There was a swift trade recorded in Friday’s dispersal sale of 90 Suffolk and Texel-cross Mule ewes in Dowra Mart, Co Leitrim.
The top price of €245 was paid for a pen of quality Texel-cross ewe hoggets which reared lambs as yearlings.
Of the 17 lots on offer, 14 exceeded the €200 mark.
Those that failed to hit this mark were not far behind, with other prices recorded at €187, €190 and €196 for mainly four-year-old Suffolk ewes.
The vibrant trade was helped by the quality of ewes on offer, with the 90 Suffolk and Texel-cross Mule ewes boasting an average scanning rate of 210% and presented in fine condition.
The flock has been run with an emphasis on high output and this was reflected in the offering of 22 top-quality suckled hoggets.
There were also another 21 three-year-old ewes and 46 three- and four-year-old ewes.
Ewes are due to lamb from 5 March to Texel and Charollais rams and are also on a comprehensive health programme.
All ewes, which were sold due to a change in farming system, are vaccinated for both toxoplasmosis and enzootic abortion, with the flock also on a clostridial disease vaccination programme (Heptavac P used).