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Female Suffolk sales/ Ooien Veilingen

Het seizoen voor de ooien veiling staat voor de deur. Hierbij een lijstje van de aangekondigde veilingen

Saturday 30th October

The annual production sale for G Beacom (Lakeview) and S&W Tait (Burnview) will be held at Dungannon mart.  The sale starts at 1.30pm and will include 74 in lamb ewes and 8 ewe lambs.

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Saturday 30th October

Dispersal sale of Manorhouse and Craven Flocks for David and John Calvert at Skipton mart.  The sale will include 67 ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs.  Four rams and two ram lambs will also be sold.  Contact 07831485590 or 01829262120 for more information.

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Monday 1st November

The annual in lamb female sale for the NI Branch will be held at Ballymena mart. The sale will start at 7pm and will include 101 in lamb ewes and ewe lambs. Contact R McMullan +44 (0) 7703209945 for more information.

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Friday 5th November

Collective in lamb Suffolk sale at Carlisle mart.

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Saturday 6th November

Collective sale of 80 in lamb ewes from A&S O’Keeffe (Annakisha and Clyda Flocks), S&S Gahan (Barrowlands), A&R Wilson (Castleisle and Shannagh Flocks) and A Collins (Cragroe).  The sale will be held at Blessington mart starting at 12.30pm.  Contact Jim Gahan for more information +353 (0) 87 6356808

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Saturday 6th November

Annual Beeston Female Sale.

SUFFOLK SHEEP : THE 9th “WRIGHT MANLEY AUTUMN COLLECTION” Show & Sale of In-lamb Ewes and Gimmers and Ewe Lambs at Beeston Castle Auction, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire. (Sponsored by Farmers Guardian) Address: CW6 9NZ

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Photo report from Kelso

Here’s a brief report by Jonathan Long from Friday’s tup sale at Kelso, more details will follow in due course.

Selling for £4800, a new Kelso record for a Suffolk shearling was one from Thrunton, this was a Strathisla Black and Gold son and sold to Mike Davis. (hutch)2965s thrunton 4800.jpgBest in the Suffolk ram lambs was a £4200 call for one from the Benzies, Meikleson. This was a Strathisla Speed son.(hutch)2944bS miekleson 4200.jpg
Taking the top call of the day at £10,000 were Peter and Lynn Gray with a Texel shearling from their Scrogtonhead flock. This one is a son of Douganhill Monarch, Scrogtonhead Power House. He sold to Jack Arnott, Haymount and the Campbell family, Thrunton.(hutch)3333s scrogtonhead 10.000.jpgSelling at £7000 was another Texel shearling, this time on from Douganhill Farms which sold to Fraser Beard, Carlisle.Kelso Texel 7000 douganhill.jpgFollowing that at £6000 was one fromAlesx Gray, which sold to Lilburn Estates. This was a Clydeside Oscar son.(hutch)3379s gray 6000.jpgTop call in the Bluefaced Leicesters on offer was a £7000 call for one from Firth. (hutch)bfl304s firsth.jpgThen making £5500 was a Blueface from Dreva. (hutch)272bS dreva 5500.jpgIn the Border Leicesters, the breed which used to dominate the sales, the top call was a £3000 bid for one from John Jeffries, Kersnowe.(hutch)28s - jeffries BL 3000.jpgMaking £1800 was a Beltex two shear tup from Mary Dunlop, Corstane.(hutch)728s corstane.jpg More to follow in due course…..

And selling at £1200 was a Beltex shearling from Gavin Shanks, Inveresk.(hutch)667s inveresk 1200.jpg

Report Edinburgh Suffolk Sale 2010

By Jonathan Long and Suffolk Sheep Society.

The 2010 Edinburgh sale had a 69% clearance rate.  This year’s sale grossed £235,384 and averaged £1,929.38 for 122 ram lambs sold. 20,000gns was the top price paid to S Buckley’s, Sitlow flock, for a Cairness Carbon son who had stood reserve the previous day.  R Wilson, Strathisla, who judged this year’s sale was the final bidder with a third going to CA Proctor’s Conveth flock.  Sitlow had the highest average of the day of £6,720 for four lambs sold.

