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Lambing 2013

Finally, I found some time to make a new post on this Blog. We had a good lambing so far. Very fine lambs out of Rhaeadr Ring a Ding, Ortum Fortnum, Ortum Starlight Express, Sitlow Stavanger, Ewebank Eurostorm, Ortum Nadal, Specop Sumo and ‘good old’ Bentley Jabulani. We will have many lambs, shearlings and ewes for sale in the coming months.


Carlisle Female sale to 8000 gns

Today’s production sale form Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock of Suffolks topped at 8000gns for a gimmer by Cairness Cylone. This one, 33H 11 101 is out of a dam by Muiresk King of Diamonds and goes back to the great breeding Muiresk Rainbow Quest. This ET sister to Cairness Custom sold in-lamb to Cairness Diamond Jubilee, a homebred tup lamb which Jimmy regards as one of the best he’s ever bred. She was claimed by Gary Beacom, Northern Ireland.

Following that in the Cairness run was a ewe by Cairness Achievement 33H N14. She is out of a dam by Whitestone Warrior and sold carrying lambs to Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet. Buying her was Gordon Troup, Aberdeenshire.

And at 2600gns Jimmy then sold another ewe, this time 33H L67, a Cairness Just the Best daughter out of a dam by Muiresk Zidane. In-lamb to Bailesy Streets Ahead and a full ET sister to Cairness Achievement, she was bought by E Williams, Yyns, Monmouthshire.

Then making 2100gns and selling to Sandy Fraser was a gimmer by Cairness Caius, 33H 11 016. This one is out of a dam by Cairness Coldplay and goes back to Muiresk Manat. She was sold in-lamb to Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet.

In the draft from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock the top call was a bid of 4500gns for a gimmer by Strathisla Sea Bird, FNV 11 135. She is out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher and is in-lamb to Rookery Rooney. Taking this one back across the water was Mark Priestley for the Limestone flock.

Another gimmer from Robbie then sold at 3000gns to the Soulsby family, with this one being FNV 11 077. Sired by Cairness Kaos she is out of a dam by Schumacher and was in-lamb to Forkins Figo.

At 2800gns came a bid from Messrs Wilson, Kelton, Castle Douglas for a gimmer by Glenhead Golden Phoenix and out of a dam by Strathisla Seabird. This one, FNV 11 117, is in-lamb to Strathisla Stifler.

Robbie then took 2600gns from Mark Priestley for a Sea Bird daughter out of a dam by Stathisla Speed which is ET sister to Schumacher. She is in-lamb to Stifler too.

Ross Lawrence then bid 2000gns for a Kaos daughter, FNV 11 052. She is out of a dam by Speed and was sold in-lamb to Forkins Figo.

Best from John Sinnett’s Stockton offering was a ewe lamb at 4000gns which sold to Jimmy Douglas. This one, 72H 12 1649, is by Conchar PR and out of a dam by Cairness Impact.

And topping Gordon Troup’s Whitestone draft was another heading back to Cairness. This was a gimmer, L25 11 006, by Cairness Liam and out of a Kings High and Mighty daughter. She sold in-lamb to Cairness Diamond Jubilee.

Averages: Cairness – 13 ewes £1190 and 32 gimmers £1038. Strathisla – seven ewes £769 and 21 gimmers £1524. Stockton – 12 ewe lambs £818. Whitestone – nine gimmers £940.

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.

Ardlea Dispersal

By Jonathan Long: Yesterday’s dispersal of Dan Tynan’s Ardlea flock of Suffolks, prompted by flock manager Pat Greaney’s impending move to the UK, saw prices hit a high of €6500gns for stock tup Burnview B52. This one, bred by Willie Tait, is by Cairness Liam and out of a dam by Baileys Invincible. He sold for export to Belgium with Claude Van Wijnsberghe.

Leading the female prices at €5000gns was a Forkins bred ewe by Cairness Kinane. This one, ADR L16, is out of a dam by Cairness Scholes and is dam of the flock’s top ram lamb at Kelso this time round which sold for £4800. She sold in-lamb to Burnview B52 and joined Steven Suffren.

Next best at €3800gns was another of the flock ewes, the dam of 90,000gns breed record holder Ardlea Arbennig. This was 33H L30, a daughter of Cairness Golddust out of a dam by Cairness Save The Day. Again in lamb to B52 she sold to Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, the purchaser of Arbennig.

