A Dutch Noticed sheep breeder in Co. Down secured a non-public deal that noticed a ram lamb fetch a exceptional £20,000 not too long ago.

The Saintfield, Co. Down breeder, Tommy Jackson’s ram lamb, Milltown Golden Balls, offered for £20,000, with the deal arranging for a 50% share for the purchaser.

The 50% share was negotiated by Moira, Co. Down breeder James Johnston for his not too long ago shaped Broadwater flock, who first noticed the lamb on the Balmoral Present in Might.

On the Balmoral Present, Milltown Golden Balls was awarded male champion, ending first out of 18 classes within the ram lamb class.

Jackson mentioned: “We hardly ever promote at house when now we have an animal entered for a sale.

“Nevertheless, the chance to retain a 50% share was too good to overlook, as we imagine it is a particular lamb that may breed properly in each of our flocks.

“We want the Johnston household all the very best with their new inventory ram.”

Dutch Noticed sheep

Dutch Noticed sheep hail from the Netherlands, and are a naturally polled (hornless) breed and constantly colour-mark their progeny, even in crossbreeding eventualities.  

They’re multi-purpose animals, being of equal worth in each hill and lowland conditions.

When used with a terminal sire, they produce lambs with an exceptionally excessive kill-out proportion. The standard of the meat can also be wonderful.  

Dutch Noticed sheep have been recognised as a breed in their very own proper for the previous 50 years. Whereas most are situated within the Netherlands, they are often seen in lots of flocks throughout Europe.

The sheep are famous for his or her capacity to thrive on grass and to supply carcasses with distinctive meat yields.

As well as, they’re simple lambing with ewes in a position to produce giant volumes of milk. Mature females will weigh as much as 95kg with rams getting as much as 135kg.