Over 1,100 sheep were entered into the second annual Donegal Cheviot and Cheviot-cross Breeders’ Group sale, which took place on Friday (September 4th).
The sale, which was held in Stranorlar Mart Co. Donegal, comprised of Suffolk/Cheviot, Cheviot and Cheviot/Blackface ewe lambs and hoggets.
The top price of the sale went to the first prize pen of Cheviot hoggets and reserve overall hogget pen (lot 45). They were owned by Mary Lyons and the pen consisted of 5 Cheviot hoggets which sold for €265 each.
Other notable prices
James Morrow secured €265 for lot 60, a pen of 6 hoggets.
Breeder, Manus Mc Hugh, won first prize in the Suffolk/cheviot category and won champion overall pen.
The champion pen, lot 34, which comprises 6 sheep, peaked at €240.
McHugh changed hands with subsequent lots 35-40 for €250, €215, €230, €240, €225 and €225, 6 sheep per pen. Cheviot hoggets, owned by James Lorinyenko, lot 67, fetched €240.
Seán Mc Hugh’s Suffolk Cheviot ewe lambs entered the ring and the hammer fell at €184/head.
A “steady trade” remained for Suffolk/Cheviot-bred ewe lambs, according to the group spokesperson, who added that Manus Mc Hugh’s champion ewe lamb pen, lot 106, commanded €230 each.
Mc Hugh’s ewe lambs, lots 104 and 105, found new owners at €198/head and €200/head, respectively.
“The Donegal Cheviot and Cheviot cross Breeders’ Group would like to thank the breeders and purchasers who attended the sale and purchased online.” the spokesperson concluded.