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The journey north to the Great Yorkshire Show was a successful one for the Dooley team. In the ewe lamb class Dooley White stood second. Dooley Teal then took third spot in the gimmer class. By Dooley Submarine and is out of Dooley Risky, a daughter of Dooley Karen.

Dooley breeding was very much to the fore with the Buckle family‪s gimmer that stood overall champion being sired by Dooley Napal.


The Dooley flock was on top form at Three Counties Show securing the female and overall championship with Dooley Teal. This gimmer is by Dooley Submarine, a Jeff V/D Musschen son is out of Dooley Risky, a daughter of Dooley Karen.

Dooley Pierre

Our ram lamb by Ardstewart Paparazzi stood second and reserve overall lamb champion. While our breeders pair were second.

Andrew Bishop stood reserve male champion with a shearling by Dooley Malik.


We are delighted to have secured a new stock ram for the Dooley flock at the Premier Sale in Carlisle when we bought Aardstewart Paparazzi from Alice Shanks' Inveresk flock.

Paparazzi was a ram we admired when he sold as a shearling in Carlisle in 2011 and the opportunity to secure a proven sire of his quality was too good to miss.

Dooley Pierre

He is sired by Castlemeadow Nijinsky and is out of Aardstewart Miss Maserati, an Aardstewart King of Speads daughter. We have very high hopes for him in the Dooley flock and believe he will fit well with a number of our female lines.


Once again the best genetics from the Dooley flock were in demand at the Beltex Premier Sale at Carlisle when ram lambs sold to a top price of 1900gns and shearlings reached 1200gns.

Heading up the prices for the flock was Dooley Tavish, an ET bred ram lamb by imported tup 4098 0240 out of Aaagje V/D Drie Musshchen, an imported ewe. He sold to David and Christie Cunningham  for the Avondale flock, Strathaven, Lanarkshire.

Second best in the lambs was a bid of 1100gns for Dooley Teddie, a Jef V/D Drie Musschen son out of Dooley Recital, a Bacus daughter. He sold in a two-way split to a brace of Northern Irish breeders, Fergus Harbison, Limavady and Patrick Brolly, Londonderry.

And making 1000gns was Dooley Tyrone, a son of the great breeding sire Clovis out of Borva, an imported ewe by Jumbo Groetenhof. He was snapped up by A D Wright, Doune.

In the shearlings the best price of 1200gns was paid for Dooley Salvador, a son of Jef out of Dooley Lena, a Dooley Jasper daughter. He was bought by Dykes Farm, Cumnock.

Then making 1050gns was Dooley Sinbad, an ET bred Jef son out of Ilkana V/D Duvels Vlees another imported dam. This one found a new home with Messrs Jefferson, Abbeytown, Wigton. And just behind that at 1000gns was Dooley Soot, a Jef son out of Dooley Paloma, a daughter of The Sub. He was bought by Dewi Roberts, St Asaph.

Another making 1000gns was Dooley Sven, a Jef son out of our great breeding ewe Dooley Karen, a Clovis son. This one sold to W H and F Wood, Dean, Workington.


A lamb sired by a Dooley tup took top honours in the carcass competition at the English Winter Fair, Stafford, with David Wadland's 32.5kg lamb by a Dooley tup he bought last year taking the overall championship.

Dooley Pierre

Meanwhile, the Dooley flock has been enjoying a good run at local primestock shows too, taking both the championship and reserve championship at Derby Market in early December. The champion pair of lambs which weighed 42kg went on to sell for £3/kg, with the reserve champions not far behind at £2.80/kg.

And at Bakewell's Christmas Show the Dooley flock secured the highest price of the day for Beltex sired lambs, selling 42kg lambs at £3/kg.


Our recent production sale of females was a resounding success, with the shearling ewes without a doubt the pick of the trade.

Topping the sale and leading the gimmers was a 3200gns bid for ET-bred Dooley Rosebud. This one is by Viagrow and out of Dooley Karen, dam of our 18,000gns ram Dooley Napal and sold to Messrs Armistead, Cumbria.

