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Berichten over de National Sale in Shrewsbury

A packed ringside resulting in a cracking trade for our first main Suffolk sale of 2010.  Of the 236 lots entered, forty one animals made four figure sums with two further lots making over 10,000gns. 

Top price of 26,000gns was paid for the Champion ram lamb presented by J Douglas.  After some furious bidding this Cairness Achievement son was knocked down to Gary Beacom for use in the Lakeview flock, N Ireland.

The second highest price of 13,500gns was paid to  G Biddulph.  The Pexhill flock ended the day with an average of 3,914gns for five sold. 

TA Irwin and Sons from Devon had the third highest price when A Wilson and J Gibb paid 8,200gns to secure a Cairness Carbon son.  The Kings flock sold four lambs to average 2,770gns. 

WH Sinnet’s Stockton flock was one of the largest vendors with twelve tremendous lambs.  Their consistency was matched with some furious bidding.  With a top call of 8,000gns for the reserve champion John went on to average 2,112gns.

RH Wilson also secured a 8,000gn bid for a Glenhead Golden Phoenix son.  The Strathisla flock had a complete clearance of their nine lambs to average 2,244gns. 

Performance recorded stock were also in demand by both pedigree and commercial customers.  The Bentley flock secured a top price of 5,200gns from M Prince and R Garner for an animal at the top of the breed percentiles.  The Harding family sold six to average 1,970gns. 

The best from G Owen’s Morris flock was 4,800gns for a Plasllewelyn Pirate son.  Five lambs on offer were sold to average 1,626gns. 

S&L Buckley’s sold a Roundacre Raceway lamb for 4,000gns.  The Sitlow flock ended the day with five sold to average 1,232gns.

M Evans Rhaeadr flock secured a top call of 3,600gns for a Baileys Brigadier the Second son.  Myfyr’s eight lambs sold to average 1,226gns. 

The Midhope flock of John Key also had a cracking trade for Signet performance recorded stock.  With prices at 3,000gn and 2,600 John ended the day with an average of 1,232gns for five sold. 

A few more updates have come my way from Shrewsbury today including the sale of the reserve champion, a single ram lamb (lot 126) from John Sinnett, Worcs. By Stockton Thriller the Second, this one is out of a ewe by Gaval George and goes back to Crosemanor Jubilee King and sold for 8000gns and sold to a consortium of breeders led by Tom Cox, Staffs.

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 126.jpgNext at the same money was one of the best from Robbie Wilson, Turriff. By Glenhead Golden Pheonix, who was purchased for 12,000gns last year, this embryo-bred lamb is out of a ewe by Glenho Gurkha and sold to G Christie, Inverurie.

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 159.jpgAnother from Robbie, this time, a lamb by Strathisla Speedson out of a ewe by Bawnogue Blazing, sold for 5500gns. This one is full brother to Strathisla Obama, sold for 10,000gns.

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 164.jpgNearing the end, the last of the big money lambs was the first from Gary Owen, Anglessey. By Plaslliwelyn Pirate, this one is out of a ewe by Muiresk Zidane and sold for 4800gns. Buyer here was A and S Gray, Lanarkshire

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Yesterday’s Suffolk champion from Shrewsbury is currently topping trade at 26,000gns. From Jimmy Douglas, Fraserburgh, this single lamb is by Cariness Acheivement and is out of a dam by Cairness Renovator who goes back to Muiresk Manat. This one heads to Gary Beacom, Co Fermanagh for his Lakeview flock

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 79.jpgPrior to that sale Robin Irwin, Devon, sold a single from their Kings flock for 8200gns. This one is by Cairness Carbon and is out of a ewe by Davishill The Crown and sold to Angus O Wilson for his Glenhead flock.

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Early reports from the Suffolk sale at Shrewsbury are that trade is currently topping at 13,5000gns for a ram lamb (lot 50) from Geoff Biddulph’s Pexhill flock, Cheshire. This twin lamb is by Cairness Achievement who was champion lamb at the national sale in 2009 and sold for 20,000gns. Buyer here was Jimmy Douglas.

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 50.jpgThe dam is by Stockton Sky’s the Limit who sold at the 2005 Pexhill sale to Cairness for 2000gns and was later re-purchased last year.

The only other news I have is from early on in the ram lamb running when Steve Buckley, Derbyshire, sold a single by Roundacre Raceway out of a Perrinpit High Peak-sired ewe. This one went at 4000gns to Lilburn Estates, Wooler, Northumberland.

