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Monday 20 August 2018

Double success for this sheep breeder in Mayo

John Morahan from Kilmaine, winner of the best pen of Mule lambs pictured with sponsor TJ Gormley, Cormac Tagging, at the Mayo Mules and Greyface Sheep Breeders Show at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan
John Morahan from Kilmaine, winner of the best pen of Mule lambs pictured with sponsor TJ Gormley, Cormac Tagging, at the Mayo Mules and Greyface Sheep Breeders Show at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan
A winning pen of sheep at the Mayo Mules and Greyface Breeders Show and Sale at Ballinrobe Mart
Tom Staunton presents second prize in the Mule Hoggets category to John Flannelly, Ballinrobe also pictured are TJ Gormley, (left) Cormac Tagging and Joe Scahill, chairman of Mule and Greyface group at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan
TJ Gormley, (left) Cormac Tagging presents 5th prize in the Mule Hoggets category to John and Stephen Gibbons, Partry, Co. Mayo also pictured is Tom Staunton, Omlan animal science and Joe Scahill, chairman of Mule and Greyface group at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan
Tom Staunton with his son Tom junior who received second prize in the Mule lambs category pictured with TJ Gormley, (left) Cormac Tagging and Oliver Cawley, Mayo Mule committee at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan
Marie Maloney, Tourmakeady with her Mule Hoggets who got third prize at Ballinrobe Mart. Photo: Ray Ryan

A Kilmaine sheep breeder scored a double success at the annual Mayo Mule and Greyface Sheep Breeders Show and Sale at Ballinrobe recently.

John Morahan showed the winners of the red rosettes in both the ewe lamb and ewe hogget classes at the show before going on to receive the top price at the subsequent sale.

The best pen of 10 ewe hoggets, which came from the Morahan flock, sold for €255 each.

Having been presented with the first prize rosette in the class for ewe lambs for his pen of 10, which sold for €178 each, another pen from his flock, which had been unplaced at the show, went on to record the highest price of the day for ewe lambs when they sold for €198 each.

Second in the class for ewe lambs were a pen of 10 shown by Tom Staunton Jnr which were sold for the second highest price of the day for ewe lambs when the auctioneer's hammer fell at €188 each.

Tom Staunton, one of the organisers of the annual show and sale, said that breeders were very pleased with the sale.

The quality on offer was good and a strong attendance of buyers contributed to a lively trade for all lots.

"There was a great trade for both the lambs and hoggets and there was a clearance of over 95pc in the lambs - very strong demand," he said.

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Prices paid for the heavier ewe lambs, suitable for breeding, ranged from €130-€190 each and the lighter lots sold from €100 to 130 each.

The forward ewe hoggets sold for up to €255 with the prices ranging from €200. The medium range sold for €160 to €200 and lighter lots sold for €140-€160.


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