1,100 hoggets and 2,250 ewe lambs – all of which are part of the Heptavac-P programme - are catalogued for the Mayo Mule and Greyface Group’s sale.
Following its inaugural success last year, the two-day premier sale will take place at Aurivo Mart, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, this Friday (August 23rd) and Saturday (24th).
Hogget judging will commence at 9:30 am on Friday and this will be followed by the judging of ewe lamb classes. Hoggets will go under the hammer from 11 am, while ewe lambs will be sold the following day from 11:00 am.
As part of the Heptavac P programme, hoggets will have received their annual booster for 2019 when sold, while lambs will be presented for sale having received two doses of Heptavac P.
Speaking ahead of the sale, Joe Scahill - Chairman of the Mayo Mule and Greyface Group – said: “Following on from a challenging year for every producer, we hope to showcase the very best that our distinguished breed can offer.”
“This is a very special year for our group as it marks 35 years in its existence. Year-on-year we have been improving the quality of our stock.”
“I would like to thank the breeders and buyers for helping us get to where we are today,” he added.
Last year, first-prize-winning mule ewe hoggets pushed up to €235, while strong hoggets ranged from €180-€220 and lighter lots climbed from €140-€160; an average price of €177 was recorded.
1st-prize-winning lambs peaked at €225, while a top price of €230 was recorded in this category; an average price of €121 was forked out, with 90% of these suitable for breeding in their first year.
‘Come West to Buy the Best’
Having over 35 years’ experience and knowledge has led farmers within the Mayo Mule and Greyface Group, to produce exactly what its customers desire in a mule.
Selectively bred for the specific purpose of becoming a top-class mother of prime meat lamb when crossed with continental sires such as Texel; Suffolk; Beltex; or Charollais. A top-class carcass is produced at 17kg-22kg which is suited to both home and continental markets.
They are great mothers, well capable of lambing with little supervision and an ability to rear two fast-growing lambs.
Lamb crops from well-bred Mules and Greyface ewes average 175-200% and more than 200% is not unusual in well-managed flocks.
The sale catalogue can be accessed through the group’s Facebook here or a copy can be obtained by phoning the office on (094) 95-21820.
A number of its members - most of which are within a 10-15mile radius - are offering free accommodation to prospective buyers who attend on both days.
Any sheep bought at any of its sales can be held over until such time as transport can be arranged, according to the group.
For any queries relating to transport, contact Joe - (086) 1577154.