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There was a strong demand for Suffolk females with prices soaring to a top of 5,200 Euros at the 14th annual production sale from the noted Baileys flock.
Buyers travelled from throughout Ireland and the UK to the County Meath farm of Tom Bailey.
The sale leader was a January 2010 born gimmer by the flock’s jointly owned stock ram Cairness Kanine, and bred from a ewe by the 26,000gns Glenisla Syndey – reserve champion at Edinburgh in 2000. This much sought-after gimmer attracted a tussle of bids from the packed salering, with the successful bidder being David Duncan from Crumlin in County Antrim. This outstanding gimmer is in-lamb to the breed’s 2010 Sire of the Year Cairness Liam, which has produced sons to a top of 90,000gns.
Next best at 3,500 Euros was a Cairness New Approach daughter bred from a ewe by the 70,000gns Rhaeadr Rossi. This gimmer is bred from the same dam as the noted 8,000gns Baileys BMW – supreme champion at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows last year. Carrying in-lamb to Cairness Kanine, she was snapped up by Patrick Grant from Kilcoo near Newry, County Down.
Cairness New Approach was also behind the breeding of a gimmer which caught the eye of Francis Mangan, Cappoquinn, County Waterford, at 3,000 Euros. This one was bred from a ewe by the 45,000gns Boreland Buddah. She is in-lamb to Rhaeadr Rossi – the 2006 Edinburgh and Royal Highland Show champion.
Also selling at 3,000 Euros was a Cairness Kanine daughter bred from a Perrinpit ewe by Davishill Dambuster. She was AI’d to Cairness Liam and sold to Geoffrey Douglas from Limavady, County Londonderry.
Ewes from the Baileys consignment sold to a top of 1,800 Euros, realised by a January 2009 born Cairness Almighty the Second daughter. She was bred from a Strathisla ewe by Strathisla Kingsway, and is in-lamb to the 70,000gns Rhaeadr Rossi. Buyer was English breeder C J Holmes from Rookery Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire.
Next best at 1,600 Euros was a January 2006 born Boreland Buddah ewe which goes back to the noted 10,000gns Kinmundy T1 ewe. She is in-lamb to the Baileys Bacchus son, Cairness Crean.
An entry of ewes from guest consignor Gerry Killilea from County Galway, reached a ceiling of 3,000 Euros. Leading the Carragh flock’s offering was a January 2009 born ET daughter of Baileys Masterpiece, bred from a ewe by Glenhead Glint O Gold. She won numerous prizes as a lamb and as a shearling. Scanned with twins by Ardlea Action, this one caught the eye of James Browne from Letterkenny, County Donegal.
Carragh gimmers peaked at 2,000 Euros, realised by an ET Baileys Masterpiece daughter, out of a ewe by Carragh Romeo. She is carrying twins by the Fordafourie President son, Cairness Direct Line. Buyer was Iain Barbour who runs the noted Solwaybank flock based at Beechgrove Farm in Annan, Dumfries.
An ET gimmer by the Strathisla Schumacher son, Debura Deezer, sold for 1,000 Euros, leading the guest consignment from Trevor Burke’s DeBruca flock based at Tuam in County Galway. Bred from a stylish Knockeroghery King daughter, this one is scanned in-lamb to Chessy James.
Averages: Baileys flock, 24 gimmers 1,609 Euros each and 13 ewes 900 Euros each; Carragh flock, 10 gimmers 1,050 Euros each and 12 ewes 1,158 Euros each; De Burca flock, 12 gimmers at 683 Euros each.
Auctioneers: JP and M Doyle Ltd.
By Jonathan Long
Saturday’s Suffolk sale at Roscrea was a Strathisla Stoner-sired ram lamb from Wm J and R Wilson’s Shannagh flock. This one is out of a dam by Cragroe Craftsman and goes back to Muiresk King of Diamonds on his dam’s side. He sold to Northern Ireland to join Willie Tait’s Burnview flock.
Second best at E10,000gns was a twin brother to the new 90,000gns breed record holder from Dan Tynan. This Cairness Liam son is out of a dam by Cairness Golddust and sold to join Jimmy Douglas and Charles Procter in Aberdeenshire.
