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Local breeder tops the sale

Published: 13 Sep 2012 15:000 comments

Two local breeders have enjoyed great success at the sale of registered Lleyn sheep in Ballymena Mart at the weekend.

Barry Latimer(right) with his champion Lleyn shearling ram with his two sons, Dylan and Jake and (back from left), Andrew Kennedy, Chairman, N.I Lleyn Sheepbreeders Club and Alan McDonald, judge, from Co. Offaly.

Barry Latimer, from Girgadis, Trillick, took the top overall price of 2,050gns for his shearling ram which was first prize in the show. It was sold to William Millen, from Co. Londonderry who had previously purchased Lleyn sheep from Barry and were found to be a great success on his farm. This top price was for a homebred ram bred from a Seamus Killen ram purchased at the 2010 sale. The price is a record N.I. high for the breed.

Barry was overjoyed with the results, his best price to date from the stock he sells from his 50 purebred flock. He also runs a commercial flock of 200 sheep. Barry also sold a pen of ewe lambs for £90 per head.

Aubrey Bothwell, won the shearling ewe section for the third year running, and went on to realise the top price in this section of £225 per head for his pen which were sold to H. Long, Donegal.

The Lleyn sheep breed originate from the Lleyn Peninsula in Wales and are noted for their characteristics; quiet, prolific, good maternal instincts and milky and easily maintained.

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