Keen prices for Suffolks
Suffolks sold to a top of 26,000gn at the breed’s Scottish area sale in Stirling yesterday.
Leading the charge was a December-2016 born ram lamb from Iain and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock at Rosefield Farm, Annan, Dumfries. By Lakeview Harbinger, and out of a dam by Rhaedar Rastafari, he is a full brother to the 13,000gn Solwaybank Braveheart. He sold to P.W. Poole, Beaconsfield Farm, Battlefield, Shrewsbury.
Next best at 24,000gn was a January-born entry from Jim Innes’ Strathbogie flock at Dunscroft, Huntly.
By Strathbogie A Kind of Magic, he is out of a dam by Strathbeg Stan The Man which bred the 20,000gn Strathbogie Jackpot and the 16,000gn Strathbogie Sirius. He sold in a two-way split to R.H. Goldie of Harpercroft, Dundonald, and G.A. Mackie, of Drimmie Farm, by Forfar.
Thereafter two lots sold for 12,000gn. The first was a December-2016 born Irongray Black Magic son from Messrs W.H. Sinnet and Sons at Stockton Court, Worcester. Out of a dam by Rhaeadr Mad Man, he sold to G. Middleston, Rigghead, Shawhead, Dumfries.
The other was a Januaryborn entry from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock at Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh. By the 6,500gn Cavanagrove Catalyst, he is out of a dam by Muiresk King of Diamonds which bred the 12,000gn Cairness Diamond Geezer. He sold to Messrs Wilson. Mr Douglas also achieved 8,000gn for another January-born Cavanagrove Catalyst son. Out of a dam which is a full sister to the 17,000gn Cairness Diamond Geezer, he sold to M.J. Cornish, Parkridge, Buckfastleigh, Devon.
Other leading prices included 10,000gn for a December-2016 born entry from the Delves family’s Bridgeview flock in Powys, Wales. By Lakeview Harbinger and out of a ewe by Solwaybank Skyfall, he sold to Suffolk Do Pinheiro, Portugal.
A December-2016 born entry from Mark Priestley’s Limestone flock in County Down, sold in a three waysplit for 9,500gn. By Strathbogie a Kind of Magic he sold to: R.H. Black, Newton of Collessie, Ladybank, Fife; John Lathangie and Son, Pyeston, Markinch, Fife; and George and Melvin Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon.
Meanwhile, a Januaryborn son of Rookery Rodeo sold for 8,000gn.
Put forward by G.C. Beacom, Lakeview Farm, Co Fermanagh, he is out of a dam by Strathbogie Jackpot and stood reserve overall at the Northern Irish championships. He sold to D. Taylor, 34 Cashel Road, Coleraine.
The male champion from the pre-sale show, as judged by John Sinnett of Stockton Court, Stockton-on-Teme, Worcester, sold for 1,800gn.
Put forward from John Gibb’s Cairnton flock at Techmuiry, Fraserburgh, this December-2016 son of Cairness Sir William is out of a dam by Cairnton The Cracker. He sold jointly to J.H. Christie and Son, West Carse Farm, Stirling, and W. and H. Fleming, Hallhill, Carluke.
Flock averages for ram lambs (flock, number sold, top price, and average): Pennan, 3, 4,200gn, £2,345; Balquhain, 2, 2,400, £1,680; Birness, 8, 3,400gn, £1,594.69; Cadgerford, 3, 2,000gn, £1,435; Cairnton, 4, 2,000gn, £945; Bullers, 2, 1,200gn, £892.50, Middlemuir, 3, 1,000gn, £805; Cairness, 8, 12,000gn, £3,209.06; Muirton, 3, 1,500gn, £910; Strathbogie, 4, 24,000gn, £9,502.50.