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By Jonathan Long
Saturday’s Suffolk sale at Roscrea was a Strathisla Stoner-sired ram lamb from Wm J and R Wilson’s Shannagh flock. This one is out of a dam by Cragroe Craftsman and goes back to Muiresk King of Diamonds on his dam’s side. He sold to Northern Ireland to join Willie Tait’s Burnview flock.
Second best at E10,000gns was a twin brother to the new 90,000gns breed record holder from Dan Tynan. This Cairness Liam son is out of a dam by Cairness Golddust and sold to join Jimmy Douglas and Charles Procter in Aberdeenshire.
Making E5000gns was another heading to the same joint buyers. This was the overall champion from the pre-sale show from Martin Butler’s Castlewood flock. Sired by Cairness New Approach this one is out of a dam by Rhaeadr Rossi goes back to Glenisla Sydney.
The at E3400gns was another lamb heading to Scotland, this time to join Gordon Mackie. Heading back with Mr Mackie was the best from Andrew Wilson’s Castleisle flock, a Strathisla Dylan Thomas son out of a Castlewellan Nutcracker daughter.
And making E3200gns was a Cairness Ciaus son from Tom and Jeff Bailey. He had been in the first prize group of three and is out of a dam by Davishill Dambuster.
Selling for E2900gns was another by the same sire from the same home. This one is out of a dam by Cairness Kanine dam. and another Baileys lamb then sold at E2800gns, having also been in the first prize group. He is by former breed record holder Stockton Almighty and out of a dam by Lagside Looks the Part.
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).
Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock put itself on the map again earlier with a top sale of 11,000gns for his first entry, a Thurston Calzaghe sired lamb out of a dam by Plasllewelyn Prince Of Wales. This one sold to Chris Holmes for his Rookery flock.
Next top for Myfyr was an 8000gns call from Hazel Martindale for a Baileys Blockbuster son out of a Whitestone Washington sired dam.
In at 5000gns was an Isle of Man buyer claiming another Calzaghe son, this time out of a Cairness First Flight daughter. A 4800gns bid secured the fourth best price for Rhaeadr, when another Calzaghe son went under the auctioneer’s gavel
Bidding went crazy a few moments ago when Iain Barbour entered then ring with his Solwaybank entries.
Irish breeder Tom Bailey was determined to take home the first lamb from Solwaybank and held of a fierce bidding challenge to take home the Baileys Bugatti sired lamb at today’s top price so far of 32,000gns.
Shortly afterwards, the reserve champion lamb from the Northern Area from George Stuart, Birness, made 7000gns. This is a son of Castlewellan Eyecatcher and out of a dam by Auchrinraith A-One.
Moments before the 32,000gns sale, young Mark Priestley from Northern Ireland sod his best lamb to Mr Stuart for 7500gns. This was a Cairness Destiny son out of a ewe by Castlewellan Tonto.
Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock has collected the second top call of the day with a 20,000gns bid coming from Claude Vanwijnsberge for the first lamb in the ring from the flock. By Cairness Renovator and out of a Stockton Stardust daughter, this one now heads for Belgium.
A brace of 7000gns bids were next top bids for the Cairness entry, the first from Sandy Fraser of the Hazeltree flock and the second from a Sleigh and Troop partnership bid for a Whitestone Warrior son.
Mr Douglas also took a 6500gns bid for another Warrior son, this time from Ronnie Black Collessie.
Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla ram lamb which stood champion in the pre-sale show yesterday has just taken the day’s top call so far, earning a 25,000gns bid from Mr Robinson, Northern Ireland.
The Campbell family of Thrunton, Alnwick have just claimed Gordon Mackie’s best lamb by Thurston Chieftan at 2000gns on a trade which has slowed markedly after the flying start given by the Conveth pen. No doubt it will take off…
There is a palpable buzz building around the building here in Edinburgh with just over half an hour to go before the sale kicks into action. I’ve not heard many rumours yet this morning of where the big money will…
Thrunton take best Drimmie lamb
The Campbell family of Thrunton, Alnwick have just claimed Gordon Mackie’s best lamb by Thurston Chieftan at 2000gns on a trade which has slowed markedly after the flying start given by the Conveth pen. No doubt it will take off again later, but David Leggat is working hard for his commission at the moment
Conveth pen sparks of Edinburgh Suffolk trade in style
The first pen of sheep offered through the ring at the Suffolk sale at Edinburgh from Charles Proctor’s Conveth pen has certainly lived up to expectations with a raft of four figure bids coming from the ringside to claim the best of them.
Going at 5000gns was the second sheep sold, a son of the now legendary sire Strathisla Schumacher and out of a dam by Castlewellan Nutcracker.
And not to be outdone was the third entry, a Deveronside Whistleblower son, this one also made 5000gns when selling to Mr Leggat (not the auctioneer).
Next up at 4000gns was the fourth lamb in, another Schumacher son out of a Roseden Rock Star sired dam. This one went to Mr Walsh of Ireland.
Buzz is building arond Edinburgh Suffolks
There is a palpable buzz building around the building here in Edinburgh with just over half an hour to go before the sale kicks into action.
I’ve not heard many rumours yet this morning of where the big money will be spent, but suffice to say I can sense several five figure bids coming later in the day. With both Tom Bailey’s and Angus Wilson late in the sale there could be a splurge of spending towards the end of trading.
We’ll be keeping you up to date with the sale throughout the day, so come back later for more news from our ringsdie vantage point.