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Saturday 16 December 2017

Suffolk Society sale sees ram lamb hit a high of 11,000gns

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A top price of 11,000gns was paid for a ram lamb at the Suffolk Sheep Society's Premier Show and Sale which was held in Roscrea Mart last weekend.

The ram lamb, which was reserve champion in the open ram lamb class, was bred by William Wilson from Raphoe, Co Donegal and was bought by William Tait from Omagh, Co Tyrone.

The talk of the show had been the 90,000gns paid recently in Stirling, Scotland for a ram from the Ardlea flock of Dan Tynan, Mountrath, Co Laois.

Mr Tynan had a brother of the ram for sale at Roscrea and it sold for 10,000gns. The ram was bought jointly by the show judge, Charlie Proctor, and Jimmy Douglas -- a fellow Scot.

Mr Proctor also bought the overall champion ram. The ram was bred by Martin Butler from Dunsaughlin, Co Meath and sold for 5,000gns.


First prize for a shearling ram went to Michael Duffy of Kells, Co Meath. The ram made 620gns.

The first prize in the shearling ewe class went to Philip Lynch of Castlebellingham, Co Louth, while the first prize in the ewe lamb class went to Alan and Robert Stanley from Portlaoise.

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There was a good clearance of stock in all the classes and the average prices paid were strong.

There was a 70pc clearance of ram lambs at an average price of 1,300gns.

There was an 85pc clearance of shearling rams at an average price of 535gns.

The ewe lambs averaged 780gns and there was a 92pc clearance, while 85pc of the shearling ewes sold at an average of 680gns.

This was the Suffolk Sheep Society's 125th anniversary and Saturday's show was preceded on Friday night by a barbecue for breeders, buyers and friends.

Declan O'Brien

Indo Farming