The average price of Mule ewe lambs dropped by €10/head from €131 in 2017 to €121 at this year’s Mayo Mule and Greyface Group’s sale.
87% of ewe lambs found new homes at the two-day premier show and sale which took place on Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th at Aurivo Ballinrobe Mart, Co. Mayo.
1,820 ewe lambs sold to an average of €121, while the majority of lots - 1,550 - fetched between €100-150.
Top-quality lots ranged from €150-€200, while a super pen of lambs second-prize winners from Tom Staunton's Maskview Flock (pictured below) reached a top call of €230, followed closely by the first-prize winners from John Morahan - Woodview Flock at €225.
[First-prize winners from John Morahan - Woodview Flock at €225]
Mike Staunton’s third-prize winners (pictured below) commanded a bid of €177, while Padraig Kelly secured €162 for his fourth-prize winners.
Lighter lots of lambs sold around the €100 with very few dropping under this figure.
Speaking to That’s Farming, a spokesperson for Mayo Mule and Greyface Group said:
“Overall, the ewe lamb trade at this year’s sale offered great value to buyers; they were met with a yard of 2,250 top-quality mule ewe lambs which was a credit to all group members.”
“The quality of the stock is somehow managing to improve year-on-year.”
[Tom Fadden with his fifth-prize winners]
Hogget purchasers were more selective this year, with an emphasis on quality and strength.
The returns were also down on 2017 figures by €15/head. This year, 850 entries sold to an average of €162, while last year, 800 lots averaged €177.
John and Frank Morahan (pictured below) claimed the top price of €235 on the day, followed by third-prize winners from the flock of John Flannelly at €205.
[Second-prize winner - Charles Connolly]
Top quality lots made from €180-€220, while lighter hoggets recorded prices from €140-€160. 85% of hoggets exchanged hands at the sale.
Mayo Mule and Greyface Group will host their sale on Saturday, September 8th with 1,000 lambs and 400 hoggets.
Image source: Mayo Mule and Greyface Group.