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Contents SOCIETY 4 Advertising Index 5 Suffolk Sheep Society Council 7 Society Team 8 Branch Chairmen and Secretaries 9 Club Chairmen and Secretaries 13 President’s Address 15 Message from the Chief Executive

BRANCHES 117 Midland & Eastern 121 Northern Counties of England 123 Northern Area (Scotland) 125 Northern Ireland 129 South East 131 South of Ireland 135 Western Area

ARTICLES 17 Farmer Focus 19 Arran Flock Wins Top Award 21 Maedi Visna on the Increase 23 Rumen Fluke 27 Schmallenberg Virus - Key Facts 29 Performance Recording for Essie Suffolks 33 Suffolk Maternal Index 35 Performance Recording 37 Obituaries

CLUBS 141 Border 143 Dyfed 145 East Down 147 Eastern 149 Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties 151 Midland 153 North Antrim & East Londonderry 155 North East Scotland 157 North Wales 159 North West 161 Shropshire & Montgomery 163 Tayside 165 Welsh Borders 167 West & Central Scotland 169 West Country 173 Donegal 175 Eastern Suffolk 177 County Wexford

SHOWS 39 Royal Ulster 45 Royal Highland 49 Suffolk Championships, Athenry 53 Great Yorkshire 57 Royal Welsh 61 Three Counties 65 National Flock Competition SALES 69 National 77 Stirling 83 Ballymena 89 Roscrea 95 Carlisle & Northern Counties 99 Kelso 103 Western 105 Sales Averages 107 Female Sales 113 Dispersal Sales

BREEDERS DIRECTORY 179 England 183 Scotland 185 Wales 185 Northern Ireland 186 South of Ireland 187 Europe 189 190 192 197 199

National Flock Competition Conditions of Entry Photographic Competiton Sire of the Year Events




Advertising Index Breeding Advertisers

Industry Advertisers



Bailey, Tom & Jeff.



Caltech ............................................................................................28

Industry Advertisers


Beacom, G C


Celtic Sheep Breeding Services ..............................................22

Buckley, S. J.


Charles Stanley ............................................................................98

Burgess-Biggerstaff, Hayley

Mulberry ..................146

Dalton ..............................................................................................12

Denby, Rodger K.


Dan Fawcett ................................................................................144

Donnelly, Patrick

Donrho ......................152

Eblex Better Returns Programme ......................................120

Duffy, Eamonn

Kells ............................139

Harbro ..............................................................................................65

Evans, Myfyr A.

Rhaeadr ....................140

Harrison & Hatherington ......................................................142

Fowlie, Irene

Essie ..............................14

Innovis ................................................................................................2

Gornall, M & N


J G Animal Health ....................................................................130

Harding, Messrs T. C. & C. A.

Bentley ......................102

John Swans..................................................................................174

Holmes, C. J.


K W Trident ..................................................................................171

Inman, D & J.

Lindum ........................94

Knockanboy Sheep Breeding Services ................................34

Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship

Roseden ......................32

Lawrie & Symington ..................................................................75

Park, R J L

Drinkstone ....................6

MacGregor Photography........................................................128

Partridge, Messrs R & Son Ltd.

Kersey ........................188

Natural Stockcare ........................................................................43

Pinny, Messrs M J R & J A


Norbrook ......................................................................................134

Porksen, Mr & Mrs H F

Hans Suffolks ............93


Riby, G L

Stonehills ....................68

Parklands Veterinary Group ....................................................32

Robinson, A J & N A J

Benrafton ................178

QMS - Scottish Sheep Strategy ............................................36

Shropshire & Montgomery Club Shropshire ................150

Scotmin ........................................................................................160

Vanwijnsberghe, Claude

SGHS SAC ........................................................................................11

Meierie ......................158

Signet................................................................................................31 Straker Chadwick ......................................................................148 Telsol Cosecure..............................................................................76 United Auctions ........................................................................124 Wright Manley..............................................................................44

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Suffolk Sheep Society Council 2013 Chairman Michael Weaver Challacombe House, Perrinpit Road, Frampton, Cotterell, Glos BS36 2AT t: +44 (0) 1454 772 126 m: +44 (0) 7980 503 997 e:

South of Scotland Angus O Wilson Bowden Moor Farm, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9HT t: +44 (0) 1896 823 272 m: +44 (0) 7841 450736

President William Montgomery Edenville, 106 Killinchy Road, Comber, Co. Down, BT23 5NE t: +44 (0) 28 9187 2879 m: +44 (0) 7712 679 595

Midlands and Eastern Counties Geoff Biddulph Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield Cheshire, SK11 9QJ t: +44 (0) 1625 424 284 e:

Past President Jim Jeffery The Bungalow, Ahanesk, Midleton, Co. Cork, Eire t: +353 (0) 21 4631462 m: +353 (0) 86 3339 010 e:

South East Diana Lindon Wymbleton Farm, Henfold Lane, S Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4NX t: +44 (0) 1306 888 581 m: +44 (0) 7786 376 726 e:

President Elect Sheila Eggleston Highfield House, 198 Six Hills Road, Walton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8JF t: +44 (0) 1509 880 562 m: +44 (0) 7721 458 521 e:

South West David Rossiter Burton Galmpton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3EY t: +44 (0) 1548 561 210 m: +44 (0) 7891 396 995 e:

South of Ireland Arthur O’Keeffe Annakisha House, Killavullen, Mallow, Co. Cork t: +353 (0) 22 26 180 m: +353 (0) 86 8135 804 e:

South of Ireland Anne Mitchell Cross, Menlough Ballinasloe Co. Galway, Eire t: +353 (0) 90 9684 759 m: +353 (0) 86 2428 554 e:

Northern England (South) Geoff Riby Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QR t: +44 (0) 1262 673 043 m: +44 (0) 7932 176 626 e:

Wales (excl. Monmouthshire) Nigel Towns Woodfield, Amroth, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 8PP t: +44 (0) 1834 831 218 e:

North England (Northern) Robert Percival Fairways, 128 Scotby Road, Scotby, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 8BJ t: +44 (0) 1228 539 200 m: +44 (0) 7748 655 035

Northern Ireland Ivan Porter 17 Glenhead Road, Moneyslane Ballyward, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9PY t: +44 (0) 2840 650 519 m: +44 (0) 7990 956 245 e:

Northern Scotland (Vice Chairman and Past President) Ron Greig South Tillydesk, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 8SY t: +44 (0) 1358 720 955 m: +44 (0) 7721 577 641 e:




Suffolk Sheep Society Team Chief Executive


Dr Lewis McClinton t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e:

Dafferns LLP One Eastwood, Harry Weston Road, Binley Business Park, Coventry, CV3 2UB

Personal Assistant

Export Contact

Mrs Zara Morrison t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e:

Mike Adams t: +44 (0) 1454 261 072 m: +44 (0) 7909 924 528 e:

Personal Assistant The Suffolk Sheep Society

Mrs Gale Anderson t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e:

Unit 19, Ballymena Business Centre Fenaghy Road, Ballymena Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland BT42 1FL

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Suffolk Sheep Year Book 2013 The 2013 Suffolk Year Book was printed in March 2013. Print run 3,500 copies. 1,500 copies issued directly to members and associate sheep producers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The balance circulated via events and enquiries to the office.

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Branch Chairmen & Secretaries North of England Branch Chairman: Glynis Soulsby t: +44 (0) 1768 361 249 e: Secretary: Michael Armstrong Town Head Farm, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ t: +44 (0) 1697 741 825 e:

Midlands and Eastern Counties Branch Chairman: Geoff Biddulph t: +44 (0) 1625 424 284 e: Secretary: Liz Needham Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 1PF t: +44 (0) 1476 870 223 m: +44 (0) 7779 788 245 e:

South East Branch Chairman: Matt Legge, m: +44 (0) 7710 493 534 Secretary: Simon Cobden Westbury Manor Farm, West Meon, Nr Petersfield, Hants, GU32 1ND t: +44 (0) 1730 829 313 m: +44 (0) 7780620970 e: Website:

South of Ireland Branch Chairman: T J Broderick t: +353 (0) 90 9684 896 m:+353 (0) 86 3126 355 e: Secretary: Anne Mitchell Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Eire t: +353 (0) 86 25 28554 f: +353 (0) 90 96 84834 e:

Northern Ireland Branch Chairman: Arnold McClure t: +44 (0) 282764 1378 m:+44 (0) 7850 768 781 Secretary: Roberta McMullan Killymaddy, 206 Battleford Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, N. Ireland BT61 8BZ t: +44 (0) 283754 8250 m: +44 (0) 7703 209 945 e: w:

Northern Area Branch (Scotland) Chairman: Melvin Stuart m: +44 (0) 7803 186 746 Secretary: Judith Murray; 129 David Douglas Avenue, Scone, Perth PH2 6QG. m: +44 (0) 7788 725 905 e:

Western Area Branch Chairman: Helen Davies t: 01938 590 535 e: Secretary: Lyndon H Trumper J Straker, Chadwick & Sons, Market Streeet Chambers, Abergavenny, Mommouthshire, NP7 5SD t: +44 (0) 1873 852 624 e:




Club Chairmen and Secretaries Borders (Scottish Borders, Northumberland) Chairman: Michael Walton t: +44 (0) 7790 094 135 Secretary: Hannah Wilson Bowden Moor Farm, Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9HT t: +44 (0) 7540 277 409 e:

Central & Western Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde, Central) Chairman: John Christie m: +44 (0) 1786 860 203 Secretary: Paula Reid Calfpark, Mouswald, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 4QB t: +44 (0) 1387 830 250 m: +44 (0) 7743 267 484 e:

Dyfed Chairman: Nigel Towns t: +44 (0) 1834831218 e: Secretary: Huw Thomas Gwastod, Pencador, Carmarthen, SA39 9AL t: +44 (0) 7970 474 427 e:

East Down Chairman: Philip Savage t: +44 (0) 28 4275 8344 Secretary: Amanda Priestley, Limestone Farm, 22 Drumgooland Road, Seaforde, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N.I. BT30 8QP t: +44 (0) 28 4481 1641 e:

Eastern Club Chairman: Ray Woolway t: +44 (0) 1487 840 256 e: Secretary: Chris Partridge Bridges Farm, The Tye, Kersey, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6HB t: +44 (0)1787 210 859 e:

Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties Chairman: Mark Gatehouse t: +44 (0) 1299 400 537 m: +44 (0) 7989 430 136 Secretary: Jane Whitehouse Weston Park Farm, Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6UW t: +44 (0) 1386 840 835 m: +44(0) 7887 550 224 e:

Midlands Chairman: Merrick Pinny t: +44 (0) 1604 781 078 Secretary: Andrew Pinny New Collage Farm, Holcot, Northamptonshire, NN6 98Q t: +44 (0) 1604 740 802 e:

North Antrim and East Londonderry Chairman: Robert Hanna t: +44 (0) 28 2957 1835 m: +44 (0) 7738 417 487 Secretary: Brian McVicker 265 Whitepark Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim BT57 8SP t: +44 (0) 28 2073 0488 e:

North East Scotland Chairman: Fiona Bruce t: +44 (0) 1651 842 616 Secretary: Evelyn Young Muirton, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JN t/f: +44 (0) 1339 883 443, m: +44 (0) 7833154 918, e:



SOCIETY North Wales

Welsh Borders

Chairman: D. P. Roberts, t: +44 (0) 1745 812534 Secretary: John Huw Hughes Bryncir Auction Centre, Bryncir, Gwynedd, Wales, LL51 9LX t: +44 (0) 1766 530 828 e:

Chairman: Dai Harvey t: +44 (0) 1597 860 596 Secretary: Lyndon Trumper J. Straker Chadwick and Sons, Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, NP7 5SD t:+44 (0) 1873 852 624 e:

North West

Chairman: Reg Pedrick t: +44 (0)1364 652 743 m: +44 (0)7751 023 197 e: Secretary: Catherine Derryman Mount Pleasant Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9DQ t: +44 (0) 1404 881 398 e:

West Country Chairman: Michael Tett t: +44 (0) 7836 775 049 Secretary: Mary Pearson, West Cairn, The Shore, Hest Bank, Lancaster LA2 6HW t: +44 (0) 1524 822 239 m: +44 (0) 7885 861 537 e:

Shropshire & Montgomery Chairman: Rob Draper t: +44 (0) 1743 850 200 Secretary: Helen Davies Arddleen, Welshpool t: +44 (0) 1938 590535 e:

South of Ireland Donegal

South Pennine Chairman: Roger Phaff t: +44 (0) 1433 651 474 e: Secretary: Jane Walker, New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9HX t: +44 (0) 1433 620 413 e:

Tayside Chairman: Tom Sands t: +44 (0) 1828 686 630 Secretary: Jackie Sands, Southfield Farm, Abernyte, Perth, PH14 9RB t: +44 (0) 1828 686 630 e:


Chairman: J J Doherty t: +353 (0)74 9370 203 Secretary: Martin McGlinchy t: +353 (0)74 9145 436 m: +353 (0)86 4092 486

Eastern Suffolk Sheep Breeders Chairman: Niall Walsh t: +353 (0)87 9088 544 e: Secretary: Mary Gahan, Coolyhune St., Mullins, Co. Carlow t: +353 (0)86 0662408 e:

Kerry Sheep Breeders Chairman: Pat Curran t: +353 (0)877 440 735 Secretary: Valerie Tiffin m: +353 (0)861 097 412 e:


SOCIETY Kilkenny Sheep Breeders Association

North East Breeders

Chairman: Richard Moore t: +353 (0)56 7724392, m: +353 (0)87 9664366 e: Secretary: John Renehan t: +353 (0)86 8153 324

Chairman: Philip Lynch Sea Bank, Castlebellingham Co Louth t: +353 (0) 42 9372 795 m: +353 (0)87 8246 138 or +44 (0) 7760 999 278 e:

Munster Sheep Breeders Chairman: Andrew Hume t: +353 (0) 23 883 1729 m: +353 (0) 87 249 2065 e: Secretary: Brid Coakley Cleanor, Doneraile, Co. Cork, Eire t: +353 (0)22 24 168 m: +353 (0)87 2305 159 e:

West of Ireland Sheep Breeders Club Chairman: Jimmy Screene t: +353 (0)90 9684 732 Secretary: Ursula Rooney Gurtnaderry, Grange, Co. Silgo t: +353 (0) 71 9163 590 e:

Wexford Sheep Breeders Chairman: Michael Clarke t: +353 (0)539 120 964 Secretary: Michael Brennan Galbally, Ballyhogue, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford t: +353 (0)53 9247815, m: +353 (0)87 6417520




President’s Address Now enough of doom and gloom, lets concentrate on all the positives that the Suffolk breed has to offer both the commercial and pedigree sheep farmer. In a difficult year Suffolk rams sold well, more than holding their own against the other terminal sire breeds . We as breeders have made a concerted effort in the past number of years to produce a modern, quality Suffolk sheep to meet the demands of to-days progressive commercial sheep farmer. As a terminal sire the Suffolk is unrivaled for its superior growth rate; less days to slaughter – more profit. This is a must in to-days high cost world.

From a farming point of view 2012 will be remembered as one of the most difficult years in a long time. Led into a false sense of security with a beautiful March it started to rain in April and has not stopped since in most parts of the UK and Ireland. Silage making proved very stressful with a lot of inferior quality fodder made which is now being supplemented with expensive concentrate feed. Lamb thrive was very much affected by the wet year with catch crops difficult to establish and not yielding very well. This has resulted in concentrate feed again being fed to finish lambs. Sheep prices in 2012 were not as buoyant as in 2011 with prices under pressure for most of the year. At home prices are backing €1 a kilo deadweight as I write this in late January on twelve months ago.

I feel we really have also to exploit the maternal side of our breed. The Suffolk cross ewe is such a versatile breeding female. She is an excellent milker without being prone to mastitis, sound on her feet, hardy and long lived. The commercial sheep farmer demands all of these traits to maximize his profits. On the pedigree front I would like to thank everyone who shows sheep form local level right up to national level. This is the shop window for our breed and is so important to keep the breed in vogue and to show the commercial sheep farmer what the breed has to offer. Congratulations to Patrick Donnelly on winning the National Flock Competition. The modern Suffolk of which I have spoken was found in abundance at his view day. Big bodied females with length and smooth hair were the order of the day. This flock has



SOCIETY developed rapidly with the purchase of quality rams to compliment the breeding ewes. With severe culling and good stockmanship I feel that this is the template that should be used to establish a sound breeding flock by pedigree breeders. I would like to thank Lewis, Zara, our new arrival Gale, Michael and Ron for the excellent running of the society. Efficiency has improved year on year since the arrival of this team. To Catherine who has left for pastures new, we wish her well.


I have had a most wonderful year in office and it gives me great pleasure to see the Suffolk breed in such fine shape throughout the UK and Ireland. Wishing everyone the very best for 2013. President Jim Jeffery



Top UK recorded ram lamb 2012 & 2011 · Top recorded ewe lamb 2012 Highest average Shearlings at Kelso 2012

Semen from high Performance Index rams available – UK and Export Farm visits and Ram and Female sales welcome

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A Message from the Chief Executive brought in house. An additional full time staff member has been recruited, to accommodate the additional workload. The Society office has outgrown its current premises and will relocate to a larger unit at Ballymena Business Centre in March 2013. The Society would like to thank NMR and Ballymena Mart for their assistance over recent years and wish them every success in the future.

2012 - A Year of Challenges Retailing lamb in the UK is a difficult task with sale volume well behind chicken, pork and beef in the protein pecking order. Only by having product differentiation and brand identity is there any chance of increasing market returns. The Suffolk Sheep Society has successfully branded Quality Suffolk Lamb as a brand. Over the last twelve months the Society has been working with Morrisons to ultimately retail Suffolk Lamb under the Morrisons Traditional range. A number of changes have occurred within the Society. Catherine Fleck, my Personal Assistant for the last four years has left the Society and we wish her well. The Suffolk Data Bureau, operated by National Milk Records, has been closed and this work

Government agencies that administer Charities continually assess what we do as a Society to maintain our charitable status. To retain the status quo we must be broader than our interests in Suffolk sheep. It is essential that we reach out to the wider community and consumers of tomorrow. For this reason the Society has continued to work with school children, not just in inner city Belfast, but also at any NSA sheep event to explain the Suffolk breed and the benefits of sheep production. I can assure members that these children come up with some challenging questions! Extremes in weather are becoming the norm and 2012 was no exception. Matt Prince summed this up when he posted images on Facebook of extreme snowfall in early spring and a few weeks later the field was under a similar amount of water. Ironically a hose pipe ban was in place at the same time!! There have been some horror stories were weather played havoc during commercial lambing resulting in significant losses. My heart goes out to those unfortunate farmers. It is the most soul destroying thing to lose large numbers of lambs.



