Sale Report for Tullamore Market (Inaugural Southern Ireland Branch Sale) on August 19, 2017
Strong Trade at the Inaugural Southern Ireland Branch Zwartbles Sale
Although the entry (62 sheep) was small, and only just over 59% of sheep changed hands, prices were strong at the first official
Zwartbles sale in Southern Ireland. Neither the pre-sale Female and Overall Show Champion, lot 26, shearling ewe Tullamain Dee-66, nor the Male Champion and Overall Reserve Champion, lot 6, Black Magic Dixie managed, to find new homes but both reserve Champions, Ballygar Diamond and Tullamain Elle did.
Leading the sale at 880€ was lot 11, All Star Etzio, the first prize winning ram lamb, bred and consigned by Mr J Smyth, Enniscorthy and joining Eamon Haslam’s Trojan Flock. Second highest priced sheep of the sale was also a ram lamb, Drumhirk Eddie (lot 18), produced by Jonathan Workman in Monaghan and bought by Mr S Langan for 700€. 3rd highest priced ram lamb was lot 8, Quitrent Elonzo from Miss C Millar’s flock in Kildorrery, selling for 520€ to David Madden, Co Limerick. Clearance of ram lambs was 83%
Only 2 shearling rams found new flocks: lot 4, Reserve Male Champion Ballygar Diamond headed the section at 630€. He was bred and consigned by Mr J Powell, Ballygar and is joining the top priced ram lamb at the Trojan Flock. 400€ was paid for Diamond’s twin brother, lot 5, Ballygar Deano by Paul Brooks, Ballinasloe. Clearance of shearling rams was 66%
Only 1 shearling ewe was sold, lot 19, Woodfield Dream, bred and sold for 370€ by Mr N Stephenson, Baltinglass, and joining the All Star flock of Mr J Smyth. She stood second in her show class. Clearance of shearling ewes was 20%.
Ewe lambs peaked at 560€: the 1st placed ewe lamb & Reserve Female Champion, lot 51 Jim Croke’s Tullamain Elle,going for top price and bought by Clive Morrow, Drum to join his Drumvale flock. Second highest price of 460€ was paid for lot 40a, runner up to Elle in the show classes, from Denis Lyons’ Hill Top flock, Moylough. She was second placed ewe lamb and was bought by Eamon Haslam. Mr Haslam also bought the joint 3rd highest priced ewe lamb, Tullamain Elise, lot 53, bred by Jim Croke, who, along with lot 44 from Noel Lally’s Black Magic flock reached 400€. The latter has joined Nicola Tottenham’s Brocca flock in Tullamore. Clearance of ewe lambs was 88%
The Southern Ireland branch are very grateful to Mr Ally Baird, Greystones Flock, for judging the show and Mr David Miskelly,
Corrybrae Flock, for inspecting, and both making the crossing from Scotland.
2 Shearling Rams 525€
5 Ram Lambs 580€
1 Shearling Ewe 370€
29 Ewe Lambs 284€
Report submitted by Anne Robinson