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Fermanagh Show goes Dutch for sheep debut

BY RICHARD HALLERON

A new breed of sheep – Texel Blue – took centre stage at this year's Fermanagh County Show.

The man behind the Dutch imports, Clive Richardson from Maguiresbridge, took the opportunity of exhibiting a mix of breeding ewes and lambs at yesterday's big event.

"I brought in 18 breeding ewes and 12 ewe lambs last summer," Clive said. "These were the first imports of Texel Blues into Ireland and I plan to bring another group of breeding females into the country later this autumn.

"Texel Blues have a history going back 40 years. They are extremely prolific. Blue lambs are slightly smaller and are easier to finish than the other Continental breeds.

"Of the 18 ewes put to the ram last year, only one had a single. The others gave birth to either twins or triplets. In my opinion, Texel Blue sheep have a tremendous future here in Ireland."

There was an excellent turnout of dairy stock at yesterday's show with all of the main milking breeds represented.

At the end of a long day's judging the Inter Bred Dairy Championship was awarded to Seamus Gunn from Derrylin for his calved Jersey heifer, Ernevale On Tine Laurel.

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