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Hans Pörksen’s 3rd On-Farm High Index Sheep Sale

A large number of buyers gathered Friday, 31st August, 2012, at Gallowshill Farm, Cambo in Northumberland for Hans Pörksen’s ram sale.

Wallington Special Blend sold for £3,000.
He is pictured here with Julie Pörksen.

Wallington Special Blend

In addition to many previous customers, an encouraging number of new customers from as far afield as Herefordshire and Bedfordshire attended the sale, which was sponsored by veterinary practice Robson and Prescott, feed company Varley’s and fuel suppliers Par Petroleum.

The 60 rams on offer included 55 which qualified for the EBLEX Better Returns Programme Gold Award.

Topping the sale at £3,000 was the Texel shearling ram Wallington Special Blend with an index of 442. He is the 6th highest indexed ram in the Texel Signet 2012 Stock Ram List of all recorded Texels in the UK. He was purchased by Dave Sutherland of Hillhouse, Oxton, Lauder, whose shepherds were very impressed with his great stature and conformation.

Hans bought a half share back as he intends to use this ram again and collect and freeze semen. This ram has produced some outstanding progeny this year at Gallowshill.

Another four figure Texel ram went to Fiona and John Charlton of Middle Farm, Barrasford.

The Texel rams averaged £806.

Suffolk rams sold readily by Hexham Auction Mart’s
auctioneer Chris Armstrong

sale ring

Suffolk rams sold readily by Hexham Auction Mart’s auctioneer Chris Armstrong and topped at £1,100 twice. With an index of £5.02 a Suffolk went to GH Walton & Son of Greyside, Newbrough and another with an index of £4.25 went to A Newton of Parkview Farm Westgate. Other four figure rams went to North Lyham, Fairnley and Bonchester Bridge.

Suffolk shearling rams averaged £743 with a ram lamb indexed £4.83 going to Colmslie Hill.

Suffolk gimmers went to £400 selling to Rob Pratt of Breeding Vision Ltd.

Details of this year’s crop of lambs including their CT scans will shortly be appearing on the farm’s site at

Hans Pörksen says: “It is very encouraging that after nearly 30 years of selecting for vigour at lambing time, more lean meat and quicker finishing on the basis of detailed genetics sheep farmers appreciate the value of superior genetics which is permanent, cumulative and extremely cost effective.

All other sectors of the UK livestock industry have benefited from the value of superior genetics for some time. It’s now a reality that sheep farmers can increase their profits by using proven high index breeding stock.”

link Support Sheep in the Hills
link Chelford Beltex Rams Peak at 1,350gns
link Teiglum Lamb Tops Welsh National Texel Sale at 5500gns

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