Pics and prices: Cheviot-cross ewe lambs top the sale at €208/head at Carrick

On Friday last (August 21), the Carrick Prolific Ewe Lamb Breeders’ Sale took place at The Showgrounds, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

The sale, which consisted of over 650 ewe lambs of various different breeds, was a “great success”, according to Cathal McCauley of the group, who himself sold lambs on the day.

Cathal reported a “near full clearance, with only five lots not sold on the day”.

He said: “It was a very successful sale, with the average price across the sale working out at €130.20, which is up on last year’s inaugural sale.

In total, 649 lambs were sold on the night, which represented a very high clearance rate.

“There were very good-quality lambs on offer and this was reflected in some of the prices paid out.”

Some of the top prices are listed (below).

Top prices:

  • Suffolk-cross lambs: €170/head – Bryan Barber, Grange, Co. Sligo;
  • Belclare-cross lambs: €120/head – Seamus Connolly, Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim;
  • Lleyn-cross lambs: €126/head – Clifford Richardson, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim;
  • Aber-cross lambs: €138/head – Cathal McCauley, Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim;
  • Texel-cross lambs: €168/head – David Irwin, Co. Sligo;
  • Mule lambs: €138/head – Martin Feeney, Grange, Co. Sligo;
  • Cheviot-cross lambs: €208/head – Martin Travers, Elphin, Co. Roscommon.

The average prices for the different breeds are listed (below).

Average prices:

  • Suffolk-cross lambs: €133; 223 lambs sold;
  • Belclare-cross lambs: €116; 22 lambs sold;
  • Lleyn-cross lambs: €122; 16 lambs sold;
  • Aber-cross lambs: €138; Nine lambs sold;
  • Texel and Charollais-cross lambs: €132; 90 lambs sold;
  • Mule lambs: €122; 173 lambs sold;
  • Cheviot-cross lambs: €147; 58 lambs sold;
  • Wicklow Cheviot-cross lambs: €117; 30 lambs sold;
  • North Country Cheviot lambs: €179; 28 lambs sold.