1,150 mule sheep will come under the hammer at the Mule Lanark Group’s second annual sale at Tuam Mart this month.
The group’s sale, which will take place at 5 pm on Friday, September 10th, will consist of over 900 mule lambs and 250 mule hoggets.
Mule Lanark Group
A spokesperson for the group, John Meeneghan, told That’s Farming:
“The sheep are bred from a Lanark ewe and a Blue Leicester ram. This breed of mule sheep offers better conformation, tighter wool and more longevity in the ewe.”
This type of mule ewe, when crossed with various sires such as Texel, Suffolk, Charollais and Vendeen, produce ideal factory-type lambs.”
“Our sale returns again this year following last year’s successful sale and many happy buyers.”
“All sheep at the sale will be genuine farmer’s stock and will all be on various vaccination programmes.”
Home-bred and vaccinated
“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. We feel this is a major problem for sheep farmers throughout the country in their flocks.”
“Any lambs bought in the sale can be sold as hoggets in next year’s special mule sale.”
Double the amount of sheep
The spokesperson said that most customers at the inaugural sale last year were mostly local, from Connacht.
“With double the amount of sheep in the sale this year and good feedback from last year’s happy buyers, we hope to attract buyers from across the country.”
“We see a niche in the market for good healthy mule sheep, which are guaranteed farmer’s own stock and are vaccinated for Enzo abortion.”
Penning, viewing and bidding
All lots will be penned by 2.30 pm and can be viewed from 3pm – 5.30p.m
All the sheep will be sold through the cattle ring. This will enable buyers to bid ringside while following Covid-19 guidelines in line with government advice. Sheep can also be purchased using the Mart Bids app.
“Tuam Mart (Eircode: H54 RR50) is ideally located on the N17/M18 motorway. This makes it very accessible to any farmer who wants to purchase quality and healthy mule sheep,” the spokesperson concluded.
To obtain further information, contact Padraic on 087-133560 or John on 086-8352851 or Tom on 086-8597081.