SOCIETY Now that the Society is running efficiently breed promotion has taken centre stage. Promotional stands and material were on display at four NSA sheep events and three major shows during 2012. With the introduction of several sets of pop ups and promotional leaflets smaller regional events were also covered. I would like to thank those members that come and support these events. A new stand was sourced for the Northern Area and Northern Counties Branches. We have also produced a series of new leaflets that cover seven different languages. The Society has also promoted the breed at Eurotier 2012 which was held in November at Hanover in Germany. Over sixty export interests were added to our website with some of these having already come to fruition.

website has been revamped and is receiving over 70,000 hits per month. Please note that members can advertise stock and semen for sale at no charge on the website. It is our intention to initiate a texting system through Twitter in 2013 so that topical information can be sent with increased frequency.

Two electronic newsletters were produced throughout the year. The circulation list now includes many individuals outside our Society. If you have a story to tell please get in contact with the Society office. The Society’s Facebook site continues to increase and now numbers over 600 friends. Our

I would like to wish all our members and customers a prosperous and hopefully drier 2013.

No matter what the Society does all members are faced with increasing input costs (concentrates, feed, fertiliser etc). The ram breed that can produce a 21kg carcass, off grass, in as quick a time possible will be in demand. The breed that can achieve this with the least production hassle will dominate. I have no doubt that the Suffolk breed contains the genetics to do this and our Society has the breeders to produce the goods.

Chief Executive Dr Lewis McClinton

The Suffolk Sheep Society appreciate the co-operation from our customers in providing information used at various sheep events in 2012. If you use Suffolk rams in your commercial flock and would like to participate in Society promotional material please contact the Society office.




Farmer Focus the pedigree and commercial markets. Annual consignments are sold at Shrewsbury, Stirling, Kelso and Thainstone.

George L Stuart Birness Flock, Aberdeenshire Farm Details 200 acre lowland unit (medium to heavy loam) 140 Pedigree Suffolk Ewes 35 Pedigree Texel Ewes Intensive Beef Finishing Enterprise Family run business by George and Agnes Stuart along with their son Melvin and his wife Nicola and two Grandchildren Murray and Gemma who all get involved during the busy times of the year. The Birness Flock was established in 1978 and is focused on producing ram lambs for

Breeding Objectives Having big growthy ewes seems to be the backbone to being able to produce ram lambs with scale and power. Our ewes are all home bred with selection done as ewe lambs which is done by “eye� only. We are very selective when choosing our breeding females. Only big, long, growthy and clean ewe lambs are retained for the flock. Carcase is number one priority when coming to selecting a stock ram for the flock. We never look at the breeding until looking at the rams in front of us. Selecting a ram with

Birness Family



ARTICLES a broad, level top line and good forward motion always takes the eye of fellow breeders and commercial buyers. It must also have a correct mouth and tight skin. Combining all these traits together usually produces long living, able rams. Selling over ninety Suffolk ram lambs annually and labour at a minimum we have large emphasis on tight skins as this reduces time required to present these rams for sale which allows us to put forward thirty lambs at our first commercial sale of the season. Message to Fellow Breeders Focus on the strong points of the Suffolk breed to keep our large market share. Everybody knows Suffolk’s are the market leader with tremendous potential, good flesh to fat ratio and growth rates that no other breed can match. Keep focusing on producing rams with broad shoulders, long wide loins and well filled gigots. This will keep the Suffolk moving forward for many years to come.

Future Direction We have to continue to produce what commercial farmers require and today that is to get lambs to 21kg carcase weight as quickly as possible. Our aim is to breed Suffolk’s with good mothering ability, vigour and hardiness. Labour availability is reducing on farms and Shepherd’s have more to do. Selection will continue to be harsh within our flock with animals not meeting our breed specifications being culled and not sold on to fellow breeders. The Suffolk breed still has so much potential and this makes it exciting when buying in new stock rams and trying to breed better lambs than the previous years. We are always trying to improve a weakness within our own flock. Once you master one strong point you will always weaken another and this will always happen. With the next generation keen in Suffolk’s at Birness I hope we are breeding Suffolk’s for many more years to come.

We all as breeders are chasing the dream market but the real market is the commercial one and we have to be seen to produce what our customers want. We have to work closely with our customers and good conformation can be seen to increase killing out per cent and the profitability within a flock. In today’s market every penny counts and we have to be seen moving in the right direction to produce this and keeping Suffolks one step ahead of the rest.




Arran flock wins top award for genetic progress The Suffolk winner of the EBLEX Improved Flock Awards for 2012 is the Arran Flock, owned by Jim Brown who farms near Mindrum in Northumberland. Organised through the Sheep Better Returns Programme, this award is presented to the performance recorded flock that has shown the most impressive improvement in genetic merit over a 12-month period, within English Recorded flocks for the breed. Mr Brown owns 22ha (54 acres) and rents a further 16ha (40 acres) for winter grazing. In 1968 he and his brothers bought some Suffolk sheep with their pocket money. Their father bred Border Leicesters but the boys wanted something quite different and established the Arran Flock. Aged nine and fifteen they became the youngest flock masters in the country.

The ewes are fed concentrate and good quality silage made on the farm in the run up to lambing. Looking for high lamb growth, Mr Brown feels this helps the ewes produce a lot of milk and rear two strong lambs. “Weight gain is a subtle thing that you can’t really see happen,” says Mr Brown. “But it is the key to having a profitable business as it can make a big difference to the costs of production.

In 1987, while working as farm manager at Mindrum Mill, Mr Brown started another Suffolk flock, taking over their ownership when his employer Mrs Chartres died. He was allowed to keep his original Arran Flock prefix. With a lambing percentage of 200 per cent numbers quickly increased to 30 ewes.

Select the Best

Mr Brown was a founder member of the Border Leicester Signet Sire Reference Scheme, and felt it imperative to record the Suffolks once the Society moved to whole breed analysis. The flock has been fully recorded since 2004.

Mr Brown implements a strict culling policy and does a broad selection at the end of April; anything not to be kept is sold and achieves a good market price. He makes a second selection the following spring. The female traits he looks for are good conformation and legs, fine silky hair and

“Performance recording is an extra tool that can take some of the guess work out of meat production. It mystifies me why the sheep industry is so slow to take it up!”



ARTICLES good tight skin. He also wants good figures for weight gain, muscle and early maturity – all heritable traits. When he started recording he bought two recorded rams from the Drinkstone and Hillend flocks. Each sire mated half the flock, and then each other’s daughters. Both rams were in the top 1 or 5 per cent of the breed percentiles when purchased. He has used both recorded and unrecorded rams since. Most rams have improved their figures after their first year in the Arran flock. For example, an unrecorded ram Birness Brodick bought at Shrewsbury, had an index of only 1.3 but a year later on the basis of his progeny, had shot up to 2.75. Primarily selling shearlings at Builth, he has topped the shearling section twice in the last four years; mostly selling to commercial producers. A few are sold from the farm, and some go to pedigree breeders.

Customers look for figures He finds virtually all of his customers are interested in performance figures, especially those looking for rams to suit their particular system. “This is a credit to EBLEX and the good work they are doing in promoting the performance recorded message,” says Mr Brown. “The influence of advertising and the power of repetition are also useful. You can’t help but read about recording in the farming press these days, in particular the valuable knock-on effect on replacement cross females sired by high value recorded rams. This has a positive benefit for breeders who are recording.”


Looking to the future, Mr Brown aims to work quietly away to steadily increase numbers. “If I like the look of a bloodline I will try to find a way to work it into the flock,” he said. “Eighteen months ago I bought Essie Fit Like privately. He has grown into a big, very solid ram. He has, without doubt, made a difference to the flock and it is exciting to see the potential of his lambs coming through.”

Long term uplift from superior genetics “One of the major benefits of improving the genetics within a flock is the cumulative and permanent way it can lift performance,” says EBLEX sheep breeding specialist Samuel Boon. “The time and effort involved will pay dividends for years – not just in the winning flock, but also in the flocks that buy Jim’s rams. “With lamb prices at an all time high, the difference between choosing the right recorded ram for the farm, or an animal of average breeding merit could be worth £1,000 or more; so there has never been a better time to invest in superior genetics.” “Jim’s use of high index rams like Essie Fit Like has had a big impact. This ram has growth and muscle Depth Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in the top 1 per cent and he has increased the breeding potential for lamb growth rate by nearly 2kg - with a similarly impressive increase in muscling. “Experience and the use of performance recording have proved a winning combination for this small flock. Congratulations to Jim for coming out top for the Suffolk breed this year.”



Maedi Visna (MV) on the increase Ian Pritchard PSGHS Manager In the last few years there has been evidence to suggest that maedi visna (MV) is on the increase in Britain. We are hearing more reports of flocks suffering from the effects of infection. MV has a long incubation period and it can spread unnoticed within, and between, flocks for many years before the non-specific signs are seen. By this time it is likely that at least half of the flock is infected. Culling levels are high with the associated requirement for increased replacement numbers.

The survey has found that in the 15 year period since the previous survey: 1. The number of flocks with MV has doubled (from 1.4% to 2.8%)

The main effect is loss of condition, and lambing percentages are often lower in infected flocks. MV can affect the udder resulting in reduced milk production and thinner ewes will have lower milk yields. A high level of bacterial mastitis is another common finding and is possibly due to hungry lambs chewing on the teats and the skin cuts act as a focus for bacteria. Lambs have lower growth rates due to reduced milk supply. Ewes infected with MV are more susceptible to Pasteurella pneumonia so ewe deaths are higher in infected flocks. MV can also affect the spinal cord and ewes may drag a hind leg or be paralysed.

Although the figures appear low they are increasing. The disease has no cure and there is no vaccine. The disease is at a low level in the pedigree sheep population in Great Britain due to the success of the MV accreditation scheme. However in the commercial sector there are more frequent reports of flocks suffering from significant economic effects as the viral disease reaches critical levels and this poses a threat to the pedigree sector.

A large scale screening was recently undertaken by SAC and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency ( AHVLA) for Eblex and HCC (Hybu Cig Cymru) to find out the incidence of MV infection in the national flock.

2. The number of infected sheep has increased almost four fold (2 per 1,000 to 8 per 1,000) 3. Within the positive flocks the average proportion of infected sheep has almost doubled (13% to 24%)

All flock owners should be aware that MV is more widespread and that they should take steps to ensure it does not get into their flocks. These steps include buying MV accredited breeding sheep and testing any non-accredited sheep while they are held in quarantine. When the infection rate in the flock is very high there is little that can be done to



ARTICLES eradicate it and culling and restocking may be the only option. MV positive sheep cannot be exported to countries that are free, such as Ireland. Flocks that have had clinical evidence of MV in the previous three years cannot export to other European countries. If your flock is free of infection take advantage of this and promote the health status of your flock by joining the MV accreditation scheme operated by SAC Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme ( PSGHS ). By following the rules of the scheme it significantly reduces the risk of your flock from becoming infected with MV. To find out more contact PSGHS office on 01463226995 or visit




Rumen Fluke - Emergence of a new/old problem? Philip Skuce, Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh Introduction Rumen (or stomach) fluke, like liver fluke, are flatworm parasites of domestic (and wild) ruminants and other mammals. To give them their technical name, paramphistomes have a worldwide distribution and cause significant clinical disease (paramphistomosis) in tropical and subtropical countries. Their effects on production often go undetected, and are not well understood and complicated by the fact that rumen fluke are often found as coinfections with other production-limiting parasites and pathogens. They have a very similar life-cycle to liver fluke, involving a snail intermediate host which amplifies and disseminates infection in the environment. As a consequence, their distribution and prevalence are significantly affected by the prevailing weather conditions, specifically temperature and rainfall. Following a series of wetter than average summers in the UK and Ireland over the past 3-4 years, including one of the worst ‘summers’ on record in 2012, there has been an increase in diagnoses of rumen fluke in both sheep and cattle in many parts of the country. For example, diagnostic rates in Northern Ireland have recently been in the order of 30% for sheep and 40% for cattle (data AFBINI, 2011)*. Rumen fluke have been recorded in the UK as far back as the 1950s, with a specific report on cattle of Irish and Scottish origin from an abbatoir in Glasgow, so they may not be that ‘new’. However, it would appear that recent climatic conditions have

conspired to bring them to our attention as never before. Having said that, it is important, at the outset, to keep things in perspective – actual clinical cases of rumen fluke disease in UK livestock are still very rare. Liver fluke remains the most important fluke infection in sheep and cattle at this time.

Infection Adult rumen fluke resemble pomegranate seeds or small pink, fleshy maggots (Fig. 1a) and reside in the stomach of infected animals, where they produce eggs (Fig.1b). These pass out onto pasture in the host’s faeces. Given favourable environmental conditions of temperature and moisture, a microscopic larval stage called a miracidium will develop inside the egg, a process which typically takes 2-4 weeks. The miracidia will subsequently hatch and go off in search of a suitable snail intermediate host, which in the UK and Ireland, is believed to be an aquatic snail, and there is some evidence that it also favours the mud snail host utilized by liver fluke. This might help explain why the disease appears to be associated with extremely heavy rainfall and flooding events on farmland. It is proposed that cattle and sheep come into contact with infected snails and the rumen fluke cysts they release onto grass once flood water has receded. The miracidia ultimately develop into cercariae within the snail’s tissues, a process which takes approximately 5 weeks, these are then shed from the snail and become encysted on blades of grass and aquatic vegetation.



ARTICLES Animals become infected by ingesting cysts off grass while grazing. These cysts then hatch out in the small intestine to release immature rumen fluke (Fig.1c), which attach to the mucosal surface of the intestine, where they remain for 3-6 weeks, before migrating to the rumen. Here they become egg-laying adults to start the cycle again. The whole process takes approximately 6-9 months from initial infection to the appearance of eggs in the host’s faeces. As with liver fluke, sheep do not mount a strong protective immune response to rumen fluke infection and appear to be susceptible for most of their lives. In cattle, acute rumen fluke disease tends to be seen in young animals (less than 2 years of age), older cattle often harbour low burdens of adult parasites and so can be important sources of infection for snails and other stock. Since there is such a distinct overlap in the environmental conditions favoured by rumen fluke and liver fluke, they are often found together on the same pasture and in the same host as coinfections.

Symptoms As stated in the Introduction, clinical disease caused by rumen fluke is still very rare in the UK and Ireland at this time. However, the few cases that have been reported have been very severe, involving disease and death in young stock, both sheep and cattle. Despite their name, rumen fluke actually cause disease in the intestine and, as with most parasitic diseases, the severity of clinical signs observed is directly related to the level of infection acquired. Symptoms to look out for include dullness, ill-thrift, dehydration, anorexia, loss of condition, ‘bottle-jaw’, anaemia and severe watery, often bloody, diarrhoea, which has been variously described as ‘fetid’ and ‘projectile’ and which


The ideal environment for the intermediate fluke host snail and a common sight around the UK and Ireland in 2012

proved to be non-responsive when animals were treated for roundworms and liver fluke. Disease is invariably associated with massive infestations of immature rumen fluke in the intestine, the adults appear to be welltolerated on the surface of the rumen. The immatures attach to the intestinal mucosa and can be observed taking plugs of tissue into their oral and ventral suckers, causing tissue damage and blood loss, although it is not thought that they feed directly on blood.

Diagnosis Obviously, some/all of the clinical signs described above are common to other (co)infections, hence diagnosis by clinical signs alone is unreliable. Rumen fluke infection is often detected as an incidental finding when faecal samples are examined for the presence of liver fluke eggs. The eggs of both parasites look similar (Fig.1b), but are readily distinguished by experienced diagnostic laboratories. Differential diagnosis is very important because the treatment options will be different, see below. Diagnoses can also be made at post mortem, looking for


ARTICLES evidence of mature rumen fluke in the stomach and/or immatures in the intestine. Rumen fluke may well go undiagnosed at the abattoir because there is no routine examination of the rumen or its contents. It is important to remember that rumen fluke infection may be common, but rumen fluke disease is rare. The presence of the parasite itself, in the absence of clinical signs, should not be used as an indication for blanket treatment for rumen fluke.

Prevention Rumen fluke is very difficult to eradicate once established on a farm, the best option is to prevent introduction of rumen fluke in the first place. This can be achieved by testing bought-in animals of unknown origin or those from known/suspected rumen fluke farms for the presence of rumen fluke eggs in their faeces. If detected, this should be followed by treatment with a product effective rumen fluke before allowing them access to pasture. Restricting access of stock to fields prone to flooding and/or the fencing-off of drains and watercourses will help reduce exposure to potential snail habitat. Such measures are also considered best practice for reducing exposure to liver fluke.

Control Control of rumen fluke infection is achieved mainly through treatment with an effective flukicidal drug. There is only one product with the required activity against juvenile and adult rumen fluke and that is oxyclozanide. Conversely, none of the other liver fluke drugs has any activity against rumen fluke. Oxyclozanide is available on its own in ROI and in combination with the wormer, levamisole, in the UK. Interestingly, none of the commercially available flukicides

have a specific label claim for rumen fluke. It is important to stress that oxyclozanide also kills liver fluke but only the adult stages, so if it is being used on its own to treat rumen fluke in the autumn-winter, animals would be left unprotected against acute liver fluke at this time. The detection of rumen fluke eggs in faecal samples and/or the presence of adults in the rumen is not, in itself, a reason to instigate blanket treatment for rumen fluke. This is especially important because we rely exclusively on one effective product, and so selection of oxyclozanideresistant rumen fluke is to be avoided at all costs.

Recent findings There has been a long-held assumption in the scientific and veterinary literature that the species of rumen fluke infecting livestock in the UK and Ireland is a species called Paramphistomum cervi. As the name suggests, this is thought to originate from deer and has transferred to livestock over the time since sheep and cattle have been domesticated. We have recently performed some DNA sequencing of rumen fluke specimens recovered from home-bred sheep and cattle in the UK and Ireland, including specimens from the fatal clinical outbreaks described above, and in all cases, the species has been identified as Calicophoron daubneyi. This is the predominant species in mainland Europe, and is known to infect sheep, goats, buffalo etc. We have yet to find P. cervi. This may appear to be of academic interest but begs a number of key questions, including ‘How did it get here?’, ‘How long has it been here?’ etc. More importantly, it may also have implications for the epidemiology and spread of infection because C. daubneyi is known to be transmitted by ‘liver fluke snails’. There may



ARTICLES even be differences in pathogenicity between the two rumen fluke species and/or different responses to treatment, but this remains to be determined. *Animal Health Ireland produce an excellent factsheet, entitled “Rumen Fluke – The Facts: For Irish Farmers and their Vets”. This is available on their website at





Different life-cycle stages of rumen fluke in sheep; A: Adults in sheep rumen; B: Egg A = rumen fluke and Egg B = liver fluke; C: Immature rumen fluke from intestine wash; D: Microscope section showing immature rumen fluke in intestine.




Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) Key Facts for Farmers Ian Davies MA VetMB MRCVS Regional Veterinary Investigation and Surveillance Lead, Head of AHVLA Small Ruminants Expert Group Basic facts about the disease SBV was first detected, in mainland Europe, in the late summer of 2011. It spread to southern England in the autumn of 2011. It appears to have spread to most of the rest of England and to Wales in the summer and autumn of 2012. It is now widespread across northern Europe. The virus infects ruminants (sheep, cattle, goats & bison). SBV does not infect humans. SBV is spread by biting midges (Culicoides spp). No other means of spread, e.g. directly from animal to animal has been detected. Studies to date suggest that animals do not become carriers of the virus, so animal movements are not a major means of spread of infection. Infection of an animal through being bitten by an infected midge results in mild, transitory illness or no illness at all. There is an immune response which is protective against further infection. The duration of immunity is not yet known, but is longlasting for related viruses. Serious consequences of SBV occur if a nonimmune female animal is bitten by an infected midge in early pregnancy (approximately, the second month of pregnancy for sheep and goats, and the third and fourth month for cattle). In this case,

the virus can cross the placenta, infect the nervous system of the foetus and cause permanent deformities, principally twisted limbs and brain and spinal abnormalities. Affected foetuses are usually carried to term, but are generally born dead although some may be born alive and require euthanasia. It is important to note that there are many other causes of abortion and of still-birth in animals, most do not result in the deformities that are associated with SBV, but some may be.

Summary SBV causes significant health problems only if non-immune animals are bitten by infected midges during the susceptible stage of pregnancy. Infection at other times will lead to immunity, which should protect animals from further infection for an as yet unknown length of time.

What farmers should do: Maintain good levels of stockmanship and husbandry during the lambing and calving periods: inspect stock frequently to identify animals that require birthing assistance. Although SBV is not spread from ewe to ewe or from cow to cow, some other causes of abortion and still birth are, so ensure good hygiene and separate any animal that has aborted (until the cause has been diagnosed).



ARTICLES Inform your private veterinary surgeon: • if you suspect SBV in the herd or flock. • if there are a significant number of abortions or still births - these may not be due to SBV and could require investigation.

For SBV, affected ewes and cows are likely to be immune and they may be protected against further infection in future years. There is no need to cull them. There is very little that can be done to protect stock from being bitten by infected midges.

Outlook • of any other health problems. Your veterinary surgeon will be able to advise on further action to take to determine the cause of the problem. For example, affected foetuses, or samples, may be submitted to the AHVLA for diagnosis. It is particularly important to try to obtain a diagnosis if the problem is one of abortions or still births with obvious signs of SBV deformity.

SBV is a new disease, so it is not easy to predict exactly how it will behave. However, it is known that it is spread very efficiently by midges, that there is good immunity although it is uncertain how long this will last and that infection at most times of the breeding cycle does not result in significant disease consequences. Therefore, it is likely that the incidence and impact of SBV will decline in areas after the first year in which it has occurred.


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Performance Recording is paying off for Essie Suffolks Lucy Jackson, Signet Breeding Services

The Essie flock was established in 1981. It is run as a closed flock of 100 ewes, with lambs and shearlings being raised on a grass-based system. The flock has been actively involved in performance recording, with the majority of its sheep sitting comfortably within the top 25 per cent of the breed. Performance recording is at the heart of the Essie breeding strategy. Flock owner, Irene Fowlie, carefully selects animals with superior growth and conformation traits. These improvements have lead to major increases in growth rates and as a result Essie customers are benefiting from a reduction in days to slaughter, increased carcase weights and improvements in carcase classification.

The Essie flock uses Computed Tomography (CT) scanning technology to identify elite breeding lines, as well as increasing the accuracy of the Estimated Breeding Values (EBVS) produced within Signet’s evaluations. The CT scanner measures the total amount of muscle, fat and bone within the carcase of the live animal. It also provides an assessment of gigot muscularity, providing further improvements in carcase shape. The Essie flock prides itself on presenting naturally fleshy, long shearlings and the use of EBVs has been an important tool in achieving this aim. Over the last five years the Essie flock has made high rates of genetic gain, moving

CT Images of H6:12:045 showing muscling across the loin and gigot




from an average index of £1.62 in 2007, to £4.23 in 2012 lambs. This year the Essie flock has bred or owns six of the top 10 Suffolk stock rams in the country. In 2011 the Essie flock produced the top recorded ram lamb in the country with a terminal index of £6.02. In 2012 the flock 30

followed up this success and again produced the top recorded ram lamb in the country – H6:12:045 (pictured opposite) which has a terminal index of £6.98, a breed record. This lamb has a scan weight EBV of 18.11kg, which demonstrates the success achieved in increasing growth rates through selective breeding.



Essie Suffolks have also bred the second highest recorded lamb H6:12:062 (Index ÂŁ6.89). His sister H6:12:063 (Index 6.54) is the highest indexed ewe lamb. Essie Suffolks have an impressive set of EBVs behind them to guarantee a high level of performance in commercial flocks. The lambs are performance recorded on a grass-based system and out-wintered. This ensures that they are fit for purpose when exposed to

commercial management and have a long working life. Irene concentrates on producing high index shearling rams for commercial and pedigree flocks which sell at the September Kelso ram sales and at Dingwall. Irene welcomes visitors to the farm. More information is available by visiting or on Facebook.



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Suffolk Maternal Index Shane Conway - Signet Breeding Specialist Suffolk Sheep breeders now have an additional tool to help identify their most profitable sheep thanks to the introduction of a new Suffolk Maternal Breeding Index. The index, developed by Egenes, places a greater emphasis on the Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for Maternal Ability (milk) and Litter Size (prolificacy). This index is designed to help breeders to identify sires that can be used to breed more productive females that will in turn enhance lamb survival and preweaning growth. The maternal index is particularly useful within self-replacing flocks, where the number of lambs reared to weaning has a major impact on flock profitability. High levels of genetic progress have already been achieved using the Suffolk Terminal Sire Breeding Index, for example: the average breeding potential for lamb growth rate to 21 weeks of age has increased by 5.78kg since 1990. It is hoped the breed can improve maternal aspects as much as its terminal index has improved carcass traits. The Suffolk Maternal Index Weightings can be seen below. The EBVs for eight week weight, maternal ability (genes for milk production) and litter size are given weightings of 45%, 45% and 10% respectively. Small genetic changes are also expected in correlated traits – such as muscling and fatness.

The Suffolk Terminal Sire Index is an economic index. A “desired gains” approach has been applied to the construction of the Suffolk Maternal Index and this new index will be rescaled to reflect a mean of 100 and standard deviation of 40 index points for lambs born in 2005. The range of index values is relatively wide. EBV

Relative Genetic emphasis (%) response*

8 week weight Scan weight Muscle depth Fat depth Maternal ability Mature size Litter size

45 0 0 0 45 0 10

0.62kg 1.01kg 0.22mm 0.11mm 0.62kg 0.49kg 0.14lambs/ewe

* Gain in EBVs per generation when the selection intensity is equal to 1 standard deviation (approximately the best 38% of animals selected).

As with Terminal EBVs, Maternal EBVs are expressed in the same units as the recorded trait (e.g. kg for 8 week weight). EBVs are easy to interpret, for example when selecting a rams with a high Litter Size EBVs that will increase lamb numbers produced by their female offspring, a ram with an EBV of +0.10 is estimated to produce ewes which produce 5% more lambs than a ram with an EBV of 0. Using this EBV to select more prolific breeding lines is far more effective than simply selecting a ram born as a twin or triplet, as the Litter Size EBV takes into account hundreds of lambing records from



ARTICLES female relatives and provides a more accurate overview of a ram’s maternal genetics. Selecting for improved Maternal Ability will ensure rams produce ewes that have sufficient milk to rear their lambs, for example: A ram with an EBV of +0.50 is estimated to produce ewes whose lambs are 0.25kg heavier at 8 weeks than a ram with an EBV of 0.


The new Suffolk Maternal Index has been released onto the BASCO web search (“Second Index”) and it is envisaged that the Maternal Index will be printed on breeding reports in the future. Although the new Index is a useful guide, Signet still encourages ram buyers to use all the EBV information that is available when selecting a ram as different flocks will have different breeding objectives.



Performance Recording - Can You ByAfford Not to? Katie Keiley, Scottish Sheep Strategy Development Officer (South), Quality Meat Scotland In the current climate of poor lamb prices, poor forage quality and increasing costs of production, we need to use every tool available to help improve our margins. For the Suffolk breed, in particular, it is estimated to cost at least £75 to produce a finished lamb and at least double that to turn out a pedigree breeding animal. In order to overcome this cost price squeeze, it is vital that we look to improve the efficiency of our flocks. The dairy, beef, pig and poultry industries have all reacted to current pressures and invested proactively in the genetics of their breeding animals. Genetic improvement is both cumulative and sustainable and one of the best investments that can be made in your breeding flock. So what can Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) do to improve the performance of your flock? By carefully selecting the right tup, you should be able to achieve the following: • an improvement in the number of lambs born; • higher growth rates, reducing the number of days to slaughter; • an increase in the slaughter weight of prime lambs; • an improvement in the productivity of replacement stock; • an improvement in the genetic potential of the whole flock, bringing cumulative improvements to the bottom line for years to come.

But why is there reluctance in the uptake of these breeding technologies in the sheep sector? For many it is the thought of additional work in recording and more paperwork, and for others, it is the fear that buying on figures alone will impact on their chances of success in the show ring. However, if this were the case, then why have EBV’s had such a positive influence on our beef and dairy sectors? Surely our counterparts have as much pride in the show ring? Or is it the case that economics prevail? Without doubt the financial benefits of using EBVs are real. Should we be developing an EBV for conformation? This is rather difficult when opinions are so subjective. Is there a requirement when a ram for pedigree purposes is unlikely to be purchased on figures alone? Moreover, a pedigree producer has his pride to consider too – he would be extremely unlikely to present an animal for sale that he wasn’t proud of, even if it did have the best EBV figures behind it. Moving on from speculative debate, let us first understand the principles of how EBVs are calculated. Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) is used to collect and analyse the pedigree and performance data of each animal. BLUP calculates how much of each animal’s performance is due to its “breeding potential” (genetics) and how much is due to its “environment”. The pedigree data collected includes up to 40 years of pedigree information from all the relatives of the



ARTICLES animal, the relationship between performance traits (correlations) and the degree to which traits are inherited from one generation to another (heritabilities). EBVs are derived only after a comprehensive analysis of the animal’s genetic history, taking into account the strength and likelihood that traits will be passed down to the next generation. If the animal has been bred from a line of show winners, then there is every likelihood that conformation will not be an issue. To further the debate on EBVs versus conformation, it would seem logical to next explain the value of CT scanning. The accuracy of EBVs for growth and carcase traits can be greatly enhanced through the incorporation of CT data into the evaluation of your flock. Indexes and EBVs will be increased if CT measures prove an individual or family to be genetically superior.


CT scanning identifies areas of fat, muscle and bone, and from these measurements, body composition and hence carcase composition can be predicted with around 98% accuracy. CT scanning therefore helps to identify outstanding animals within your flock. Not only will the results be beneficial for your flock profile, but with in-depth knowledge of your carcase composition, you will undoubtedly increase your bottom line. I would encourage you to consider carefully the advantages of using EBVs in your breeding decisions. Think about the productivity, the performance, remove the negative perception and reap the profit! For further information on the Scottish Sheep Strategy visit or contact Katie Keiley on 07902 855 440.



2012 Obituaries The Suffolk Sheep Society deeply regrets the loss of the following with links to the Society. We express our sincere sympathy and condolences to the wider family circle.

March 2012 John Hallam (Seagrave, G86) May 2012 Ted Jeffery (Kilbeg Flock, 67B) June 2012 Thos J Killick (Killaire, C1) July 2012 Sandy Campbell (Kirkton, 62H) August 2012 Moira Kenny (Farragher, 60D) December 2012 Alex Shepherd (Cromar, M93)

John Hallam 1920-2012 Born into a farming family, John’s whole life revolved around working the land & tending livestock. He established the Seagrave flock of Suffolks with the purchase of five ewes & a ram in 1939, & for the last 73 years Suffolk sheep have played a large part in the lives of the whole family. The flock has grown to be one of the largest registered flocks, selling rams & breeding stock at sales up & down the country. John was a familiar face for many years judging & showing his sheep, & in his later years took great pleasure in being a ‘hands on’ spectator, whilst leaving the younger generations showed the sheep. He served for many years on the Midland & Southern Branch committee, & was a great supporter of the Midland Suffolk Breeders Club. Over the years the Suffolk breed brought him many achievements, happy memories & life long friends. Sheila Eggleston




Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral 16th - 18th May 2012 Judge: Mr G. Mackie, Drimmie Flock Aged Ram (1) 1 S & W Tait Forkins Ferrari II by Cairness Kanine Shearling Ram (4) 1 S & W Tait Shannagh Resolve (78A:11:020) by Strathisla Stoner 2 L & M Liggett Shannagh Spartacus (78A:11:040) by Castlewellan Nutcracker 3 W Montgomery Stockton Dynamite (72H:11:610) by Stockton Lad the Second Aged Ewe (4) 1 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:L54 by Strathisla Stoner 2 RC & JC Watson 8B:K63 by Birness the Great 3 A & N Robinson FNV:L184 by Glenhead the McCoy

Shearling Ewe (12) 1 P Donnelly LRT:11:008 by Baileys Paddy’s Power 2 P Donnelly T86:11:071 by Forkins Ferrari II 3 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:11:028 by Jubilee Jethro Ram lamb (15) 1 L & D Aiken PAO:12:001 by Cairness Achievement 2 S & W Tait T86:12:056 by Cairness Liam 3 L & D Aiken PAO:12:002 by Cairness Achievement Ewe Lamb (17) 1 A Gault AOR:12:015 by Cairness New Approach 2 D Taylor KKW:12:043 by Limestone To-tal 3 M Priestley KPC:12:012 by Limestone To-tal

Supreme Champion Pedigree Bailey Paddy’s Power (HJW:N40) LRT:11:008 LRT:K15 by Birness Starcracker (1W:J25)


LRT:D11 by Glenho the Rock (DDY:A88)


SHOWS Female Champion P Donnelly - LRT:11:008

Reserve Male Champion L & D Aiken - PAO:12:001

Reserve Female Champion AJ & NAJ Robinson - 73A:L54

Supreme Champion P Donnelly - LRT:11:008

Male Champion S & W Tait - Forkins Ferrari II

Reserve Champion AJ & NAJ Robinson - 73A:L54

1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Female Champion & Supreme Champion from P Donnelly




1st Aged Ewe, Reserve Female Champion & Reserve Champion from AJ & NAJ Robinson

1st Aged Ram & Male Champion from S & W Tait

1st Ewe lamb from A Gault

1st Prize Shearling Ram from S & W Tait

1st Ram Lamb & Reserve Male Champion from L & D Aiken




Group of Three from S & W Tait

Interbreed Group of Three from S & W Tait, P. Donnelly & A. Gault



Wright Manley Pedigree Livestock Auctioneers & Valuers Established 1861 BEESTON CASTLE AUCTION, BEESTON, NR TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE CW6 9NZ Tel. 01829 262120 Fax. 01829 262129 BEESTON CASTLE SUFFOLK SALES Beeston is now firmly established as the Premier Market for the Collective Sale of Suffolk Females in the UK. It is amazing how this Sale has developed from such humble beginnings eleven years ago to now being the UK’s No.1 In-lamb Female Sale. Many thanks to all those who have supported us since the start. The most recent Sale in November attracted the largest entry yet and was very high on quality with many of the country’s leading flocks taking part. Over 90 buyers from all over Great Britain as well as Belgium were recorded. It is important to recognize that every successful Sale has a strong commercial base and this is undoubtedly the strength of this Sale. But we are also proud to sell top individuals for top money which brings an even balance to the event.





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SATURDAY, 2nd NOVEMBER: THE 13th “WRIGHT MANLEY AUTUMN COLLECTION” Show & Sale of In-lamb Ewes; Gimmers and Ewe Lambs at Beeston Castle Auction, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire. Flock Dispersal and Reduction Sales, either on farm or in the market can be conducted at any time and anywhere. Please always watch out in the National Press for further announcements of Sales ENQUIRIES TO: CLIVE NORBURY Tel: 01829 262120 Mobile: 07831 485590 Home: 01630 655250 E-mail:


Royal Highland Show 20th - 23rd June 2012 Judge: A. Wilson, Castleisle Flock Aged Ram 1 Mr & Mrs W & A Hutchon Glenagh Gregan by Oakbridge Kauto Star 2 S & G Sutherland Cairnton Reiver by Deveronside Speedway Shearling Ram 1 Hutchon, Proctor & Douglas Castlewood Champion by Cairness New Approach 2 County Turf Ltd LOZ:11:034 by Solwaybank Sovereign Aged Ewe 1 R H Wilson FNV:L111 by Strathisla Speed 2 K & L Mair NAJ:N22 by Glenhead Golden Phoenix 3 J Nisbet FAJ:L43 by Strathisla Black Gold

Shearling Ewe 1 J J Tooze DYX:11:008 by Davishill Decision 2 I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 3 R H Wilson FNV:11:065 by Cairness Stockbroker Ram Lamb 1 R H Wilson FNV:12:090 by Rookery Rooney 2 R H Wilson FNV:12:136 by Forkins Figo 3 I & J Barbour JOD:12:094 by Cairness Castello Ewe Lamb 1 K & L Mair NAJ:12:061 by Strathisla Sea Bird 2 I & J Barbour FHT:12:012 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 3 K & L Mair NAJ:12:081 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet

Supreme Champion Pedigree Strathisla Speed FNV:L111 FNV:D70 by Strathisla Kingsway


FNV:Z96 by Muiresk The Meance


SHOWS Female Champion R H Wilson - FNV:L111 Reserve Female Champion K & L Mair - NAJ:N22 Male Champion R H Wilson - FNV:12:090

Reserve Male Champion Hutchon, Proctor & Douglas Castlewood Champion Supreme Champion R H Wilson - FNV:L111 Reserve Champion R H Wilson - FNV:12:090

Overall Champion from RH Wilson, (L to R) RBS Sponsor, handler M. Priestly and Judge A Wilson.