TS Suffolk Shrew Lot 18.jpgLater on in proceedings, a twin lamb from Tom and Charles Harding’s Bentley flock has sold for 5200gns. This one is by Drinkstone Elite Supersire and is out of a dam by Drinkstone Supersire and was knocked down to M Prince, Derbyshire and Messrs Garner and Son, Lincolnshire.  

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Nieuwe UK rammen zijn aangekomen

UK trip 2010

Untitled 0 00 13-04Op 27 mei ben ik naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk afgereisd. Ik heb daar 7 Suffolk fokkers bezocht. Om te beginnen ben ik naar Charles en Jan Harding gegaan om hun Bentley kudde te bezoeken. Charles had het goed voor elkaar. Vooral oersterke jaarling rammen uit zijn Cockelby ooien.

Daarna doorgereden naar Sitlow. In het Peak district houden Steven en Louise Buckley hun prachtige kudde op 300 meter boven zeeniveau. De lammeren waren een lust voor het oog. De schapen worden heel commercieel gehouden. Wat mij vooral opviel was dat het allemaal uniforme en ‘schone’ dieren zijn. Pikzwarte koppen met mooi satijnzacht glanzend zwart haar, onbewolde poten en kop. Sitlow is meer een showfokkerij met traditionele bloedlijnen. Afgelopen jaar is evenwel ook een Tomcroft ram met een hoge index ingezet. Daar liepen nog een paar mooie jaarlingen van.

Van het Peak district de volgende dag naar mijn vriend Richard Garner van Ortum. Richard heeft nog steeds dé kudde met de hoogste index van de UK. Dit jaar had hij lammeren van Ortum Leo die goed werk heeft geleverd. Zware lammeren die hun groei niet krijgen van overmatig hardvoer maar het vooral ook op ruwvoer moeten doen. Samen zijn we doorgereden naar Northumberland en Schotland.

Overnacht bij Alan en Lorna Jackson op Rugley farm en daar de kudde Texels and Suffolks bekeken. Zij hebben ook nog een kudde van 230 zoogkoeien. Alles op de ‘performance’ toer. De lammeren hadden zwaar te lijden gehad van een zware storm die begin april Schotland teisterde. Alan was niet zo tevreden als eerdere jaren.

De volgende morgen naar Hans Porksen. Een Duitser die al decennia in Engeland woont en werkt. Hoogleraar op een agrarische opleiding geweest en een van de voorvechters van de indexfokkerij. Op zijn farm houdt hij vijf schapenrassen om daarmee op ieder niveau gebruikskruisingen te kunnen maken. De hill sheep (scottisch blackface) worden gekruist met een Blue-faced Leicester. De lammeren daarvan (mules) kruist hij met een Suffolk ram en de ooilammeren daarvan worden weer gekruist met een Engelse texelaar. Vooral de mule/suffolk kruising is een prachtige commerciële ooi.

Daarna snel naar mijn vrienden John en Arnold Park op hun farm Drinkstone. Rammen van vorig jaar van hun Franse hoog index ram (waanzinnig grote rammen) en een mooi koppel ramShrewsbury Suffoks 09 072lammeren van de het index kanon Drinkstone Heavy Weight.  Deze Cockleby First Mate zoon heeft een index van maar liefst 6.56 en fokt rammen met een onvoorstelbare mooie bespiering. Hij is eigendom van Irene Fowlie (Essie) en ook zij was erg tevreden met haar lammeren. De vitaliteit van de lammeren viel vooral op. Geen enkel lam hoefde bij geboorte en het zuigen geholpen te worden.

En last but not least, Sandyknowe. een van de grootste fokkers van de UK met 450 suffolkooien. Puur commercieel. Alle ooien lammeren in maart/april Dit jaar zelfs een koppel van 100 buiten in het veld zonder enige hulp en maar 3 lammeren verloren. Malcom Stewart liet ons een veld zien van 60 hectare! waarin hij 160 jaarling suffolkrammen had lopen samen met nog 100 texelaars en Llyns. Zo imponerend heb ik nog nooit een kudde gezien. Wat een massa en wat een kracht. Echt om jaloers op te worden.

Het was dus een enerverende en leerzame reis. En weer thuis…… helemaal niet zo ontevreden met wat ik hier hebt lopen!

