Strong trade at second Tullow Breeders sale
THE second Tullow Sheep Breeders show and sale exceeded all expectations, with the ewe lambs seeing a trade as strong as the first day, if not slightly stronger.
The majority of the ewe lambs sold at the show on Wednesday, August 28, went for between €125 and €140 with some of the lighter 36kg to 38kg lambs selling from €100 upwards. The first prize-winning lambs and the reserve champion of the day 51kg made €181, with numerous lots in excess of €150. There was a full clearance in the ewe lamb ring.
There was a smaller number of hogget ewes on offer but an extremely lively trade. Numerous numbers of pens went in excess of €200 and there was a very active demand for those stronger type hoggets.
The fitter type hogget continued to meet with a very steady farmer trade and lots of hoggets sold for €180 up to €195 for those types with some very light hoggets, with only three or four pens offered selling from €160 upwards.
There was also a full clearance in this section, with the prize winning hoggets up to a tops of €225.
In the three and four year olds there was also a full clearance, with genuine three and four year olds selling from €130 up to €155 and a very lively trade for the well presented three and four year old ewe.
Organisers said that the Tullow Sheep Breeders second show and sale instilled a confidence that the Tullow ewe can do what she is expected to do and there was plenty of custom around the ring for the ewe lambs and hogget ewes offered.
The award for Show Champion went to Patrick Kenny (€225), while the Reserve Champion was Peter Behan (54kg, €181).
Patrick Kenny (€225) came first in the Best Pen of Suffolk Cheviot Cross Hogget Ewes. William Kavanagh (€208) was in second place, followed by John Minion (€208) in third and John Bolger (€185) in fourth.
Peter Behan took (54kg, €181) took the crown in the fight for the Best Pen of Ten Suffolk Cheviot Cross Ewe Lambs. In second place was James Walshe (57kg, €157), in third was John Reid (44kg, €145), fourth place went to Sam Driver (44kg, €156) and fifth place was taken by DJD Leybourne (43kg, €150).