Lively trade at Tullow Sheep Show and Sale
THE Tullow Sheep Breeders Association held its 32nd Show and Sale last Wednesday, August 7.
Once again, the entries didn’t let down the association with the quality of sheep on offer. A very lively trade met with the ewe lamb prices exceeding about €5 to €10 on last year.
The award for show champion was presented to Patrick McEvoy of Blessington with the reserve champion going to David and Dylan Leybourne of Tullow, County Carlow.
Suffolk X Cheviot Tullow Ewe lambs with forward weights 45kg up to 52kg were selling from €125 out to a tops of €170 with the majority selling between €130 and €150. The lighter lambs, including the very sharp Tullow type lamb from 35kg to 42kg, were selling from €95 up to €130 with the majority of those between €115 and €125.
The prize winners for the ewe lambs were: first, David and Dylan Leybourne, Tullow, 53kg, €170; second, Conor Murphy, Ballymore Eustace, 48kg, €147; third, Patrick Doyle, Ballymore Eustace, 50kg, €155; fourth, Gerard Reid, Dunlavin, 42kg, €135; and fifth, John Reid, Valleymount, 51kg, €165.
The hogget ewes in the afternoon quality did not disappoint. However, a steadier trade was noticed than has been seen in other years with a commercial farmer aspect to the sale with a lot of hoggets selling from €165 up to €180 with some of the heavier hoggets struggling to pass €200.
Overall, a steadier possibly easier trade than was expected but nevertheless a good clearance in the yard but prices easier by €10 to €15 on this day last year. While the judges once again had a task to pick the winners in the hoggets.
The prize winners for the hogget ewes were: first, Patrick McEvoy, Blessington, NS; second, Trevor Deacon, Enniscorthy, €205; third, Patrick Kenny, Roundwood, €205; fourth, John Driver, Rathdangan, NS; and fifth, James Reid, Valleymount, €180.
Overall, a good steady trade across the board from commercial farmers setting the base in the hoggets. The ewe lamb trade leading out from the front with plenty of customers for the ewe lambs and hogget ewes known nationally now as the Tullow Ewe.
Organisers extended their congratulations to the prize winners and thanks to the judges who judged an exceptional yard of ewe lambs. Thanks also to the sponsors for their very generous support.
The Tullow Sheep Breeders Association will hold its second show and sale on Wednesday, August 26.