Farm Ireland

Saturday 18 November 2017

Consortium pays top price of £16,000 for yearling ram at Lanark sale

The final day was spent at the Lanark ram sale for yearlings. The group was very impressed, firstly with the facilities. The venue has two massive sales rings, excellent penning areas and, crucially, a fine canteen.

Stock presentation was excellent, with rams clean and clipped and horns and legs oiled -- all to give the animals a better appearance. Owners' name and flock details were on each pen, with flock recorded rams' figures highlighted.

Breeders who are in the flock-recording scheme told their Irish counterparts that they were not paid adequately for the work involved but were sticking with it as they thought it would become more important a factor in buying rams by committed sheep farmers.


The owners were dressed smartly, were clearly proud of their stock and showed them off expertly in the sales ring.

Prices for rams on the day varied greatly. Two sales rings were in progress with the sale beginning and ending very quickly. The flock a ram came from and what rams and ewes he was related to had a major influence on price achieved.

Well-known flocks such as Medlock, Remony, Dyke, and Allanfauld, to name but a few, had excellent stock and achieved great prices on the day.

The average price in ring one was in the region of €1,140 (£1,000) while exceptional lots made €5,700-6,840 (£5,000-6,000).

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One ram sold for €18,240 (£16,000) and was bought by a consortium of three or four farms/estates. Another ram sold for €12,540 (£11,000) and, interestingly, the sellers had taken 60 straws from the ram pre-sale.

Ring 2 prices averaged €450-570 (£400-500), with some very good quality stock sold at reasonable prices.

Overall, the trip to Scotland went very well with group members getting ideas for improving their home enterprises. Special thanks goes to Marian Deasy, Teagasc Westport, who helped organise the tour.

Irish Independent