Sheep breeding sales have started the season in excellent form with farmer confidence buoyed by higher farmgate returns in recent months. The Tullow Sheep Breeders Association premier sale of Suffolk-Cheviot cross ewe hoggets and ewe lambs on Wednesday improved significantly on 2019 levels.

Hogget prices increased to the tune of €15 to €20/head, with lighter types making €170 to €190 and top-quality lots as high as €220 to €250.