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The second highest price of 18,000gns was paid by the Robinson family from N Ireland for a Strathisla Sea Bird son.  This was the first lamb in a pen of nine from R Wilson.  The Strathisla flock went on to average £4,635.

S&W Tait had the third highest average on the day of £3,754 for five lambs sold.  The Burnview flock had a top call of 6,000gns selling to Mrs RH Goldie’s Harpercroft flock.

JG Douglas had won the overall Champion by a lamb from the 1st place group of three.  This lamb by Baileys Bacchus was sold for 5,000gn.  However, it was the Cairness lamb by Fyvie Classic that had been placed third in the single ram class that obtained their highest price of 10,000gns.  Overall J Douglas ended the day to average £3,022 for nine lambs sold.

The Rhaeadr flock of M Evans from Wales received the third highest price of 12,000gns from the Barbour family from Annan.  This ram lamb is a son of Baileys BMW who has won the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows in 2010.  This was the icing on the cake for Myfyr who had a complete clearance of his eight lambs to average £3,137.

The fifth highest price of 9,000gns was paid to CA Proctor and Co.  The Conveth flock ended the day with an average of £2,373 for five lambs sold.

Mark Priestley, Limestone flock, received 7,000gns for a Strathisla Stoner son selling to B Nicholson.

The Middlemuir flock of Pat Machray received a top call of 5,00gns for a Cairness Stockbroker son.  Pat had one of his best days to go home with an average of £2,153 for his three lambs sold.

K&L Mair, Deveronside had a top price of 6,000gns for a Strathisla Sea Bird son.  This well fleshed lamb was finally knocked down in a joint purchase to C Holmes, Rookery flock and M Weaver, Perrinpit flock.  The Rookery flock also paid 5,500gns for an outstanding lamb from A Knox, Haddo flock

Last week’s sale of Suffolk ram lambs at Edinburgh failed to produce the sparky trade of previous years, with the average falling by more than £200 on the year and 30 fewer lambs finding new homes.

Traditionally the dearest sale for the breed, this year it only managed a top price of 20,000gns, some 6000gns short of the best achieved at the previous week’s National sale at Shrewsbury, with a number of the best prices paid by flockmasters dispersing their flocks later this year.

Taking the top call was the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, a Cairn ess Carbon son out of a dam by Strathisla Sinatra, which was also dam of last year’s champion from Shrewsbury. Bred by Steven and Louise Buckley, Derbyshire, this one was bought in a two way split by the event’s judge Robbie Wilson and Charles and Kevin Proctor.


Next best was an 18,000gns bid for the best from Mr Wilson’s own Strathisla flock. This was a son of last year’s Edinburgh champion Strathisla Sea Bird and is out of a dam by Glenho Gurka, which is herself full sister to 48,000gns sire Strathisla Dylan Thomas. Buying this one were Northern Irish breeders Alfred and Norman Robinson, Co Down.


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And then at 12,000gns was the best of the day from Myfyr Evans Rhaeadr flock, Denbigh. Taking this price was a son of this year’s Reserve interbreed from the Royal Highland, Baileys BMW. Out of a ewe by Cairness First Flight, he was knocked down to Iain Barbour for his Solwaybank flock, Annan.


TS Edinburgh Lot 138.jpgThen, making 10,000gns was Jimmy Douglas with a lamb from his Cairness offering. This one, a Fyvie Classic son is out of a dam by Cragoe Craftsman. The only lamb by Classic this year, he sold to a brace of buyers, H P Sleigh and Sons for their Wells flock which will be dispersed later this year and Gordon Troup for his Whitestone flock.


TS Edinburgh Lot 144.jpgSelling at 9000gns was a Cairness Achievement son from the Proctor family’s Conveth flock. This triplet lamb is out of a dam by Castlewellan Nutcracker and sold with an index of 2.23. Taking this one home were a duo of Northumbrian buyers, Hugh Annett and Sons, Morpeth and Colin Campbell and Sons, Alnwick.


