A rare opportunity to buy into one of the oldest and most successful
pedigree Suffolk flocks in the country is in the offing. The
adult portion of the Shropshire based Crosemanor flock, 109 females
and four stud rams is to be sold on Friday, November 17.
Robyn Hulme with the Crosmanor ewes – a rare opportunity
not only to purchase top quality bloodlines, but to buy into a
highly successful part of the breed’s history.
The flock was established by the late Stanley Hulme 54 years ago,
with ewes brought home on the train from Ipswich, in their native
county of Suffolk, to Shropshire.
Since then the Crosemanor track record has notched up numerous
nationally acclaimed championships and in the past 20 years alone
has registered 350 rams and sold 1,400 ewes – earning the
flock’s slogan “bred to breed.”
This month that slogan was endorsed when Tom Cox won the National
Flock championship, Gold Cup, a flock established just six years
ago, with Crosemanor females.
Crosemanor were also catalyst to the Edinburgh reserve champion
2004, Cairness Impact, which sold for 20,000gns; the Crosemanor
dam of this ram having been jointly purchased by Cairness and Castlewellan
at a previous reduction sale. Across the water Crosemanor rams
have taken the Irish Sire of the Year title on two occasions, the
latest being Crosemanor Ardri, 2002.
Says Robyn Hulme, who is commercial director to the Suffolk Sheep
Society, “It is after much soul searching that I have reluctantly
come to the conclusion that my ‘off-farm’ commitments
make it no longer practical for me to keep the Crosemanor flock
in its current entirety, however, looking to the future the 2006
ewe lamb crop will be transferred to my sons.”
The sale takes place at Ellesmere, Shropshire commencing 1pm, more
information from auctioneers Straker Chadwick & Sons, T: 01873
852 624 and John Swan 01835 822 214
The sale comprises 82 ewes 27 gimmers and 4 stock rams.
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