Top price of €220/head recorded at clearance sale of 200-ewe flock at Carnew Mart

On Thursday last (September 24) the clearance sale of Michael Doyle’s 200-ewe flock took place at Carnew Mart.

The Wexford-based farmer, along with his son, Micheal, are going down the route of milking cows, so the decision was made to sell the flock of predominantly Suffolk-cross Belclare ewes.

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The clearance sale, which took place alongside the mart’s weekly sheep sale, recorded a full clearance.

Speaking to AgriLand after the sale, Michael said: “It was an excellent sale, with all the ewes finding a new home.

“The hoggets topped out at €220/head and averaged €214. The two-year-old ewes made up to €205/head and averaged out at €198.

The three and four-year-old ewes sold up to €190/head and mainly made from €175/head up to €180/head. The overall average price across the sale was €189/head, which exceeded my expectations.

“Prices on the day, for all classes, ranged from €170/head up to €220/head. I was talking to David Quinn, the mart manager, after the sale and he said that farmers from Laois, Westmeath and Wicklow bought ewes.

“As far as I know, 30 ewes found a new home up in Mullingar, while a further 20 are now residing up in Stradbally.”