1st Ewe Lamb from K & L Mair

1st Ram Lamb, Male Champion & Reserve Overall Champion from RH Wilson

1st Shearling Ewe from JJ Tooze

1st Shearling Ram & Reserve Male Champion from Hutchon, Proctor & Douglas

1st Aged Ewe, Female Champion & Overall Champion from RH Wilson

1st Aged Ram from W&A Hutchon




2nd Aged Ewe & Reserve Female Champion from K&L Mair




Suffolk Championships, Athenry 30th June 2012 Judge: P. Machray, Middlemuir Flock Shearling Ram and Upwards 1 J A Browne Errigal Simply the Best by Cairness Just the Best 2 S & P O’Connor Lakeview Islandmore by Glenho Genius 3 M Brennan Castleisle Creation by Strathisla Dylan Thomas Aged Ewe and Upwards 1 S O’Keeffe BYD:L30 by Castlewellan Sportsman 2 J A Browne CFJ:L82 by Strathisla Dylan Thomas 3 J Rooney JFF:K82 by Shannagh Shergar Shearling Ewe 1 P O’Keeffe 33H:11:087 by Cairness Liam 2 C Lynch N43:11:043 by Lakeview Beacon 3 S O’Keeffe BYD:11:114 by Solwaybank Super Sensation

Novice Ram Lamb 1 J Rooney LKV:12:007 by Baileys Supervalue 2 M D & M Grealy 88J:12:029 by Oranmore Super Power 3 M D & M Grealy 88J:12:017 by Cionn-mhalanna D Best Open Ram Lamb 1 A O’Keeffe R15:12:081 by Solwaybank Super Sensation 2 J Rooney LKV:12:007 by Baileys Supervalue 3 G Killilea HOL:12:024 by Ardlea Action Novice Ewe Lamb 1 M D & M Grealy 88J:12:019 by Oranmore Super Power 2 J Rooney LKV:12:011 by Solwaybank Super Sensation 3 Fergal O’Se NWC:12:006 by Clyda Goliath

Supreme Champion Pedigree Castlewellan Sportsman BYD:L30 BYD:C53 by Glenisla Grimaldi


BYD:T84 by Glenho Harley Davidson


SHOWS Untrimmed Ewe Lamb 1 J A Browne PBH:12:001 by Errigal Simply the Best 2 A O’Keeffe R15:12:024 by Cairness Liam 3 T & M Burke LYB:12:014 by Deburca Deezer Trimmed Ewe Lamb 1 G Killilea HOL:12:025 by Ardlea Action 2 A O’Keeffe R15:12:021 by Cairness Wild Fire 3 T & M Burke LYB:12:015 by Deburca Deezer

Female Champion S O’Keeffe - BYD:L30 Reserve Female Champion P O’Keeffe - 33H:11:087 Male Champion J A Browne - PBH:11:004 Reserve Male Champion A O’Keeffe - R15:12:081 Supreme Champion S O’Keeffe - BYD:L30 Reserve Champion P O’Keeffe - 33H:11:087

1st Aged Ewe, Female Champion & Overall Champion from S O'Keeffe




1st Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Overall Champions from P O’Keeffe (L to R) J Jeffery, TJ Broderick, A Mitchell, Judge P Machray & A O'Keeffe

1st Shearling Ram and Male Champion from J A Browne

1st Novice Ewe Lamb from MD&M Grealy

1st Open Ram Lamb & Reserve Male Champion from A O'Keeffe

1st Trimmed Ewe Lamb from G Killilea




1st Untrimmed Ewe Lamb from JA Browne




Great Yorkshire Show 10th July 2012 Judge: S. Brown, Capielaw Flock Shearling Ram 1 D Aconley Collessie Lord by Rhaeadr Operator 2 G L Riby Kings Parade by Cairness Carbon 3 Lilburn Estates Deveronside Pall-Mall by Strathisla Sea Bird Aged Ewe 1 P Lupton KXL:N4 by Rookery CK One 2 D Aconley NFR:L3 by Westcarse First Glance 3 G L Riby FZL:J72 by Conveth No Going Back Shearling Ewe 1 Lilburn Estates G34:11:107 by Bentley Norris 2 Lilburn Estates G34:11:083 by Bentley Norris 3 P Lupton KXL:11:004 by Rookery CK One

Ram Lamb - Trimmed 1 Lilburn Estates G34:12:059 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 2 M T Bulmer D17:12:005 by Glenhead Golden Phoenix 3 Mr & Mrs L Peel JWC:12:003 by Beaufort PI Ram Lamb - Untrimmed 1 G L Riby FZL:12:031 by Beaufort Button 2 Lilburn Estates G34:12:152 by Forkins Figo 3 D Aconley NFR:12:009 by Brompton Eric Ewe Lamb 1 J J Tooze DYX:12:033 by Middlemuir Merlin 2 Lilburn Estates G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 3 P Lupton KXL:12:020 by Rookery CK One

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rookery CK One KXL:N4 KXL:J9 by Manorhouse Hot Spot


KXL:A4 by Hambleton Harvest Moon


SHOWS Female Champion P Lupton - KXL:N4

Supreme Champion P Lupton - KXL:N4

Reserve Female Champion Lilburn Estates - G34:11:107

Reserve Champion Lilburn Estates - G34:11:107

Male Champion D Aconley - Collessie Lord

Trophy presented on behalf of the late Jack Bulmer went to D Aconley for the best pen of sheep

Reserve Male Champion G L Riby - FZL:12:031

1st Aged Ewe, Female Champion & Overall Champion from P Lupton




1st Shearling Ewe & Reserve Female Champion from Lilburn Estates

1st Aged Ram & Male Champion from D Aconley

1st Ewe Lamb from JJ Tooze

1st Untrimmed Ram Lamb & Reserve Male Champion from GL Riby







Royal Welsh 23rd - 26th July 2012 Judge: M. Weaver, Perrinpit Flock Ram Shearling or over 1 D J Harvey Rhaeadr Roberto (A12:N122) by Baileys Brigadier The Second 2 A Meredith CSY:11:008 by Stockton S.S 3 D P Roberts J99:11:041 by Cairness Columbo Shearling Ewe 1 D Jones NAT:11:013 by Strathisla Speed 2 D Jones NAT:11:005 by Conveth The Jack Pot 3 A Meredith 72H:11:601 by Stockton Arwell Ram lamb– Trimmed 1 D Jones NAT:12:006 by Strathisla Speed 2 T J & L S R Griffiths BAX:12:001 by Sitlow Centurion 3 R B & G M Morgan K52:12:082 by Cairness Brawn

Ram lamb – Untrimmed 1 W H Sinnett 72H:12:1678 by Conchar PR 2 T J & L S R Griffiths BAX:12:003 by Sitlow Centurion 3 R B & G M Morgan K52:12:011 by Deveronside Olympian Ewe lamb 1 D Jones NAT:12:005 by Strathisla Speed 2 W H Sinnett 72H:12:1649 by Conchar PR 3 R B & G M Morgan K52:12:007 by Deveronside Olympian Female Champion D Jones - NAT:11:013 by Strathisla Speed Reserve Female Champion D Jones - NAT:12:005 by Strathisla Speed Male Champion D J Harvey - Rhaeadr Roberto (A12:N122) Reserve Male Champion W H Sinnett - 72H:12:1678 by Conchar PR Supreme Champion D J Harvey - Rhaeadr Roberto (A12:N122) Reserve Champion D Jones - NAT:11:013 by Strathisla Speed

Supreme Champion Pedigree Baileys Brigadier The Second A12:N122 DDY:F72 by Boreland Buddah


DDY:Z87 by Glenho Glayva



1st Shearling Ram, Male Champion & Overall Champion from D J Harvey

1st Shearling Ewe, Female Champion & Reserve Overall Champion from D Jones




1st Ewe Lamb & Reserve Female Champion from D Jones

1st Trimmed Ram Lamb from D Jones

1st Untrimmed Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion from W H Sinnett

Judge M Weaver

Group of Three from D Jones







Three Counties Show 15th - 17th June 2012 Judge: M. Stuart, Birness Aged Ram 1 C J Holmes Haddo High Voltage by Strathisla Speed Shearling Ram 1 Mr V E & B M Samuel & Son 18:11:056 by Rookery High Tower 2 Mrs A Meredith CSY:11:008 by Stockton S.S. 3 Mr P M Fletcher 96N:11:032 by Stockton Joint Venture Shearling Ewe 1 Mr V E & B M Samuel & Son Y18:11:002 by Monkton Monitor 2 Mrs A Meredith 72H:11:601 by Stockton Arwell 3 Mr P M Fletcher 96N:11:009 by Stockton Joint Venture Ram Lamb 1 C J Holmes DND:12:005 by Haddo High Voltage 2 C J Holmes DND:12:055 by Deveronside Destroyer 3 Mike Davies & Sons

Ewe Lamb 1 Mr V E & B M Samuel & Son Y18:12:005 by Rhaeadr Obsession 2 C J Holmes DND:12:002 by Haddo High Voltage 3 Mike Davies & Sons Female Champion Mr V E & B M Samuel & SonY18:12:005 Reserve Female Champion Mr V E & B M Samuel & Son - Y18:11:002 Male Champion C J Holmes - DND:12:005 Reserve Male Champion C J Holmes - Haddo High Voltage Supreme Champion C J Holmes - DND:12:005 Reserve Champion Mr V E & B M Samuel & Son - Y18:12:005

Supreme Champion Pedigree Haddo High Voltage DND:12:005 DND:H37 by Marwood Millennium Man


DND:A13 by Birness Bon Jovi



1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male Champion & Supreme Champion from C Holmes

1st Ewe Lamb, Female Champion & Reserve Overall Champion from VE & BM Samuel & Son




1st Shearling Ewe & Reserve Female Champion from VE & MB Samuel & Son

1st Shearling Ram from VE & BM Samuel & Son

1st Aged Ram & Reserve Male Champion from C J Holmes

1st Pairs from C J Holmes

Group of Three from Mike Davies & Sons







National Flock Competition 2012 National Flock Competition Results Judge: Myfyr Evans (Rhaeadr) ____________________________________________________________________

Bristol Gold Cup Overall Winner: P Donnelly (Donrho)

Overall Reserve: CJ Holmes (Rookery)

John Long Cup (Up to 30 ewes) Winner: A&L MacKinnon (Thistledoo)

Reserve: DF&AE Callan (Castlemartin)

WE Lloyd Cup (31-60 ewes) Winner: P Donnelly (Donrho) Reserve: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Certificate of Merit: Stuart Davies (Beaufort)

Keeble Cup (61-100 ewes) Winner: D&J Inman (Lindum)

Reserve: RF Holmes (Willmar)

Brooks Cup (>100 ewes) There were no flocks entered this size in the 2012 competition

Bonnington Salver (Best Flock of Ewes) Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: P Donnelly (Donrho) Certificate of Merit: Stuart Davies (Beaufort)

The Sainsbury Cup (Best Ewe Lambs) Winner: P Donnelly (Donrho) Reserve: D&J Inman (Lindum) Certificate of Merit: CJ Holmes (Rookery) and RF Holmes (Willmar)

The Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams) Winner: P Donnelly (Donrho) Reserve: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Certificate of Merit: Stuart Davies (Beaufort)

Progeny Group Winner: CJ Holmes (Rhaeadr Obsession) - (93272) Reserve: D&J Inman (Castleisle Cashew) - (91990) P Donnelly (Baileys Paddy Power) - (94737)




John Long Cup winners A & L Mackinnon

P & R Donnelly with Birness Bolt, Best Stock Ram




Presentation of Awards to P & R Donnelly (L to R) Dr L McClinton, M Evans, P & R Donnelly & R Greig




National at Shrewsbury Judge: A. O’Keeffe, Annakisha Flock A packed ringside of breeders and commercial buyers competed strongly at the National Suffolk sale at Shrewsbury, with a five figure price for the day’s pre-sale champion the highlight of the sale. Taking the top call of 17,000gns was Jimmy Douglas’ lead lamb from his ever consistent Cairness flock, Fraserburgh. Mr Douglas’ sale topper was a son of Middlemuir Messi, 33H:12:135. He is out of a dam by Muiresk King of Diamonds and was the pick of the Robinson family, Northern Ireland, for their Benrafton flock, Downpatrick, Co Down. Selling for the second best price of the sale was another Aberdeenshire-bred lamb, this time from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock. This lamb was FNV:12:036, a son of Forkins

Figo ET bred out of a Strathisla Schumacher daughter who’s dam was champion at the Highland in 2003 and 2004. He sold to G and J Soulsby, Penrith for 8,500gns. Another from the champion’s pen then sold at 7,000gns. This was another Messi son from Mr Douglas’ Cairness pen, 33H:12:062. He is out of a dam by Cairness Achievement and was knocked down to Jim Fleming, for his Lanarkshire-based Hallhill flock. A 5,500gns bid was enough to secure Gary Beacom’s best from his Northern Ireland based Lakeview flock. This was JFF:12:042, by Cairness Cyclone and out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach. He was bought by G K Elsworthy, Bideford.

Lot 145, Overall Champion from J G Douglas sold for 17,000gns



SALES Selling for 5,000gns was the second prize lamb from the open ram lamb class presented by Chris and Sally Holmes lamb DND:12:005. This Haddo High Voltage son is out of a dam by Marwood Millenium Man and was breed champion at Three Counties. He found a new home with D J Harvey, Builth Wells. Following that at 4,000gns was Ross Lawrence’s lamb NHL:12:017 from his Roundacre flock, Devon. This Forkins Figo son is out of a Strathisla Speed daughter and was breed champion at Royal Cornwall. This one was bought by Gary Beacom for his Lakeview flock. Another 4,000gns sale was achieved for a Northern-Irish bred lamb from Messrs Liggett’s Carony flock. This was DBB:12:081, a Rhaeadr Red Bull son out of a dam by Conveth Royal Flush and goes back to Boreland Buddah. Buying him were Messrs Denby and Thomas Darling.

Then finding a new home at 3,800gns was Myfyr Evans lamb from his Rhaeadr flock, A12:12:110. This son of the breed record holder, 90,000gns tup Ardlea Arbennig, is out of a dam by Cairness Stormer and is the first son of Arbennig to be offered for sale. He found a new home with Aimee Mogford. Then at 3,500gns was another from the Rookery flock, DND:12:055, a son of Deveronside Destroyer out of a dam by Rhaeadr Obsession. Taking this one back to Eire was the pre-sale judge Arthur O’Keeffe. And selling at 3,400gns was another from Robbie Wilson FNV:12:069. This is a son of Rookery Rooney out of a dam by Glenhead Golden Phoenix and was claimed by A and J Jones.

Lot 184 from R H Wilson sold for 8,500gns




Lot 147, from J G Douglas sold for 7,000gns

Lot 224 from G C Beacom sold for 5,500gns

Lot 92 from C J Holmes sold for 5,000gns

Lot 100 from R Lawrence sold for 4,000gns

Lot 171 from L&M Liggett sold for 4,000gns

Lot 68 from M A Evans sold for 3,800gns





Lot 93, Reserve Champion from C J Holmes sold for 3,500gns

Lot 24, from I & J Barbour sold for 3,200gns

Lot 228 from G C Beacom sold for 3,000gns

Lot 188 from R H Wilson sold for 2,600gns

Lot 240, 1st Ram lamb with best gigot from A&N Williams sold for 2,400gns

Lot 139, 1st Signet Recorded Lamb from S&W Tait sold for 2,000gns


SALES Then a 3,200gns call secured a Rhaeadr Rastafari son from the Solwaybank flock of Iain and Judith Barbour. This one JOD:12:070 is out of a dam by Solwaybank Santana and headed home with Hazel Martindale. Robbie Wilson then sold another Figo son, this time FNV:12:050 at 3,000gns. He is out of a dam by Lakeview Leeroy and was bought by R B and G M Morgan for the Llangview flock, Usk. Also at this price was a Lakeview lamb from Gary Beacom. This was JFF:12:064 by Cairness Cyclone and out of a dam by Meikleson Impression. Buying him was Thomas Hodges, Aylesbury, for his Knowlhill flock. Then making 2,600gns was another Figo son from Robbie Wilson, FNV:12:052. He is out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher. This one sold to M Holt. Also selling at this money was another Strathisla lamb FNV:12:117 by Figo and out of a dam by Glenhead Golden Pheonix. He was bought by Stephen Bolland for the Skipton-based Wharfe flock.

Averages; 133 ram lambs £1,368, two shearling rams £1,365 (Halls with J Straker Chadwick and Sons).

Class 1 Single Shearling Ram 1 County Turf Ltd Lot 6 - LOZ:11:034 Sire: Solwaybank Sovereign (93074) 2 T A Irwin & Son Lot 2 - CAL:11:045 Sire: Cairness Carbon (94121) 3 VE & BM Samuel Lot 7 - Y18:11:056 Sire: Rookery High Power (94461)

Class 2 Signet recorded Ram Lamb 1 Messrs S & W Tait Lot 139 - T86:12:058 Sire: Shannagh Resolve (95757) 2 A E Weaver & Son Lot 72 - P50:12:079 Sire: Stockton Nobleman (95036) 3 John Key Lot 221 - L20:12:049 Sire: Langside Premier (94260)

Class 3 Single Ram Lamb 1 J G Douglas Lot 145 - 33H:12:128 Sire:Middlemuir Messi (95593) 2 C J Holmes Lot 92 - DND:12:005 Sire:Haddo High Voltage (94816) 3 G C Beacom Lot 224 - JFF:12:042 Sire: Cairness Cyclone (94939) Lot 60, from M A Evans sold for 1,800gns




Lot 125 from C A Proctor & Co sold for 1,700gns

Lot 6, 1st Shearling ram from County Turf Ltd. sold for 1,600gns

Lot 23, from I & J Barbour sold for 1,500gns

Lot 12, from G L Stuart sold for 1,300gns

Group of three from R H Wilson



SALES Class 4 Pen of 3 Ram Lambs 1 Robert H Wilson Lot 189 - FNV:12:020, L190 - FNV:12:050 & L191 - FNV:12:069 2 S & W Tait Lot 138 - T86:12:037, L139 T86:12:058 & L142 T86:12:064 3 C J Holmes Lot 93 - DND:12:055, L95 - DND:12:018 & L96 - DND:12:027

Class 5 Ram Lamb with Best Gigot 1 Aled&Nia Williams Lot 240 - NCY:12:016 Sire: Rhaeadr Richie Macaw(95756) 2 Myfyr A Evans Lot 63 - A12:12:007 Sire: Baileys B.M.W.(94597) 3 L & M Liggett Lot 171 - DBB:12:081 Sire: Rhaeadr Red Bull (95913)

Class 6 Young Handlers 1 Natasha Sutherland 2 Tom Cox

Overall Champion J G Douglas Lot 145 - 33H:12:128 Sire: Middlemuir Messi (95593)

Reserve Overall Champion C J Holmes Lot 93 - DND:12:055 Sire: Deveronside Destroyer (94817)


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Northern Area Branch - Stirling Pedigree Judge: J. Jeffery, Bawnard Flock Commercial Judge: James Pate There was a flying trade for Suffolk rams at the Northern Area Branch sale at Stirling, on Friday 27th July, which left a 72 per cent clearance rate and a sale average of £2,100. The top price on the day was 28,000gns from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock. FNV:12:090 stood champion on the day and was sired by the 23,000gn Rookery Rooney out of a Lakeview Leeroy ewe. There was a three way split of purchasers which included Chris and Sally Holmes, Rookery flock, Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill flock and Iain and Judith Barbour, Solwaybank flock. Next best at 20,000gns was one from George Stuart’s Birness flock, 1W:12:044, a son of

Rhaeadr Giggsy out of a dam by Rhaeadr Flash Harry. The final bidder was Patrick Donnelly, Donrho flock, Martinstown, Northern Ireland. A son of Ardlea Arbennig, the 90,000gns breed record holder, was the last lamb in from Myfyr Evans. He was out of a dam by Baileys Brigadier the Second. This lamb had style and a tremendous carcass which attracted a final bid of 18,000gns from RH Wilson Strathisla on behalf of a syndicate of purchasers which included Mark Priestley, Patrick Grant and the Sufferin Family, all from Northern Ireland.

