Texels top the prices at multi-breed sale
There was a very quiet trade for pedigree rams at the end-of-season multi-breed sale at Central Auctions Mart at Roscrea over the weekend.
Breeders travelled from 13 counties, making up the entry of almost 90 rams and a small numberof hoggets on offer at the evening sale. The entry comprised Texel, Suffolk, Charollais and Belclare, with the Charollais the most prominent.
Being an end-of-season sale, the general quality of the stock on offer fell short of the earlier shows and sales.
Overall trade was disappointing, with the scarcity of buyers being reflected in some lots failing to get an opening bid before leaving the sale ring.
But commercial breeders looking for a decent pedigree ram had an opportunity to get good value for their money.
The Texels, with which the sale opened under the hammer of auctioneer David O’Connor, topped the overall trade with the highest price of the evening and were the breed with the strongest clearance.
Two rams from the flock of Tom Pollard, of Grawn, Ballingarry, Thurles, Co Tipperary put through the ring in the opening minutes of the sale topped the trade for the breed.
The first lot into the ring was a double three-star ram, which sold for €570.