Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beltex Breed Goes from Strength to Strength

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beltex Breed Goes from Strength to Strength

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The Beltex breed is on the up and up with increased registrations and boosted membership of the Beltex Sheep Society.

Registrations, which closed at the end of May, were increased by around 15pc on the previous year and the society has enrolled more than 20 new members.

And with the society and its members striving to produce better quality sheep, for the first time the genotype of all male sheep will be declared at official society auction sales this year.

Many Beltex Society members have joined the National Scrapie Plan and the breed is fortunate in not having high numbers of Group 4 and Group 5 genotyped sheep.

The society, run by secretary Helen Ashton and Pat Johnson helped on a part-time basis by Diane Ashton, has moved to a new office at Lawns Farm, Orrell, near Wigan, providing more room.

"We are very busy during the months of May, June, July and August due to lamb registrations coming in," said Helen Ashton.

"Not only are registrations up by approximately 15pc but we have had more than 20 new members and each member seems to have registered a few more sheep than last year. …

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