Lot 132 1st Open Ram Lamb & Overall Champion from RH Wilson sold for 28,000gns



SALES The best from the Burnview flock of Stephanie and William Tait T86:12:056 sold for 16,000gns. He heads to the Irish Republic for use in the Ardlea flock of Dan Tynan and was bought by well known shepherd Pat Greaney. Another from Birness but this time by Ardlea Champion then sold at 12,000gns, this was 1W:12:049, out of dam by Meikleson Square Up. He too heads to Northern Ireland as part of a syndicate which included Dennis Taylor, Alaistair Gault, Derek Farrell and Malcolm Beattie. At the same money was another from Robbie, FNV:12:136. This son of Forkins Figo is out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and was purchased by Graeme Christie, Balquhain flock. A 10,000gns bid was enough to secure the first in the ring from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock. This was 33H:12:021, a son of Cairness Cyclone out of a dam by Whitestone Warrior. Irish breeders were again top bidders in a three way split which included S&W Tait, Burnview flock, W&R Wilson, Shannagh flock and Andrew Wilson, Castleisle flock.

Lot 164 from GL Stuart sold for 20,000gns

Lot 201 from M Evans sold for 18,000gns

Also at 10,000gns was one from John Gibb’s Cairnton flock, KLR:12:027. Sired by Cairnton Eyecatcher he is out of a dam by Deveronside Speedway and goes back to Cairness Warrior. He stays in Aberdeen heading to the well known Conveth flock of Charlie and Kevin Proctor. Just 1,000gns shy of that at 9,000gns was another Strathisla lamb, FNV:12:112. Another by Forkins Figo he is out of a dam by Strathisla Schumacher. This lamb heads to England for use in the Jubilee flock of Mark Evans. 78

Lot 86 from S&W Tait sold for 16,000gns


SALES Reserve championship honours were taken by Gary Beacom’s lamb JFF:12:140 from his Lakeview flock. This one is by Cairness Cyclone, the 26,000gns National Sale champion in 2010. He is out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and goes back to Baileys Barracuda and was eventually knocked down to George Stuart for 7,000gns.

Lot 134 from RH Wilson sold for 12,000gns

Lot 165 from GL Stuart sold for 12,000gns

Lot 152 Reserve Best Ram Lamb Bred in Northern Area from JG Douglas sold for 10,000gns

A pair then traded at 5,500gns, with the first at this level being one from Robbie’s pen, FNV:12:049. He was purchased by MaryJulia Cornish for her Mardle flock. This Forkins Figo son is out of a dam by Strathisla Speed. The other at this price was from Jimmy Douglas 33H:12:048, a Whitestone Footprint son out of a dam by Cairness Achievement. He heads to the Northern Ireland flock of David Duncan at Crumlin. Read more Winning the recorded ram lamb class was S&W Tait’s lamb T86:12:060 from the Burnview flock. Sired by Cairness Liam he is out of a dam by Castleisle Impact and goes back to Burnview Beamer. He sold for 2,200gns. Second to him was Jim Fleming with a lamb from the Hallhill flock, 35N:12:030. This is by Forkins Favourite and out of a dam by Cairness Direct Line amd sold for 800gns, while in third was Antony Glaves with his lamb M17:12:002, a Cairness Carbon son out of a dam by Tomcroft Fusion. In the Elite Commercial ram lamb class the winner was George Stuart’s lamb 1W:12:039 which sold for 4,200gns. He is sired by Lakeview Irish Cream and out of a dam by Cairness Bondi. Second was G J Christie’s lamb from the Balquhain flock PDN 12:003 which sold for 2,300gns. This one is by Strathisla Sea Bird and out of a dam by Glenhead Golden Phoenix. Third in this class



SALES was clinched by Alistair Gault’s, AOR:12:027. This is by Ardlea Alonso and out of a dam by Cairness Scholes and was sold for 2,000gns. Class 1 Recorded Ram Lamb 1 Messrs S & W Tait Lot 89 - T86:12:060 Sire: Cairness Liam (94432) 2 James Fleming Lot 147 - 35N:12:030 Sire: Forkins Favourite (95945) 3 Antony Glaves Lot 241 - M17:12:002 Sire: Cairness Carbon (94121)

Lot 219 from JA Gibb sold for 10,000gns

Class 2 Open Ram Lamb 1 Robert H Wilson Lot 132 - FNV:12:090 Sire: Rookery Rooney (95596) 2 G C Beacom Lot 114 - JFF:12:140 Sire: Cairness Cyclone (94939) 3 George L Stuart Lot 164 - 1W:12:044 Sire: Rhaeadr Giggsy (95814) Class 3 Pen of 3 Ram Lambs 1 J G Douglas Lot 152 - 33H:12:021, L153 - 33H:12:050 & L157 - 33H:12:061 2 Robert H Wilson Lot 133 - FNV:12:112, L134 - FNV:12:136 & L137 - FNV:12:049 3 George L Stuart Lot 165 - 1W:12:049, L166 - 1W:12:078 & L171 - 1W:12:018

Lot 133 from RH Wilson sold for 9,000gns

Lot 114 2nd Open Ram Lamb & Reserve Champion from GC Beacom sold for 7,000gns



SALES Class 4 Elite Commercial Ram Lamb 1 George L Stuart Lot 167 - 1W:12:039 Sire: Lakeview Irish Cream (95813) 2 Mr G J Christie Lot 143 - PDN:12:003 Sire: Strathisla Sea Bird (94519) 3 A R Gault Lot 80 - AOR:12:027 Sire: Ardlea Alonso (95893)

Lot 137 from RH Wilson sold for 5,500gns

Class 5 Young Handlers 1 Amy Dalgarno Best Ram Lamb (bred in Northern Area) Robert H Wilson Lot 132 - FNV:12:090 Sire: Rookery Rooney (95596) Reserve J G Douglas Lot 152 - 33H:12:021 Sire: Cairness Cyclone (94939)

Lot 101 from I&J Barbour sold for 4,500gns

Breed Championship Robert H Wilson Lot 132 - FNV:12:090 Sire: Rookery Rooney (95596) Reserve G C Beacom Lot 114 - JFF:12:140 Sire: Cairness Cyclone (94939)

Lot 167 1st Commercial Elite Ram Lamb from GL Stuart sold for 4,200gns





Lot 88 from S&W Tait sold for 3,800gns

Lot 30 from PDW Taylor sold for 3,500gns

Lot 160 from JG Douglas sold for 3,000gns

Lot 85 from P Greaney sold for 2,800gns

Lot 89 from S&W Tait sold for 2,200gns

Group of Three from JG Douglas



Ballymena Judge: R. Irwin, Kings Flock A packed ringside resulted in a cracking trade for Suffolk rams at the Premier Suffolk sale run by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society. Suffolk Shearling rams sold to a top price of 920gns paid for the 1st prize shearling from WR Blair. This impressive animal was sired by Wells Dynamite and out of a ewe by Ewebank Armani. The final bidder was G Coulter, Cookstown. The highest priced ram lamb went to P Donnelly when William Gleeson, Wexford, paid 1,700gns to secure a son of Baileys Paddy Power out of a ewe by Birness Starcracker. This ram had stood 6th prize in the open.

The second highest price came from L&M Liggett at 1,500gns. This son of Rhaeadr Red Bull and out of Conveth Royal Flush heads for pedigree use in the flock of well known Northern Ireland breeders E&J Gould from Coleraine. This ram was one of the 2nd prize group of three. F Tweed had a memorable evening when his only lamb stood fourth in the Novice lamb class and went on to make 1,400gns. This impressive lamb was sired by Glenho Royal Edition and out of a ewe by Baileys Invincible. Numerous buyers tried to secure this lamb but it was M Priestley and W Montgomery who placed the final bid to secure his services for the Limestone and Smiddiehill flocks.

Lot 43 from P Donnelly sold for 1,700gns



SALES PDW Taylor continued his year of success for the Ballynacanon flock when he won the Group of Three, Open Lamb Class and the overall sale championships. The winning lamb was an embryo brother to his best ram lamb sold for 3,500gns at Stirling a week earlier. The champion was sired by Limestone To-Tal out of a ewe by Lakeview Lord Lee and was sold for 1,300gns to M Beattie, Omagh. T&B Robinson brought out two cracking ram lambs which attracted a lot of interest. The twin brothers were sired by Cairness Kanine and out of a ewe by Cairness See the Stars. The first was bought by J Linden Newry for 1,250gns. The second was sold for 1,000gns to D McGonigle, Maghera. WR Blair sold his best ram lamb for 1,200gns. This one was sired by Pitfour Iron Man and out of a ewe by Wells Alls Mighty. This lamb had stood fifth in the open ram lamb class and was bought by D Murphy, Dungiven.

Lot 66 from L&M Liggett sold for 1,500gns

Lot 105 from PDW Taylor sold for 1,300gns

G Beacom sold his best lamb for 1,100gns to C Dickson, Newry. This son of Cairness Cyclone was out of a dam by Kings High and Mighty. He was purchased by B&C Dickson for use in the Islandmoyle flock. J&I Porter sold the sixth prize Signet recorded lamb for 1,050gns. This son of Burnview Power Ranger and out of a ewe by Burnview Boxster was purchased in a two way partnership between W&R


Lot 105 from PDW Taylor sold for 1,300gns


SALES McMullan and A Rea. S&W Tait had won the Signet ram class with a son of Burnview Top Flight which sold for 700gns. A&N Robinson sold their best for 1,000gn to D McGarry, Newry. This son of Benrafton Right Said Fred and out of a ewe by Glenhead the McCoy had stood second prize ram lamb.

Lot 24 from WR Blair sold for 1,200gns

The final four figure price was paid to the last exhibitor GD McAdoo. E&J Gould paid 1,000gns to secure a son of Smiddiehill Wonder out of a ewe by Baileys Hilton. This ended the sale which saw 101 sold to average ÂŁ606 each which equated to an 80 per cent clearance rate for both shearling and ram lambs.

Show Results

Lot 32 from GC Beacom sold for 1,100gns

Lot 47 from AJ & NAJ Robinson sold for 1,000gns

Class 1 Shearling Ram 1. W Rodney Blair Lot 5 - J2:11:040 Sire: Wells Dynamite (94407) 2. P McVerry Lot 7 - KPC:11:004 Sire: Muiresk Marci Marvellous (80744) 3. J S Hamilton Lot 3 - 56C:11:009 Sire: Begney Bouncer (95104) Class 2 Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1. S & W Tait Lot 82 - T86:12:072 Sire: Shannagh Resolve (95757) 2. S H Stewart Lot 29 - 105:12:025 Sire: Kings and Aces (95603) 3. S H Stewart Lot 28 - 105:12:015 Sire: Kings and Aces (95603)



SALES Class 3 Novice Ram Lamb 1. Stephen Sufferin Lot 58 - PWN:12:016 Sire: Forkins Fantastic (95645) 2. B & C Dickson Lot 40 - PJF:12:027 Sire: Rhaeadr Rossi (91772) 3. Stephen Sufferin Lot 57 - PWN:12:007 Sire: Cairness Just the Best (92622) Class 4 Open Ram Lamb 1. P D W Taylor Lot 105 - KKW:12:038 Sire: Limestone To-Tal (94831) 2. AJ & NAJ Robinson Lot 47 - 73A:12:025 Sire: Benrafton Right Said Fred (95700) 3. RC & JC Watson Lot 17 - 8B:12:049 Sire: Birness Pure Genius (95657)

Lot 73 from T&B Robinson sold for 1,000gns

Lot 82, 1st Signet Recorded Ram Lamb from S&W Tait

Class 5 Pen of Three Ram Lambs 1. P D W Taylor Lots106 - KKW:12:040, L108 KKW:12:017, L110 - KKW:12:032 2. L & M Liggett Lots 64 - DBB:12:069, L66 DBB:12:048, L68 - DBB:12:043 3. AJ & NAJ Robinson Lots 49 - 73A:12:033, L51 73A:12:057, L52 - 73A:12:084

Group of Three from PDW Taylor

Champion PDW Taylor Lot 105 - KKW:12:038 Sire: Limestone To-Tal (94831) Reserve Champion Stephen Sufferin Lot 58 - PWN:12:016 Sire: Forkins Fantastic (95645)


1st Novice Ram Lamb & Reserve Champion from S Sufferin



1st Shearling Ram from Rodney Blair




Roscrea Judge: J. Christie, Westcarse Flock The Suffolk Sheep Society held its first 2012 sale at Roscrea in Ireland. The South of Ireland Branch of the Society moved the sale forward by three weeks to avail of the pedigree trade. There was strong demand for Suffolk shearling ewes with an eighty per cent clearance rate and an overall average of €761. Michael and James O’Connell from Ennis Co Clare had the first prize Shearling ewe which was overall female champion on the day. Being first into the ring was no disadvantage when she quickly was sold to Northern Ireland breeder P McVerry for €1,200gns. This outstanding female was sired by Aughnakeeragh Captain out of a Castleisle Livewire ewe.

Thomas and Mary Burke from Tuam, Co Galway won first prize ewe lamb with a Deburca Deezer sired lamb out of a Solwaybank Ranger ewe. This was unsold leaving the ring at 1,400gns. The highest price ewe lamb at 900gns came from James Browne, Letterkenny, Co Donegal and was sired by Errigal Simply the Best. John Hanly from Thurles, Co Tipperary won the Shearling ram class with a son of Cairness Ciro which was sold for €1,000gns. The highest price on the day of €3,100gns was paid by Rory Skerritt from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford for the Open Male Champion which stood overall winner on the day. W&R Wilson brought out this ram sired by Errigal Simply the Best out of a Baileys Big Brother

Lot 107, 1st Open Ram Lamb, Male Champion and Overall Champion from Wm J & R Wilson sold for €3,100



SALES ewe. Out of the same pen came the Reserve Overall and secong prize ram lamb but this one was sired by Cairness Achievement out of a Strathisla Dylan Thomas ewe. The final bid of €2,200gns came from G&W Hennessey, Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny. Well known Irish breeder Oliver Deane from Ballitore Co Kildare had a memorable day with his Cairness Achievement sired lamb. Not only did he win first prize in the Novice Ram Lamb Class but this lamb went on to be placed third in the Open Class. The icing on the cake came when Herbert Stanley paid €2,000gns to secure his services for the Bawnogue Flock. The Performance Recorded Class was won by Mary and Mark Grealey from Oranmore, Co Galway. This impressive lamb with a tremendous loin was sired by CionnMhalanna D Best and out of a Castlewellan Challenger ewe. He certainly impressed the judge John Christie as he went on to make the final bid of €2,500gns. The lamb now heads for use in the Westcarse Flock at Stirling.

Lot 48, from Wm J & R Wilson sold for €2,700

Lot 101, from J Doherty sold for €2,600

The final class of the day was the Group of Three and as had gone before was won by the Shannagh flock of W&R Wilson. The highest price of these was an Errigal Simply the Best son which was sold for €2,700gns to Edward Jeffery, Ladysbridge, Co Cork. The remaining best price on the day was from J A Doherty, Co Donegal which was sold for €2,600gns to P Savage, Ballywalter, Co Down. The Doherty Bros had a cracking day selling four to average €1,562. Lot 45, 1st Recorded Lamb from M & M Grealy sold for €2,500



SALES Show Results Class 1 Single Shearling Ewe 1. M & J O’Connell Lot 2 - DBJ:11:008 Sire: Aughnakeeragh Captain (93564) 2. M & J O’Connell Lot 3 - DBJ:11:097 Sire: Fermoyle Fury (94336) 3. Philip Lynch Lot 6 - CZK:11:004 Sire: Lakeview Beacon (94726) Lot 106, 2nd Ram Lamb, Reserve Male and Reserve Overall from Wm J & R Wilson sold for €2,200

Lot 79, 1st Novice Ram Lamb from O & G Deane sold for €2,000

Class 2 Ewe Lambs 1. T & M Burke Lot 22 - LYB:12:014 Sire: Deburca Deezer (94516) 2. M & J O’Connell Lot 13 - DBJ:12:026 Sire: Knockogan Okie Dokie (95764) 3. Flan Casey Lot 10 - NTB:12:003 Sire: Castleisle Young Stoner (94964) Class 3 Shearling Ram 1. John Hanly Lot 24 - G4:11:157 Sire: Cairness Ciro (95312) 2. John Hanly Lot 23 - G4:11:109 Sire: Cairness Ciro (95312) Class 4 Novice Ram Lamb 1. O & G Deane Lot 79 - PBO:12:004 Sire: Cairness Achievement (94170) 2. M & A Power Lot 105 - HCP:12:013 Sire: Rhaeadr Berlusconi (95733) 3. Martin McGlinchey Lot 29 - NDO:12:003 Sire: Endova Silva (95791)

Lot 2, 1st Shearling Ewe & Female Champion from M & J O'Connell sold for €1,200



SALES Class 5 Recorded Class 1. M D & M Grealy Lot 45 - 88J:12:009 Sire: Cionn-Mhalanna D Best (93720) 2. Susan O’Keeffe Lot 34 - BYD:12:122 Sire: Castlewellan Sportsman (93827) 3. Arthur O’Keeffe Lot 59 - R15:12:032 Sire: Cairness Gala Star (95629) Class 6 Open Ram Lamb 1. Wm J & R Wilson Lot 107 - 78A:12:022 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best (95430) 2. Wm J & R Wilson Lot 106 - 78A:12:020 Sire: Cairness Achievement (94170) 3. O & G Deane Lot 79 - PBO:12:004 Sire: Cairness Achievement (94170) Class 7 Group of Three Ram Lambs 1. Wm J & R Wilson Lot 106 - 78A:12:020, L49 78A:12:026, L48 - 78A:12:029 2. Arthur O’Keeffe Lot 59 - R15:12:032, L58 - R15:12:067, L115 - R15:12:081 3. Eamonn Duffy Lot 55 - C46:12:035, L54 C46:12:030, L56 - C46:12:083

Lot 24, 1st Shearling Ram from J Hanly sold for €1,000

Lot 22, 1st Ewe Lamb & Reserve Female Champion from T&M Burke

Female Champion M & J O’Connell Lot 2 - DBJ:11:008 Sire: Aughnakeeragh Captain (93564) Reserve T & M Burke Lot 22 - LYB:12:014 Sire: Deburca Deezer (94516) 1st Group of three from Wm J & R Wilson. Lot numbers 106, 49 and 48



SALES Male Champion Wm J & R Wilson Lot 107 - 78A:12:022 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best (95430) Reserve Wm J & R Wilson Lot 106 78A:12:020 Sire: Cairness Achievement (94170) Supreme Champion Wm J & R Wilson Lot 107 - 78A:12:022 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best (95430)

Champion lamb from Wm J & R Wilson along with J Jeffery, Judge J Christie & L McClinton

Reserve Wm J & R Wilson Lot 106 - 78A:12:020 Sire: Cairness Achievement (94170)

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Carlisle & Northern Counties Judge: J. Christie, Westcarse Flock The overall champion entry at the annual Carlisle & Northern Counties Suffolk society show and sale clinched the leading price tag of 2,800gns. A good quality offering of rams and females were forward, but with the turn in brighter weather conditions the attendance of customers was not as numerous. The leading sale entry came from Aberdeenshire breeder John Gibb of the Cairnton flock. This was a substitute entry, a son of Thurston Grand Diamond and out of a Cairness Creation bred mother. This eye catching lamb ram was sold to Devon breeder R Lawrence for his Roundacre flock.

