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At the National Sale in Shrewsbury on saturday july 20th we bought FHT: 13 044, a son of Solwaybank Skyfall out of a dam by Cairness Castello and going back to Solwaybank Stylemaster. This one heads across the North Sea and is bought in partnership with some Dutch friends, Suffolk Siero, Escobedo Suffolks from Spain as the flock of my Italian friend Fabrizio Arena.
All photo’s by Robert Smith:Suffolks win the Interbreed pairs with Sandy Fraser’s ewe lamb and Robert Wilson’s tup lamb
A greatly admired show of Suffolk sheep were presented at the Royal Highland Show which culminated in the Suffolks being awarded the Interbreed Pair Sheep Championship.
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Sandy Fraser won the overall breed championship with a ewe lamb and Robert Wilson’s ram lamb was awarded Reserve champion and Male Champion.
At Fearn Farm in north-east Scotland, the first mob of ewes has finished lambing and been turned out into bright spring weather – at least until recently.
But after a lull of 10 days or so, with time for a quick clear out and wash down of the sheds, the second bunch of arrivals has begun.
By harvest last year, more than 700 finished lambs had left Fearn for Woodhead Bros at Turriff, achieving carcass grades of U and R, and fat classes of 3L and 4H. Lambs were sold in batches every Tuesday, with payment following by bank transfer three days later.
On average, last year’s crop of finished lambs achieved £72.80 a head after deductions, contributing about £50,000 to farm income by early summer.
It is this aspect of regular income, before cereals and straw sales are realised, that is influencing John Scott’s thinking on extending his sheep enterprise to include a later-lambing, self-sufficient flock. Read More …