Demand “remained strong” for sheep – rams and ewes – at the Belgian Beltex Breeders’ Society of Ireland’s premier sale at Tullamore Mart on Friday, August 19th, 2022.
Sales topped at €2,850 for Aileach View Hancock, champion ram lamb and overall champion from the Aileach View flock of Jack O’Brien, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal.
The Aileach View flock’s ewe lamb, Aileach View Heebeejeebees ET, was awarded the champion female and reserve champion on the day also.
Judge on the day was Wade McCrabbe from the esteemed Ardstewart Flock, County Donegal.
Champion shearling ram and reserve male, Quarrymount Game Changer, found a new home at €2,000, while the champion shearling ewe, Ballinakill Gwenevere, headed to the same stable at €1,620.
Other prices of interest:
- 71: Cloney Cavan Hawkwing for €1000;
- 74: Aileach View Hugo for €1,000;
- Awbey Hup and Over for €820 euro.
Show results as follows:
- Champion: Aileach View Hancock – Jack O’Brien
- Reserve Champion: Aileach View Heebeejeebees – Jack O’Brien
Aged ram class
- 1st – Ardstewart Finley- Brian Mathews
- 2nd – Seaview Finlay- Aeron James
Shearling ram class
- 1st – Quarrymount Game Changer – Brian Mathews
- 2nd – Red Devils Beltex Greenwood – Sean and Ryan Cuddy
- 3rd – Lisnacrann Gordon Ramsay – Jack O’Brien
- 4th- Knockawuddy Gru- James Killilea
- 5th- Ballinakill Godfather – John and Dudley Maher
- 6th- Beetles Gavin- Sean McCartney
Ram lamb plus class
- 1st – Awbey Hup and Over – Eddie and Jillian McCarthy;
- 2nd – Cloneycavan Highflyer – Hugh O’Connor;
- 3rd – Aughduff Hercules – Alan Cuddy;
- 4th – lisnacrann Huckleberry – Michael and Niamh Oliver;
- 5th – Red Devils Beltex Henrikh – Sean and Ryan Cuddy;
- 6th – Edmondstown Hamilton – Michael McGrath.
Ram lamb class
- 1st – Aileach View Hancock – Jack O’Brien;
- 2nd – Quarrymount Highflyer – Brian Mathews;
- 3rd – Aughduff Hocus Pocus – Alan Cuddy;
- 4th – Knockawuddy Harrison – James Killilea;
- 5th – Castlemeadow Hercules – Michael Lynch;
- 6th –Aileach View Hugo – Jack O’Brien.
Shearling ewe class
- 1st – Ballinakill Gwenevere – John and Dudley Maher
- 2nd – Seaview Grace – Aeron James
- 3rd – Knockawuddy Genesis – James Killilea
- 4th – Castlemeadow Gingernut – Michael Lynch
Ewe lamb class
- 1st – Aileach View Heebeejeebees – Jack O’Brien;
- 2nd – Knockawuddy Haya– James Killilea;
- 3rd – Hillswoods Holly – Thomas Kenny;
- 4th – Ballinakill Hope – John and Dudley Maher;
- 5th – Knockawuddy Hara– James Killilea;
- 6th – Aileach View Hope – Jack O’Brien.
Speaking following the sale, a spokesperson for the society said:
“The premier sale is the society’s second sale of the year and timed for both pedigree and commercial farmers to prepare themselves for the upcoming breeding season.”
“It was no surprise from early on Friday afternoon that both sale averages and clearance rates would be high as a fantastic standard of sheep was put forward in all classes,” the spokesperson concluded.
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