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“The basic demand for Suffolks is strong, we saw that on Monday at Builth when Suffolks were a total sell out – some of those buyers would without doubt, normally have come to the National sale, but had to buy within their clean zone.
“Nevertheless throughout the day there was strong bidding on top flight rams with more than 25% of ram lambs sold achieving four figure sums. Many of those vendors were either new names, younger breeders or both, which was very encouraging,” added Mr Trumper.
The day belonged to Derbyshire breeder, Steven Buckley of the Sitlow flock, Buxton, whose champion and first prize winner of the recorded ram lamb class, saw the top price realised just minutes before the end of the sale. For a delighted Mr Buckley this was his third ram lamb by Perrinpit High Peak, to make top flight with High Peak siring his 7,000gns Kelso ram lamb in 20005 and also his 9,000gns Edinburgh ram lamb in 2006.
He says: “HighPeak has bred consistently well; also the dam’s full sister both by Strathisla Sinatra bred Sitlow Sensation, winner of five interbreed championships – and he is now breeding well with his first three sons sold at Edinburgh in 2007, averaging 2,200gns.” The Sitlow ram was purchased by Jonathan Hayward of the Flodden flock of 120 ewes in Northumberland.
K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire, took both the reserve male and breed champion and the second highest price with two lambs which were both part of the first prize pen of three. First in the ring sold for 2,800gns to R & G Morgan & Partners, Llangeview flock, Usk. This was a lamb by Strathisla Speed, out of a dam by Middlemuir Winston, granddam by Glenisla Sydney.
Next in the consignment was Mairs reserve male and breed champion; a recorded ram lamb by Meikleson Man O War, out of a Glenisla Grimaldi dam and grand dam by Crosemanor Clipper, he was sold for 1,700gns to R F Holmes, Wilmar flock, Exeter.
Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, sold to 2,400gns on four rams, two of which were by Thurston Calzaghe and took fourth in the pen of three. His top price ram selling to R J Woolway, Huntingdon, while S W Cobbald, Suffolk paid 1,600gns.
Ross Lawrence, of Roundacre, Devon, one of the new and younger names, was runner up to Robert Wilson, Strathisla in the Best gigot class and also fifth in the Western Area trophy, before selling four lambs by Strathisla Xtasy the top two realising 2,000gns and 1,100gns respectively. Robert Wilson’s six sold came in £19 short of Ross Lawrence’s £990 average. However it was Lawrence who gave Strathisla their top price of 2,400gns for a lamb by Strathisla Stoner.
Tom Cox picked up an export with a lamb by Tomcroft Persuader, which won the MLC class at the Royal this year, he took fourth in the recorded lamb, third in the pen of three and both the Young breeder and Young handler top placings. The lamb was bought for 1,100gns by A Nerinckx, of Belgium.
Also exporting were C J Holmes, Rookery whose third prize ram lamb was bought by Van Eck, of Netherlands for 1,100gns and Steven Buckley, who’s top Signet recorded lamb 2008, with an index of £2.54 also went to Mr Eck. Crossing to Anglesey was a lamb by Monkton Maximus, from J & I Evans, Plasllwellyn who sold for 2,500gns to G Owen’s Morris flock.
The Society’s Western Area sale – an early victim of Bluetongue, brought the Western Area judging to the National with locally based Becky Belcher, Tibberton flock, Newport, Shropshire, winning the Western Area Championship with her first prize shearling ram which later sold for 1,100gns to Philip Smith, Peghouse flock, Worcestershire.
Seen below: K & L Mair, Deveronside, first Prize pen of three (47/8/9).
Judge, Charles Harding at work.
Supreme champion and top price, S J Buckley, Sitlow, 8,000gns, lot 189
Reserve supreme champion K & L Mair, Deveronside, sold for 1700gns, lot 48 (substitute).
First prize single ram from George L Stuart, Birness sold for 1600gns, lot 118
First prize shearling ram and Western Area Champion, Becky Belcher, Tibberton, sold for 1,100gns, lot 12
Robbie Wilson, Strathisla, first prize gigot, and second pen of three, sold for 1,000gns, lot 177.
K & L Mair, Deveronside, sold to 2800gns, lot 47.
K & I Evans, Plasllewelyn, sold to 2500gns, lot 168.
Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr selling to 2,400gns, lot 84.
Robbie Wilson, Strathisla selling to 2400gns, lot 175.
Ross Lawrence, Roundacre selling to 2000gns, lot 66 .
Charles Harding Bentley, sold to 1,100gns, lot 94.
Suffolk sale yields 25% over 1,000gns
A seventy per cent clearance and average of £2,407 on 159 sold, sealed the success of the first Suffolk Sheep sale of the season, despite Bluetongue movement restrictions which barred many of vendors and buyers in protection zones from participating.
Iain Barbour with the top price 32,000gns – selling shares to Tom Bailey, Co Meath and Judith Barbour
Robbie Wilson, Strathisla, Aberdeenshire, dominated proceedings selling two of the six five figure rams sold: Namely his show champion – this year’s Royal Highland breed champion, a ram lamb by Strathisla Speed, out of a ewe by Glenho Gurkha with grand dam by Glenisla Godfather. This netted him 25,000gns paid by Alfred and Norman Robinson, of Benrafton, Co Down, NI. Wilson sold a second Speed lamb, this time out of a dam by Bawnogue Blazing Star and part of the fifth prize pen, for 10,000gns to G Stuart, Birness, and R H Black, Collesie, Fife.
The pace of the sale was set when two lots from the first consignment in the ring, C A Proctor and Co of Conveth, Aberdeenshire, took 5,000gns each. This was for a Strathisla Schumacher lamb purchased by Herbert Stanley, Bawnogue, Co Laois and a lamb by Deveronside Whistleblower bought by S and M Liggett, Carony, Co Tyrone, NI.
Iain Barbour with the top price 32,000gns selling shares
Iain led a string of victorious new and younger vendors, including Gary Beacom, of Lakeview, Co Fermanagh, NI, who achieved 15,000gns for his ram by Shannagh Shergar, out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway, jointly purchased by Brydon Nicholson, Innfield, Shetland and Robbie Wilson. Also Northern Ireland’s Mark Priestley of Limestone notched up 7,500gns for a lamb by Cairness Destiny, out of a ewe by Castlewellan Tonto. The ram was supreme champion at Saintfield Show and East Down Male of the year, NI.
Selling three rams each Barbour and Beacom netted the highest averages, of £11,585 and £6,020, respectively, while Robbie nipped in a close third averaging £5,973 on a powerful team of ten.
Fourth on the averages and third highest price – 20,000gns – went to Jimmy Douglas, of Cairness when Belgium buyer Claude Vanwijnsberghe, of Meierie used a strong euro to secure Douglas’ first in ring, a ram by Cairness Renovator, out of a dam by Stockton Stardust and grand dam by Fordafourie Lochnagar. With the largest consignment of the day, Douglas averaged £4,625 on 11 sold, including two selling at 7,000gns: A Muiresk King of Diamonds lamb out of his fourth prize pen went to County Turf, Scunthorpe, with a half share retained by Douglas; and a lamb by Whitestone Warrior, jointly purchased by Harry Sleigh, Wells, Aberdeenshire and Gordon Troup, Whitestone, Aberdeenshire. Cairnesses seventh prize lamb yielded 2,000gns to Gray and Sons of Langside, Lanark.
The sale’s sixth five figure ram went to Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, North Wales – his consignment of nine had already picked up red colours in the pen of three – attracting significant attention. It was father and daughter, Chris and Sally Holmes, Rookery, Worcestershire who bid 11,000gns for a ram by Thurston Calzaghe out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince of Wales. Also out of the pen of three came another ram by Calzaghe realising 5000gns ram to J K Teare, Isle of Man, while Hazel Martindale of Landale, Lockerbie, took home Evans’ fourth prize ram lamb, by Baileys Blockbuster for 8,000gns..
Reserve champion and first prize in the MLC class went to William and Stephanie Tait’s, of Co Tyrone, NI, Burnview. The ram by Baileys Invincible was another travelling to Worcestershire, purchased by rshire, purchased by Paul Fletcher of Callow who paid 3,000gns. The Taits top price was a joint purchase of 4,000gns shared by R & R Scott, Drumpark, Banffshire and Gordon Mackie, Drimmie. The couple’s reserve pen of three including two Invincible rams and one by Burnview Beamer, yielded 2,500gns, 1,800 and 1000gns.
