The second annual ‘Big Boy Ram Sale’ will be held at the Showgrounds, Boyle Road, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon on Friday, August 16th at 5pm.
Continuing from the successful first sale last year, the ‘Big Boys’ brings double the number of rams aimed at the commercial farmer.
2018 saw the first offering of Blue Texels at a sale in Ireland, which sold to a top price of €1,200 alongside the first offering of a number Chartex hybrids, topping at €680.
Highlights of this year’s sale:
- 4 new breeds;
- 26 Suffolks from the West of Ireland Registered Pedigree Suffolk Breeders’ Club;
- 3 maternal breeds: 25 rams for the customer looking for consistent breeding female replacements; Belclare, Zwartbles and Aber (Blue Leicester-X-Texel);
- Main sponsor: Mullinahone Co-op will have a stand displaying their new 'Bubblegum' EID sheep tags;
- Win €200 euros worth of Smyths Daleside meal in a text competition and by purchasing the top two rams on the day.
David Mc Donnell – who purchased two Chartex rams last year – said: “The lambs had desirable-sized heads and legs with good character and large, long bodies; any that were presented correctly were easy lambed.”
“I sold all sheep and lambs at foot this year; they were the best lambs in the mart every week at 2-months-old.”
“I am hoping to use them again this year and on some horned ewes to experiment,” he added.
Following the progress of these lambs, David said the purchaser has eight ewe lambs by his Chartex ram at 52kg at four-and-a-half-months-old.
Feedback from Texel buyers at the Big Boys in 2019 has been very positive. Several purchasers noted a large increase in the number of U & E grade lambs when compared to lambs sired by other rams they own or had previously.
One stated that lambs by a ‘Big Boy’ ram made €16/head more than progeny from his other ram; he came to this conclusion when the premium of €6 for U grade lambs was collected and the lambs from his ‘Big Boy’ ram were finished off grass and did not require concentrates, unlike the progeny from the farmer’s other rams.