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Conveth dispersal sale

By Jonathan Long: Taking the top call in today’s dispersal of the Conveth Suffolk flock for Charlie and Kevin Procter was a 2010-b0rn ewe by Cairness Achievement (lot 57), DHY N101. This ewe, sold in-lamb to Cairnton the Cracker, is out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher and sold to Claude Van Wijnsberghe, Belgium.

Next best of the day at 5000gns was another heading across the Channel to Belgium, another 2010-born Achievement daughter. This was DYH N69 (lot 49), out of a dam by Cairness Save the Day and sold in-lamb to The Cracker too.

Following her at 4200gns was a gimmer by Achievement and out of a dam by Schumacher again. This one, DYH 11;122 (lot 72), also sold in-lamb to The Cracker and was knocked down to Messrs Davies, Wales.

And making 3800gns was DYH N42, another by Achievement and out of a Schumacher dam. She sold carrying to The Cracker and was again bought by Claude Van Wijnsberghe.

Best of the ewe lambs at 1500gns was DYH 12:090, a Whitestone Footprint daughter out of a Schumacher daughter.

Texel takes Highland sheep championship; Strathisla ewe stands reserve

Taking the interbreed sheep championship here at the Highland this afternoon was the Texel champion from John Forsyth, Glenside. This one crop ewe is by 33,000gns sire Muiresk Blondin and out of a dam  by Castlecairn Celtic Star.

This was John’s third Highland Show sheep interbreed championship win and his eighth Texel championship. Judge Robin Thomson said the ewe was the best sheep he’d seen in a long time. “She was sweet and correct in every way and has flesh throughout herself. She moves well and is just a great example of the breed.”

Standing reserve overall was the Suffolk champion, Robbie Wilson two crop ewe. She is a Strathisla Speed daughter out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway. She is ET sister to 15,000gns Strathisla Leader and 8000gns Strathisla Thunderstruck.

Mr Thomson said the Suffolk had pushed the Texel close for the top title and was a good example of the modern Suffolk. “She’s a more fleshy, solid type of Suffolk than we’ve seen for a few years.”

 

And in second reserve was Robert Runciman’s North Country Cheviot tup, a four shear. This is Sinton Bullseye, a four shear tup by Allanshaws Double Top and is the sire of last year’s champion Allanshaws Pam.

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Shrewsbury Suffolk championship goes to Cairness

By Jonathan Long on July 22, 2011 8:00 PM

The championship in today’s pre-sale show at the National Suffolk Sale,Shrewsbury, has gone to Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock.

Taking top honours was 33H:11:026, the Baileys Bacchus son which won the ram class earlier in the day. This one is out of a dam by Cairness Renovator which is sister to the dam of last year’s Shrewsbury champion.

Reserve overall was the second prize ram lamb from the same class from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock. He is a Baileys Brigadier The Second son out of a dam by Thurston Calzaghe. This one is Myfyr’s first in the catalogue, A12: 11:068 and goes back to a 6500gns Baileys ewe.

Taking the group of three class was Myfyr Evans with his trio, two Baileys BMW sons and one Baileys Brigadier The Second son (lots 143, 144 and 145). Second group of three went to Robbie Wilson, Strathisla, with one by Strathisla Sea Bird, another by Cairness Stockbroker and one by Glenhead Golden Phoenix (lots 153, 154 and 155). Third place here went to John Sinnett, Stockton, with a pair by Stockton Thriller The Second and one by Stockton Lad The Second (lots 92,94 and 96).

In the best Gigot class the winner was Stuart Davies, Beaufort, with a Glenhead Golden Phoenix son out of a dam by Strathisla Massa, this was LTD:11:016.

Second in this class was Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, with a Strathbeg Stan The Man son out of a dam by Glenho Gurka, and third was George Stuart, Birness, with a Rhaeadr Flash Harry son out of a dam by Castlewellan Crackshot.

Shrewsbury Suffolk sale judging results

By Jonathan Long on July 22, 2011 3:57 PM

Judging has been going well this afternoon at the National Suffolk Show and Sale at Shrewsbury and I’ve got a spy handily placed bringing me updates, so here are the results so far for those of you, like me, unable to get there this year.

Winning the single ram lamb class was Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, with his first lamb in the catalogue 33H:11:026. This is a Baileys Bacchus son out of a dam by Cairness Renovator which is sister to the dam of last year’s Shrewsbury champion.

Second in this class was Myfyr Evans with a Baileys Brigadier son out of a dam by Thurston Calzaghe. This one is Myfyr’s first in the catalogue, A12: 11:068 and goes back to a 6500gns Baileys ewe.

Third in this classs was George Stuart, Birness, with a Rhaeadr Flash Harry son out of dam by Castlewellan Crackshot. He is 1W:11:040 and goes back to Crosemanor Delboy.

In the recorded ram lamb class the winner was Willie Tait, Burnview, with T86:11:070, a Forkins Ferrari II son out a dam by Burnview Beamer which has grossed sons to 24,000gns so far. He has an index of 2.97.

