Earlier this year, a group of Northern Ireland breeders reformed the Northern Ireland Bleu du Maine Club after a long absence.
In the past number of years, the Bleu has become increasingly popular for crossing onto a variety of cross breed females to produce both cull lambs and replacement females, according to a spokesperson for the club.
Cull lambs have achieved E and U grades at the factory, gaining a premium price for lamb and making them highly sought after.
“The Bleu-X ewe has grown in popularity, both amongst commercial farmers and pedigree farmers to act as AI embryos.”
“This is credited to them being easily lambed, very milky, excellent mothers and with great longevity.”
“The pedigree Bleu ewe is a classy animal with great character and a joy to work with!”
The establishment of the Millennium Bleu in the early 2000s, has grown in popularity both in the mainland and in Northern Ireland.
“Its use as a terminal sire has had excellent results, with easily finishing and brilliant grading. As said previously, any female with a 'dash of Bleu' is an excellent choice for the commercial farmer.”
The same must be said for the Millennium Bleu female.
The objective of the Northern Ireland Bleu Club is to improve the recognition of the Bleu du Maine in this part of the United Kingdom through a variety of means. These include an improved media presence and participation in local shows in Northern Ireland.
“We hope that the new logo will become more widely seen in the coming weeks.”
“We feel that as NI breeders we are best placed to fully understand the nuances of the NI market.”
“The first of these shows will be the National Sheep Association NI Sheep event at Ballymena Livestock Market on July 1st 2019,” added the club spokesperson.
The members of the NI Bleu Club will be advertising stock for sale in the coming weeks from their individual farms but will also be supporting the premier sale at Carlisle this August.
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