Carlow show still going strong at 50
There was a "good steady farmer trade" for the entry of 800 hoggets at Bagenalstown Ewe Breeders Golden Jubilee Show and Sale at Borris Mart, Co Carlow, where the prices paid were "marginally" ahead of last year.
Mart manager, Jimmy Walsh said "there was a good spread of customers from around the country, a lot of customers that we had not seen for a few years were back buying 30 to 40 ewes and no one dominating, which made for a good overall trade and about 80pc clearance".
Hilda Rothwell, Ballycormac, showed the Champion Pen (10) of Suffolk Cross Hogget ewes which sold for €206 each reflecting the general tone of the trade, with prices for the choice lots ranging €190-€210/hd. The plainer lots sold for €165-€190/hd and some older sheep made €170-€180/hd.
A few pens of Cheviots on offer met with good demand at €200-€202/hd.
Buyers travelled from as far away as Roscommon and "very few had to leave without getting what they were looking for," said Mr Walsh.
Meanwhile, a very strong demand from farmer breeders for a small entry boosted the trade for pedigree rams at the Vendeen Sheep Breeders Society sale at Cahir Mart. Prices were up by €100/hd on 2014.
A top price of €500 was paid with most of the lots on offer selling from €460/hd to €500/hd and overall prices paid ranging from €380/hd with demand from farmer breeders outstripping the supply on offer at the sale.