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Following that sale at 7000gns was the top sale for Northern Irish consignor Mark Priestley of the Limestone flock. His best was a Strathisla Stoner sired lamb ET bred out of a dam by Castlewellan Tonto which has bred lambs to 7500gns previously. This one sold to Shetland-based Bryden Nicholson for his Innfield flock, another flock due to be dispersed later in the year.


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Two then sold at the next best price of 6000gns with the first being a Baileys Headstart son out of a dam by Burnview Beamer from Willie Tait. Selling with an index of 3.28, he was first prize ram lamb at Balmoral show and sold to Helen Goldie, Dundonald.


TS Edinburgh Lot 56.jpgThe second at this money was a son of Strathisla Sea Bird from Barclay and Lucy Mair, Turriff. He is out of a dam by Meikleson Impression and was bought by Chris Holmes for the Rookery flock.


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Champion was a Baileys Bacchus sired lamb from Jimmy Douglas out of  a dam by Cairness Renovator which is in turn out of a Glenisla ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s flock.

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Average; 122 ram lambs £1929.38 (Lawrie and Symington).

Flodden Dispersal Sale

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ring shot WEB SIZE.jpgThe dispersal of John Laing’s Flodden Suffolk flock at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, saw one of the flock’s stock rams top trade at 2600gns.
Sale leader was the December 2008-born Rookery Reiver. Originally purchased from Shrewsbury last year for 3400gns, this twin male is by Stockton Temtation and is out of a ewe by Haddo Double Diamond and goes back to Muiresk McKelvey. He sold at 2600gs to B and E Stonard, Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Second top price came from the best of the shearling gimmers. At 2400gns I Barbour, Annan, Dumfriesshire, bought a ewe by Conveth Kolossos out of a homebred ewe by Pennan Playboy going back to Glenho Morning Glory.

Flodden Lot 114 on farm WEB SIZE.jpgThis ewe has stood first prize at the Border Club Show this year.

Next at 1750gns was another of the shearling gimmers, this time a single-born daughter of Sitlow Centurion. Out of a homebred ewe by Flodden Braveheart, this gimmer stood first as a ewe lamb at the Border Club Show last year and second as a gimmer this year. Buyer was E Wilkie, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.

And at 1500gns was yet another gimmer, a single-born ewe by Conveth Kolosson out of a dam by Flodden Braveheart going back to Glenisla Ivanhoe. This one was knocked down to M W Waycott, Ashburthon, Devon.

Leading trade in the older ewes at 1450gns was the homebred 2007 born ewe by Kings Romeo out of a homebred ewe by Glenho Morning Glory. Buyer here was Carnwath, South Lanarkshire-based J J Tooze.

Pick of the ram lambs was an embryo-bred lamb by the flock’s stock tup Rookery Reiver out of a homebred ewe by Pennan Playboy. This one sold at 1250gns to I Spedding, Bishop Aukland, County Durham.

Averages: 84 ewes £431.88; 39 shearling gimmers £669.31; 54 ewe lambs £315.19; 2 stock rams £1706.25; 16 ram lambs £600.47 (Harrison and Hetherington).

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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Sale starts…. Specop Suffolks straks op reis? Europe here they come!

In de afgelopen weken heb ik veel belangstelling gehad voor de schapen.800px-Flag_of_Hungary Heel wat mensen willen al een fokram voor komend seizoen vastleggen 370px-Flag_of_Denmarkof hun belangstelling uitspreken voor vrouwelijk fokmateriaal.

Opvallend veel belangstelling is er uit het buitenland. Zoals ik al eerder schreef hebben we eind 2009 een paar schapen naar Denemarken verkocht. Ze hebben daar allemaal keurig hun lammeren ter wereld gebracht. Ik begreep dat ze ook in Denemarken nu heel serieus bezig zijn met de index-fokkerij.

Eind vorig jaar was er al serieuze belangstelling uit Hongarije. Ik ben benieuwd of ze het transport kunnen regelen want dat is vooral het probleem.750px-Flag_of_Spain

In maart komen een paar Duitsers en een delegatie uit Spanje op bezoek. De Spanjaarden zijn op zoek naar 15 ooien en een ram. Ook een Italiaanse collega fokker was op zoek naar rammen met 800px-Flag_of_Germanyeen hoge index en wil er wel 2 hebben.

