Young farmers pay top prices for Suffolk ewes
Two upcoming young breeders, John Oakman, Athlone and Aaron Myles, Donegal were the joint purchasers at 4,000gns, of the top price suffolk ewe at the 6th Annual Production Sale of In Lamb Suffolk's at Blessington Mart.
The entry comprised of In Lamb Suffolk's for the Annakisha/Clyda, Barrowlands, Shannagh/Castleisle Flocks which offered an ideal opportunity for both new and established breeders to purchase some of the best and modern bloodlines within the breed today.
The excellent quality of stock on offer attracted breeders from both the North and South and it was no surprise that there was an excellent clearance of 97pc and average of 785gns. Bidding was brisk and there was plenty of trade for all the sheep on offer.
Buyers came from a wide geographical area including Northern Ireland, Donegal, Meath, Westmeath, Sligo, Limerick, Cork, Kildare Dublin, Longford, Monaghan, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Mayo and Louth. While some of the purchasers were established breeders, a lot of purchases were made by new breeders and potential breeders.
Prices ranged from 500gns to 4000gns with the top price paid for a ewe from Richard Wilson's Shannagh Flock, home of many champions and continually featuring amongst the top prizes and prices at Suffolk Premier Sales. The ewe is in lamb to Birness Murray - sire of Stirling Champion 2015 who sold for 14,000gns.
The second highest price of 2,500gns was paid by John Redmond's Redstone Flock in Co Carlow to Arthur O'Keeffe of Annakisha Flock for a quality ewe by Rookery Classic and in lamb to Balquhain Red Star.
This ewe was part of Annakisha's very successful show team 2015 including winning Champion Shearling Ewe at National Championships 2015, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Female of the Year and also Supreme Champion at National Livestock Show.
Garth Graham from Kirriemuir Flock paid 1400gns for a ewe from S and S Gahan's Barrowlands Flock , in lamb to Shannagh Benteke an ET brother to Stirling Champion 2015.