Suffolk Webcommunity

Vandaag hoorde ik van Ning. Ning is een mogelijkheid om eenvoudig een ‘ community’ op te richten zodat je met een aantal mensen met wie je een interesse of hobby deelt je ervaringen en gedachten kan delen. Bij mij kwam meteen op dat het wel heel aardig zou zijn om met Suffolk Schapen fokkers zo iets op te zetten. Dus maar meteen de stoute schoenen aangetrokken. En zie hier!


Visit Suffolk Schapen Community

Op deze webcommunity zijn alle suffolk enthousiastelingen van harte welkom. Ik hoop dat het een mogelijkheid gaat bieden om ervaringen te delen, gegevens uit te wisselen en elkaar te inspireren bij het fokken van Suffolkschapen. Het is voor iedereen erg eenvoudig om op deze website je eigen pagina te maken, vragen te stellen of die van anderen te beantwoorden, een weblog bij te houden en foto’s en video’s te plaatsen. Uiteraard is het ook een mooie mogelijkheid om elkaar op de hoogte te houden van komende evenementen.

Ik roep dus iedere Suffolkfokker op om een bijdrage te leveren! Volgens mij kan het best ‘fun’ worden! Ik ben benieuwd of het wat wordt.

Dus meld je aan en draag bij!

Lammeren selecteren op vitaliteit

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Naast de selectie op karkaskwaliteit (scannen, wegen en meten) en de selectie op staart lengte doe ik ook mee aan het bijhouden van de lammervitaliteit (lamb vigour scoring) zoals de Suffolk Society daar een programma voor heeft ontwikkeld. Het  selecteren op geboortegemak en vitale lammeren is relatief eenvoudig en je hebt er zoveel voordeel  van.

Lammergemak wordt vooral bepaald door de moeder maar de vitaliteit van lammeren door de vader. Vaders die dus als lam meteen stonden en zelfstandig gingen drinken hebben een veel grotere kans dat ook op hun lammeren over te erven. Daarnaast heb ik de overtuiging dat zware lammeeren (meer dan 6 kilo) en almmeeren van vette ooien meer moeite hebben om op te starten. Ik heb nu wat lichtere lammeern (ca 5 kilo) en dat helpt volgens mij. Dus ik heb de ooien niet al te zwaar gevoerd in de laatste maanden van de dracht en vooral veel goed ruwvoer gegeven. 

Maar daarnaast dus ook een selectie op vitalteit.  Hoe gaat het in zijn werk:

De volgende scores (van 0 tot 4 worden bijgehouden:

Lambing assistance score

0 No assistance

1 Ewe examined but not lambed/ewe lambed for management purposes only

2 Ewe assisted – easy lambing, minor assistance required

3 Ewe assisted – difficult lambing (i.e. hard pull, trick manipulation etc), serious assistance

required

4 Vet’s assistance required (inc Caesarean)

Vigour score (recorded 10 minutes after birth)

0 Extremely active and vigorous lamb, has been or is standing on all 4 feet

1 Very active and vigorous lamb, standing on back legs and on knees

2 Active and vigorous lamb, on chest and holding head up

3 Weak lamb, lying flat, able to hold head up

4 Very weak lamb, unable to lift head, little movement

Sucking assistance score

0 Lamb sucking well without assistance within 1 hour

1 Lamb sucking well without assistance within 2 hours

2 Lamb given sucking assistance / tubed once in first 24 hours after birth

3 Lamb given sucking assistance, tubed twice or more, needing help after 1 day old, but able to

suck by 3 days old

4 Lamb still needing help to suck when more than 3 days old

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Table 1. Details of scores recorded

Lambing assistance score

0 1 2 3 4 No assistance Ewe examined but not lambed/ewe lambed for management purposes only Ewe assisted %E

Uitbreiding E-familie met Bawnogue ooien

truehill2Op de veiling van de True Hill fokkerij heb ik twee mooie Bawnogue ooien gekocht. Het zijn ooien die Hildert van Eck in 2006 als lam geïmporteerd heeft uit Ierland. Forse brede en vooral lange ooien die een goede aanvulling vormen op mijn E familie (Essie type ooien). Deze familie gebruik ik om goed “type” in de dieren te houden Uiteraard heb ik bij aankoop gekeken naar de Suffolk Index (BASCO) en naar de duurzaamheid van de ooien (er liepen nogal wat ooienmet een kapot uier…). Ik ben erg gelukkig met mijn aankoop. De ooien zijn drachtig van TrueHill Harrisson. Een ram uit Engelse ouders met een redelijke index. De lammeren kunnen dus ook zo ingeschreven worden in het Flockbook van de Suffolk Sheep Society.

