Part-time breeder hits jackpot as €11,000 paid for first-born lamb
Kilkenny sheep breeder Philip Byrne enjoyed a dream start to his venture into pedigree Suffolks when a Scottish breeder paid €11,000 for his first-born lamb, the price topper at the South of Ireland Suffolk Sheep Society Premier Show and Sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday.
The ram lamb was placed second in the Novice Lamb Class at the show the previous evening.
It was third last lamb into the salesring from the entry of 165 ewes and rams on Saturday evening, when only a scatter of the earlier attendance were still occupying the ringside seats.
"Its unbelievable," said part-time sheep farmer Philip of Limepark House, Windgap, marvelling at the turn of fortune for his first-born lamb from the initial three ewes purchased from the flock of Susan O'Keeffe at Mallow two years ago to become the foundation of his flock of five ewes.
"It'll pay for the erection of a shed for them," he added after the ram lamb, bred by the 20,000gns sire Cairness Achievement was sold to Jim Douglas by auctioneer Myles Lambert after a frenzy of lively bidding for the only lamb from his flock at the sale.
Second highest price was paid to Gerry Killilea, Cregcarragh, Claregalway, Co Galway for his Reserve Overall Champion of the Show, and Reserve Ram Lamb, sold for €2,800.
Gerry also received the highest price for a ewe lamb when his Female Champion of Show sold for €950.
The Supreme Championship was awarded to Susan O'Keeffe's Male Champion of Show from her flock at Annakisha House, winner of the Open Ram Lamb Class.