Following a few lots later was another lamb which sold for 2,500gns shown by Mark Evans of the Jubilee flock from Keighley. This was a late February born lamb sired by Strathisla Seville and out of an Everton Forever bred dam, H21, who also bred a ewe lamb which sold for 1,050gns at Carlisle in 2009. This lamb travels to Lanarkshire for R Gray of the Langside flock. Local breeder, Hazel Martindale of Ecclefechan led the shearling ram section at 1,800gns with her homebred entry Landale Bombardier. This was a son of Landale Black Magic and bred from a Cairness Rossi daughter. Bombardier has been shown

Lot 496 Champion sold for 2800gns from John A Gibb with Judge



SALES successfully winning Champion at the West & Central club show 2011. He was knocked down to north east enthusiast I Spedding of Bishop Auckland. The last entry in the Rhaeadr pen of lambs from Myfyr Evans sold for 1,200gns. This was an end of January born lamb sired by Broomknowes Kelso the Best and carries Cairness Thunder on his mother’s dam line. He was purchased by JG Douglas of the Cairness flock based in Aberdeenshire. Also selling for 1,200gns was a lamb ram consigned by local breeder Darren Jones situated on the outskirts of Carlisle. This was an embryo born son of Cairness Liam and out of a ewe sired by the 68,000gn Muiresk King of Diamonds. Successful buyer was SD White which will join his Hexhamshire flock. Heading up the female section at 1,000gns was a stylish gimmer from JHC Campbell & Sons of the Thrunton flock, Alnwick. This gimmer is an early March born daughter of Birness Kauto Star and goes back to the great Plasllewelyn Treble Chance on her mother’s pedigree. She was sold to RM Robinson & Son Ltd of Grimsby, Lincs.

Lot 496 Champion sold for 2800gns from John A Gibb (2)


Averages - 14 shearling rams £702.75, 92 lamb rams £561.29, 3 aged rams £595.00, 17 shearling gimmers £659.03, 17 ewe lambs £326.74.

Show Results Class 1 Best Shearling Ewe 1. JHC Campbell & Sons Lot 414 - 76L:11:014 Sire: Williamsgill Spitfire (95225) 2. S & G Brown Lot 419 - JTO:11:004 Sire: Pennan Finale (94126) 3. R F Redpath Lot 408 - LHD:11:002 Sire: Rhaeadr Relentless (94771) Class 2 Best Ewe Lamb 1. R David Williams Lot 435 - R88:12:039 Sire: Lindum Long Run (96171) 2. S & G Brown Lot 426 - JTO:12:004 Sire: Pennan Finale (94126) 3. J & M Buchanan Lot 430 - 46N:12:076 Sire: Rhaeadr First Choice (95885)

Reserve Champion



Lot 451 1st Prize and Highest Price Shearling sold for 1800gns from Hazel M Martindale

Class 3 Best Shearling Ram 1. Hazel M Martindale Lot 451 KFD:11:106 Sire: Landale Black Magic (94705) 2. S & G Brown Lot 445 - JTO:11:009 Sire: Howeburn Last Laugh (91800) 3. D & J Inman Lot 444 - CBK:11:016 Sire: Cairness Castle Douglas (93374) Class 4 Best Single Lamb Ram 1. John A Gibb Lot 496 - KLR:12:014 Sire: Thurston Grand Diamond (95721) 2. County Turf Ltd Lot 487 - LOZ:12:018 Sire: Glenhead Infusion (93352) 3. Myfyr A Evans Lot 578 - A12:12:101 Sire: Broomknowes Kelso the Best (94834)

Lot 504 2nd Highest Price Lamb sold for 2500gns from Mark Evans

Class 5 Best Single Lamb Ram, with the ‘Best Gigot’ 1. Myfyr A Evans Lot 577 - A12:12:010 Sire: Baileys Brigadier the Second (94596) 2. P Machray Lot 637 - AAZ:12:010 Sire: Middlemuir Messi (95593) 3. W H Sinnett & Sons Lot 586 - 72H:12:1678 Sire: Conchar PR (95615) Class 6 Best Pair of Ram Lambs 1. J G Douglas Lot 522 - 33H:12:074 & Lot 526 - 33H:12:036 2. Myfyr A Evans Lot 577 - A12:12:010 & Lot 575 - A12:12:025 3. P Machray Lot 635 - AAZ:12:017 & Lot 636 - AAZ:12:014 Champion Female Sheep in the Show J H C Campbell & Sons Lot 414 - 76L:11:014 Sire: Williamsgill Spitfire (95225)



SALES Reserve R David Williams Lot 435 - R88:12:039 Sire: Lindum long Run (96171)

Champion Sheep in the Show (Male or Female) John A Gibb Lot 496 - KLR:12:014 Sire: Thurston Grand Diamond (95721)

Champion Male Sheep in the Show John A Gibb Lot 496 - KLR:12:014 Sire: Thurston Grand Diamond (95721)

Reserve County Turf Ltd Lot 487 - LOZ:12:018 Sire: Glenhead Infusion (93352)

Reserve County Turf Ltd Lot 487 - LOZ:12:018 Sire: Glenhead Infusion (93352)




Kelso Suffolk market share continues to rise at Kelso Ram Sales. In 2012 of the 5,549 rams entered for sale 28.4% was a Suffolk. In 2011 this was 27.4% and in 2010 26.2%. With increasing feed costs and an increasing frequency of weather extremes commercial farmers realise the merits of a fast growing breed that can withstand bad weather. The Suffolk breed was produced for UK conditions. 1,837 Texel, (33.1%) 1,576 Suffolk, (28.4%) 607 Bluefaced Leicester, (10.94%) 480 Charollais, (8.65%) 459 Crosses (8.27%) 169 Lleyn, (3.04%) 135 Beltex, (2.43%) 101 Other Pure Breeds (1.82%) 95 North Country Cheviot, (1.71%) 90 Border Leicester, (1.62%)

Ring 10 The top priced Suffolk ram lamb was paid to M Evans Rhaeadr flock for a son of the breed record holder Ardlea Arbennig. He was knocked down for 8,000gns. The Rhaeadr flock had the highest sale average on the day of £3,462.50 for four lambs sold. Second highest average went to D Tynan. A top price of 4,800gns and an overall average of £1,516 for 5 lambs sold. R Wilson received the next highest price of 3,200gns and had an excellent sale to average £816.67 for 18 lambs sold. If you have quality stock it will not matter where you are in the sale. This was certainly the case when I&J Barbour was the last vendor in Ring 10. They received a top call of 3,000gns resulting in a superb average of £925 for 6 lambs sold.

Total 5,549

Ring 8 If you want a cracking good carcass shearling ram then Ring 8 is the place to go. Numerous exhibitors bring out large numbers of rams which certainly attract an array of commercial customers.

S&G Brown and the Capielaw flock continue on their upward spiral in the Suffolk Breed. They received a top price of 1,300gns to average £811.43 for seven rams sold. If only he could dance!! The Broomknowes flock of David and Iain Gilmour had an excellent sale. The top price was 2,300gns to average £666.67 for eighteen rams sold.





Vendor S & G Sutherland

Ring 8 (Shearlings) Prefix Top £ gns New Channelkirk £1,000

K & M Linklater

Bridge Park

M M Stewart

No Sold 21

Average £ £667.14








E A & L Jackson





Mrs I M Fowlie





County Turf Ltd





Messrs J Hepburn & Co





Redhead & Watson





G L Riby





P & A Wilson





H C Dowson





G Berwick & Son





K Bailey

Easton Suffolks




Messrs J A Park & Co





J & I Dun





Alan MacKinnon





Mrs J S Laing





A O Wilson





John Elliot

Roxburgh Mains




Mr A McKay





J S & J B Mauchlen





Black Brothers





Lilburn Estates





J H C Campbell






SALES Vendor D W M Gilmour G L Riby Low P & K Brannen P & D Reid Stewart Lathangie Robert H Wilson I C Gilmour & Sons James W Farquharson W Lennox W Borthwick & Son S Denny Hazel M Martindale John Key J G Douglas A E Glaves Mr Graeme J Christie M A Evans P & R Machray James Fleming Messrs J Y Barclay & Co R H Black Ashley Bothwell K & L Mair J H Christie & Son Mrs Nan Moir George L Stuart A E & A V Cruikshank S J Buckley Sittinglow S & W Tait 37 Alex Anderson Bruce Watson Dan Tynan James Cannon Gordon A Mackie S & G Brown Alan MacKinnon D R Fotheringham R K Denby A Gray & Son R F Redpath W G Troup Ltd Mrs R H Goldie M L Evans Thomas Darling I & J Barbour

Ring 10 (Ram Lambs) Prefix Top £ gns Broomknowes Stonehills Moorsley Calfpark Pyestone Strathisla Humeston Amma Netherholm Ballochmyle Ryden Landale Midhope Cairness Brompton Balquhain Rhaeadr Middlemuir Hallhill Brockloch Collessie Smithston Deveronside Westcarse 47D Strathbeg Birness Newmill Sitlow Burnview Robinsland Gaval Ardlea Redbrae Drimmie Capielaw Thistledoo Oldmill Carnforth Langside Westmuir Whitestone Harpercroft Jubilee Howeburn Solwaybank


£2,300 £380 £550 £700 £580 £3,200 £400 £300 £340 £700 £350 £750 £800 £2,200 £1,100 £750 £8,000 £0 £450 £650 £1,500 £180 £1,000 £750 £380 £1,400 £280 £620 £650 £0 £350 £4,800 £500 £1,000 £1,300 £700 £1,000 £280 £1,300 £350 £750 £1,000 £1,000 £280 £3,000

No Sold 18 6 8 6 6 18 2 3 4 5 3 10 4 14 8 14 4 0 23 11 22 2 5 14 4 9 4 6 7 0 8 5 6 8 7 7 3 1 16 14 9 8 4 4 6

Average £ £666.67 £361.67 £418.75 £466.67 £370.00 £816.67 £360.00 £300.00 £260.00 £466.00 £310.00 £555.00 £612.50 £595.00 £533.75 £457.86 £3,462.50 £0.00 £363.91 £367.27 £504.55 £180.00 £640.00 £435.00 £340.00 £598.89 £257.50 £551.67 £507.14 £0.00 £265.00 £1,516.00 £416.67 £470.00 £811.43 £410.00 £566.67 £280.00 £574.38 £210.00 £365.56 £481.25 £550.00 £257.50 £925.00



Western Club Show & Sale Builth Wells - Judge: H. Francis, Ward Flock Suffolk ram lambs sold to a top price of 1,200gns for the Champion entry from Myfyr Evans, Denbighs. His entry, a son of Baileys BMW, out of a Thurston Calzaghe ewe, took 1st prize in the open class under Judge, Huw Francis, Ruthin. He was purchased by Aled & Nia Williams, Anglesey.

Andrew Evans, Dol-llys, also sold at 850gns, for a Baileys Bollanger son, which was taken by DH Jones, Bow Street, Aberystwyth. Dafydd Jones, Frongoy, sold his 3rd prize winning entry at 800gns to J Owens, Shobdon, Herefords, this one by Strathisla Speed.

The Reserve Championship was awarded to the lamb that stood 2nd to the Champion from Geoff Biddulph, Cheshire, this Pexhill lamb was by Rychmae Cheyenne and sold at 700gns to Gwyn Davies, Tregaron.

Leading the Shearling Rams was an entry from Derek J Farr, Pontrilas, Hereford, by Davishill Bounty, this one sold at 800gns to J Thorne & Son, Crymych, Pembs.

Myfyr Evans sold another Rhaeadr lamb by Baileys BMW, this time out of the 1st prize pair, at 850gns to Richard Francis, Plas Y Ward.

Messrs T C & C A Harding sold the 1st prize winning Shearling at 640gns to G Thomas, Haverfordwest, Pembs.

21 Ram Lambs 3 Shearling Rams

Average ÂŁ584.00 ÂŁ707.00

Max 1200gns 800gns

Western Club Show & Sale Champion Lot 566




2012 Sale Averages N=National, S=Stirling, R=Roscrea, B=Ballymena, Bu=Builth, C=Carlisle Flock Strathisla Birness Burnview Strathisla Cairness Rhaeadr Cairnton Cairness Stockton Solwaybank Lakeview Lakeview Rookery Shannagh Carony Solwaybank Ardlea Roundacre Stockton Broomknowes Rhaeadr Ballynacanon Deveronside Oranmore Burnview Bawnogue Conveth Jubilee Middlemuir Glenhead



No Sold

Top gns

Avg £


9 8 7 9 10 10 5 12 7 6 6 8 6 4 4 5 5 6 10 4 10 4 4 3 7 5 6 8 3 6

8 8 5 7 9 9 5 10 4 5 6 5 6 4 4 4 5 4 5 4 9 4 3 3 7 4 5 5 3 5

28,000 20,000 16,000 8,500 17,000 18,000 10,000 10,000 4,200 4,500 5,500 7,000 5,000 €3,100 4,000 3,200 3,500 4,000 2,400 3,000 3,800 3,500 1,400 €2,500 2,000 €2,000 1,700 2,500 1,600 2,000

£8,386.88 £5,446.88 £5,229.00 £3,495.00 £3,406.67 £3,120.83 £2,730.00 £2,630.25 £2,278.50 £2,247.00 £2,213.75 £2,184.00 £2,161.25 £1,925.00 £1,771.88 £1,758.75 £1,575.00 £1,561.88 £1,354.50 £1,351.88 £1,330.00 £1,328.25 £1,207.50 £1,181.25 £1,170.00 £1,126.57 £1,071.00 £1,071.00 £1,032.50 £1,008.00



SALES Flock Dol-llys Malinhead Drimmie Conveth Donrho Birness Drumpark Annakisha Sitlow Collessie Kells Barrowlands Thurston Alloaks Ballynacanon Castleisle Sitlow Beaufort Porterhill Benvale Middlemuir Carony Redbrae Rhaeadr Clyda Knockadoo Bentley Benrafton Landale Threeways Lakeview Alloaks Burnview Cairness




No Sold

Top gns

Avg £


4 6 5 7 5 6 3 6 6 4 6 6 4 7 7 4 4 8 3 4 5 8 3 6 6 6 7 8 3 8 8 5 8 8

4 6 4 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 6 6 4 4 7 3 4 5 7 3 5 5 4 5 7 3 7 8 5 6 4

1,050 €2,600 1,300 1,600 1,700 1,300 1,400 €1,700 1,300 1,000 €1,700 €1,400 1,200 1,200 1,300 €1,150 1,000 1,200 1,050 1,200 1,000 1,500 850 1,200 €1,000 1,000 650 1,000 620 700 1,100 800 700 580

£992.25 £969.79 £931.88 £924.00 £892.50 £882.00 £875.00 £845.84 £840.00 £840.00 £820.32 £816.67 £787.50 £761.25 £756.00 £754.69 £735.00 £723.00 £717.50 £700.88 £684.60 £684.00 £682.50 £672.00 £647.50 £614.25 £598.50 £594.00 £577.50 £573.00 £560.44 £535.50 £532.00 £525.00



Female Sales Burnview and Lakeview females sell to 5,800gns THE third annual female production sale held by the Burnview and Lakeview flocks at Balmoral proved successful with a number of outstanding gimmers selling to a high of 5,800 gns. That staggering top price was paid by Devon breeder, Mary Julia Cornish for a Lakeview gimmer and embryo daughter of Garyhinch Empire, in lamb to Cairness Cyclone. Buyers from England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Belgium all made their presence felt as another embryo daughter of Empire, in-lamb to Cairness Classic Fyvie, presented by Gary Beacom attracted considerable interest before being knocked down for 5,000gns. This outstanding shearling found a new home at the Ayrshire flock of Ashley Bothwell. Empire daughters were much in demand with Liam Brown and Joseph Delaney, Roscommon forking out 1,950gns and 1,800gns respectively for two stylish gimmers in-lamb to Cyclone. The top priced ewe lamb presented by Lakeview fetched 1,320gns and

like the market leader ended up in the flock of Mary Julia Cornish. Burnview females, too, were much in demand with Northern Ireland breeder Stephen Sufferin paying 3,050gns for an impressive Forkins Ferrari daughter, in lamb to Cairness Sapphire. Stephen Sufferin purchased no fewer than four Burnview females including a Bailey Bacchus gimmer, in lamb to Ferrari, for 1,500gns, another Ferrari daughter for 1,000gns and a similarly bred ewe lamb for 820gns. Ferrari daughters had certainly captured the imagination with RJA Kilpatrick digging deep at 1,400gns for another in lamb to Cairness Sapphire while Joseph Delaney paid 1,500gns for Rhaeadr Obsession female in lamb to Strathisla Dylan Thomas. In all S&W Tait sold 31 lots to an average of £779 while Gary Beacom recorded an average of £876 for 38 lots, including 18 gimmers selling to an average of £1,306. Burnview sold 19 gimmers in total to an average of £949.



