The Belclare Sheep Society held its premier sale at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, on Tuesday 2 August. There was an overall clearance of 70% for the rams at the premier sale with 20% of the rams selling for €1,000/head or over.
The first class judged by Cork man Arthur O’Keeffe of the Annakisha Suffolk and Texel flocks was the senior ram class. The winner of this class was Slanemore Hill Enar belonging to Eunan and Mark Bannon and subsequently found a new home in Munster.
The second class judged was the hogget ram class. Following prolonged consideration, judge Arthur O’Keefe tapped forward Tim Keady’s Oltore Giovanni, with €urostar values of €7.30 (top 13%) and €1.57 (top 20%) for replacement and terminal indexes, respectively, for the red rosette. He sold for €800.
The blue rosette went to Oltore Granger also belonging to Tim Keady and sold for €640.
The highest price in the hogget section went to Oltore Griff from the flock of Tim Keady, Co Galway. This ram was sired by the current Senior all-Ireland champion, Oltore Fitzgerald.
He was purchased for €1,350, by Eunan Bannon of the Slanemore Hill Flock, Co Westmeath. There was a 100% clearance of the hogget rams offered for sale
The third class judged was the ram lamb class. The standout ram lamb on the day was Togherbeg Hector from Barry Cunningham’s flock. This ram won the ram lamb class and later went on to win the supreme champion, having previously won the all-Ireland championship.
Togherbeg Hector is sired by Level Crossing Gerry from a Cathergal ewe and achieved the highest price at the sale. Following brisk bidding, George Chandler dropped the hammer at €2,350. Togherbeg Hector was purchased by Paul Smyth of the Silverbrook Flock, Co Offaly.
Second in the ram lamb class, and reserve champion, was Coolkellure Harry Maguire, sired by Kilmeany Ganger and belonging to Michael Gottstein.
He had €uroStar values of €7.46 and €1.41 for the replacement (top 11%) and terminal (top 31%) indexes, respectively. The ram was purchased by Tim Keady for €1,550.
Liam and Eoin Dunne’s Tubber Hamilton sold for €1,750 to Jonathan Duffy from Co Leitrim. Ballynulty Hurricane was sold by John McTigue to a commercial producer for €1,700.