Following her at €3500gns was the leading ewe lamb of the sale, PNS 12 028, a Whitestone Footprint daughter out of a dam by Strathisla Sea Bird. She sold to Norman Robinson.

And making €2900gns was a gimmer by Pexhill Real Lucky. This was PNS 11 024, out of a dam by Whitestone Warrior she sold in lamb to B52 and was claimed by Ashley Borthwick, Ayrshire.

Another gimmer then traded at €2500gns, with this one being PNS 11 011, a Baileys Bachus daughter out of a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi. She sold in-lamb to B52 and was bought by Martin Butler.

Recipients carrying embryos peaked at €1000gns when selling to Calude Van Wijnsberghe.

Best call in the productions sales also held on the same day was a €2500 sale from the Wilson family to Jim Gant, with one from Arthur O’Keefe at €2000 to Chris Holmes, Rookery. Full details on this to follow in due course.

Ardlea averages; 19 ewes €1500, 23 gimmers €1124, 21 ewe lambs €876, 13 recipients carrying embryos €724.

Kelso takes suffolks to 8000 gns

Today’s 175th staging of the Kelso tup sales is currently topping at £8000 for a Suffolk tup from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock. Myfyr’s sale leader is a ram lamb by the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig out of a dam by Baileys Briagadier II. This one is twin to an 18,000gns lamb from Stirling earlier this year.

Taking a £4800 bid was a Suffolk from Dan Tynan’s Ardlea flock under the stewardship of Pat Greaney. This one is by Ardlea Alonso and out of a Forkins dam by Cairness K9.

Then at £4800 is a Texel from the Clark family’s Garngour flock. This one is by Garngour Rio and out of a dam by Courthill Lewis and sold to Paul Slater, Cheshire.

A pair have sold at £4000, with both of these being Suffolks. The first was another Ardlea Arbennig son from Myfyr Evans. This one is out of a dam by Thurston Calzage.

The other at this money was one from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock. This is a son of 13,000gns sire Forkins Figo out of a 7200gns Lakeview dam. His brother sold at Stirling for 12,000gns.

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Stirling Sale report

The champion from yesterday’s pre-sale show at Stirling has led the trade this afternoon at 28,000gns. This was Robbie Wilson’s first lamb in, FNV 12:090, a son of Rookery Rooney and out of a dam by Lakeview Leeroy. He sold in a three way split to Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill, Chris and Sally Holmes, Rookery, and Iain and Judith Barbour, Solwaybank.

Next best at 20,000gns was one from George Stuart’s Birness flock, 1W 12:044 (lot 164), a son of Rhaeadr Giggsy out of a dam by Rhaeadr Flash Harry. This one was knocked down to Patrick Donnelly, Donrho.

At 18,000gns was Myfyr Evans’ last lamb in (lot 201). This son of Ardlea Arbennig, the 90,000gns breed record holder, is out of a dam by Baileys Brigadier the Second. He sold in a four way split, with equal shares in this lamb taken by Robbie Wilson, Strathisla, Mark Priestley, Limestone, Patrick Grant and the Suffern family.

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Stirling Show results

A ram lamb by 23,000gns sire Rookery Rooney has taken the top ticket in the pre-sale show of Suffolks at Stirling today, with the lamb coming from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock.

This lamb, FNV 12:090 (lot 132) is out of a dam by Lakeview Leeroy and goes back to Glenho Gurka, with his grand dam being a full sister to 14,00gns tup Strathisla Schumacher. This lamb was I believe reserve breed champion at the Royal Highland last month.

Reserve championship honours today were taken by Gary Beacom’s lamb JFF 12:140 (lot 114) from  his Lakeview flock. This one is by Cairness Cyclone, the  26,000gns National Sale champion in 2010. He has previously been male and reserve overall champion at Lurgan and is out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and goes back to Baileys Barracuda.

