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Suffolk sale yields 25% over 1,000gns

A top price of 8,000gns and an average of £884 yielded a best hope, for the Suffolk Sheep Society’s National sale, from a difficult situation as Bluetongue restriction zones continued to wreak havoc on free marketing of pedigree Suffolks.Joint auctioneer of the sale on Saturday, August 9, Lyndon Trumper of Straker Chadwick, acknowledges: “The Welsh zone situation was a big loss. With the sale at Shrewsbury, so close to the Welsh borders we were missing both commercial and pedigree men from Wales, and indeed there was a notable absence of buyers from north of the Scottish border.

“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

A top price of 8,000gns and an average of £884 yielded a best hope, for the Suffolk Sheep Society’s National sale, from a difficult situation as Bluetongue restriction zones continued to wreak havoc on free marketing of pedigree Suffolks.

Joint auctioneer of the sale on Saturday, August 9, Lyndon Trumper of Straker Chadwick, acknowledges: “The Welsh zone situation was a big loss. With the sale at Shrewsbury, so close to the Welsh borders we were missing both commercial and pedigree men from Wales, and indeed there was a notable absence of buyers from north of the Scottish border.

“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).

Sale averages:

Shearling rams £513 (11); Ram lambs £884 (80).

Top averages: S J Buckley, Sitlow £2,468 (5) 8,000gns top; K & L Mair, Deveronside, £1,916 (4) 2,800gns; Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, £1,496 (4) 2,400gns; J K & I Evans, Plasllewelyn, £1,057 (3) 2,500gns; Ross Lawerence, Roundacre, £990 (4) 2,000gns; R H Wilson, Strathisla, £971 (6) 2,400gns; T C & C A Harding, Bentley, £829.50 (5) 1100gns; T S Cox, Tomcroft, £767 (6) 1,100gns; C J Holmes, Rookery, £696 (4) 1,100gns; G L Stuart, Birness £692 (5) 1,600gns; A E Weaver, Perrinpit, £648 (3) 1,000gns; M Davies & Sons, Safaddan, £424 (5) 750gns.

Show results (judge Charles Harding, Society President)

Shearling ewe: J K & I Evans, Plasllewelyn, Conwy; 2, J K & I Evans.

Ewe lamb: J K & I Evans.

Shearling ram: Messrs P & R Belcher, Tibberton, Newport; 2 J K & I Evans; 3 Messrs P & R Belcher.

Signet recorded ram lamb: S J Buckley, Sitlow, Derbyshire; 2, K & L Mair, Deveronside, Aberdeenshire; 3, Messrs A E Weaver & Son, Perrinpit, Glos. 4, T S Cox, Tomcroft, Staffordshir
e; 5, John Key, Midhope, Sheffield; 6, J K & I Evans.

Ram lamb: George L Stuart, Birness, Aberdeenshire; 2, K & L Mair; 3, C J Holmes, Rookery, Worcestershire; 4, Messrs M & J Pinny, Alloaks, Northants; 5, T S Cox; 6, Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, Devon.

Pen of three ram lambs: K & L Mair; 2, Robert Wilson, Strahisla, Aberdeenshire; 3, T S Cox; 4, Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, Denbighshire; 5, Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan, Powys; 6, S J Buckley.

Best gigot: R H Wilson; 2, Ross Lawrence; 3, T S Cox.

Young breeder: T S Cox; 2, N Hulme, Crosemanor, Shropshire; 3, J & T Evans, Brodyr, Conwy.

Young handler: T S Cox; 2, N Hulme; 3, K Mair, Deveronside.

Female champion: J K & I Evans (ewe lamb); reserve champion, J K & I Evans. (shearling ewe).

Breed and male champion: S J Buckley; reserve breed and male champion: K & L Mair.

Western Area champion: Messrs P & R Belcher; 2, A E Weaver & Son; 3 Myfyr Evans; 4, C J Holmes; 5, Ross Lawrence