- the double muscled sheep
Beltex sheep were first introduced to Britain from Belgium in 1989. They
originated from hybrid sheep bred in Belgium.
The breed's main characteristics are double-muscled hindquarters, coupled
with fine bones, which ensures maximum killing-out percentage of the
Beltex is primarily a terminal sire to cross with British sheep and
half-bred continental sheep. Beltex-sired lambs are born with ease and
Conformation is the breed's main main attribute in producing prime lamb.Finished
lambs yield a high killing-out percentage and a carcase with well-fleshed
legs, good eye muscle and a long loin. The finished lamb is sought after
for its superior conformation both in the home and export market.
Breeders have found that quality prime lambs can be produced economically
18 to 26 kg carcase weight, killing out at 60 per cent. Crossed with smaller
ewes they are also suitable for the lightweight export market.
Our Flock was started in 2006 with the purchase of 6 shearling ewes from the Chelford Beltex sale.
They lambed well for us in our first year, producing 3 ram lambs and 6 ewe lambs.
Concentrating on using the sires of Cookstown Hamish and Mustang 180 we now have a nucleus of 12 ewes. These have grown on well for us from ewe lambs winning many prizes on the way. One particular ewe had won 6 breed championships as a ewe lamb and then more as a ewe in 2010 culminating in her becoming the Reserve Interbreed Champion at Ashover show.
For our 2011 crop of lambs we have again used MUSTANG 180 & COOKSTOWN HAMISH along with our new purchase, the Champion at Chelford, CLARY NORTHERN BOY.
CLARY NORTHERN BOY