1,000 hoggets and 2,250 ewe lambs are set to go under the hammer as part of the Mayo Mule and Greyface Group’s new two-day premier sale.
The sale at Aurivo Mart Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo will occur on August, Friday, 23rd and August, Saturday, 24th.
Hoggets will be sold first on Friday at 11am, followed by ewe lambs at 11am on Saturday; judging of all classes will take place on Friday.
All stock being offered for sale are double-vaccinated with Heptavac-P, while a number of producers have also vaccinated their entries with Toxovac and Enzovac.
The group has introduced a Toxoplasmosis and Enzootic pilot vaccination programme, with a view to benefitting buyers they are seeking quality breeding stock.
Now counting sixty-three members, the group has been breeding top-quality Mule and Greyface sheep for over thirty-four years since its establishment in 1984.
Increased demand for the sheep over the past number of years is one of the main reasons for the introduction of a second sale day to this year’s format, according to a group spokesperson.
Last year, the first-prize winning hogget pushed up to a top call of €255, followed closely by the second prize-winner at €220. Hoggets ranged from €160-€200, while lighter lots clicked from €140-160.
Moving to the breeding ewe lambs category, €178 was recorded for the first-prize winner while the entry that secured second prize climbed to €188. These types fetched from €130-€170, while lighter lambs made from €100-€130.
Why use Mayo Mule?
The sheep are sought after by full and part-time farmers for their superb mothering abilities as they can produce and rear several crops of lambs under varied systems. Ewes are crossed with continental sires to produce a desirable top-class carcass.
- It is not uncommon for Mule flocks to achieve lambing crops of 200%;
- The Mule cross with terminal sires to produce ideal lambs for today’s markets (19-21kgs).
Ease of Management
- The mothering abilities of ewes and ease of management throughout the year are second to none;
- Mule’s ability to milk from day one through to the finish stage ensure grass-to-meat conversion.
The sale catalogue can be accessed on the group’s Facebook page here or a copy can be obtained by phoning the office on (094) 95-21820.
A number of members are offering free accommodation to prospective purchasers who attend both days of the sale. Contact the group’s office via phone to avail of this offer.