Next best was a call of 2500gns which secured Dooley Rosey, another ET-bred full sister. This one went to A and J Millar, Insch, while another full ET-bred sister Dooley Roselee went at 2100gns to Andrew Morton, Stirling.

At 1750gns Dooley Runner, a Jef daughter out of an Ira daughter was knocked down to Harry Wood, Lancashire.

While two then shared a 1400gns price tag, the first of which was Dooley Rasiste, the Stafford County champion, a Bacus daughter out of Dooley Montana, a Luggsmill Lennie daughter. Buying her was Glen Forsythe.

The next at that money was Dooley Ratal, an ET-bred Dooley Pretal daughter out of an Alfred daughter Ben Van de Elzerij. She was knocked down to Neil Caul, Angus.

At 1000gns was Dooley Ramsetta, a Jef daughter out of Julie. She was knocked down to Stuart Wood, Aberdeenshire, for the Woodies flock. And then at 950gns was Dooley Rachel, a Dooley Napal daughter out of Jamus Duvels Vleesk. She sold to H W Barrett and Son, Shifnal.

Topping the old ewes we offered was Dooley Nina, a 2009-born Clovis daughter out of Dun-Mor Hilda, at 750gns.

In the ewe lambs we sold to a top of 500gns for Dooley Sandy, a Jef daughter out of Boria, an Argus daughter. This one knocked down to Messrs Jackson.

Next best was two calls of 420gns securing Dooley Seagull and Dooley Sevina, both Jeff daughters, while Neil Caul went to 400gns on two occassions buying Dooley Sunny, a Clovis daughter and Dooley Sparrow, a Jef daughter.

We'd like to thank all those who bought sheep for their custom and wish you well with your purchases. We have no doubt they'll breed well for you and we look forward to seeing their progeny in the years to come.


Dooley genetics were in demand at this month's Beltex Premier sale, Carlisle, with ram lambs selling to a top of 1700gns and shearlings topping at the same price.

Leading the way in the shearlings was Dooley Racer the champion from this year's Great Yorkshire Show when he sold to Michael Owens for the Glantre flock, Wales. Racer is a son of Bacus out of imported dam Beatrijs V/D Drie Musschen.

Dooley Pierre

At the same money in the ram lambs was Dooley Spencer the first prize ram lamb from the Great Yorkshire. He is by Jef V/D Drie Musschen and out of Dooley Karen, dam of 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal and herself a Clovis daughter.

Then selling for 1400gns was another of the shearling tups, Dooley Rock. A son of Viagrow, Rock is out of Karen too, making him a full brother to Napal. He sold to Tecwyn Jones, Conwy.

And at 1000gns was another of the ram lambs, Dooley Sub. This Jef son is out of Dooley Leena,a Dooley Jasper daughter.

We were delighted with the trade for both our shearlings and our ram lambs and wish all our buyers the very best with their new purchases. We look forward to seeing many of you at our female sale at Carlisle on 31 August.


The Dooley flock was on top form again at the Great Yorkshire Show, taking the male and breed championship for the second year in a row.

This year's winner was our first prize shearling ram Dooley Racer, a Bacchus Van Groetenhof son out of imported ewe Beatrijs V/D Drie Musschen which was bought as part of the Musschen flock of Beltex from Wilfred and Jurgen Dupuyt in 2010.
Dooley Pierre

Racer is one of 10 shearling tups from the flock we'll have at the Beltex premier sale at Carlisle on August 16 and 17.

Also taking top tickets for the flock were our ram lamb Dooley Spencer, a Jef V/D Drie Musschen son out of Dooley Karen, dam of 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal, which stood first in his class, and Dooley S72, a ewe lamb also by Jef which also took a red ticket.

The flock also claimed the coveted red ticket in the group of three class, making it an exceptionally successful day for Dooley.


This year will see the first major production sale from the Dooley flock take place with 80 females being offered at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday August 31st.

The sale will comprise a significant portion of the gimmer crop as well as ewe lambs and older ewes, with many of the flocks leading bloodlines on offer on the day.

