Prices skyrocketed to €2,150 at the Donegal Pedigree Wicklow Cheviot Breeders’ annual show and sale last Wednesday, September 27th, 2023, at Stranorlar Mart with close to a full clearance across the board.
The event kicked off with a pre-sale show at 5:30 pm where the top pens of Cheviot rams, hoggets and ewe lambs were selected by the judge.
The Mc Hugh Brothers of Speenogue Farm swept the boards in the pre-sale show and the judges’ decisions were reflected in the sales ring.
They told www.thatsfarming.com: “We had a great show and sale for us, with the pinnacle being winning the overall champion male with lot 44 and going on to sell for €2,150.”
“We also picked up a red rosette for our hand-picked group of three. Our 7 rams averaged just over €1,100 on the evening.”
“Meanwhile, in the female section, we also won the female championship with our ewe lambs, lot number 11.”
“They went on to sell for €220 per head, while our hogget ewes saw a hammer price of €350 per head and picked up second in their class.”
The top-priced pen of hoggets, also the reserve champion pen, was owned by Manus Mc Hugh and changed hands for €360 per head.
Top 10 ram prices on the night as follows:
- Lot 44 sold €2150 – Mc Hugh Bros;
- Lot 66 sold €1520- Michael Geaney;
- Lot 16 sold €1350- Shane Mc Hugh;
- Lot 27 sold €1260- Manus Mc Hugh;
- Lot 41 sold €1180- Mc Hugh Bros;
- Lot 17 sold €1020 – Shane Mc Hugh;
- Lot 39 and Lot 40 sold €1000 – Mc Hugh Bro;s
- Lot 28 and Lot 31 sold for €920- Manus Mc Hugh.
A spokesperson for the group told www.thatsfarming.com:
“The very best of luck to all the buyers, a special word of thanks to Glenalla Photography & Media, for photography and videography services and online sales platform, Mart Eye.”
“We look forward to next year’s sale and would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to all the Cheviot breeders, including purchasers and supporters of this sale, as they approach a new breeding season,” the spokesperson concluded.
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