Almost 330 rams were catalogued across 9 different breeds, with two sales rings in operation at Sheep Ireland’s Elite €uro-Star Multi-Breed Sale at Tullamore Mart.
The 8th Annual sale aimed at commercial farmers boasted the highest number of entries to date; over 40 extra rams went through the ring in comparison to last year’s sale and clearance rate increased to an overall rate of 84.6%.
Purchasers from 25 counties completed business on Saturday, August 25th and entries sold to an average price of €546, although prices ranged from €250 - €1220.
The criteria for this year’s sale included; 5-Star in either Replacement or Terminal Index; at least 35% accuracy on the rams qualifying 5 Star Index and the flock have been muscle and fat scanned. To qualify, Breeder’s flock must be genetically linked and must achieve an overall flock DQI of at least 65%.
Prices for Belclares ranged from €280 - €620, with an average price of €440 and a clearance rate of 78.6%
Ciaran Coughlan claimed the top call of €620 for Lot number 3 - Glenview Devil which was purchased by the research flock in Athenry.
13 Vendeen rams went under the hammer and they recorded a clearance rate of 84.6% and price range of €300 - €520, with an average of €425.
The top price was secured by Ena Nagle with her lot 53 - Landmark Sean Adele - which was knocked down at €520 and purchased by UCD Lyons Estate.
This breed made its debut at the sal, with four lots offered for sale by Kildare breeder, Adrian Curtin.
Lots averages €362 and all Hampshire Downs found new home. 3 of Adrian’s 4 rams were in the top 10% on the replacement index for the Hampshire Down breed.
Rouge de l’Ouest
Edwin Draper, Co. Tipperary fetched €500 for his ram, lot number 60 Kyleen Hercules. Kyleen Hercules was top 6% on the terminal index for the Rouge breed with an accuracy of 44%.
102 rams passed through the ring, with 80.6% exchanging hands and these went under the hammer at an average price of €526; lots made from €250 - €1000.
The sale-topper in this category was lot 109 and bred by Jim & Frampton Jeffery. The Jeffery’s ram is the top 2% on the terminal index with an Acc% of 43%.
86 rams were offered for sale and these met good demand; a clearance rate of 95.4% was achieved. Rams clicked from €300 – €1220, with an average of €629 recorded.
Michael & Aiden Murphy achieved the top call of the day for their ram Murphy’s Banjo, lot 253, which was sold for €1220, respectively.
2 Beltex passed through Tullamore Mart, both of which were bred by Meath breeders Stephanie & Hugh O’Connor; they took home €620 for their offerings.
The Lleyn breed also made its debut at the Sheep Ireland’s sale.
Lot number 267 bred by Helen & Alan McDonald found a new home at €480. This ram is in the top 3% for the terminal index with an accuracy of 44%.
54 Suffolk sold to an average price of €558; the prices varied from €280 - €1020 with an average price of €558 and clearance rate of 80%. Lot 269 bred by Aidan Collins of Clare led the category at €1,020.
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