Other prize cards that made an impact in the sale ring were: Second prize ram lamb and reserve northern champion George Stuart’s, Birness ram by Castlewellan Eyecatcher was snapped up by John Campbell, Thrunton, Northumberland, for 7,000gns, while sixth prize from K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire, stayed in the county going to J Young of Muirton, for 5,000gns. Eighth prize ram lamb, presented by James Young, sold to Lilburn Estates for 5,000gns; County Turf, Scunthorpe, ninth prize lamb, 4,000gns to Helen Goldie, Harpercroft, Ayrshire.
Show judge, Viv Samuels of Herefordshire, praised classes of up to 47 entries: “It has been good to judge modern carcases which are well fleshed – what today’s meat trade needs, while retaining breed characteristics.”
Auctioneer, David Leggatt of UA commented: “Numbers forward were affected by Bluetongue; nevertheless we are very pleased to achieve a 70% sale rate, against a backdrop of healthy bidding. Also it was good to see so many youngsters getting their first taste of real success.
Society Chairman, Michael Weaver, adds: “Considering the uncertainty of bluetongue zones we are very pleased, it has been a more level trade without the major peaks – that would be a good thing for breeders as a whole. Despite the restrictions only ten less lambs were sold than last year and overall average was on a par with 2006 and back a bit on 2007. What was really good was to see so many youngsters enjoying success.”
I Barbour, Solwaybank, £11,585 3; G Beacom, Lakeview, NI, £6,020 (3); R H Wilson, Strathisla, £5,973 (9); J G Douglas, £4,625 (11); Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, £3,974 (9); K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire, £2,538 (4); Proctor & Co, Conveth, £2,336 (8); S & W Tait, Burnview, £2,293 (6); T & J Bailey, Baileys, Co Meath, Eire, £2,152 (4); J H Stewart, Castlewellan, Co Down, £1,720 (5); Angus O Wilson, Glenhead, Roxburghshire, £1,645 (6); George Stuart, Birness, Aberdeenshire, £1,516 (8); J H Christie, Westcarse, Stirlingshire, £1,418 (6); J & A Howie, Hillend, Lanarkshire, £1,391 (4); Gordon Mackie, Drimme, Angus, £1,050, (4).
Ram Lamb (MLC) 1, S & W Tait, Burnview, NI; 2, K & L Mair, Deveronside; 3, Thomas Darling, Howeburn, Berwickshire; 4, J M Stewart, Gransha, Co Down, NI; 5, J & A Howie, Hillend, Lanarkshire; 6, P Machray, Middlemuir, Aberdeenshire.
Open Ram Lamb 1, R H Wilson, Strathisla, 2, G L Stuart, Birness, 3, W & S Tait, Burnview; 4, Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr; 5 T & J Bailey, Baileys; 6 K & L Mair, Deveronside; 7, J G Douglas, Cairness; 8 James Young, Muirton, 9 County Turf, Hazeltree; 10, H
P Sleigh & Son, Wells.
Pen of three 1, Myfyr Evans; 2, S & W Tait; 3, G Mackie, Drimme, Angus; 4, J G Douglas; 5, R H Wilson; 6, G L Stuart, Birness.
Champion R H Wilson; Reserve, S & W Tait.
Northern champion R H Wilson, Reserve, G L Stuart.
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.
With bluetongue restrictions making it hard for Stockton-on-Teme Suffolk breeder John Sinnett to attend any society sales this year his decision to hold an on-farm sale last weekend proved right with a top of 1600gns achieved twice.
First at this price was the third lot into the ring which sold to Caroline Rootes, Castle Douglas, for her Trolliloes flock.
Taking the second top priced lamb was Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, when he bid for and claimed the 13th lot under auctioneer David Leggat’s gavel.
Other leading prices included a brace of 750gns bids, one from Chris Holmes, buying for his Rookery flock, and another from Messrs Thorne, when adding a stock sire to their Upperholme flock, Herefordshire.
In at 650gns were J A D and P M Owens of Leominster when buying the first of two purchases on the day for their 20 ewe flock.
Overall Mr Sinnett was pleased with the sale having sold 17 ram lambs to average £652.85. Speaking to Farmers Weekly he said with the sheep industry reeling from a number of shocks in recent years and costs on the increase the trade represented what he expected.