Second to him was a Stockton Stardust son from Charles Procter, Conveth, with an index of 2.44, this one DYH:11:038 is out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher.

Third place in this class went to Roger and Michael Weaver, Perrinpit, with a son of homebred sire Perrinpit Lancelot, P50:11:059. He is out of a dam by Cairnton Champion and has an index of 2.81.

The shearling ram class saw Charles Harding and family take the top spot, with first place going to a Cairness Impact son, 239:N90. This one is out of a Perrinpit Pinacle daughter and has an index of 2.21.

Second to him was one from Sarah Hogarth. This was A12: N118, a ram bred by Myfyr Evans and sired by Baileys Brigadier the Second. He is out of a dam by Thurston Calzaghe.

Championship results to follow in due course…..

Kelso tup sales in het kort

By Jonathan Long on September 14, 2009 8:26 AM

Top call at Friday’s Kelso tup sales was a £12,000 bid for a Texel from Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston. It sold to Angus Kennedy, Mitchelhill and the Carruther family, Silloan.

(hutch)tex3267s.jpgNext best was a Bluefaced Leicster at £10,000. This one was from first time Kelso vendors John and George Browell, Hexham. Their champion from the pre-sale show is by a Firth tup and sold to John Kerr, Maybole.

(hutch)bfl574aS.jpgThen at £8000 was the best Suffolk of the day from Robbie Wilson, Turriff. This was a son of  Strahbeg Stan the Man and sold to Niall Walsh Co Laois, Eire.

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Overall the trade look’s like it reflected the confidence coming from the sheep sector on the back of good lamb prices so far this year. Averages were strong, and buyers were in a mood to invest in the best they could afford. Vendor of the largest run, Malcolm Stewart, Brotherstone, sold 85 Suffolk shearlings to level at £576, with the overall average for the 4185 rams traded finishing the day at £569.39, £111.83 up on last year.

Shearling averages; 57 Beltex £573.86, four Berrichon du Cher £430, 517 Bluefaced Leicester £677.21, 44 Border Leicester £599.09, 238 Charollais £446.34, four Dutch Texel £510, 17 Hampshire Down £304.71, 68 Lleyn £434.41, 10 Bleu du Maine £455, 66 North Country Cheviot £422.42, 10 Oxford Down £249, 499 Suffolk £569.50, 1187 Texel £608.58, six Vendeen £511.67.

Lamb averages; three Beltex £840, nine Berrrichon du Cher £283.33, 23 Bluefaced Leicester £517.39, 44 Charollais £371.82, 328 Suffolk £477.61, 91 Texel £373.63.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but more will hopefully follow later….

Suffolks sell to 20,000gns at Shrewsbury

By Jonathan Long on July 27, 2009 1:22 PM

Saturday’s National Show and Sale of Suffolks at Shrewsbury yielded a top call of 20,000gns for the pre-sale champion from Jimmy Douglas, Cairness. His sale leader was his first lot in the ring, a January-born smbryo-bred son of Cairness Just The Best out of a dam from the Whitestone flock  by Muiresk Zidane. Buying this one was fellow Aberdonian Charles Proctor for his Conveth flock.

Shrewsbury Suffoks 09 027.jpgNext best on the day was a 6200gns sale for one from Chris Holmes Rookery flock, Worcestershire. This one was a son of 11,000gns purchase Rhaedr Obsession out of a dam by Stockton Sky’s the Limit. He sold to Pamela Lupton for her Kexbeck flock.

Shrewsbury Suffoks 09 136.jpgFollowing closely behind this one at 6000gns was the best from John Sinnett’s Stockton flock. This triplet born lamb out of a dam by Cairness Impact was himself by Morris Les. He was taken home by the pre-sale show judge Ronnie Black, Collessie.

Shrewsbury Suffoks 09 188.jpgThen at 4000gns was the best from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, Turriff. This one, which was in the first prize pen of three is an embryo bred son of 2008 sire of the year Strathisla Speed out of a dam by Strathisla Shirocco which was full brother to 14,000gns sale Strathisla Schumacher. Digging deep to secure this one was Victoria Snowdon, Devon.

Chris Holmes was back in the money next, taking 3500gns for a Stockton Temptation son. His mid-January born entry is out of the same Muiresk Farewell-sired dam as Rookery Jamaica Brother which sold to Belgium in 2007 for 3400gns and sold with an index of 2.36 to Viv Samuel.

Iain Barbour, Solwaybank, was late in the sale, but that didn’t deter buyers from hanging on to claim his best on offer, with Andrea Neil paying 3400gns for a son of 32,000gns sire Solwaybank Special One. He was out of a dam by Stockton Savannah which in turn is out of a Muiresk Powerpacker sired dam.

And at 3200gns was another from Rookery, this time a Stockton Temptation son out of a dam by Haddon Double Diamond. Going back to Muiresk McKelvey on his dam’s side and with an index of 2.17 he sold to Mr Laing, Derbyshire.

