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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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1,250 Mule sheep for the hammer at Tuam

Some 1,250 lots will come under the hammer at the Mule Lanark Group’s third annual sheep sale on Friday, September 16th, 2022.

1,000 mule ewe lambs and 250 mule hoggets are catalogued for the sale, which will take place at Tuam Mart at 5 pm.

In addition, there will also be a special entry of 60 pedigree Lanark females and 20 pedigree Lanark rams on the night.

Another feature of the evening will be a donation of a pen of mule ewe lambs by the farmers involved to the Galway Hospice Foundation.

Mule sheep sale

A spokesperson for the group told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:

“This is the third annual sale for this group of ten farmers. The lambs will be strictly home-bred stock and come from farmers who are vaccinating their ewes against enzo- abortion the last number of years.”

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“All sheep will be sold through the ring. Sheep can also be purchased on the night using the Martbids app. Transportation can be organised if needed.”

“Tuam Mart is very centrally and ideally located for farmers who want to attend. Last year, farmers came from as far as  Cavan, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Clare and Roscommon.”

“The sale accommodates the farmer breeding and lambing down ewes and also the farmer who works off-farm who wants to get into the hogget production system. Any farmer who buys lambs at the sale can sell them as hoggets in the next year’s sale.”

“This year will see the Mule Lanark group sell 60 purebred Lanark females and 20 purebred Lanark rams These sheep are all healthy home-bred sheep coming from top bloodlines.”

“It is a great opportunity for any farmer who purchases these sheep to get into Mule production themselves,” the spokesperson added.

Last year’s sheep prices

Last year saw a full clearance of both lambs and hoggets, the spokesperson noted.

According to the spokesperson, the lighter-type mule ewe lambs for the hogget production system ranged from  €100 – €130.

Meanwhile, the stronger type Mule ewe lambs suitable for breeding varied from €140-€160, on average.

The spokesperson concluded: “With this being one of the last Mule sheep sales of the year, it is advised that any farmer wanting to purchase or view stock should register with Tuam Mart in good time before the sale.”

The sale starts at 5 pm sharp, with viewing from 3 pm on Friday, September 16th, 2022.

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