750 Suffolk-cross ewe lambs went under the hammer at the Borris Ewe Breeders’ 55th Annual Show and Sale on Thursday, August 16th.
Lambs sold from a base of €87 (32.5kg) up to a top call of €255 at Borris Mart - Leinster Marts.
Speaking to That’s Farming, following the sale, a spokesperson for Borris Ewe Breeders’ Association said:
“Numbers were up slightly on last year but the trade was a little more tricky with the aftermath of the recent drought.”
Entries 36kg reached €100 and lots 40kg realised €117; 30% of the lambs fetched between €110-€155, the spokesperson noted.
- 1st - Sean Ryan - 50kg- €155;
- 2nd - Niamh Hennessy - 49kg - €135;
- 3rd - Padraig Joyce - 61kg - €155;
- 4th Watt Cummins - 49kg - €140;
- 5th Paddy Mulroney - 49kg - €140.
2 and 3-year-old ewes
- 1st - Martin Doyle - €190;
- 2nd - David Connelly - €110 (unsold).
- Hogget Ewes
There was “good demand” for quality Suffolk-cross hogget ewes with a clearance of 80%; most lots made from €185-€200, while entries at the upper end of the market varied from €200-€230, the spokesperson noted.
- 1st - James McCarthy - €230;
- 2nd - Larry Farrell - €218;
- 3rd - Seamus O'Kelly - €212;
- 4th - Martin Hayden - €202;
- 5th - James Kavanagh - €195.
The association’s second show and sale will take place on Thursday, September 13th.
Image source: Borris Ewe Breeders’ Association.