A brace then sold at 3000gns, the first of which was from Jonathan Hayward’s Flodden flock, Northumberland. This was a son of last year’s pre-sale show champion Sitlow Centurion out of a Pennan Playboy-sired dam and stood reserve champion at the Border Suffolk Club Show earlier in the year. He headed home with Charles Harding for his Bentley flock.

The other at this money was the best from the Park family, Drinkstone, Hawick. With what is believed to be the largest index ever recorded in the UK, this one is a son of Cockleby First Mate and out of  a ewe by Drinkstone Elite Supersire 06, which traces back to Drinkstone Supersire 2003. He was claimed by J S Dunn, Borders.

Topping the shearling ewes at 1000gns was the pre-sale female champion from John Sinnett. This was a  Gaval George daughter out of a Crosemanor Jubilee King sired dam and sold to Messrs Freeman, Northants. He also lead the shearling tup trade when he sold a Stockton Jackpot son for the same money. Out of a dam by Strathisla Scorpion he was taken by A Rowlands, Wales.

Overall the auctioneers report a very solid trade including a strong commercial demand resulting in an overall clearance of 84%.

Average; 140 ram lambs £1075 (J Straker Chadwick and Sons with Halls).

Edinburgh sale newsreport

Rhaedar lambs score success at Edinburgh Suffolk sale

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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

Suffolks reach 32,000gns at Edinburgh

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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.

Robbie Wilson splashes the cash

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Strathisla’s Robbie Wilson has been spending some of the earnings he netted earlier in the day, making a 15,000gns bid for Gary Beacom’s best lamb, a Shannagh Shergar son out of a Strathisla Kingsway daughter from Mr Beacom’s Lakeview flock, Co Fermanagh.

Cairness Suffolks take 20,000gns Belgian bid

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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.

TS Lot 77blog.JPGA 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.

Strathisla Suffolk champion nets 25,000gns call

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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.

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…

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…

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.

TS 6157blog.JPGI’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.

Scrapie could pass via ewes’ milk

14/04/2008 13:30:00
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Scrapie infected ewes may be able to pass the disease to their offspring via colostrum and milk, according to new research published last week by BioMed Central.

According to the results of the study, undertaken by researchers at the Vet Labs Agency, Weybridge, lambs can pick up cellular prion protein (PrP) – the pre-cursor to scrapie infection – from their scrapie affected mothers’ milk.

<!– document.write('’); //–> Eighteen lambs with the most susceptible scrapie genotype, VRQ/VRQ, were fed milk from 12 scrapie affected ewes of the same genotype and 15 VRQ/VRQ sheep reared on scrapie-free dams served as controls.

Three of the lambs fed milk from scrapie-affected ewes were culled due to disease at 43, 44 and 105 days old resectively and PrP was detected in the distal ileum (short gut) of two of the lambs.

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Meanwhile, a control lamb, housed in a separate pen and culled at 38 days old was also negative for PRP in a range of tissues.

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Subsequently recto-anal mucosa associated lymphoid tissue was collected from the remaining 15 live lambs at seven months old and all these were positive for PrP, while similar samples taken from lambs fed milk from scrapie-free dams were all free of PrP.

Early signs of lateral transmission were also detected in two of five control group lambs mixed with the trial lambs. However, no PrP was found in the control lambs kept entirely separate from the trial lambs, but housed in the same building.

However, it is not clear if any of the animals showing presence of PrP from milk transmission would go on to develop clinical disease.

by Jonathan Long (About this Author)

Scrapie could pass via ewes’ milk

Plan vaccinations to avoid bluetongue clash

Plan vaccinations to avoid bluetongue clash
21/03/2008 15:00:00
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Sheep farmers should plan to undertake routine vaccinations as soon as possible to avoid clashing with bluetongue vaccination once it arrives, according to manufacturer Intervet.

The first doses of bluetongue vaccine are likely to be available from vets in the middle of May for farms in the protection zone, explains the company’s Rosemary Booth.

“Thereafter, further deliveries will be at varying times over the summer and many farmers may not know when they will be able to use the vaccine until the last minute.

“Because the bluetongue vaccine should not be used at the same time as any other vaccine, it makes sense to get any other vaccinations out of the way as early as possible.

“Vaccinating lambs against pasteurella and clostridial diseases requires two ddoses, the first at no less than three weeks old and the second 4-6 weeks later. The second dose is essential if lambs are to acquire the required level of immunity. Delaying vaccination could lead to potential conflicts if bluetongue vaccine arrives between the two dosing dates.”

Also, Ms Booth suggests providing lambs with maximum immunity to other diseases before they may be subjected to challenge by the bluetongue virus. “The better immunity a lamb has against a range of other bacteria, the better its chances are of surviving a bluetongue challenge.”

by Jonathan Long (About this Author)

Plan vaccinations to avoid bluetongue clash