Dou­ble suc­cess for Kil­maine sheep breeder

Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

A KIL­MAINE sheep breeder scored a dou­ble suc­cess at the an­nual Mayo Mule and Grey­face Sheep Breed­ers Show and Sale at Ballinrobe on Fri­day.

John Mo­ra­han showed the win­ners of the red rosettes in both the ewe lamb and ewe hogget classes at the show be­fore go­ing on to re­ceive the top price at the sub­se­quent sale.

The best pen of 10 ewe hoggets, which came from the Mo­ra­han flock, sold for €255 each.

Hav­ing been pre­sented with the first prize rosette in the class for ewe lambs for his pen of ten, which sold for €178 each, an­other pen from his flock, which had been un­placed at the show, went on to record the high­est price of the day for ewe lambs when they sold for €198 each.

Sec­ond in the class for ewe lambs were a pen of ten shown by Tom Staunton Jnr which were sold for the sec­ond high­est price of the day for ewe lambs when the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer fell at €188 each.

Tom Staunton, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual show and sale, said that breed­ers were very pleased with the sale.

The qual­ity on of­fer was good and a strong at­ten­dance of buy­ers con­trib­uted to a lively trade for all lots.

“There was a great trade for both the lambs and hoggets and there was a clear­ance of over 95pc in the lambs - very strong de­mand,” he said.

Prices paid for the heav­ier ewe lambs, suitable for breed­ing, ranged from €130€190 each and the lighter lots sold from €100 to 130 each.

The for­ward ewe hoggets sold for up to €255 with the prices rang­ing from €200. The medium range sold for €160 to €200 and lighter lots sold for €140-€160.

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