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A fourth supreme championship success was achieved by the Northumberland-based Flodden flock of Jonathon Hayward at the 34th annual Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society’s pedigree show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Aug 2)
Mr Hayward, of East Learmouth, Cornhill-on-Tweed, landed top honours with his class-winning ram lamb and male champion, one of January-born triplets by the Bentley Bond-sired Hallhill Hudson, acquired for 2,000 guineas at Edinburgh last year.
Both the dam and grand dam were home-bred, the latter – by Strathisla Supreme Champion – winning supreme honours at the 2003 Border Suffolk Club Show and a half sister to the female champion at the Northumberland County Show in 2005.
Although the title winner, making its debut in the exhibition arena, remained unsold, Mr Hayward did find buyers for his first prize-winning pair of ram lambs, sold for 390 and 400 guineas respectively. Both were products of Flodden championship winners at the Border Suffolk Club and Northumberland County Shows.
The champion female and overall reserve supreme champion was another show debutante, the first prize-winning shearling ewe from North Yorkshire breeders Colin and Kathryn Milburn, of Low Moor Farm, Scagglethorpe, Malton.
The home-bred January, 2007, ewe, by the highly regarded Irish sire Glenho Sid, out of a Perrinpit Monarch dam, sold for 190 guineas to S Catermole, of Kirkham, Preston.
The Milburns’ Norton flock was also responsible for the first prize-winning ewe lamb and reserve female champion – another Glenho Sid daughter – which became the top-priced female when selling locally for 230 guineas to Jeremy Daggett, of Burnsall.
Joint top prices on the day at 600 guineas apiece were achieved by two entries from the Pexhill flock of Cheshire exhibitor Geoff Biddulph, of Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Macclefield.
Both were by the prolific Stockton Sky’s The Limit, who has sired many prize winners, including male, female and inter-breed champions at the Royal Show, along with the top-priced lamb at this year’s National Show at 15,000 guineas.
The first was an April, 2007, shearling ram sold to RS Kitson & Son, of Asenby, Thirsk, the second a ram lamb and full brother to the first prize ewe lamb, female and reserve champion at the 2007 Royal Show. It was bought by Suffolk breeders Mr and Mrs Lester Peel, of Greystone Farm, Over Silton, Thirsk.
Derbyshire breeders Steven and Louise Buckley, of Sittinglow Farm, Dove Holes, Buxton, show champions in both 2006 and 2007, sold their second prize ram lamb, the dam is a full sister to last year’s Skipton title winner, to another local buyer, Richard Close, of Starbottom, for 470 guineas.
The Buckleys’ Sitlow flock also presented the first prize untrimmed ram lamb and reserve male champion. The youngster, by the Irish National 2007 supreme champion Baileys Irish National, was acquired for 480 guineas by FA Broadwith, of Thornton Watlass, Ripon.
Show judge was Janice Broughton, of Melton Constable, Norfolk, a well-known and prolific winner in the Suffolk show world for some 30 years. She said: “Both the champion and reserve champion exhibited breed correctness, conformation and style.”
While entry numbers were down due to continuing Bluetongue restrictions, the fixture represented an improvement on last year, when, although the show went ahead as normal, the sale scheduled for the following day was a victim of the foot and mouth outbreak.
Prices: Shearling ewes sold to 190gns (av £160), ewe lambs to 230gns (£205), shearling rams to 600gns (£342), ram lambs to 600gns (£385).
Prize Awards: Shearling Ewe – 1 & champion female & reserve show champion C & K Milburn, Malton, 2, C & K Milburn, 3 Ian Park, Great Whittington. Ewe Lamb – 1 and reserve champion female C & K Milburn, 2 & 3 I Park. Shearling Ram – 1 Mr and Mrs L Peel, Thirsk, 2 & 3 G Biddulph, Macclesfield. Single Ram Lamb – 1 & champion male and supreme show champion JM Hayward, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 2 SJ Buckley, Buxton, 3 G Biddulph. Untrimmed Ram Lamb – 1 & reserve male champion SJ Buckley, 2 JM Hayward, 3 MJR & JA Pinny, Holcot, Northants. Pair of Ram Lambs – 1 JM Hayward, 2 MJR & JA Pinny, 3 WH Clubley & Son, Driffield.
“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.