BELTEX SHEEP

The Beltex breed remains a firm favourite of both Emily and Harry, with the Chiltern flock currently numbering 65 breeding females and followers.

Having based their flock largely on leading lines purchased from the renowned  Bishop flock belonging to Andrew and Becky Bishop . Emily and Harry remain enormously grateful to the couple for the encouragement and generous support they offered.

In the early days stock rams included Bishops Cool and Bishops Captain Bernie, alongside comprehensive use of Artificial Insemination. 

AI tups have included Eskdale Lionheart, Kingledores Apollo, Double O Seven, Broxty Boxter, Corra Wally and Topflite Al Pacino.

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Then in 2020 when we imported the Pietrains we also purchased two stock rams from Belgium in the form of the Belgian National Show champion 519 and 0700 a very flashy, blue headed, deep bodied ram. Both rams have tremendous power and natural carcass attributes. 

We have a strong commercial customer base for Beltex tups so our type is one of length, depth and good tops, also paying attention to leg structure and locomotion.

Whilst being relative newcomers to the show circuit, Chiltern Livestock have enjoyed considerable success in the ring. These successes include, amongst many others, breed champion at the Kent County Show and to Emily’s delight breed champion at Driffield Show in the East Riding of Yorkshire several years running.

As well as at county shows around the country, the couple were delighted to be awarded both champion and reserve champion in the carcass competition at the South of England Fatstock Show at Ardingly in 2019.

Once shows start to return to the rural calendar it is hoped the Chiltern flock will put in appearances at various shows across England and Wales.