Dit lijkt allemaal al heel wat maar van Yvette van Koelen begreep ik dat zij nu doende is een transport naar Iran! voor te bereiden. De schapen gaan dan (uiteraard) met het vliegtuig!

Maar niet te vroeg gejuigd, eerst moeten de lammeren nog maar goed groot worden en dat blijft een hele kunst. Door de kou toch wat probleempjes in de stal. Twee ooien lichte uierontsteking. Een paar lammeren met zere bekjes, bevroren leidingen etc. En dan nog maar afwachten of de belangstelling zich ook wel vertaalt in kopers…

De 800px-Flag_of_Hungaryprijs is overigens niet echt een probleem. In het buitenland liggen de prijzen veel hoger en is men ook gewoon reëel in de kosten van het fokken van een goed schaap dat met alle papieren, gezondheidstatus en overige toeters en bellen wordt afgeleverd.  Niet van die flauwe grappen van sufferds die op het 800px-Flag_of_Iranantwoord dat je voor een goede ram toch echt 200 euro vraagt, reageren  ‘dan krijg ik er zeker twee hè?’. Nee, dan die Duitser die 450 “Billig” noemde. Maar ik hou me gewoon aan mijn gematigd prijssysteem. Ik wil dat dit jaar wat meer vorm geven zodat iedereen in een prijscategorie kan vinden wat bij zijn/haar portemonnee past. Dit systeem leerde ik in Engeland dit jaar. Maar daar schrijf ik nog over in een volgend bericht.

Cairness tops Carlisle Suffolk sale (Taking Stock)

Cairness tops Carlisle Suffolk sale (Taking Stock):

Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, has topped today’s Suffolk trade at Carlisle with 5000gns sale for the day’s pre-sale show champion.

By Cairness Just the Best, this lamb is out of a ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s Strathisla flock.

More details and pictures to follow later”

Stong lamb entry at Ashford Market (Taking Stock)

Stong lamb entry at Ashford Market
A good entry of lambs for Ashford Market’s first Friday sale of the season saw several pens of prime lambs on offer as well as strong store prices. The best stores went at about £38 a head, while medium sorts went to £34 to £36. A pen of smart Texel lambs topped store trade at £41.50 from Hugh and Pauline Skinner while Suffolk x Mules made £40.90 from I T Henshaw and Suffolk x Romney’s were up to £38.80 a head from M J Ashworth. Texel crosses topped at £38 from A A Palmar and Son.

Finished lambs topped at £49.90 from A A Palmar and Son, £49.50 from J M and H J Stuart-Smith, £47.20 from M J Ashworth, £46.80 from Peter Wickham and £46.50 from J E C Farrant (Hobbs Parker).

Stong lamb entry at Ashford Market (Taking Stock)

Stathisla lamb takes Edinburgh Suffolk championship

The Taking Stock team has now hit Edinburgh and arrived in time to take a look at the Suffolk tup lambs penned for sale tomorrow before hitting the bar. Suffice to say after the drive from Builth to Carlisle last night and on here today we feel we’ve earned a beer and will be making sure we sample a full range in the interests of quality assurance!

I can report that Robbie Wilson of Strathisla took the championship with the same tup lamb he won the Highland with. To my mind the lamb is a touch short in the loin and lacks some flesh on top, but it’s only my opinion and the general concensus is that he’s the best lamb in the shed. I’m not going to try and predict a price, but the mood up at the showground was bouyant and I sense all is set well for a fair sale tomorrow.

Standing reserve was a lamb from Willie Tait’s Burnview flock from Northern Ireland and I’m probably less keen on this sheep than I am the champion, but again I’m sure the big money spenders will be in action fighting for him tomorrow.

I’m minded to say that Conveth have a strong entry of lambs and being the first pen in the sale they may not be too dear either. A lot of their entry are by Strathisla Schumacher, so they have good lines behind them and were I in the market I may just be tempted, now where did I leave that cheque book?!

We’ll be live at the ringside tomorrow