2014-07-28   facebooktwitterrss

Confidence in the Suffolk

Suffolk ram lambs met a fierce demand at the Northern Area Sale, Stirling, on Friday (25 July), with prices hitting 20,000gns three times and the average rising by £366.09 on the previous year's sale.

Strong bidding from the very start of the sale resulted in an overall average of £2237.97 for 145 lambs sold. Speaking after the sale Suffolk Sheep Society chief executive Lewis McLinton said it was obvious buyers were looking for a modern type with good carcases, tops and fleshing ability without excessive head and bone.

The first lamb to hit 20,000gns was FHT:14:00822 from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock

FHT:14:00822 - the first lamb to hit 20,000gns from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock

Auctioneer George Purves from United Auctions added “It was a very good show of sheep with strength and depth. Trade was strong for good sheep throughout the sale and held up right to the end.”

The first lamb to hit 20,000gns was FHT:14:00822 from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock. Sired by Solwaybank Thunderball he is bred from a dam by Rhaeadr Rastafari and his grand dam is a full sister to the Royal and Great Yorkshire Show winner JOD:F16. The successful bidder was Paul Delves from Powys who is returning to the breed.

Next to reach this mark was the first prize open ram lamb winner 33H:14:01873 from the Cairness flock of Jimmy Douglas. This Baileys Rock Solid sired lamb is out of a dam by Cairness Cyclone that is an ET sister to Cairness Custom Made and maternal sister to the 17,000gns Cairness Diamond Geezer, National Sale champion 2012. He was knocked down to Patrick Donnelly for his Donrho flock and Alfred and Norman Robinson for their Benrafton flock, both Northern Ireland.

Jim Innes’ pre-sale champion SUT:14:00848 from the Strathbogie flock also sold for 20,000gns. This Ballynacanon Commander son is out of a Deveronside bred dam by Strathbeg Stan The Man that was purchased for 3600gns, she was first as a ewe lamb and a gimmer at the Royal Highland Show. He also heads across to Northern Ireland, finding a new home with Gary Beacom's Lakeview flock, with a share sold to Bryden Nicholson, Knock Farm, Duns.

At 19,000gns was Jimmy Young’s sixth prize lamb from the open class K14:14:00892 from the Muirton flock. Sired by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher he is out of a dam by Deveronside Mountroyal. He sold in a four way split to Jim Innes, Strathbogie, Mark Priestley, Limestone, Mary Julia Cornish, Mardle and Robbie Wilson.

Three lambs sold at 10,000gns with AAZ:14:00260, Pat Machray’s third prize open lamb the first to make this price. This Cairness MI5 son is out of a Roundacre Rockstar sired dam going back to the same line as Middlemuir Winston and Glenisla Grimaldi. He was purchased in a two way split by George Stuart, Birness and Jimmy Douglas, Cairness.

Mark Priestley’s KPC:14:00457 from the Limestone flock was next at this money, he is by Strathisla Spielberg and out of a dam by Limestone To-Tal, a maternal sister to the 2013 Stirling champion that sold for 4800gns. He heads to County Down with Joe Stewart.

Further on in the sale Oliver Deane sold PBO:14:00570 from his Mountford flock. This son of the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations is out of a dam by Ardlea Arkle that was purchased for 4000gns from the Cairness Sale last year. Alistair Gault and Dennis Taylor purchased him for their Forkins and Ballynacanon flocks, with this one again heading to Northern Ireland.

Gary Beacom then recouped some of his outlay when selling two lambs from the Lakeview flock at 7000gns each. The first in was JFF:14:01215, a Malinhead Ice Cold Gold son out of a Cairness Cyclone sired ewe that was purchased from Cairness for 8000gns. He stood second in the open class in the pre-sale show and was male champion at Balmoral Show. He sold to Sean O’Connor, Southern Ireland.

Making the same money was JFF:14:01205, a Solwaybank Major son that was part of the second prize pen of three. He is bred from a Shannagh Shergar dam that is an ET sister to the 15,000gns Lakeview Leeroy and a 4800gns gimmer that sold in 2012. His grand dam was reserve champion at Balmoral, champion at the Northern Ireland championship and Female of the Year. He heads to Orkney with Keith Hourston, Didcot.

Alistair Gault was next in the money with AOR:14:01210 making 6000gns to Gavin and Scott Brown, Capielaw, Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, and Mike Waycott, Longridge. This son of the 12,000gns Birness Bacardi is out of a dam by Cairness Kanine that was shown as a ewe lamb and gimmer.

At 5500gns was 1W:14:01173 the first lamb in from George Stuart’s Birness pen. By the 7500gns Ballynacanon Commander he is out of a dam by Strathisla Obama. He sold to Andrew Wilson and Willie Tait for their Castleisle and Burnview flocks.

Two lambs from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr pen then made 5200gns, with his fourth prize open lamb the first to sell. By Rhaeadr The Real McCoy he is out of a dam by Baileys BMW that is maternal sister to the female and reserve overall champion at the Royal Welsh Show 2009 to BMW himself. He joins the Rookery flock of Chris and Sally Holmes, Worcestershire.

Then at the same money A12:14:01014 sold to Gordon Troup for the Whitestone flock. He is also by The Real McCoy out of a dam by Baileys BMW with his grand dam being a twin sister to the 11,000gns Rhaeadr Obsession.

Selling at 5000gns was 1W:14:01118 from George Stuart’s Birness pen. This Ballynacanon Commander son is out of a Meikleson Square Up sired dam. He sold to James Wallace for his Claycrop flock.

Averages; 145 ram lambs £2237.97

Other leading prices:

4800gns Jimmy Young's K14:14:00896 to Angus Wilson, Glenhead

4500gns Ross Lawrence's NHL:14:00121 to Barclay and Kenny Mair, Deveronside, and Graeme Christie, Balquhain

4000gns John Sinnett’s 72H:14:02627 to Tom Fitzsimon, Sunnyhill

3800gns Tom Fitzsimon’s NCK:14:00368 to Highfields Farming, Collessie, Fife

3800gns Barclay and Kenny Mair’s NAJ:14:00340 to David Gilmour, Broomknowes

3800gns George Stuart’s 1W:14:01110 to Stephen Sufferin, Crewelands and Patrick Grant, Fofanny

3500gns George Christie’s PDN:14:00419 to Messrs Stewart, Kininmonth

3500gns Campbell and Jason Watson’s 8B:14:00939 to John Midgley, Orion

3200gns George Stuart’s 1W:14:01142 to Arthur O’Keefe, County Cork


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