Making E5000gns was another heading to the same joint buyers. This was the overall champion from the pre-sale show from Martin Butler’s Castlewood flock. Sired by Cairness New Approach this one is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi goes back to Glenisla Sydney.
The at E3400gns was another lamb heading to Scotland, this time to join Gordon Mackie. Heading back with Mr Mackie was the best from Andrew Wilson’s Castleisle flock, a Strathisla Dylan Thomas son out of a Castlewellan Nutcracker daughter.
And making E3200gns was a Cairness Ciaus son from Tom and Jeff Bailey. He had been in the first prize group of three and is out of a dam by Davishill Dambuster.
Selling for E2900gns was another by the same sire from the same home. This one is out of a dam by Cairness Kanine dam. and another Baileys lamb then sold at E2800gns, having also been in the first prize group. He is by former breed record holder Stockton Almighty and out of a dam by Lagside Looks the Part.
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.
THE Suffolk breed reigned supreme in the sheep section, with a gimmer from the Roseden and Lilburn flock at Wooler taking the overall championship.
The gimmer, shown by flock manager Michael Walton, was bought as a ewe lamb from the Bailey flock, Ireland, and Northumberland was its first show outing. The gimmer is destined to be a stock ewe and is part of the 130-strong Roseden and Lilburn flock.
The reserve rosette went to a Texel ewe from Kenny and Karen Irving, of Rigg, Gretna. This Douganhill Lionheart daughter is out of a ewe by Clonog Joe Tex and took the breed championship last year.
The championship in the Swaledale section went to Dick Dalton, of Lanehead, Bishop Auckland, with a shearling ram. It was bought by Mr Dalton for 3,800gns at Kirkby Stephen and is by a Redgate sire and out of a Longreen Marwood daughter. The ram, part of Mr Dalton’s 600-ewe flock, will be shown at some local shows this summer.
For the first time the Zwartbles breed had its own classes and the championship was awarded to Charles Scott, of East Middle, Hawick, with a ram bought from John Rowland ,of Anglesey, in a private deal last year.
The ram, part of Mr Scott’s flock of 33 Zwartbles, won the breed championship at Ayr.
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Supreme sheep inter-breed champ
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Youngstock – FG | 8 February, 2008
Teenager Tom Cox has surpassed all expectations for his young age. His tenacious dedication to his pedigree flock and unwavering commitment to the family farm is something to aspire to. Angela Calvert reports.
MANY pedigree livestock breeders strive for a lifetime to attain what teenager Tom Cox has achieved in just a few short years.
In 2006, Tom, then aged just 18 years, was named the winner of the Bristol Gold Cup, the Suffolk Sheep Society’s National Flock Competition, with his Tomcroft flock.
The young farmer beat off stiff opposition from all over the UK and Ireland to gain the national accolade and is also enjoying tremendous success in the show and sale ring.
Yet despite his impressive professional triumphs, Tom still remains unassuming.
“I did not expect to win and it came as a complete surprise, but we were absolutely delighted,” says Tom.
The Cox family farm at Marston in Staffordshire where the main business enterprise is in dairying. Determined to take an active role, Tom, at the age of 12, was keen to establish his own pedigree flock of sheep and acquired six in-lamb Suffolk ewes for Christmas 2000, from Robin Hulme’s Crosemanor flock.
For the first two breeding seasons Tom used AI on the ewes with the sire Burness Aqua, and expanded the flock by retaining ewe lambs.
The MLC Signet recording scheme is used and a strict selection policy to ensure the genetics of the flock are constantly improving.
However, Tom feels that a turning point for the flock came in 2003, with the purchase, jointly with Clive Norbury, of the ram Muiresk Adrenaline, whose influence on the flock has been enormous.
“Adrenaline’s daughters have now formed the basis for the flock and as well having good conformation, have a certain presence and style, which I think is partly responsible for winning the national flock competition and has given us success in the show ring,” he reflects.
In the past three show seasons, Tom has taken champion or reserve at every show entered, including Shropshire and West Midland, Newport and at Staffordshire County for three years running.
On the sales circuit, the sale of his first ram lamb, in 2005, broke the £1,000 barrier at the National Show and Sale of Suffolks at Shrewsbury Market.
