Limavady sheep farmer James Carten came out on top in the annual Beltex Cross Carcase competition held recently.
The competition was held in Tyrone at Dunbia’s premises in Dungannon, with a pair of E3 grade lambs weighing 21kg and 22kg.
Mr Carten, who has been farming all his life, also won the Supreme Carcase title, a new category introduced this year by the organisers, the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club.
“All the lambs presented on the day were of very good quality,” said Eddie Boyd, Chief LMC grader at Dunbia. “It’s not just about the genetics of the sheep but the farmers’ ability to select the sheep at the optimum stage for fat cover.
“The competition has been running for more than 10 years now and with the farmers having to decide which of the live lambs are paired before weigh-in, this is a clear test of their ability to not only judge the fat class but also the kill-out percentage to ensure the best matching pairs are placed before the judge,” said Colin Barnes of the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club.
Organised by the Irish Beltex Sheep Breeders Club and supported by the Beltex Sheep Society, Dunbia and AB Europe, altogether there was a total prize fund of £550 up for grabs.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all competitors for taking part in the competition,” continued Colin. “I would also like to thank the Dunbia staff for all their support and assistance, which has helped to make this year’s competition an outstanding success.”