Lively trade at Tul­low Sheep Show and Sale

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

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.

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