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De eerste verkoop werd in Kelso gehouden in de Knowes (nu een parkeergarage) en wel in 1836 toen er een vereniging werd opgericht die optrad als scheidsrechter bij prive-verkopen. De eerste echte veiling werd in 1838 gehouden toen 120 rammen werden aangeboden tegen prijzen variërend van drie tot zes pond per stuk.
De volgende belangrijke datum was 1850 toen er een spoorlijn naar Kelso kwam, waarmee de weg voor “flockmasters” uit de regio werd geopend om op de Sales hun dieren te verkopen. In 1851 werden al 652 rammen aangeboden. In 1993 werd een omzet gerealiseerd van meer dan 2 miljoen pond. De aantallen zijn sinds 1999 geëgaliseerd toen er meer dan 600 rammen werden verkocht.
Er zijn tussen de vijf en zeshonderd afzenders uit alle hoeken van het Verenigd Koninkrijk en Ierland. In de laatste paar jaar zijn er ook rammen uitgevoerd naar Nederland, Duitsland en Ierland. Het is met recht de grootste en meest bekende rammenveiling in de wereld.
Ieder jaar worden er ook een heel aantal suffolkrammen aangeboden van de beste fokkerijen uit het Verenigd Konikrijk. Dit jaar is er aanbod van Sitlow, Strathisla, Essie, Cairness, Roseden, Drinkstone, Solwaybank en vele anderen.
De lijst van inzenders en hun dieren vindt u hier
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.
This 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).
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.
Next 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.
Another 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.
Nearing 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
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
Prior 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.
The 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.
Later 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.
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.
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.
Next 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.
Following 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.
Then 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).
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.
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.
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
20000gns ram from J Douglas