The Donegal Wicklow Cheviot Breeders have taken a momentous step forward in performance recording and establishing a flock book. The group have taken the decision to genotype and blood test rams ahead of their upcoming sale which takes place on Wednesday 7 October in Ballybofey and Stranorlar Mart.

The move means that rams on offer will be parentage recorded and sire verified while blood testing of rams has allowed the sale to gain export approval status. Both initiatives are forward thinking, with the level of performance recording taking place in hill sheep breeds at a very low level while export approval is expected to build and facilitate strong trade with breeders in Northern Ireland and further afield for ARR or Genotype 1 rams which are export eligible.