Hampshire Down prime lambs met a strong demand selling to a top of £6.50 per kg in Rathfriland Sale Yard, County Down at the annual spring show and sale staged by the breed association’s NI club.
Lawson McKitterick, Bleary secured the championship and led the trade with a pair of cross bred lambs at £6.50 per kg or £130 per head to the judge, Jim Quail, Banbridge who also went to £110 per head for the pair of second prize 20kg lambs from the same vendor. Lawson McKitterick’s third prize 20.5kg pair made £108 each to Oakdale Meats, Lurgan.
The reserve champion pair of 20kg purebred Hampshire Downs from breed newcomer, Lee York, Florencecourt, Fermanagh made £114 each or £5.70 per kg. The same exhibitor was awarded second place in the purebred section for 21kg lambs making £102 a head to. Both lots sold to Jim Quail.
Third placed pure 20kg lambs came from Josephine Wray, Ballymoney selling at £105 to Oakdale Meats.
Banbridge breeder, Trevor Fegan’s 21kg purebred entries topped at £119 and £107 for a pair of 21.5kg lambs. Both lots sold to Jim Quail.
Average: 24 lambs £109
Auctioneers: Rathfriland Co-op Mart
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