The 2016 South of Ireland Hampshire Down Sheep Premier show and sale took place in Tullow Livestock Mart, Co. Carlow on Tuesday 26th July last. The number of sheep for sale was up on 2015 with some breeders exhibiting for the first time. A clearance of over 70% was achieved on the day.
The average sales price for all categories was ahead of 2015, testament to the high standard of sheep on offer and growing interest in the breed. The highest bid of the day was €630 for a ram lamb from the Whitehart flock of new breeder Michael White from Naul, Co. Dublin.
The supreme champion was a ram lamb from the Power Pack flock of Mr. Alymer Power from Askeaton, Co. Limerick. This ram lamb by Eldron 13941 Storm and out of a Power Pack ewe had earlier won the ram lamb class and sold for €600. He was purchased by fellow breeder Annora Whitley. Runner up in this class was from the Eldron flock of A Whitley & M&P Brittain from Nobber, Co. Meath. This ram lamb was by Eldron Ivan out of an Eldron ewe.
The reserve champion was the champion shearling ram from the Eldron flock. Sired by Eldron 10751 Gordon and out of an Eldron ewe. This shearling ram sold for €600.
Runner up in the shearling ram class was from the Broomfield flock of Mr. Derek Moore from Moone, Co.Kildare. This ram was by Aspley 12028 Topper out of an Awbeg bred ewe.
In the female section the champion was a shearling ewe from the Newtown flock Of Mr. Adrian Curtin from Eadestown, Co. Kildare. This ewe was sired by Pode Hole Boru UK 57T12025 and out of a Boru bred ewe. Runner up in this class came from the Broomfield flock.
The best opposite sex to supreme champion went to a ewe lamb from the Newtown flock. This ewe lamb by Boru 13001 I Muscle out of a Boru bred ewe had earlier won the ewe lamb class and sold for €460. Runner up in this class also came from the Newtown flock. The champion together with the runner up went to a new breeder from County Cavan.
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Shearling Rams €523
Ram Lambs €505
Shearling Ewes €381
Ewe Lambs €328