A Co. Tipperary farmer paid out a top call of 2,000 guineas for a Valais Blacknose stock ewe at the recent sale of breeding stock from the flock of husband and wife team Richard and Selina Beattie, Omagh.
Ireland’s first sale of Valais Blacknose attracted massive interest, with buyers in attendance from right across Ireland, as visitors travelled as far as Cork.
The female entries met with good interest at Balmoral Park, Lisburn, as foundational animals were sourced by several breeders, North and South of the island - a Westmeath farmer forked out 1,450 guineas for a three-crop ewe.
The only ewe and lamb outfit at the sale was acquired for 1200 guineas by a Letterkenny farmer, while April-born ewe lambs peaked at 1000 guineas - this four-figure sum was breached on two occasions.
[Auctioneer Shauna Irvine is pictured with Selina and Richard Beattie]
To lay the foundations for a Co. Carlow-based flock, a ewe lamb was secured for 1000 guineas; the selection of ewe lambs returned an average of £840 (approximately €947) for 15.
Ram lambs met with steady trade as they realised 400 guineas and levelled at £340 (€380) for 20.
Speaking following the sale, Richard Beattie expressed his delight with the demand for his sheep and wholeheartedly wishes all of his purchasers well with their stock.
Even with the strong pre-sale interest, auctioneer Shaun Irvine could not believe the crowd of bidders and spectators at the first-ever sale of Valais Blacknose sheep held in Ireland.