Hier zijn de pedigrees en EBV’s van de ooien terug te vinden: 401: H47 en 401:H112

Hayward Championship Four-Timer at Skipton Suffolk Highlight

05/08/08

A fourth supreme championship success was achieved by the Northumberland-based Flodden flock of Jonathon Hayward at the 34th annual Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society’s pedigree show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Aug 2)

Jonathon Hayward’s stock manager Jim Irving with the Skipton Suffolk champion, joined by show judge Janice Broughton.

Skipton Suffolk champion

Mr Hayward, of East Learmouth, Cornhill-on-Tweed, landed top honours with his class-winning ram lamb and male champion, one of January-born triplets by the Bentley Bond-sired Hallhill Hudson, acquired for 2,000 guineas at Edinburgh last year.

Both the dam and grand dam were home-bred, the latter – by Strathisla Supreme Champion – winning supreme honours at the 2003 Border Suffolk Club Show and a half sister to the female champion at the Northumberland County Show in 2005.

Although the title winner, making its debut in the exhibition arena, remained unsold, Mr Hayward did find buyers for his first prize-winning pair of ram lambs, sold for 390 and 400 guineas respectively. Both were products of Flodden championship winners at the Border Suffolk Club and Northumberland County Shows.

The champion female and overall reserve supreme champion was another show debutante, the first prize-winning shearling ewe from North Yorkshire breeders Colin and Kathryn Milburn, of Low Moor Farm, Scagglethorpe, Malton.

The home-bred January, 2007, ewe, by the highly regarded Irish sire Glenho Sid, out of a Perrinpit Monarch dam, sold for 190 guineas to S Catermole, of Kirkham, Preston.

The Milburns’ Norton flock was also responsible for the first prize-winning ewe lamb and reserve female champion – another Glenho Sid daughter – which became the top-priced female when selling locally for 230 guineas to Jeremy Daggett, of Burnsall.

Joint top prices on the day at 600 guineas apiece were achieved by two entries from the Pexhill flock of Cheshire exhibitor Geoff Biddulph, of Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Macclefield.

Both were by the prolific Stockton Sky’s The Limit, who has sired many prize winners, including male, female and inter-breed champions at the Royal Show, along with the top-priced lamb at this year’s National Show at 15,000 guineas.

The first was an April, 2007, shearling ram sold to RS Kitson & Son, of Asenby, Thirsk, the second a ram lamb and full brother to the first prize ewe lamb, female and reserve champion at the 2007 Royal Show. It was bought by Suffolk breeders Mr and Mrs Lester Peel, of Greystone Farm, Over Silton, Thirsk.

Derbyshire breeders Steven and Louise Buckley, of Sittinglow Farm, Dove Holes, Buxton, show champions in both 2006 and 2007, sold their second prize ram lamb, the dam is a full sister to last year’s Skipton title winner, to another local buyer, Richard Close, of Starbottom, for 470 guineas.

The Buckleys’ Sitlow flock also presented the first prize untrimmed ram lamb and reserve male champion. The youngster, by the Irish National 2007 supreme champion Baileys Irish National, was acquired for 480 guineas by FA Broadwith, of Thornton Watlass, Ripon.

Show judge was Janice Broughton, of Melton Constable, Norfolk, a well-known and prolific winner in the Suffolk show world for some 30 years. She said: “Both the champion and reserve champion exhibited breed correctness, conformation and style.”

While entry numbers were down due to continuing Bluetongue restrictions, the fixture represented an improvement on last year, when, although the show went ahead as normal, the sale scheduled for the following day was a victim of the foot and mouth outbreak.

Prices: Shearling ewes sold to 190gns (av £160), ewe lambs to 230gns (£205), shearling rams to 600gns (£342), ram lambs to 600gns (£385).

Prize Awards: Shearling Ewe – 1 & champion female & reserve show champion C & K Milburn, Malton, 2, C & K Milburn, 3 Ian Park, Great Whittington. Ewe Lamb – 1 and reserve champion female C & K Milburn, 2 & 3 I Park. Shearling Ram – 1 Mr and Mrs L Peel, Thirsk, 2 & 3 G Biddulph, Macclesfield. Single Ram Lamb – 1 & champion male and supreme show champion JM Hayward, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 2 SJ Buckley, Buxton, 3 G Biddulph. Untrimmed Ram Lamb – 1 & reserve male champion SJ Buckley, 2 JM Hayward, 3 MJR & JA Pinny, Holcot, Northants. Pair of Ram Lambs – 1 JM Hayward, 2 MJR & JA Pinny, 3 WH Clubley & Son, Driffield.

