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A top call of 62,000gns was the highlight of last Friday’s sale of Suffolk tups at Edinburgh and with just four sales at 10,000gns and above it certainly wasn’t the highly charged sale seen in previous year’s at the venue.
Leading the sale was Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock, Aberdeenshire, with an ET bred son of Cairness Just the Best out of a Whitestone ewe which is dam to Mr Douglas’ stock sire Whitestone Warrior. This one is an ET brother to Mr Douglas’ 20,000gns sale topper at the breed’s Shrewsbury sale just week earlier, he sold to Iain and Judith Barbour for their Solwaybank and Ewebank flocks, respectively.
And Mr Douglas also took the next best call of the day a 20,000gns sale for a Cairness Golddust son. This one is out of a dam by Langside Lightening which is full sister to the stock tup Cairness Just The Best. He was bought by Harry Stewart, Northern Ireland, for his Castlewellan flock which is to be dispersed later this year. Then at 12,000gns was the best from Angus Wilson, Melrose. This was a Glenhead Black Diamond son out of a dam by Glenhead Glaramara which is full sister to 5000gns Glenhead Impreza. This one sold to Robbie Wilson for his Strathisla flock.
At 10,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show a Strathbeg Stan The Man son out of a dam by Strathisla Kingsway which has bred sons to 15,000gns. This one was from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, Turriff, Aberdeenshire and sold to the Mair family and Neil Benzie, both Aberdeenshire.
At 8000gns was the best from Eire-based breeders Tom and Jeff Bailey, a son on Cairness New Approach. This one is out a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi and goes back to Boreland Buddah on his dam’s side and sold to Myfyr Evans for his Rhaedr flock, Wales.
Also at this money was Judith Barbour’s top priced lamb, a son of her brother Iain’s sale topper from last year, Solwaybank Special One. This one is out of a full sister to Miss Barbour’s succesful show ewe from 2006, a Glenisla Grimaldi daughter which goes back to Muiresk Marci Marvellous and was taken home by Gerry Killilea, County Galway, Eire.
Following closely behind at 7500gns was another from the Bailey’s pen. This Cairness Kanine son is out of a dam by Cairness Thunder which goes back to the well known sire Stockton Almighty and also goes back to a Findowrie ewe, he was also bought by Mr Evans, Rhaeadr.
A brace then sold at 7000gns, with the both coming from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla entry. First up was a Lakeview Leeroy son out of a dam by Strathisla Shirrocco which is full ET sister to the top breeding sire Strathisla Schumacherwhich and goes back to a ewe bred in the late Gordon Wilson’s Glenisla flock. He was snapped up by John Christie for his West Carse flock, Stirling.
“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
Strathisla Suffolk Sheep Flock Open Day
One of the most successful and influential Suffolk sheep flocks from Aberdeenshire has won the Society’s top flock award completing a hat-trick of top achievements for 2007.
Robbie Wilson, of Strathisla is to be awarded the Suffolk Society’s Bristol Gold Cup, for the best flock in the UK. He will open his farm at North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on Thursday, November 1, when the champion flock can be viewed from 12 noon with prizes presented at 1.30pm.
Earlier this year Robbie took both the top price and top average at the Society’s two premier sales: At Edinburgh Strathisla sold to £48,000 with a recorded lamb and then at the National Show and Sale he won the championship, which sold for top price of £10,000. He also took the male and reserve breed champion at the Royal Highland.