Bleu Du Maine - Mild mannered, milky & maternal
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DUNELM Poitiers Takes the Title at Masham!
27/09/2021

DUNELM Poitiers exhibited by Jonny Stables took the Championship title at Masham under judge Stan Kilby.

Sired by RUMWELL Jonas and out of DUNELM Newel, she also went on to win the Reserve Interbreed award.

Meanwhile, the Male Championship was won by ERNFORD Sureshot from Hayley Wood, who also won the ewe lamb class with a daughter on Sureshot.

Congratulations to all!

Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s Balmoral Show - a report from Andrew Wilson
27/09/2021
A combination of Covid restrictions and a move of dates from May to September meant that the normal sheep breeds show could not take place at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s Balmoral Show.   Invitations were extended to all Sheep Breed Societies by the NSA to provide examples of the breeds to form a display at Balmoral Show and the  Northern Ireland Bleu du Maine club  were happy to support the NSA and  RUAS in this endeavour. Even in...
Sheep Movement Service to be available in Spring 2022
27/09/2021
The Traceability Design Users Group (TDUG) met on Monday under the Chair of John Cross who has returned to this role following Laura Ryans departure. NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker was in attendance and reports: “NSA reported a couple of weeks ago that the originally November planned launch of the new sheep movements service is now to be delayed until Spring 2022 – this decision still stands and is due to a need to continue to progress with w...
Message to all our members and friends from our Chair, Sally Shone.

What a scorcher of a trade!

We hope you all feel that this year's new look National Show & Sale was a resounding success. So much so, we have have already booked the 5pm show the evening before for next year.

None of this could ever happen without the team of individuals behind the scenes. In no particular order, we need to thank:

  • Our judges, William Baillie (CALLA) and Alice Mullen Shanks (INVERESK)
  • A special thank you to Heather and The Team at Harrison & Hetherington
  • To Catering staff at The Auctioneer for the wonderful meal
  • Wayne Hutchinson; as always
  • Richard Pilkington and the Millennium boys with their tup trolley, who worked tirelessly at the end of a long day to ensure we had the photographs needed so we can all benefit from future advertising
  • All the people who bid and were underbidders; you really made the trade
  • Please note, the show has been booked for 5pm the evening before again for next year

At last the rams have broken the 2,000gns mark, not once but twice. A huge congratulations to Haydon House Partners and to Kenny O'Connor for achieving 3,500gns and 3,400gns respectively.

The whole sale had a great vibe. One thing that was obvious was that quality really does sell. Averages across the board were up from last year, despite a near doubling of numbers. Let's keep that quality rising and not become complacent as Buyers are discerning.

I hope you all felt that new format worked. Please let us know your views. Personally, I felt there was a lovely atmosphere and the post-judging gathering allowed for us to catch up with old friends in a relaxed atmosphere and more people had the chance to peruse the sheep in the pens.

 Our next event we look forward to is the Open Day kindly hosted by The McInnes Skinner family on Saturday 11th September. Please RSVP by 31st August to Becky ([email protected]).

Sally Shone ,Chair - Bleu du Maine Sheep Society 14th August 2021

Breeds

Bleu du Maine

  • Fine boned sheep make lambing easy

  • 200% lambing in commercial flock

  • Lively lambs at birth, quickly on their feet

  • Plenty of milk to feed the lambs.

  • Great base for a cross-bred ewe

  • The ram is suitable to use on ewe lambs/hoggs

Millennium Bleu

  • Ultimate crossbred ewe for the customer that demands quality.

  • The Millennium Bleu ram is the obvious commercial choice for the modern market

  • Breeds to type