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Hayward Championship Four-Timer at Skipton Suffolk Highlight

Suffolk sale yields 25% over 1,000gns

A top price of 8,000gns and an average of £884 yielded a best hope, for the Suffolk Sheep Society’s National sale, from a difficult situation as Bluetongue restriction zones continued to wreak havoc on free marketing of pedigree Suffolks.Joint auctioneer of the sale on Saturday, August 9, Lyndon Trumper of Straker Chadwick, acknowledges: “The Welsh zone situation was a big loss. With the sale at Shrewsbury, so close to the Welsh borders we were missing both commercial and pedigree men from Wales, and indeed there was a notable absence of buyers from north of the Scottish border.

“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 top price of 8,000gns and an average of £884 yielded a best hope, for the Suffolk Sheep Society’s National sale, from a difficult situation as Bluetongue restriction zones continued to wreak havoc on free marketing of pedigree Suffolks.

Joint auctioneer of the sale on Saturday, August 9, Lyndon Trumper of Straker Chadwick, acknowledges: “The Welsh zone situation was a big loss. With the sale at Shrewsbury, so close to the Welsh borders we were missing both commercial and pedigree men from Wales, and indeed there was a notable absence of buyers from north of the Scottish border.

“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).

Sale averages:

Shearling rams £513 (11); Ram lambs £884 (80).

Top averages: S J Buckley, Sitlow £2,468 (5) 8,000gns top; K & L Mair, Deveronside, £1,916 (4) 2,800gns; Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, £1,496 (4) 2,400gns; J K & I Evans, Plasllewelyn, £1,057 (3) 2,500gns; Ross Lawerence, Roundacre, £990 (4) 2,000gns; R H Wilson, Strathisla, £971 (6) 2,400gns; T C & C A Harding, Bentley, £829.50 (5) 1100gns; T S Cox, Tomcroft, £767 (6) 1,100gns; C J Holmes, Rookery, £696 (4) 1,100gns; G L Stuart, Birness £692 (5) 1,600gns; A E Weaver, Perrinpit, £648 (3) 1,000gns; M Davies & Sons, Safaddan, £424 (5) 750gns.

Show results (judge Charles Harding, Society President)

Shearling ewe: J K & I Evans, Plasllewelyn, Conwy; 2, J K & I Evans.

Ewe lamb: J K & I Evans.

Shearling ram: Messrs P & R Belcher, Tibberton, Newport; 2 J K & I Evans; 3 Messrs P & R Belcher.

Signet recorded ram lamb: S J Buckley, Sitlow, Derbyshire; 2, K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire; 3, Messrs A E Weaver & Son, Perrinpit, Glos. 4, T S Cox, Tomcroft, Staffordshir
e; 5, John Key, Midhope, Sheffield; 6, J K & I Evans.

Ram lamb: George L Stuart, Birness, Aberdeenshire; 2, K & L Mair; 3, C J Holmes, Rookery, Worcestershire; 4, Messrs M & J Pinny, Alloaks, Northants; 5, T S Cox; 6, Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, Devon.

Pen of three ram lambs: K & L Mair; 2, Robert Wilson, Strahisla, Aberdeenshire; 3, T S Cox; 4, Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, Denbighshire; 5, Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan, Powys; 6, S J Buckley.

Best gigot: R H Wilson; 2, Ross Lawrence; 3, T S Cox.

Young breeder: T S Cox; 2, N Hulme, Crosemanor, Shropshire; 3, J & T Evans, Brodyr, Conwy.

Young handler: T S Cox; 2, N Hulme; 3, K Mair, Deveronside.

Female champion: J K & I Evans (ewe lamb); reserve champion, J K & I Evans. (shearling ewe).

Breed and male champion: S J Buckley; reserve breed and male champion: K & L Mair.

Western Area champion: Messrs P & R Belcher; 2, A E Weaver & Son; 3 Myfyr Evans; 4, C J Holmes; 5, Ross Lawrence

Solwaybank ram tops Edinburgh Suffolk Society sale at 32,000gns

THERE was a top price of 32,000gns, a 70 per cent clearance and an average of £2,407 for 159 sold at the first Suffolk Sheep Society sale of the season held at Ingliston, Edinburgh.

