Ram entries slip, values hold in NI sale

By FWi staff

A CHANGE of venue for the Northern Ireland National Sheep Associations multi-breed ram sale did not put off bidders, who paid a top price of 1000gns.

The sale, normally held on the Ballymena showground, was moved to Martinstown Livestock Mart to satisfy foot-and-mouth regulations.

Top call came for a two-shear Texel ram from Willie Buchanans flock at Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

It was followed by another 800gns deal for a shearling from the same flock.

Suffolk rams met a solid trade, with top price of 270gns going to a shearling from Gordon McAdoos Knockadoo flock at Co Tyrone.

Northern Ireland NSA sale secretary Edward Adamson said ram values were similar to last year, but there were about 100 fewer entries.

He added that even though prime lamb values in the province were higher than on the mainland, breeding ewe prices had remained steady, with good Mule shearling ewes about 60-65 apiece.


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