Pictures: See the top sheep and how much they made at Tullamore Show
The top honours at the Irish Rouge Sheep premier show and sale were divided among a handful of breeders
Breeders from a spread of nine counties, extending from Waterford to Monaghan, Galway to Westmeath, competed for the awards at the Irish Rouge Sheep Society Premier Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Tullamore.
Nevertheless the entry of 75 ewes and rams came from a relatively small number of flocks, with individual breeders showing up to 17 lambs from their flocks.
Edwin Draper from Roscrea, Co Tipperary took the overall Championship of the Show award for a February 2016-born ewe lamb.
One of triplets, Kyleen Granny-Smith - a five-star replacement and three-star terminal lamb -born to Kyleen by the sire Quarrymount Bastian.
The ewe, winner of the Shearling Ewe class at the show, has the same breeding as the champion at the society's premier sale in 2014, and attracted good interest from bidders before being knocked down at €550.
Top price at the sale went to the Reserve Champion, Drumhirk Hiero, a three star from the flock of Hilary and Malcolm Workman, Drumhirk House, Monaghan, Co Monaghan.
The January 2017-born ram, by the sire Langlands Samson, was winner of the Ram Lamb class at the show and reigning All-Ireland Ram Lamb Champion. He sold for €900 to Shay Kennedy, Churchtown Hill, Carrick-on-Suir who was among the exhibitors at the show.
The trade was described generally as "tough" at the sale, with a scarcity of buyers impacting on prices, while the quality lots were in demand and realised reasonable prices, within an overall clearance of 55pc.