Leading the trade was a ram lamb from the Solwaybank flock owned by 28-year-old Iain Barbour, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway. The ram is by Baileys Bugatti, out of a ewe by Glenhead Grandmaster and grand dam by Glenisla Grimaldi.

Top priced ram

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Top priced ram from Iain Barbour, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, which sold for 32,000gns .

Returned compliment

The buyer was Tom and Jeff Bailey, Co. Meath, Eire, and late in the sale Iain Barbour returned the compliment paying 5,000gns for a Baileys ram lamb by Rhaeadr Rossi.

Mr Barbour led a string of new and younger vendors, including Gary Beacom, Kesh, Co. Fermanagh, 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, Turiff, Aberdeenshire.

Selling three rams each Mr Barbour and Mr Beacom netted the highest averages, of £11,585 and £6,020, respectively, while Robbie Wilson nipped in a close third, averaging £5,973 on a powerful team of ten.

Mr Wilson sold two of the six five-figure rams sold. Firstly the 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.

The hammer fell at 25,000gns to Alfred and Norman Robinson, Benrafton, Co. Down. Mr Wilson sold a second Speed lamb, this time out of a dam by Bawnogue Blazing Star for 10,000gns to G. Stuart, Birness, and R.H. Black, Collesie, Fife.

Belgian buyer

Fourth on the averages and third highest price – 20,000gns – went to Jimmy Douglas, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, when Belgian buyer Claude Vanwijnsberghe, Waregem, 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 Mr Douglas averaged £4,625 on 11 sold, including two selling at 7,000gns.

The sale’s sixth five-figure ram selling at 11,000gns was from Myfyr Evans, Llanrhaeadr, Denbighshire.

His consignment of five also picked up the red ribbon in the pen of three class.

The 11,000gns ram was by Thurston Calzaghe and out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince of Wales and sold to father and daughter, Chris and Sally Holmes, Broadway, Worcestershire.

Also out of the pen of three came another ram by Calzaghe, realising 5,000gns selling 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.

The pace of the sale was set when two lots from the first consignment in the ring from C.A. Proctor and Co, Turriff, 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.

A second prize ram lamb from George Stuart’s Birness flock, Ellon, Aberdeenshire made 7,000gns. The ram by Castlewellan Eyecatcher was snapped up by John Campbell, Thrunton, Northumberland.

Auctioneers: United Auctions.

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Winning pen of three
Winning pen of three
Supreme champion
Supreme champion
20000gns ram from J Douglas
20000gns ram from J Douglas

Farmers Guardian – Solwaybank ram tops Edinburgh Suffolk Society sale at 32,000gns

Gene markers on test on Suffolk sheep – 09/07/2007 – FarmersWeekly

Gene markers on test on Suffolk sheep
09/07/2007 00:00:00
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Suffolk sheep breeders will be some of the first in the UK to benefit from gene markers developed in New Zealand for footrot tolerance and cold survival.

Speaking via a phone link at the Royal Show, Jon Hickford, of Lincoln University, New Zealand, told a briefing that by selecting for footrot tolerance it was possible to greatly reduce the time and money spent controlling and treating foot-rot, particularly vaccination and foot bathing chemical costs.

“New Zealand’s experience suggests savings of about £2 a head could be made. The New Zealand wool industry is predicted to make savings of about NZ$24m (£9m) in the next 10 years.”

Dr Hickford said the cold survival gene marker could identify sheep with vigour and those with the ability to thrive from birth. “Lambs are ranked on three scores – A, B and C – and the idea is to avoid breeding from animals scoring C, rather than forcefully breeding towards sheep scoring A and B.

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“A sheep with a C score is four times more likely to die of cold at birth than one scoring A,” he said. The test is linked to brown fat mobilisation at birth, as lambs who mobilise brown fat quicker are faster to get up and suck and thus have increased survival rates.

Suffolk Sheep Society commercial director Robyn Hulme said it was important for the breed to be at the forefront of such developments and ensure commercial ram buyers were given the chance to buy rams best equipped for their situations.

But MLC sheep and beef scientist Duncan Pullar said that, while the tests looked promising, it was essential to validate them under UK conditions before they were roled out on a wider scale.

Gene markers on test on Suffolk sheep – 09/07/2007 – FarmersWeekly