Over 70 entries will go under the hammer at Beattie’s Valais Blacknose export sale at 109 Glenpark Road, Omagh, BT797ST, on Friday, July 26th at 7:30 pm.
All stock – including - ewes, ewes with lambs at food, rams and wethers – are eligible for immediate export, according to their owners; Richard and Selina Beattie, Omagh.
The husband-and-wife-team hosted Ireland’s first sale of Valais Blacknose last year; it attracted massive interest, with buyers in attendance from right across Ireland, as visitors travelled as far as Cork.
A top price of 2,000 guineas was paid by a Tipperary-based farmer for a Valais Blacknose stock ewe; a Westmeath farmer forked out 1,450 guineas for a three-crop ewe.
The only ewe and lamb outfit at the sale was acquired for 1200 guineas by a Letterkenny farmer, while April-born ewe lambs peaked at 1000 guineas and rams topped out at 400 guineas.
Valais Blacknose sheep originate from Switzerland where they have earned a reputation as being a hardy sheep that can withstand challenging weather climates.
Also referred to as "Black Nose" sheep, they trace back to approximately 1400; however, it was 1962 before they were formally recognised in their own merit.
The Valais black-faced sheep is a dual-purpose breed, raised for both its wool and meat; however, most of the breeders raise the Valais mainly with the aim of meat production as it is quite profitable with sheep being large-sized.
When it comes to their wool, it is best suitable for carpets or felting. The black-faced sheep are friendly, easily tamed and have a peaceful nature.
To obtain a catalogue, text – 079-84694616