Included in the production sale will be daughters of our leading females, including daughters of Dooley Karen, which are full sisters to 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal. Also included will be daughters of Dun Mor Gretal, including gimmer Dooley Ravenelle, champion lamb at last year's National Show. Many more of very similar breeding by Jeff v/d Musschen will also on offer.

For more information and a catalogue contact Harrison and Hetherington on 01228 406 230 or David Thornley on 01283 819 644


The Dooley flock got the 2012 show season off to a flying start at last week's Staffordshire County Show, taking both the breed championship and reserve breed championship under judge Robin Slade, Herefordshire.

Taking the championship was shearling ewe Dooley Rasiste, a Bacus daughter out of Dooley Montana, a Luggsmill Lennie daughter.

And it was another shearling ewe, Dooley Roseetta, which took the reserve breed championship. This one is by Viagrow and is out of Dooley Karen, a Clovis daughter.


Once again top quality sires bred in the Dooley flock have been behind the top ticket winners at this winter’s primestock shows.

Early in the season Andrew and Becky Bishop scooped the reserve overall championship at Agri-Expo, Carlisle, with a pair of lambs by two different Dooley sires, Dooley Malik and Dooley Nutter.

Dooley Pierre

Dooley Malik

Then at Newark primestock show in December David Wadland, Daventry, took both the overall championship and reserve overall championship titles with lambs sired by Dooley tups which he had bought from the breed sale at Worcester.


A full brother to 18,000gns tup Dooley Napal has been sold privately from the farm to leading Belgian breeders Wilfred and Jurgen Depuyt, the breeders of his sire Viagrow V/d Drie Musschen.

The ram lamb, Dooley Rocker is out of Dooley Karen, a Clovis V/h Groentenhof daughter and is believed to be the first British Beltex to be sold back the breed’s home country. He is also the dearest ram lamb sold from the flock since it was founded.

And another full ET brother to Napal, Dooley Rocket, has also been sold in a private deal, with this one bought by Adam Neachell of Cromwell Livestock for the newly established Cromwell flock, Aldridge, Staffordshire.

Dooley Pierre

Dooley Rocket

sept 11

The Dooley flock has enjoyed a successful sales season with a top price of 5500gns achieved at the Beltex Premier Sale at Carlisle for shearling tup Dooley Pierre.

Dooley Pierre

Dooley Pierre

This much admired Clovis son is out of Dun-Mor Kasey and had been breed champion at Great Yorkshire. He was bought by a brace of leading pedigree breeders, being sold in a two-way split to Brian Hall, Ainstable, and Jock McMillan, Clary, having been second prize shearling in the pre-sale show.

A few weeks later we also had a successful day at the Chelford sale, with Dooley Pepper, a son of The Sub, being the top priced shearling ram of the sale at 900gns.

Pepper is out of homebred dam Dooley Lila, a Dooley Jasper daughter, and sold to to C Hull, Oswaldtwistle.


Dooley genetics have once again been making a mark in the primestock competitions, with a pair of Dooley Malik-sired lambs winning the prime lamb champtionship at the Royal Welsh Show.

Our congratulations go to Andrew and Becky Bishop on their win with the lambs which had been first in their class for Continental bred lambs before taking the overall title.

Malik, himself a Clovis V/H Groentenhof son is out of Dun-Mor Gretal and was bought by the Bishops for 4900gns at Carlisle in 2009. A full brother to Malik, Dooley Pretal, will be offered at the Beltex Premier Sale at Carlisle on August 12.

Dooley Pierre

Dooley Malik

The Dooley flock returned from the Great Yorkshire Show in triumphant form this week, having collected the Beltex breed championship with shearling ram Dooley Pierre.

Pierre, an ET bred Clovis son out of Dun-Mor Kasey, a Brookfield Horatio daughter, then went on to secure the reserve terminal sire male interbreed title under a panel of judges.

Dooley Pierre

Dooley Pierre

On his maternal side Pierre is a grandson of our great breeding ewe Dun-Mor Gretal, dam of 4900gns tup Dooleey Malik and also of Dooley Ravenelle, lamb champion at last month’s English National Show.

