂock, will be placing the group class
on the day.
Judging the Young Handlers will be Anna
Johnson of the Corriecravie Texel ﬂock,
whose late father Dr Jack Brown, founded the
Bonniebraes ﬂock in 1965.
Finally, the Overall Supreme Championship
will be decided by John Evans of Halton, owner
of the oldest ﬂock in Wales, along with former
society President Clark Stewart of Kininmonth.
This historic event will conclude with a
celebratory awards dinner in the evening,
which will be held in the Harrison and
Hetherington Market Auctioneer Restaurant at
7.30pm on the same day.
During the dinner, the Championship Trophy
will be presented along with a cheque of £500
to the Overall Champion.
Pete Brown added: “We are delighted to
offer signiﬁcant prizes in the form of money
vouchers, which are to be redeemed on the
purchase of Border Leicester sheep at any of
our society sales.
“This event wouldn’t be possible without the
support of our members and sponsors.
“Their continued hard work and dedication to
the breed is what keeps us as a society moving
forward and I would encourage any breeder to
come along and enter a class.”
Classes are open to all members of the
society, and facilities will be in place to allow
both MV accredited and non MV accredited
sheep compete for the “Greenlands Insurance”
Championship trophy. Judging will commence
Classes - open to MV and Non MV sheep:
Aged Ram; Shearling Ram; Ram Lamb; Aged
Ewe (must have reared a lamb this year);
Shearling Ewe; Ewe Lamb; Pair of Ewe Lambs;
Group of Three property of one exhibitor
(mixed sex); Wool on the Hoof; Male & Reserve
Male Championship (prizemoney £250 and
£125 respectively); Female & Res Female
Championship (Prizemoney £250 and £125
respectively); Supreme and Reserve Supreme
Championship (prizemoney £500 and £250
respectively); Young Handler 12 & under;
Young Handler 13 to 16; Supreme and Reserve
Supreme Champion Young Handler.
n For more information on the Border Leicester
Sheep Society or to take part in the National
Show visit https://www.borderleicesters.co.uk/
JULY 22 2021
Charollais sheep breeders
set for Premier Sale day
HIS Monday (July 26) is
a key date in the diary of
Northern Ireland Charollais sheep breeders as
this is the day of the
Premier Sale in Dungannon Market.
One hundred and eighty nine
sheep are catalogued for sale, 20
shearling rams, 124 ram lambs,
eight shearling ewes and 37 ewe
The sale begins at noon with
judging commencing at 10am.
All sheep are eligible for
immediate export to Great Britain
and the Republic of Ireland.
This is not just a sale for pedigree
buyers but also commercial buyers who can buy with conﬁdence
that the sheep are all inspected
and are sold under the auspices of
the Charollais Sheep Society.
Judge for the pre sale show is
Welsh breeder Emyr Hughes of
the Bronwyd ﬂock and with the
high number of sheep entered he
will certainly be kept busy.
The show, of course, would
not be as successful if it weren’t
for the continued support of
sponsors Danske Bank, Provita
Animal Health, J Thompson and
Sons animal feeds and Dungannon
ON OFFER: The NI Charollais Premier Sale takes place in Dungannon Market on July 26.
Farmers Market. This is very
much appreciated by the club.
This year there is a new sponsor
on board, Strabane Mills Ltd,
which is offering meal vouchers
to the highest bidder at the sale.
The Charollais breed has come
a long way since it was ﬁrst
introduced into the UK. It is no
longer seen as the poor cousin
having proven itself to leave
progeny which are much sought
after in the markets and by the
meat plants and butchers.
Their great conformation and
length leads to a high kill out
percentage, which is a plus for
both buyer and seller.
One of the most important
traits of the Charollais which
we hear over and over again is
their tremendous live weight
This ensures that early ﬁnish
which is a huge bonus for the
farmer for two reasons in that
with the lambs speedy ﬁnished
he gets a ﬁnancial return quicker
HOST: James Alexander is hosting his annual on-farm breeding sheep sale
on Saturday, July 31, at 88 Gloverstown Road, Randalstown. Over 1,000
head will go under the hammer, and are considered to be the best selection
the Jalex sheep enterprise has offered to date.
and also his ground is freed up for
The marketing slogan of the
Charollais Society is “Charollais
Ticks All The Boxes”.
It doesn’t just tick the boxes,
however, it adds that little bit
extra so don’t miss out on the
opportunity to purchase some top
Online bidding will be available
with LSL. Buyers must register
with Dungannon market at least
24 hours before the sale.
TREAT: Commercial sheep producers are in for a treat at
the forthcoming Jalex on-farm breeding sheep sale with
exceptional quality throughout. There will be pens offered
from two to 10 head.
Jalex breeding sheep sale approaching
MORE than 1,000 breeding sheep are on
offer at this year’s farm sale hosted by
James Alexander at 88 Gloverstown Road,
The auction takes place on Saturday,
July 31, at 11.30am sharp due to the sheer
number of stock to be sold.
This is now the third Jalex breeding
sheep sale, a formula which is working
well for the Alexanders and delighting
sheep producers from near and far as they
can be assured of quality from start to
All of the stock will be penned up on sale
morning with lots from two to 10 head,
ensuring that every potential purchaser
will ﬁnd something suitable.
All will be on Heptavac P system, ENZO
and TOXO vaccinated, dipped and dosed
ready for work, MV Accredited and can be
exported to Great Britain.
Viewing can be arranged prior to the
sale by contacting James Alexander.
Richard Beattie and his team are
conducting the sale which will welcome
ringside bidding and online via marteye.ie
For more information contact James
on 07816 775501 or Richard on 07984
Beatties Livestock Mart Omagh Friday 3rd September
and H & H Carlisle Friday 27th August
For details contact
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 07958 540 749
or N.Ireland Trustee Edward Adamson Tel. 07711071290