Winning the recorded ram lamb class was Willie Tait’s lamb T86 12:060 from the Burnview floc (lot 89). Sired by Cairness Liam he is out of a dam by Castleisle Impact and goes back to Burnview Beamer. He sells tomorrow with an index of 3.28 and is just one of 29 recorded lambs catalogued from an overall entry of 247. Second to him was Jim Fleming with a lamb from the Hallhill flock, 35N 12:030. This is by Forkins Favourite and out of a dam by Cairness Direct Line, while in third was Antony Glaves with his lamb M17 12:002, a Cairness Carbon son out of a dam by Tomcroft Fusion.

The open ram lamb class was won by the overall champion from Robbie Wilson, with Gary Beacom’s lamb second in this class.

The group of three class  was taken by Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, with lots 152, 153 and 157 these being two lambs by Cairness Cyclone and one by Whitestone Footprint.Second here was Robbie Wilson with lambs by Forkins Figo (lots 133, 134 and 137), while third was George Stuart with lambs by Ardlea Champion and Meikleson Square Up (lots 165, 166 and 171)

In the Elite Commercial ram lamb class the winner was George Stuart’s lamb 1W 12:039 (lot 167). He is sired by Lakeview Irish Cream and out of a dam by Cairness Bondi.Second here was G J Christie’s lamb from the Balquhain flock PDN 12:003. This one is by Strathisla Sea Bird and out of a dam by Glenhead Golden Phoenix. Third in this class was clinched by Alistair Gault’s first lamb in tomorrow, AOR 12:027. This is by Ardlea Alonso and out of a dam by Cairness Scholes.

And taking the award for the best lamb from the Northern Area was the overall champion, with reserve honours here going to Jimmy Douglas with his first lamb from the prize winning group of three 33H 12:021. This one is by Cairness Cyclone and out of a dam by Whitestone Warrior which was bought for 4000gns last November.

Shrewsbury National Sale results

By farming eye:

The champion from the pre-sale show, Jimmy Douglas’ Middlemuir Messi son has sold at 17,000gns, with the buyer believed to be the Robinson family, Northern Ireland. This was 33H 12:135 out of a dam by Muiresk King of Diamonds.

Selling at 8500gns was Robbie Wilson’s first of the day FNV 12:036, a son of Forkins Figo ET bred out of a Strathisla Schumacher daughter who’s dam as champion at the Highland in 2003 and 2004. Messrs Soulsby, Cumbria, bought this one.


A little earlier at 7000gns was another Messi son from Cairness, 33H 12:062. He is out of a dam by Cairness Achievement. Buying him was Jim Fleming, Halhill.

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Roscrea sell to 3100 gns

Today’s opening Suffolk sale of the season at Roscrea, Eire, saw a top call of E3100gns paid for the day’s male and overall champion, an Errigal Simply the Best son,  78A:022, from the Wilson family’s Shannagh flock. This one is out of a dam by Bailey Big Brother.

Second best of the day at E2700gns was another from the Shannagh flock and again by Simply the Best. This was 78A:12029 an ET bred lamb that is full brother to the sale leader.

Then making E2600gns was John Doherty’s best lamb of the day, a Clyda Cascada son from his Malinhead flock. This was CFN 12047 out of a dam by Lakeview Bart.

Fourth best of the sale was a E2500gns bid for the winner of the recorded ram lamb class, 88J 12009, a Cionn-Mhalanna D Best son from Mary and Mark Grealy. This one is out of a dam by Castlewellan Challenger and sold to the day’s judge John Christie, Stirling, for his Westcarse flock.

Following that at E2200gns was the reserve overall champion, another from the Shannagh flock, 78A 120020. This son of 20,000gns Cairness Achievement is out of a dam by Strathisla Dylan Thomas and goes back to a Castlewellan ewe by Birness First Choice.

At E2000gns was the winner of the novice ram class from the Deane family’s Mountford flock. This was PBO 12004, a son of Cairness Achievement out of a dam by noted sire Muiresk King of Diamonds. He was passed unsold in the ring at E1900gns, but sold later after some negotiations.

Herbert Stanley sold a lamb at the same money, with this one being 401 12028, a Burnview Top Flight son out of a dam by Conveth Caramello.

Top call in the females on offer was a E1200gns sale for the winner of the shearling ewe class and the day’s female champion, an Aughnakeeragh Captain daughter from the Knockogan flock of Micahel and James O’Connell. She is out of a dam by Castleisle Livewire.

Northern Area Show and sale Catalogue (Stirling) 2012