Adding to the flock’s success was a Bacus-sired ram lamb which took first place in a strong class of 38 lambs and also a Jedd V/D Musschen sired ewe lamb which stood third out of 35.

The Dooley flock was on sparkling form at the 2011 National Beltex Show held at the Three Counties Show, Malvern, with a hatful of awards collected, including male champion and lamb champion.

Taking the male championship was homebred shearling tup Dooley Percy, a Clovis son out of Belgian ewe Eugenie D’al Cour.

And the lamb championship was won by ewe lamb Dooley Ravenelle, a Jeff V/D Musschen daughter out of Dun-mor Gretal. She had won the ewe lamb class on her way to the lamb championship.

Other success at the show included a second price for ram lamb Dooley Rambo and a fourth prize ticket for shearling ewe Dooley Panthea a Clovis daughter out of imported ewe Drouna Del Fosse, Al Djele.

Dooley Percy
Dooley Ravenelle

Dooley Percy

Dooley Ravenelle

The Dooley flock will be offering half the 2011 crop of shearling ewes for sale at Carlisle on 11 August this year. Following the purchase and importation of the 50-ewe Musschen flock in the autumn of 2010 we have too many females for the ground we have available and will therefore be offering a large portion of the crop of 2011 shearling ewes for sale.

This is the first time we will have offered such a large number of females and there will be shearlings on offer bred from our very best male and female lines. It will be without doubt one of the best opportunities to buy top quality Beltex females this year.

We are delighted to announce the shipment of Dooley Lookout semen to Canada. The semen was bought by Ryk Terbeek for use in his flock and was selected for his muscling, power and mobility.

This is the first export of semen from the Dooley flock and the first export of Beltex semen to Canada. We look forward to further exports and welcome enquiries for semen for both export and domestic use.

We’d like to congratulate Owen and Anne Beresford on once again winning the reserve championship in the carcass pairs class at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair at Builth Wells. This is the second year in a row the couple have scooped the coveted award, with both this year’s and last year’s lambs being by Dooley tups.

The English Winter Fair at Bingley Hall saw Dooley genetics to the fore again in the carcass classes with Owen and Anne Beresford taking the reserve championship title with a carcass by a Dooley tup. It’s great to see our genetics paying off for our customers and we wish the Beresfords well for the other shows this winter.

Every so often a once in a lifetime opportunity lands in your lap and that was the case recently when we were given the opportunity to purchase the entire Musschen flock of Beltex from Wilfred and Jurgen Dupuyt.

This famous Belgian flock has bred a great many leading sires in the breed, including Viagrow V/D Musschen and their females are some of the best seen anywhere.

The flock females were bought lock, stock and barrel and arrived at Dooley in October and were tupped by a number of sires.

Dooley Napal set a new record for the Beltex breed when he sold at 18,000gns at the premier sale at Carlisle. This Viagrow V/d Vrie Musschen son out of a homebred dam by Clovis became the highest priced Beltex Shearling ram sold when he was snapped up by a trio of breeders, Neale and Janet McQuiston, of the Airyolland flock, Jeff and Sue Wilkinson, of the Langlands flock and Kevin and Rachel Buckle of the Buckles flock.

Dooley Napal

Other highlights from the sale included Dooley Nissan sold for 2800gns to Stuart Currie for the Beautry flock, Dooley Nolimits sold to Robin Slade at 1200gns and Dooley Nutter sold to Andrew and Becky Bishop for 1000gns.

The offering of 10 shearling ewes met a warm reception too, selling to a peak of 1000gns and averaging more than £750. Leading the way here was Dooley Nancy, a Phenomenal V/H Groentenhof daughter which was bought by H C Jewitt, Barnard Castle.

The Dooley flock returned home from the Great Yorkshire Show with a pocketful of rosettes, having clinched a number of top awards.

Leading the way for the flock was an imported shearling ewe which stood first in her class and overall female champion. This one was bred in the Groentenhof flock and was imported as a lamb.

Following close behind was shearling ram Dooley Napal which stood first in the shearling ram class and reserve male champion. Dooley Nissan stood third in the same class.

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