The recent Belgian Beltex in-lamb and ewe lamb sale, which was held on December 4th, topped at €1,300 for an in-lamb ewe bred by John Maher, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
Ballinakill Boohoo ET, a second prize winner and successful prolific breeder and show winner, sold to Mr. Michael McGrath, Mulligar, Co.Westmeath.
Next up was Sheephaven Daisse which sold at second-highest price of the day at €1240 for Declan Robinsons, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal; she was eventually knocked down to new breeder Aeron James, Dunmore East, Co.Waterford.
Quarrymount Darci, an in-lamb ewe judged overall champion on the day, was next to top at €1160, carrying twins to Boherwillan Basvule.
She met with a “flurry of bids” before being knocked down to judge on the day, Michael Brady, Kilflynn, Co. Kerry for his Royal flock.
Donegal breeder Declan Robinson was once again in the money when his in-lamb ewe Sheephaven Dolly found a new home with Michael Oliver, Swinford, Co. Mayo for €1,000. The Donegal man sold five ewes to an average of €800, respectively.
In the small ewe lamb section, Dermot Goss, Dundalk, Co. Louth sold his first prize-winner and reserve overall champion outside for €500 to John Mahers, Ballinakill flock, as she failed having failed to meet her reserve in the ring.
In-lamb ewes met with a “steady trade” with a number of quality lots selling from €500-€800, with an average of €630 forked out. Ewe lambs sold to an average of €340.
“Even though the sale entry increased this year, an excellent sale clearance was recorded with the clearance rate up slightly on 2018.”
“This is a sale designed for existing breeders to add to their flocks and new breeders to source start-up females. The sale showcases physically correct breeding females with some of the very best genetics available in Ireland.”
“Buyers came from all over the country to source females this year which is a fantastic indication of the continued growing interest and awareness of the Beltex breed.” the spokesperson concluded.