Sheep farmers from all around Leinster flocked to Carnew Mart, Co Wicklow, for the Aughrim Sheep Breeders Annual Show and Sale.

The day saw a good entry, with 2,200 sheep on offer.

Peter Behan’s first prize-winning Suffolk-cross ewe lambs weighed 61kg and sold for €202. In general, quality Suffolk-cross sold for €120 to €150 each.

Brendan Byrne won the first prize for his Cheviot ewe lambs, that 47kg and sold for €130. Good-quality Cheviot lambs made between €110 and €130/head.

Cheviot breeding ewes sold up to a top price of €230, with the general run of prices being €150 to €180.

Suffolks made a top price of €220, with the majority selling between €180 and €210.

Older breeding ewes met a strong demand, selling for between €120 and €160.

Theresa Durkin presenting Brendan Byrne with his cup for his Reserve Champion Lambs at O’Toole’s pub in Aughrim.

Carnew Mart owner and auctioneer David Quinn reported strong trade and a fantastic 100% clearance, while Aughrim Sheep Breeders chair Seán O’Neill also commented that the show was a great success and that he was very happy with the trade and show of sheep.

Seán and Paddy Dunne with their aged Cheviot ram who went on to win Best Ram at the Aughrim Sheep Breeders Show and Sale.


Class 1 – Best pen of 10 Cheviot Hogget ewes showing two teeth or lamb’s mouth: John driver.

Class two – Best pen of 10 “Genuine Cheviot” ewes two years old and upwards: Helen O’Neill.

Class 3 – Best pen of 10 Suffolk-cross hogget ewes showing two teeth or lamb’s mouth: Brendan Fox.

Class 4 – Best pen of 10 Suffolk-cross ewes two years old and upwards: Peter Behan.

Class 5 – Best Pen of 10 broken mouthed ewes with good udders - any breed: Paul Steacy.

Class 6 – Best pen of 10 cast ewes: Michael Shannon.

Class 7 – Best pen of 10 Suffolk-cross wee lambs: Peter Behan.

Class 8 – Best pen of 10 fat lambs: Peter Behan.

Class 9 – Best pen of 10 store lambs: Kevin O’Neill.

Class 10 – Best pen of 10 cheviot ewe lambs: Brendan Byrne.

Class 11 – Best pen of 10 cheviot wether lambs or tan lambs: Peter Behan.

Class 12 – Best pen of 10 Genuine Mountain Cheviot ewes two years old and upwards: Breeda Devitt Durkin.

Class 13 – Best ram any breed: Pat Dunne.


Champion ewes – John Driver.

Reserve champion ewes – Brendan Fox.

Champion lambs – Peter Behan.

Reserve champion lambs – Brendan Byrne.

Padraig Healy, Lorcan Byrne and Terry Doyle enjoying their day the show and sale.

Bertie Warren from Enniscorthy checking out some Suffolk lambs on offer.