SALES Carlisle, Friday 9th November 2012 Topping the annual Suffolk in lamb show and sale held at Carlisle was Ayrshire breeder William Borthwick of the Ballochmyle flock with his ewe lamb selling for 2,000gns. The leading price tag was the first entry from the Ballochmyle pen, a daughter of Kings High and Mighty and out of a Strathisla Sea Bird bred mother who won 2nd prize as a lamb at the Royal Highland show. This lamb was sold to W Duncan of Anstruther, Fife. Following at 1,400gns was another ewe lamb shown by Mark Evans of the Jubilee flock based near Keighley, West Yorkshire. This lamb was sired by Strathisla Seville and carries Strathisla Shirocco and Didcot Dominator through her mothers pedigree. She now joins the Crusoe flock of RM Robinson & Son Ltd, Great Limber, Lincs. Also reaching the four figure mark at 1,000gns was another ewe lamb from the Ballochmyle pen of William Borthwick. This was a daughter of Glenhead Golden Wonder

and out of a Strathisla Supernova bred mother who goes back to a top Pexhill ewe. She also travels with the top priced entry of the sale and goes to W Duncan of Fife. Local breeder Darren Jones of the Thurston flock based just on the outskirts of Carlisle sold a ewe for 700gns. This lady was sired by Thurston Chieftain and goes back to Muiresk Momento and Cairness Cellnet on her dams pedigree. Successful buyers were B & J Nicholson of Duns, Berwickshire. Averages: 32 ewes £316.14, 41 shearling gimmers £332.16, 35 ewe lambs £350.19

Beeston Castle, Saturday 3rd November 2012 The Eleventh Annual Show and Sale of Pedigree Suffolk Females sponsored by the FARMERS GUARDIAN attracted its largest entry to date with some 212 In lamb Ewes; Gimmers and Ewe Lambs for this year’s event at Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire. This year judging was in the hands of Hugh Annett who runs the Widdrington Flock at Morpeth, Northumberland. He had some strong classes and many fantastic sheep to cast his eye over. In the end it was the 1st prize ewe lamb from John Sinnetts’s Stockton Flock at Stockton on Teme, Worcester that took championship honours. In reserve was Barclay and Lucy Mair’s 1st prize gimmer who travelled all the way from Turriff, Aberdeenshire and the Honourable Mention going to another Aberdeenshire sheep, a one crop ewe from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness Flock at Fraserburgh.

Top Price Ewe lamb from W. Borthwick



SALES It has to be said the overall quality of virtually all the sheep entered was from the top drawer which undoubtedly was a contributing factor to the solid and at times furious trade experienced from start to finish. What a fantastic day it proved to be for two new vendors to the sale who are both based at Turriff, Aberdeenshire – Barclay and Lucy Mair who entered 10 gimmers from their noted Deveronside Flock and Robbie Wilson who entered 15 ewes and gimmers from his Strathisla Flock. It was the Strathisla Flock who attracted the day’s top bid and a new centre record of 5,000gns and the Deveronside Flock who achieved the highest flock average selling their ten gimmers for an average of £1,879. The top seller from Robbie Wilson was 3rd in the gimmer class; she is by Strathisla Seabird and out of a ewe by Strathisla Speed and was sold carrying twins to Rhaeadr Ring a Ding. She sold to join the Mardle Flock of Mary Julia Cornish at Buckfastleigh, Devon. The leading bid from Deveronside was for their Reserve Champion, also a daughter of Strathisla Seabird and out of JTO:H28 who is a four times class winner and twice Champion at the Royal Highland Show who was in lamb to Rhaeadr Ramjet carrying a single. She sold for the second top price of 4,500gns and also sold to Mary Julia Cornish. The Mair’s were in the spotlight again selling another Seabird gimmer carrying twins to Deveronside Black Caviar for 4,000gns to Gary Owen for his Morris Flock based on the Isle of Anglesey. Jimmy Douglas topped the ewe prices with his 1st prize sheep, a one crop ewe by Cairnton Nephew carrying twins to Cairness Achievement and selling for 1,600gns to

John Sherratt for export to Belgium. The Mair’s had three gimmers selling at 1,500gns each, two, both by Deveronside Diamond and each carrying twins to Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet, selling to Andrew Hall of Melrose, Roxburghshire and the other a daughter of Strathisla Speed going to Toon Decock, Belgium. They also had another by Seabird selling to AT Turner of Hatton, Derbyshire. Also selling for 1,400gns was the second prize gimmer from Jack Pryce, Meifod, Powys; this daughter of Birness Popstar sold carrying twins to Birness Drambuie to Sandra Woodend of Bootle, Millom, Cumbria. Ewe lambs were a little harder to clear than the in lamb sheep, but there was plenty of bidding for the best. The top seller in this section was 3,000gns achieved for John Sinnett’s champion, a daughter of Rhaeadr Mad Man, who sold to Mary Julia Cornish. The only other ewe lamb to break the four figure barrier was the second prize lamb from Mark Evans, Keighley for a daughter of his homebred Jubilee Jethro which sold for 1,600gns to JM Robinson & Son Ltd., of Great Limber, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Averages: 72 Ewes £549.64; 67 Gimmers £808.03; 25 Ewe Lambs £683.34; 1 Stock Ram £630.00; 165 head £646.93.

Abergavenny, Thursday 15th November 2012 Pedigree sheep breeders ‘flocked’ to Abergavenny for the 33rd Annual Show & Sale of in lamb Suffolk ewes and ewe lambs. A fabulous genuine sale resulted in a 96% clearance and only 5 unsold lots.



SALES Judge, Matt Legge, Isle of Wight chose a smart ewe lamb from Worcestershire breeder John Sinnett whose Stockton Flock was making a welcome return to this long established event. This first prize ewe lamb was by Stockton Arwell and out of a Cairness Impact sired ewe, she went on to sell at 950gns to the Judge, Matt Legge. The sale included the Dispersal of the ‘Cargriff’ Flock for Carmarthenshire pedigree stock supremo Griff Morris & Family. The relatively young flock was founded on strictly commercial principals with good conformation foremost. The flock included the top four prices over the whole sale. Best at 1,200gns was a shearling ewe by Cairness Coalition out of a Perrinpit Popeye sired ewe, she stood 2nd in the show and was purchased by D Callan, Haverfordwest. There were 3 sheep at 1,100gns firstly a two year old ewe by Plasllewelyn Pittsburgh and out of a ewe by Birness Aqua taken by Jimmy Douglas, ‘Cairness’. Then a shearling again by Coalition, purchased by Dai Harvey, Builth Wells. The next at 1,100gns was another Coalition daughter out of a ewe by Plasllewelyn Pittsburgh and bought by Jimmy Douglas. The 1st prize & Reserve Champion ewe was shown by T C & C A Harding, Warwickshire and made 800gns to P Hope, Longtown, Herefordshire. The Hardings sold another at the same price to Messrs Ferguson & Greenow, Brecon. Mike Davies & Sons, ‘Safaddan’ sold to a top of 780gns for a Strathisla Stoner daughter, taken by D Morgan, Aberystwyth. John Sinnett’s ‘Stockton’ pen also included ewe lambs at 750gns to Mrs J Phillips, Falmouth, Cornwall and 720gns to the same buyer. Geoff 110

Champion from J Sinnett

Biddulph, ‘Pexhill’ sold the 1st prize shearling ewe at 660gns to R Giddy, Worcester, while R B & G M Morgan & Partners sold one by Deveronside Olympion at 600gns to Mrs Phillips, Cornwall, the same price achieved later in the sale by Messrs Hallam & Eggleston selling to R Whittingham, Raglan. Averages 49 Flock Ewes averaged £377.68 41 Shearling Ewes averaged £439.21 27 Ewe Lambs averaged £386.17

Annual Production Sale of Cairness flock with consignments from Stockton, Strathisla and Whitestone Flocks (Carlisle) 17th November The annual Suffolk production sale from Jimmy Douglas’s Cairness flock topped at 8,000gns. Buyers were drawn from Devon, Lincoln, Aberdeenshire and Ireland. The leading price tag was for a gimmer sired by Cairness Cyclone and out of a Muiresk King of Diamond bred mother, who goes back to the renowned Muiresk Rainbow


SALES Quest. This lady is an ET sister to Cairness Custom Made and sold in lamb to Cairness Diamond Jubilee. She was sold to Gary Beacom of Co.Fermanagh, N.Ireland for his Lakeview flock. An early entry from the Cairness ewe pen sold for 4,000gns. This was a two shear ewe sired by Cairness Achievement and carries Whitestone Warrior and Mullanboy Mohammed in her mothers pedigree. She sold in lamb to Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet and joins the Whitestone flock belonging to Gordon Troup of Sauchen, Aberdeenshire.

Top Price Sold by J G Douglas for 8,000gns

The sale also included consignments from the Strathisla flock of Robbie Wilson, the Stockton flock from John Sinnett and the Whitestone flock from Gordon Troup. The second top price was 4,500gns which came from the Strathisla flock. This was a March 2011 born daughter of Strathisla Sea Bird. Her dam is sister to the 48,000gn Strathisla Dylan Thomas and she has bred ram this season selling for 9,000gns. She sold carrying lambs by Rookery Rooney and was purchased jointly by Mark Priestley of the Limestone flock based near Downpatrick, N.Ireland and Joe Stewart of Co.Down N.Ireland.

Second Highest Price sold by Robert H Wilson for 4,500gns

Also from the Strathisla pen was a gimmer which sold for 3,000gns. Sired by Cairness Kaos and out of noted Strathisla Schumacher bred mother, she sold in lamb to Forkins Figo and sold to Glynis and Jane Soulsby for their Williamsgill flock based near Penrith. The best price from the Whiteflock flock of Gordon Troups’ was the first entry to the ring selling for 3,800gns. This entry was his show

Sold by W H Sinnett & Sons for 4,000gns



SALES gimmer this season, sired by Cairness Liam and bred from a dam line which carries Kings High and Mighty and Middlemuir Winston in the pedigree. She sold in lamb to Cairness Diamond Jubilee and was purchased by Jimmy Douglas for his Cairness flock. Heading up the Stockton consignment from John Sinnett was a ewe lamb which sold for 4,000gns. This was the Stockton show ewe lamb entry this year, a daughter of Conchar PR and goes back to Cairness Impact and Muiresk KM. She caught the eye of Jimmy Douglas and heads north to Aberdeenshire. Averages: Cairness flock 13 ewes £1,190.00, 32 gimmers £1,038.00; Strathisla flock 7 ewes £769.50, 21 gimmers £1,524.00; Whitestone flock 9 gimmers £940.33; Stockton flock 12 ewe lambs £818.13

Taylor champion as To-Tal lamb fetches 3,800 guineas An exceptional ewe lamb presented by the Limestone flock of Mark Priestley topped the market by some distance at the annual female sale organised by the NI Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society at Ballymena Livestock Mart. An embryo daughter of Limestone To-Tal and out of a dam by Kings Theatre, the outstanding December born ewe lamb attracted significant interest and a flurry of bids before being knocked down for a staggering 3,800gns to Mary Julia Cornish, Devon. All in all the yearly show and sale proved a huge success with a total of 49 top quality females going under the hammer. Second highest price of the evening went to AR 112

Gault, Newtownabbey, who received 1,600gns for the reserve champion, a Glenisla Sydney bred shearling scanned with twins to Broomknowes Touch of Class. The Forkins flock owner was also paid 1,100 guineas for a Cairness New Approach gimmer that was in lamb to the acclaimed Birness Bacardi. Dennis Taylor of the Ballynacanon flock, Macosquin also enjoyed a successful outing with an eye-catching daughter of Carragh Viagra wasselected overall champion. She was sold in-lamb to Limestone To-Tal for 1,300gns. A Strathisla Lift T’The Stars sired gimmer from the Taylor stable fetched 1,000gns while another impressive Stars female from the Ballynacanon flock attracted considerable interest before changing hands for 920 gns. Prices were consistent throughout the evening resulting in a high percentage clearance rate. Earlier judge Hunter Stewart presented Mark Priestley with the Major WEH Workman Cup for the best ewe lamb while Denis Taylor received the RJ Allam Memorial Cup and RW Hanna Memorial Cup for presenting the show champion.

Baileys annual production sale with Carragh, Deburca & Errigal The 15th annual production sale of the baileys flock in conjunction with the Carragh,Deburca and Errigal flocks was a great success with some great sheep on display.


SALES The pick of the day was from Gerry killilea and his Carragh flock, HOL:11:010 sired by strathisla speed sold in lamb to the £5000 solwaybank razzle dazzle. She was eventually knocked down for 6200 euros. The purchaser was the solwaybank flock of I & J Barbour. Next top price was also from the carragh flock with a daughter of baileys supervalue HOL:11:048 selling in lamb to the 62000gns cairness castello for 3000 euros to Stephen Govin of the Coolmeen flock. The top price from the bailey flock was 2400 euros for a rhaeadr Rossi daughter HJW:11:053 selling to Michael Power. The Errigal flock sold to a top of 2000 euros for PBH:11:012 for a strathisla Dylan Thomas daughter.

Dispersal Sales Dispersal of the Ardlea Flock Burnview B52 was the highest priced sheep sold at the Ardlea dispersal. The main stock ram was purchased at Stirling in 2012 and was knocked down to Claude Vanwijnsberghe for his Meierie flock in Belgium. No fewer than four lots headed to Belgium. Ewes were highly sought after by buyers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe. The second lot into the ring made €5,000gns for a daughter of Cairness Kanine out of a ewe by Cairness Scholes. This ewe heads to the Northern Ireland based Crewelands flock of Stephen Sufferin. Myfyr Evans who has purchased the highest priced Suffolk ram every sold in the United Kingdom reinforced his decision when he spent €3,800gns to purchase his mother. This ewe is out of a Cairness Golddust ram and a ewe by Cairness Save the Day. She is sold as served by the £16,000gn Burnview B52 ram which had been purchased by the Ardlea flock at Stirling earlier in the year. Well known Suffolk breeders Stephanie and William Tait got in on the action when they spent €2,300gns to secure a Rhaeadr Rossi daughter out of a ewe by Muiresk King of Diamonds. She is sold as served by the other Ardlea stock ram Cairness Custom Made. Rory Skerritt from Eniscorthy in Co Wexford made his presence felt when he paid €1,900gns to secure a ewe sired by Cairness Cold Play out of a ewe by Solwaybank Salute.



SALES This ewe goes back to that consistent breeder Crosemanor Commandeur. She was sold as served to Burnview B52. The highest priced gimmer was sired by Pexhill Real Lucky and out of a Cairness Golddust ewe. She heads to the Scottish flock of William Borthwick and is in lamb to Cairness Custom Made. Martin Butler spent €2,500gns to secure a Baileys Bacchus sired gimmer out of a Rhaeadr Rossi ewe. She is just one of the latest quality ewes to be added to the prize winning Castlewood flock that has won an array of awards in the South of Ireland over recent years. A further two gimmers sold for €1,600gns. The first was sired by Cairness Achievement and out of a ewe by Cairness Cold Play. She sold in lamb to Burnview B52 to L&M Liggett from Northern Ireland. The second lot to realise €1,600gns was sired by Cairness Achievement and out of a Cairness Just the Best ewe. She heads to the Scottish flock of W Ingram. The highest priced ewe lamb was paid by A&N Robinson for a lamb sired by Whitestone Footprint out of a ewe by Strathisla Sea Bird. She is the latest edition to the Benrafton flock. Veteran breeder Ray Woolway paid €2,000gns to secure a Cairness Custom Made Sired ewe lamb out of a ewe by Cairness Cold Play. The third highest priced ewe lamb was knocked down to Newry breeder Patrick McVerry for €1,700gns. She is sired by 114

Cairness Custom Made and out of the Cairness Golddust dam that is the mother of Ardlea Arbennig the breed record holder that was sold for £90,000gns. The average prices were as follows: 19 Ewes averaged €1,575 23 Gimmers averaged €1,181 21 Ewe Lambs averaged €920 13 Recipients averaged €761 1 Ram sold for €6,825

Conveth Flock Dispersal Suffolk breeders from throughout Europe converged on Stirling Agricultural Centre for the dispersal of the Conveth Flock of Suffolk sheep owned by C A Proctor & Co. Many of the sheep were bought for export to Belgium, Holland, France and Ireland. There was also strong support from the UK with many new breeders buying foundation stock for their flocks. No less than 94 different buyers made purchases. Top price of the day was 6,500gns paid for a two year old ewe sired by Cairness Achievement sold in lamb to Cairnton the Cracker. She was purchased by Belgian breeder Claude Vanwijnsberge. The same purchaser paid the second highest price of 5,000gns for a much admired 2010 born ewe also sired by Cairness Achievement. Gimmers topped at 4,200gns for another Cairness Achievement daughter, the purchaser being Messrs Davis for their Saffadan flock based at Brecon, Wales.


SALES Ewe lambs met an animated demand with a top price of 1,500gns and four making 1,300gns. The top of 1,500gns was made by Richard Henderson, Barry House, Glenbarry , Banff for a much fancied daughter of Whitestone Footprint. Stock rams sold to 2,800gns for Castlewood Champion a son of Cairness New Approach. This ram was reserve male champion at the 2012 RHAS and was purchased by G & I Richmond, Oakfield, Garstang, Preston. Averages: 63 ewes £1042.50, 48 gimmers £944.13, 45 ewe lambs £698.11, 3 stock rams £2730.00. 159 lots averaged £952.72 with 44 lots making four figured prices.

