Incredible demand for stock resulted in a 93% clearance and an average of €675 at the Belgian Beltex Breeders’ Society's annual in-lamb ewe and ewe lamb sale. Helping boost the average was a call of €2,500 for Sheephaven Danoli. This high-selling price is an Irish record. Danoli was bred and exhibited by Donegal breeder Declan Robinson and is described as the best sheep ever bred in the flock. Sold carrying twins to Netherholm Elton, she was the pick of M Burleigh.

Not finished there, Robinson also secured the fourth-highest price of €1,000 for Sheephaven Enya ET, a Kingledores Wolfman daughter.

Scanned carrying a single by the same service sire, she was knocked down to Aeron James, Co Waterford. Mr Robinson also received €860 for Sheephaven Dare Deril from Michael and Jack Brady, Kilflynn, Co Kerry.

Next up was Quarrymount Candy Girl, which sold for the second-highest price of the day at €1,620.

Bred by local breeder Brian Mathews, this much-admired ewe scanned carrying twins to Boherawillin Bascule was eventually knocked down to ringside bidder Michael McGrath.

McGrath was also the top bidder for the third-highest lot of the day, when he secured a ewe from John Maher at €1,560.This ewe from a great breeding line sold in-lamb to Carrigans Lower Denzel.

In-lamb ewes met with an exceptional trade, with the remaining lots selling from €260 to €640.

In the small ewe lamb section, Brian Mathews sold his top entry Quarrymount Fabienne, a Royalflush Caesar daughter, for the top ewe lamb price of day of €600.

This powerful lamb joins Michael and Jack Brady’s Royal Flock in Kerry.

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