Some 1,170 sheep were on offer at this year’s Tullow Sheep Breeders Association Show and Sale in Tullow Mart last Wednesday, August 9.

The 30th annual Tullow Sheep Breeders Association Show and Sale saw sheep farmers from all over Ireland travel to the Co. Carlow venue to acquire ewes for their lowland flocks.

Ewe lambs

Ewe lambs set the pace with a very active buying trade for all 1,170 ewes on offer. Ewe lambs weighing 38-42kg sold for €110-135/head, while lots between 44kg and 48kg met a very demanding trade making €125-155/head on the day.

The quality of the ewe lambs on offer at this year’s sale was noted and it was remarked that lambs present were the best bred sheep for a number of years.

Heavier ewe lambs over 48kg reached prices of up to €170/head, while this year’s champion – a 52kg lamb – sold for €180.

Hogget ewes

In the hogget ewe ring, trade was reported as honest. Heavy hoggets made prices of €200-220/head. Lighter, fitter hoggets sold from a base of €165/head, with the majority making €170-185/head.

Tullow Mart reported a good clearance of 85% in the hogget ewe yard.

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Ewe lamb prize winners:
  • 1st Dylan Leybourne: 50kg – €180;
  • 2nd Elizabeth Corrigan: 52kg – €178;
  • 3rd Patrick Doyle: 54kg – €155;
  • 4th Alphie Beattie: 53kg – €165;
  • 5th Brian Murphy: 50kg – €148;
  • 6th Patrick Doyle: 52kg – €140.

Romy Bolger was awarded first prize in the hogget ewe category, while David Leybourne and Patrick Kenny received second and third place respectively.

Dylan Leybourne was awarded overall champion at the 30th Tullow Sheep Breeders Association show and sale for his 52kg ewe lamb which sold later in the day at a tremendous price of €180.