Although ewe lambs have been retained to build up numbers, there have also been some purchases of ewes from several of the leading Suffolk flocks, to improve genetic traits. AI from high-class rams has also been used to introduce new bloodlines.
In 2006 Tom used a homebred ram lamb, Tomcroft Persuader, on a number of ewes. He is by Castlewellen Nutcracker out of a Muiresk Adrenaline ewe and has been used for his fast growth rate, high muscle score of 42.2mm and low fat score.
The resulting progeny have been outstanding and Tom believes they will lead the flock to even more success.
“We are extremely pleased with Persuader’s first crop. He obviously crosses well with the Adrenaline ewes, which is good for the future improvement of the flock,” he says.
Last year, his flock was the winner of the Midland and Eastern Area flock competition, with Persuader taking the award for best stock ram. A share in Persuader has now been sold to Ken Powell of the Beechcourt flock.
In spite of the difficulties encountered by all livestock farmers during last year’s sale season, Tom was delighted with his results and the high demand for his stock, with the highlight being the sale of a ram lamb for 4,000 guineas.
“In spite of increasing popularity of continental rams in recent years I am still finding a strong demand for Suffolks. I am selling to both pedigree and commercial breeders,” he explains.
“The aim is to produce high index lambs, with good conformation, good muscle depth and little fat.”
Lambing takes place in January and some AI is used to ensure a tight lambing period. Ewes are left outside as long as possible, before coming inside to lamb. They are given minimal hard feed and are turned out again, with lambs, in February.
Any ewes, which have a bad lambing, show poor mothering instinct or have any other problems, are culled to improve the ‘easy care’ management of the flock.
Ewe numbers have now reached about 60, which Tom feels is probably the optimum number to fit in with the rest of the farm’s activities, as any further increase would start to take grass away from the cows. So now efforts will concentrate on further maximising the flock’s potential.
The Cox family bought Manor Farm in 1971, when it was just a 138-acre holding, to expand and develop their then 30-head Steve Acre herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian dairy cattle.
The expansion has been rapid and the farm now extends to 700 acres. The dairy herd stands at 350 cows, which are producing 11,000 litres at 4 per cent fat and 3.35 per cent protein. The milk is sold to Muller at Market Drayton.
The herd has been the highest yielding herd in Staffordshire, 18 times since 1978, and has also won numerous inspection awards at county level.
About 80 per cent of the cows are put to Holstein bulls to breed replacement and additional heifers and the remainder put to a Limousin bull. All calves are reared on farm, with the beef ones being sold as stores, resulting in around 800 head of cattle on the farm at any one time.
Although evidently enthusiastic about his sheep, Tom is committed to the dairy herd and rises at 3.30am to milk them and whenever possible, likes to do the feeding of the cows himself.
The current parlour was installed in 1996 and was only intended for 170 cows. Plans are underway for a new 40-point internal rotary parlour, which will allow 150-200 cows to be milked per hour and will enable the herd to expand even further. It’s hoped the new parlour should be operational by the end of next year.
“I see a good future in dairy farming and would like to significantly increase cow numbers. The new parlour should allow us to do that and make management so much easier,” he says.
Tom says he did not ever consider a career other than farming and after completing a National Diploma in Agriculture at Robaston College now intends to focus on the family farm. Working full-time alongside him are his sister, Rachael and girlfrie
nd, Lucy Moss, who share his commitment to farming.
Tom’s father, Stephen has embraced the enthusiasm of his three young workers. He says, “Although times have been difficult for some, there have been some real opportunities in farming over the last ten years and it has certainly given us the opportunity to expand.
I think the way forward is family farms, where everyone works together with the aim of moving ahead.
“If it was just me, I may feel differently, but these three young people are all so keen, I want to support them and we are all very optimistic for the future.”
Unsurprisingly proud of Tom’s achievements, Stephen believes the reason for his son’s success lies in his ‘attention to detail and good eye for sheep’.
It’s almost easy to forget that despite his sale success, winning stock and increasingly active role on the farm, Tom is still only 19 years old.
When asked the secrets to his own success, Tom’s answer is typically more modest to that of his fathers.
‘I was very lucky that I started out with some good stock and have built on that and I enjoy what I do.”