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A top call of 62,000gns was the highlight of last Friday’s sale of Suffolk tups at Edinburgh and with just four sales at 10,000gns and above it certainly wasn’t the highly charged sale seen in previous year’s at the venue.
Leading the sale was Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock, Aberdeenshire, with an ET bred son of Cairness Just the Best out of a Whitestone ewe which is dam to Mr Douglas’ stock sire Whitestone Warrior. This one is an ET brother to Mr Douglas’ 20,000gns sale topper at the breed’s Shrewsbury sale just week earlier, he sold to Iain and Judith Barbour for their Solwaybank and Ewebank flocks, respectively.
And Mr Douglas also took the next best call of the day a 20,000gns sale for a Cairness Golddust son. This one is out of a dam by Langside Lightening which is full sister to the stock tup Cairness Just The Best. He was bought by Harry Stewart, Northern Ireland, for his Castlewellan flock which is to be dispersed later this year. Then at 12,000gns was the best from Angus Wilson, Melrose. This was a Glenhead Black Diamond son out of a dam by Glenhead Glaramara which is full sister to 5000gns Glenhead Impreza. This one sold to Robbie Wilson for his Strathisla flock.
At 10,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show a Strathbeg Stan The Man son out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway which has bred sons to 15,000gns. This one was from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, Turriff, Aberdeenshire and sold to the Mair family and Neil Benzie, both Aberdeenshire.
At 8000gns was the best from Eire-based breeders Tom and Jeff Bailey, a son on Cairness New Approach. This one is out a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi and goes back to Boreland Buddah on his dam’s side and sold to Myfyr Evans for his Rhaedr flock, Wales.
Also at this money was Judith Barbour’s top priced lamb, a son of her brother Iain’s sale topper from last year, Solwaybank Special One. This one is out of a full sister to Miss Barbour’s succesful show ewe from 2006, a Glenisla Grimaldi daughter which goes back to Muiresk Marci Marvellous and was taken home by Gerry Killilea, County Galway, Eire.
Following closely behind at 7500gns was another from the Bailey’s pen. This Cairness Kanine son is out of a dam by Cairness Thunder which goes back to the well known sire Stockton Almighty and also goes back to a Findowrie ewe, he was also bought by Mr Evans, Rhaeadr.
A brace then sold at 7000gns, with the both coming from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla entry. First up was a Lakeview Leeroy son out of a dam by Strathisla Shirrocco which is full ET sister to the top breeding sire Strathisla Schumacherwhich and goes back to a ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s Glenisla flock. He was snapped up by John Christie for his West Carse flock, Stirling.
Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock put itself on the map again earlier with a top sale of 11,000gns for his first entry, a Thurston Calzaghe sired lamb out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince Of Wales. This one sold to Chris Holmes for his Rookery flock.
Next top for Myfyr was an 8000gns call from Hazel Martindale for a Baileys Blockbuster son out of a Whitestone Washington sired dam.
In at 5000gns was an Isle of Man buyer claiming another Calzaghe son, this time out of a Cairness First Flight daughter. A 4800gns bid secured the fourth best price for Rhaeadr, when another Calzaghe son went under the auctioneer’s gavel
Bidding went crazy a few moments ago when Iain Barbour entered then ring with his Solwaybank entries.
Irish breeder Tom Bailey was determined to take home the first lamb from Solwaybank and held of a fierce bidding challenge to take home the Baileys Bugatti sired lamb at today’s top price so far of 32,000gns.
Shortly afterwards, the reserve champion lamb from the Northern Area from George Stuart, Birness, made 7000gns. This is a son of Castlewellan Eyecatcher and out of a dam by Auchrinraith A-One.
Moments before the 32,000gns sale, young Mark Priestley from Northern Ireland sod his best lamb to Mr Stuart for 7500gns. This was a Cairness Destiny son out of a ewe by Castlewellan Tonto.
Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock has collected the second top call of the day with a 20,000gns bid coming from Claude Vanwijnsberge for the first lamb in the ring from the flock. By Cairness Renovator and out of a Stockton Stardust daughter, this one now heads for Belgium.
A brace of 7000gns bids were next top bids for the Cairness entry, the first from Sandy Fraser of the Hazeltree flock and the second from a Sleigh and Troop partnership bid for a Whitestone Warrior son.
Mr Douglas also took a 6500gns bid for another Warrior son, this time from Ronnie Black Collessie.
Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla ram lamb which stood champion in the pre-sale show yesterday has just taken the day’s top call so far, earning a 25,000gns bid from Mr Robinson, Northern Ireland.
The Campbell family of Thrunton, Alnwick have just claimed Gordon Mackie’s best lamb by Thurston Chieftan at 2000gns on a trade which has slowed markedly after the flying start given by the Conveth pen. No doubt it will take off…
There is a palpable buzz building around the building here in Edinburgh with just over half an hour to go before the sale kicks into action. I’ve not heard many rumours yet this morning of where the big money will…
Thrunton take best Drimmie lamb
The Campbell family of Thrunton, Alnwick have just claimed Gordon Mackie’s best lamb by Thurston Chieftan at 2000gns on a trade which has slowed markedly after the flying start given by the Conveth pen. No doubt it will take off again later, but David Leggat is working hard for his commission at the moment
Conveth pen sparks of Edinburgh Suffolk trade in style
The first pen of sheep offered through the ring at the Suffolk sale at Edinburgh from Charles Proctor’s Conveth pen has certainly lived up to expectations with a raft of four figure bids coming from the ringside to claim the best of them.
Going at 5000gns was the second sheep sold, a son of the now legendary sire Strathisla Schumacher and out of a dam by Castlewellan Nutcracker.
And not to be outdone was the third entry, a Deveronside Whistleblower son, this one also made 5000gns when selling to Mr Leggat (not the auctioneer).
Next up at 4000gns was the fourth lamb in, another Schumacher son out of a Roseden Rock Star sired dam. This one went to Mr Walsh of Ireland.
Buzz is building arond Edinburgh Suffolks
There is a palpable buzz building around the building here in Edinburgh with just over half an hour to go before the sale kicks into action.
I’ve not heard many rumours yet this morning of where the big money will be spent, but suffice to say I can sense several five figure bids coming later in the day. With both Tom Bailey’s and Angus Wilson late in the sale there could be a splurge of spending towards the end of trading.
We’ll be keeping you up to date with the sale throughout the day, so come back later for more news from our ringsdie vantage point.