Make the most of what's on offer at Belclare exhibition
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
Prices for Belclare rams increased by €100/hd this year as demand from commercial breeders massively increased.
Since its inception in 1979 on the Teagasc trial farm at Blindwell by Dr JP Hanrahan, the Belclare breed has come a long way towards its ultimate target of two lambs per ewe.
A prolific ewe breed such as the Belclare can have a significant impact on profitability, considering that daughters of Belclare rams bred from a normal flock can increase the number of lambs produced by as much as 30pc.
At current lamb prices, this could add as much as €3,500 per 100 ewes in any flock.
After many years using estimated breed values, all Belclare Society members are now signed up to Sheep Ireland's €urostar rating system.
The Belclare Society would like to invite all members and interested breeders attending the Ploughing Championships to visit the Belclare display of pedigree and crossbred sheep in the sheep tunnel to see the best of the breed.