Demand high for prolific ewe lambs and hoggets
With the turn of the month all the focus now is on breeding sheep and breeding sales. I am heavily involved in two different breeding sheep groups in Mayo -- the Mayo Blackface and the Mayo Mule and Greyface groups.
The latter are organising their 28th annual sale on August 31 where, approximately 2,000 ewe lambs and 700 ewe hoggets will be on offer. I have 100 mule ewe lambs for sale on the day.
I have reared them specifically for this event as there has been a good demand for them in the past. They have all been vaccinated against clostridial diseases and they got their booster shot last week.
They were all dipped yesterday with a winter dip, which I hope will ensure their skin will be clear and in good condition.
Our group specialises in producing prolific ewe lambs and hoggets with an aim to supply a good quality ewe for lowland producers.
Specialised sales attract many customers from all over the country and, if repeat sales are anything to go by, customers have been happy with their purchases over the years.
There are three main options for the customers to look at:
Option 1: Buy a ewe hogget and breed her with the aim of achieving more than 1.7-2.0 lambs per ewe in spring. This is the traditional option, as most people intend to breed ewes at one year old and to have lambs the following spring.