The hammer hit at €940 for Suffolk ram from the flock of Susan O’Keeffe at the most recent Sheep Ireland Elite €uroStar Multi-Breed hosted on Saturday 26th August 2017.
The leading lot of the sale which was staged at Tullamore Livestock Mart was acquired by Co. Westmeath based Michael McKiernan.
A total of 52 Suffolks were offered for sale at an average of €582, achieving a clearance of 96%.
Rams sold from €280 upwards.
A Vendeen ram kick-started the sale and followed hot on the heels, fetching €910 for Ciaran Coughlan and also headed to Westmeath soil to Michael McGrath.
13 Vendeen rams passed through the ring and reported a clearance of 85%.
The offerings averaged out at €526 as rams sold from €380 upwards.
Rouge de l’Ouest
Rouge rams also took dominance at the sale.
Top price in this category sitting at €480 was for lot number 77 and was sought by yet another Westmeath farmer, a commercial breeder John Healion.
Anne Murphy, a breeder hailing from Wexford put four rams under the hammer claiming an average price of €420.
Patrick Concannon, Co. Roscommon scooped top price for the sale’s Texel ram from the flock of Anne Murphy for €780.
He sold carrying 5-stars for Replacement and Terminal Indexes, along with being in the top 5% for the Texel breed for his Days-to-slaughter index.
70 Texel rams were offered at the sale achieving a clearance of 89%.
The average faired out at €540 as rams sold from €300 upwards.
The Charollais entries boasted the largest number of offerings at the sale.
A ram offered by Co. Cork based Maria Philpott sold for €750 and garnered the attention of a commercial farmer.
The clearance rate stood at 73%, with rams averaging out at €491.
Rams sold from €350 upwards.
John Renehan from Kilkenny sold his Violet Hill Baola for a whopping €880.
He will join the flock of Belclare breeders Eoghan and Larry Barrett.
A total of 23 lots achieved a clearance rate of 87% and sold for an average of €586.
Two rings were in operation at the sale, with Robert Hunt officiating as Auctioneer in Ring 1 and George Candler taking charge of proceedings in Ring 2.
Overall 300 lots were on offer.
The sale boasted an average of €540 with an overall clearance of 84%.
Rams sold from €280 upwards, proving suitability for all sized budgets.
Buyers were in attendance from Donegal, Louth, Kerry and Wexford.
Sale criteria included a 5-star rating for Terminal or Replacement Index, with a minimum accuracy of 35%.
The breeders Data Quality Index(QDI) was at least 60% with a further requirement to conduct Ultrasound scanning of muscle and fat in the 2017 calendar.