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I am very happy to see how my friends in Spain enjoy their purchases from last year.
Alle Scottish Typ Suffolks. Hohe Wachstumsraten und gut bemuskelt. Fabelhafte Fundamente. Kommerzielle typ und mehr show Typ Schafe. Wir haben sie alle.
Böcke und Mutterlämmer.
Direktimport aus Großbritannien.
Transport könnte arrangiert werden. Wir arbeiten nur mit zuverlässigen Lieferanten. Alle Schafe mit voller Stammbaum und höchsten Gesundheitsstatus
At the Kelso ram sales last friday (13/9/2013) we bought two new rams:
The first is the most impressive first lamb of the Solwaybank pen:
FHT 13:059 sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari. DAM JOD K17 sired by Meikleson Impression.
Full brother sold to John McKay for £1800 at a previous Kelso sale.
The second lamb we bought is a son of the 90.000 gns breed record ram Ardlea Arbenning. This Rhaeadr lamb is March born out of a very good Rhaeadr Rossie daughter A12:J122.
In the Suffolk rings the top price of the day came from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla pen, he is a Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding son and sold to Mark Evans, Jubillee flock at £5000.
Top price shearling in this section came at £4400 from John Park’s Drinkstone pen, he is by Drinkstone Durham Improver and out of a home bred ewe. He was purchased by the Ingram family, Logie Durno.
Then at £4200 was Ian and Judith Barbour with a Rhaeadr Rastafari son, he heads to Holland with Patrick Haccou.
Making £3800 was a lamb from George Stuart’s Birness pen, he is by the 8000gns Rhaeadr Giggsy who has sired lambs to 20,000gns and out of a dam by Rhaeadr Flash Harry.
David and Paula Reed sold a lamb from their Calfpark flock for £3000, he sold in a three way split to Jimmy Douglas, Sandy Fraser and Messrs Robinson.
The only price of note in the Charollais ring in what was a very sticky trade was a Logie Durno Lynch Pin son from Langside, he is out of a dam by Hundalee and sold for £2000 to Paul Slatter.
Brian Ryder secured £3000 for a 15/16 Beltex shearling by Borderesk Powerpoint, he sold to the John Hall, Inglewood Edge.
At the National Sale in Shrewsbury on saturday july 20th we bought FHT: 13 044, a son of Solwaybank Skyfall out of a dam by Cairness Castello and going back to Solwaybank Stylemaster. This one heads across the North Sea and is bought in partnership with some Dutch friends, Suffolk Siero, Escobedo Suffolks from Spain as the flock of my Italian friend Fabrizio Arena.
John joined his father on the farm in 1954 and bought his first Suffolk ewes in 1960. He took over the management of the farm in 1962, and ten years later started breeding pedigree Suffolks, building up to 100 head. The flock has been involved with the Sire Reference Scheme since it started in 1989. John now has a flock of 40 pedigree Suffolk ewes.
John uses the figures generated from performance recording as a marketing tool – if a customer likes the look of one of his rams he then uses Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to show he also has the potential to deliver lambs with economically important traits. He also finds indexes useful for demonstrating how good a ram is within his breed. One ram, Drinkstone Supersire 2004 has had a major influence on the flock over the years.
On 12 August each year John’s 40 pedigree ewes are artificially inseminated using semen from four different rams. Any that do not conceive go to a Blue-faced Leicester ram for two cycles to produce ewes for the commercial flock. These are then crossed onto a Southdown ram to produce lambs that finish at grades around R3L.
“The beauty of AI is that I can select semen from particular sires to match certain individuals within the flock,” explains John. “It is good for recording purposes and breed planning”
All lambs are ultrasound scanned at around 21 weeks of age to accurately assess their muscle and fat depth. John looks for animals with good conformation, taking particular notice of their top line, loin, hindquarter and legs. He also looks at the Muscle and Fat Depth EBVs for each animal. Replacement ewe lambs are chosen based on this data and selection criteria. Ewe and ram lambs that fail to make the grade are finished and sold.
Customers starting to look for figures
John’s main customers are commercial producers with flocks of 750 or more ewes, who buy directly from the farm. He says they are often impressed by how quickly lambs produced by recorded sires grow and finish.
Shane Conway – Signet
Some video’s shot last week of my lambs: