Hardy Wicklow Cheviots on sale at annual Mountain Sheep Breeders Society show
Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00
The Wicklow Mountain Sheep Breeders Society will hold its annual show and sale of registered Wicklow Cheviot rams at Blessington mart on Saturday, October 8, at noon.
Speaking ahead of the sale, breeder Peter McGrath said that after several very poor years in the sheep trade all breeds, including the Wicklow Cheviot, had benefited from a complete turnaround in the sector.
"In Wicklow this year, the top hogget ewes made up to €250/hd and the top ewe lambs made up to €180/hd," he said.
"Prices for fat lambs held up well throughout the season and there was plenty of interest in store lambs for further feeding.
"The Wicklow Cheviot possesses a number of very important characteristics for sheep breeders, including extreme hardiness, resistance to foot rot and other diseases that sheep are susceptible to," he pointed out. Last year's sale attracted buyers from across Ireland, with Wicklow Cheviot sheep sold to 23 different counties during the sale.
Mr McGrath invited all sheep breeders to visit the Wicklow Cheviot stand at the Ploughing Championships to find out more about this interesting breed.