Star rams command big prices in Tullamore
Two sales rings were kept busy at the Sheep Ireland Autumn Sale
There was a very steady trade across all breeds throughout the day for the entry of over 300 rams at the Sheep Ireland Autumn Sale of commercial rams at GVM Mart, Tullamore recently.
Breed averages approaching €600 were recorded for some of the smaller (breed) entries with clearances across the six breeds on offer ranging between 85pc and 100pc.
The highest price of the day was paid for a January 2017 born Suffolk ram, from the flock of Susan O'Keeffe, Annakisha, Mallow. He sold for €940 to Michael McKiernan, The Pigeons, Athlone.
The top price ram was one of four entries from the well-known Co Cork flock, which netted a total of €2,720.
Second highest price went for a Vendeen ram, February 2017 born, Noggus Robben, from the flock of Ciaran Coughlan, Noggus, Ferbane, Co Offaly.
He was bought by Michael McGrath, Monelia, Mullingar for €910.
The half twin, which was Champion of breed at Tullamore Show, is by the reigning All Ireland Male Champion and winner of numerous other show awards.
Two sales rings operated simultaneously, to cater for the large entry within a reasonable timeframe. Vendeen, Suffolk, Rouge, and Texel came under the hammer of Cashel-based auctioneer, Robert Hunt, while Charollais and Belclare in Ring 2 were under the hammer of well-known, Kilkenny based pedigree salesman and auctioneer, George Chandler.