Dispersal of the Bridgepark Flock The dispersal sale of the Bridgepark flock on behalf of borders breeders M & K Linklater sold to a top price of 1,200gns. The flock was presented in their natural condition and attracted strong local interest.

sold in lamb to Glenhead Get Ahead and also travels to Mid Lothian for Messrs Pate & Sons. Topping the ewe lambs at 750gns was an ARR/ARR daughter of Glenhead Get Ahead and carries the Cairness Carlisle line through her mother’s pedigree. She sold to join the Meigle flock for WD Mundell & Son of Galashiels. Also in the ewe lamb another Glenhead Get Ahead daughter sold for 700gns. Her dam was also by Cairness Carlisle and she was knocked down to R Fitton of Bolton. Selling for 720gns was a two shear ewe again by the Glenhead sire and her mother going back to Cairness Cashline. She sold in lamb to the stock ram, Drimmie Well Connected and was purchased by Lancashire breeders AR & C Bethell based near Chorley. Averages – 19 ewes £503.45, 11 shearling gimmers £445.77, 12 ewe lambs £490.88, 1 stock ram £630.00

Securing the leading price was a group one genotype two shear ewe sired by Glenhead Get Ahead and out of a Cairness Carlisle bred mother whose dam was a successful show winner. She sold in lamb to Drimme Well Connected and was purchased by JB Pate & Sons of Gorebridge. Also selling for four figures at 1,000gns was an ARR/ARR three shear ewe. This was a daughter of Cairness Carlisle and bred from a Collessie Cut Loose sired mother. This lady



EST 1979



Sires Used 2012 • Haddo High Voltage • Jubilee Legacy • Cairness Carbon • Strathisla Kingsway S. J. Buckley, Sittinglow Farm, Dove Holes, Buxton, Derbys SK17 8DA 01298 812048 07837684144


Midland & Eastern Branch 2012 has certainly been a trying year for all involved in farming. The wet weather has made for a soggy show season, not least at our Branch Show.

Branch Show The Branch Show, now a regular fixture in the calendar, was held again in conjunction with Rutland Agricultural Society. It was the day of the Queens Diamond Jubilee, & the

Branch celebrated with a picnic, on what was the first really wet and cold day of the year! Judging took place in driving horizontal rain, fortunately our judge Chris Holmes had come prepared and was rewarded with really strong classes and found his eventual Champion in David and Julie Inmans powerful shearling ewe by Stockton Sledgehammer, which went on to win the Interbreed Championship later in the day.

Breed Champion Shearling ewe from David & Julie Inman

Results: Ram shearling & over 1st Liz Needham 2nd D & J Inman 3rd C.Harding

Ram Lamb 1st C Harding 2nd M & J Pinny 3rd Liz Needham

Pair Ram lambs 1st G & E Beddie 2nd T & C Harding 3rd Liz Needham

Shearling ewe 1st D&J Inman 2nd D&J Inman 3rd E. Needham

Ewe lamb 1st M&J Pinny 2nd E.Needham 3rd D&J Jeffries

Flock ewe 1st M & J Pinny 2nd D & J Inman 3rd Ray Woolway



BRANCHES Group of 3 1st D & J Inman 2nd T & C Harding 3rd Liz Needham Champion D & J Inman Shearling ewe Reserve champion T & C Harding Ram lamb

Show Season Branch members have been flying the flag for the breed at all the major County shows, with honours pretty evenly divided. Suffolk Show went to the Inmans flock ewe, Cheshire to the Biddulphs Shearling ewe, Lincolnshire Champion was the Pinnys ram lamb, East of England Liz Needhams Shearling ewe, Staffordshire Keith Thomas’ shearling ram and Derbyshire Matthew Princes ewe lamb.

Flock competition We were pleased to welcome Gary Beacom over to judge our flock competition this year. He and Linda travelled 1500 miles round the area, and I hope he was pleased with the variety of scenery & flocks on view. It was particularly pleasing to see some new faces amongst the usual entries this time, and hopefully this will encourage more people to have a go next year. David and Julie Inman rounded off a good season by winning the Champion flock for the third time, they followed on from this by winning the Keeble cup in the National flock competition for a second time, together with reserve for their ewe lambs and reserve in the progeny group. The view day was held on the only fine day this Autumn, (although I’m not sure if the saying ‘the sun shines on the righteous’ is applicable here!) The hospitality was great with Sunday roast served to some 100 people. The sheep, as one would expect were


Ray Woolways ewe in Jubilee party mood

in tremendous form and thanks must go to the Inman family, to Gary Beacom and to Manor Farm Feeds for their sponsorship. Instead of the usual charge for lunch, everyone was invited to donate towards Jenny Millers run in next years London marathon in aid of Parkinsons disease. Jenny is no stranger to charity adventures having previously completed a parachute jump for farming charities during the foot and mouth crisis, and she would like to thank everyone for their generous donations. The AGM which followed saw Gail Jeffries preside over her last meeting as Chairman with Geoff Biddulph now taking over for the next two years. Many thanks to Gail for her hard work.


BRANCHES Results: CHAMPION FLOCK : David & Julie Inman Lindum Flock.

RESERVE EWE LAMBS, Hollygrove, Liam O’ Rourke

RESERVE CHAMPION FLOCK : Hallam & Eggleston Seagrave Flock

BEST NEW FLOCK: Hollygrove Flock, Liam O’Rourke

BEST STOCK RAM: Ewebank Endeavour, Ray Woolway

SMALL FLOCK: 1st Liam O’Rourke, Hollygrove Flock 2nd Harley Turner, Harley flock 3rd Jane Walker, Newnook Flock

RESERVE STOCK RAM: Davishill First Flight , Hallam & Eggleston BEST RAM LAMB: Strathisla Sterling, D&J Inman RESERVE RAM LAMB: Dol-Llys Diamond, Hallam & Eggleston BEST EWE LAMBS: Lindum, D.&J.Inman

MEDIUM FLOCK: 1st Ray Woolway ,Woolways flock 2nd Tim Lever, Brockhall flock 3rd Matthew Prince, Stonedge flock LARGE FLOCK: 1st D&J Inman, Lindum flock 2nd Hallam & Eggleston, Seagrave Flock

Flock Competition prizewinners

John Hallam

Flock tour 2013

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of John Hallam earlier in the year. He was a founder member & past Chairman of the Branch, founder of the Seagrave flock and a great stockman, who was always ready to pass on his wisdom to others. He will be greatly missed.

The Branch is hoping to organise their biannual trip to Devon in 2013. Our trips are renowned for being great social occasions, and everyone is welcome. Please contact Liz Needham if you are interested in joining us.




Northern Counties of England Branch I expect that you have heard it many times this year, ‘2012 will go down as one of the wettest years on record’. It certainly proved a very difficult show season, with many shows either cancelled or curtailed early. None more so than our ‘flag ship’ show – the Great Yorkshire, fortunately the judging of the livestock classes took place. Our Suffolk judge was Scott Brown who found his Champion in a homebred aged ewe sired by Rookery CK One from our area member Pamela Lupton’s Kexbeck flock. The male Champion was also awarded to an area member David Aconley with his shearling stock ram Collessie Lord. These two animals then went on to both receive ‘reserve individual’ Interbreed Terminal Sire awards at the show.

Committee members also attended two area events with the new Suffolk Society ‘pop up’ advertising stands, these were the ‘Cumbrian Farmers Network Event’ at Cockermouth auction mart in June, and the Borderway Agri Expo in November. Special thanks go to Robert & Dorothy Percival, George Riley, Mary Pearson and Glynis for catering at the events. Also a big thank you to Robert Jackson from the ‘Lynwood’ flock, Papcastle for supplying some tremendous Suffolk prime lambs at the Cockermouth event.

This year there was a new trophy presented on behalf of the late Jack Bulmer for the best pen of sheep; this was awarded to David Aconley’s Hayfield flock. A special mention here to the ‘Walton’ family – Lilburn & Roseden flock on celebrating 75 years breeding pedigree Suffolk sheep.

Events Our committee again decided to promote our breed by sponsoring prime lamb competitions within our region, the participating auction marts this year were:Acklington, Hull, Lancaster, Longtown and Selby. Each market was sent £50 plus Society rosettes.

Glynis, Robert & Dorothy at the Expo Event

Area sale It was very pleasing to see such a huge entry at our area sale held in Carlisle and thank you to all who supported the sale from throughout the country. The sale averages were a little disappointing compared to the 2011 sale but in hindsight they were very respectable compared to later ram sales around the country. A full report is found in the sales section.




Flock Competition This year’s area flock completion was judged by Steve Buckley from the Sitlow flock. Steve found his champion flock at ‘Williamsgill’ owned by Glynis & Jane Soulsby. The view day took place in mid October on a ‘fairly dry day’, the sheep were shown in tremendous bloom and the hospitality supplied from the Soulsby family and friends were second to none. Thank you to Steve and Louise for attending and being able to present the following awards:Large Flock 1st Robert Percival - ‘Ghyllbank’

Small Flock 1st Jimmy & Anne Irving - ‘Glenreiver’ 2nd David Aconley - ‘Hayfield’ 3rd Emma Robinson - ‘Underhurth’ Best Stock Ram 1st Glynis & Jane Soulsby - ‘Strathisla Lamb’ 2nd David Aconley - ‘Collessie Lord’ 3rd Keith & Charles Denby - ‘Carony Lamb’ Best Ewe Lambs 1st Jimmy & Anne Irving - ‘Glenreiver’ 2nd Lester Peel (Silton) 3rd Glynis & Jane Soulsby - ‘Williamsgill’ Champion Flock Glynis & Jane Soulsby - ‘Williamsgill’ Reserve Champion Flock Jimmy & Anne Irving - ‘Glenreiver’

Medium Flock 1st Glynis & Jane Soulsby - ‘Williamsgill’ 2nd Lester Peel (Silton) 3rd Keith Denby (Carnforth)




Northern Area (Scotland) Branch Scotsheep Morrisons Farm at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire attracted almost 8000 visitors to what was voted the best ever Scotsheep to date. The event was hosted on the 960-acre Home Farm at Dumfries House which is run as a joint venture by the Dumfries House Trust and the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, Morrisons. It proved to be an extra special day for the Suffolk breed with Morrisons announcing a partnership with the Society to encourage the use of Suffolk sires. The Suffolk stand was very well received throughout the course of the day and special thanks must go to Paula Reid (and her willing team of bakers) who made such an excellent job of the catering, Helen Davies for setting up the stand and to David Gilmour for sourcing the sheep.

Royal Highland Show (For full results and pictures please refer to Shows)

Once again breeders put forward a first class display of sheep in front of this year’s judge, Andrew Wilson. Champion and reserve both came from the Strathisla flock owned by Robbie Wilson. Champion was a two crop ewe by Strathisla Speed and reserve was a tup lamb. Robbie’s success didn’t end there as his Champion then went on to win Reserve overall Interbreed champion

Junior Stockjudging With weather conditions deteriorating a decision was made to hold the stockjudging inside at the sheep lines. The event was very well supported again this year. Andrew Walton was our master judge.

Up to 21 Years: 1st Natasha Sutherland 2nd Equal - Melissa Buchan and Judy Mair Team of Three up to 21 Years: 1st Judy Mair, Sally Mair and Melissa Buchan 2nd Archie Mair, Ben Christie and Natasha Sutherland 3rd Kenny Mair, Ross Sangster and Rachel Wilson Over 21 Years: 1st Lester Aiken 2nd Jimmy Young 3rd Joint winners – John Sleigh and Heather Machray Team of Three over 21 Years: 1st Melvin Stuart, George Stuart and Jimmy Young 2nd Rory Machray, Heather Machray and David Gilmour 3rd Equal – Alfred Stuart, Alfred Stuart Jnr and John also Pat Greaney, Sandy Fraser and Bruce Mair Overall Team of Three: Melvin Stuart, George Stuart and Jimmy Young Thank you to all who took part and well done to all the prizewinners also to United Auctions for their generous sponsorship and to all the Scorers, Stewards and of course, our Master Judge. We look forward to seeing you all again at this very sociable event!

Results were as follows: SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2013 YEAR BOOK


BRANCHES Northern Area Branch Show and Sale (Stirling) (For full report and pictures please refer to Sales)

Our 2012 show and sale witnessed a 72 % clearance rate and an average of ÂŁ2,100. Northern Area Breeders claimed the two top prices of the day with Robbie Wilson receiving 28,000 gns. His Champion by Rookery Rooney was purchased in a three way split to Chris and Sally Holmes, Iain and Judith Barbour and Geoff Biddulph. Newly elected Chairman to the branch Melvin Stuart and his father George received the next best price of 20,000 gns for a Rhaeadr Giggsy son who sold to Patrick Donnelly.

AGM At the annual AGM Melvin Stuart was elected as the new Chairman with Paula Reid taking the position of Vice Chairperson, Stewart Lathangie was also voted onto the committee.

Conveth Dispersal The Conveth flock owned by the Proctor family was dispersed on 10th November at United Auctions. Established in 1990 the flock has been highly successful and influential to the breed, their presence will be greatly missed in the show and sale ring.

Young Handlers Section The Duncan Gill memorial trophy was this year awarded to Amy Dalgarno, well done to all who took part what a fantastic turnout of enthusiastic young breeders!




Northern Ireland Branch Success on all fronts for NI Branch members When chairman Arnold McClure and members of the Northern Ireland Branch take time to reflect on the 2012 season they’ll look back with a fair degree of satisfaction. Of course, in hindsight, things on the odd occasion could have been done somewhat differently, if not better, however by and large it was another exceptional year when NI breeders continued to make an impact at home and abroad. Pride of place goes to Rathkenny breeder Packie Donnelly whose Donrho flock was selected the best society flock. On home soil the renowned Co Antrim breeder had to settle for second best as Gary Beacom’s Lakeview flock scooped the top honour in the Northern Ireland flock competition. The Fermanagh breeder claimed

the 31-ewes-and-over accolade while Patrick McVerry was the pick of the bunch in the small flock category. Both P Donnelly, who in July paid 20,000gn for a Rhaeadr Giggsy son at Stirling, and Beacom featured prominently during the course of the season with an outstanding Baileys Paddy Power bred shearling ewe belonging to the Donrho flock walking off with the supreme championship at Balmoral Show in May. An aged ewe presented by Alfred and Norman Robinson was selected reserve champion by Scottish judge Gordon Mackie, with Stephanie and William Tait, Lester and Darren Aiken and Alastair Gault sharing the remaining class honours. From the grounds of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society it was onto the splendid

Dennis Taylor Premier group





Packie & Rhonda Donnelly

Kathryn & Dennis Taylor with branch chairman Arnold McClure

surrounds of the Omagh showgrounds for the Northern Bank sponsored Northern Ireland Championships where the Suffolk breed ultimately swept the boards in the interbreed championships.

championship. And later in the sale ring the champion was purchased by Malcolm Beattie, Omagh for 1,300 guineas.

In the Suffolk fold it was an eye-catching shearling ewe exhibited by Downpatrick breeder Norman Robinson that emerged victorious before going on to spearhead the breed challenge by scooping the prestigious LW Surphlis Champion Sheep of Show title.

That amounted to the fourth highest price of the day behind a Baileys Paddy Power ram lamb of Patrick Donnelly’s which changed hands for 1,700 guineas, a Rhaeadr Red Bull lamb belonging to L and M Liggett that fetched 1,500 guineas and Glenho Royal Edition lamb belonging to Frazer Tweed that sold for 1,400 guineas.

That silverware success set the tone as Stephanie and William Tait and Packie Donnelly completed a remarkable treble by respectively annexing the Group of Three and Thompsons Interbreed Ewe Lamb titles.

Regional show and sales continued throughout the course of late summer and autumn with the annual female event in Ballymena bringing the curtain on yet another productive season.

Four weeks later all roads led to Ballymena for the Branch’s Ulster Bank sponsored Premier show and sale and it was an impressive Limestone To-Tal bred ram lamb presented by Dennis Taylor that stole the show. The Ballynacanon flock owner claimed the winning rosettes in the Open and Group classes before going on to scoop the overall

As in the premier event Dennis Taylor scooped the top honour with an impressive Carragh Viagra shearling in-lamb to the 7,000 guineas Limestone To-Tal, which also bred the top priced exhibit of the evening – an outstanding ewe lamb belonging to Mark Priestley which changed hands for 3,800 guineas.


BRANCHES On the mainland Northern Ireland members also featured among the rosettes and at the top end of the market with William and Stephanie Tait achieving 16,000 gns in Stirling while Gary Beacom sold a Cairness Cyclone son for 5,500 gns at Shrewsbury

G Beacom, John Henning, Adrian Adams & M Priestley - Pair of lambs

The Branch again did its bit for charity by holding a successful barbecue and auction in Dungannon Rugby Football Club.

J Henning & N Robinson - Shearling Ewe & Supreme Champion




South East Branch Branch AGM and Flock Competition Results A fantastic day was enjoyed by all at the 2012 AGM, held at the Devils Punchbowl Hotel. After the meeting, presentation of the flock competition results and trophies took place. Many thanks go to Ray Woolway for both judging the competition and for coming back down to present the awards, the results of which are below. Thanks also go to Matt Legge and Simon Cobden for organising the event. Congratulations yet again to Diana Lindon for winning Champion flock and Alan King with Reserve Champion flock.

Best Ram Lambs: 1st Alan King, Pexhill 2nd Thomas Hodges, Lakeview 3rd Diana Lindon Shipreed, Cissbury Home Bred Ram Lambs: 1st Matt Legge, Duxmore Stormer 2nd Diana Lindon, Wymbleton Mars 3rd Peter Rycraft, Greencross Christo Ewe Lambs: 1st Matthew Osmond 2nd Diana Lindon 3rd Cees Kniestedt

Champion Flock: Diana Lindon, Wymbleton Flock Reserve Champion Flock: Alan King, Alljohn Flock Best Large Flock: 1st Diana Lindon Wymbleton Flock 2nd Alan King Alljohn Flock 3rd Thomas Hodges Knowhill Flock Best Small Flock: 1st Cees Kniestedt, Bushleigh Flock 2nd Matthew Osmond, Wallop Flock 3rd Thomas Daborn, Littleheath Flock

Ray Woolway and Alan King Best Ewes

Best Stock Ram: Diana Lindon, Stonehills Pickles Stock Ram: 1st Diana Lindon 2nd Thomas Hodges 3rd Thomas Daborn Best Ewes: Alan King, Alljohn Flock

Ray Woolway and Matt Legge Best Home Bred Ram Sheep




(L-R) Diana Lindon, Ray Woolway, Alan King




South of Ireland Branch The South of Ireland Branch is honoured that one of its members, Jim Jeffery, is the current Society President. Jim is a true gentleman in every aspect of his involvement with the Branch and being selected as President is an honour richly deserved. There is no doubt that the Suffolk Sheep Society will emerge a better organisation at the end of his tenure. The Branch wishes Jim a very enjoyable and successful year. The Branch was also delighted to grant the Hall of Fame Award to Tom Deacon from Kilkenny in May. Tom has bred Suffolks for over 40 years and still is regarded as one of the Society’s best Judges in the South of Ireland. Tom always brought both rigor and a good sense of humour to the judging ring. The Suffolk National Championships were held at Teagasc Research Centre, Athenry, Co. Galway on Saturday 30th June. There were eighty Suffolks to be judged by Pat Machray from Aberdeenshire. Thanks to Pat for travelling and judging under such poor climatic conditions. While the weather was

inclement, it did not hinder the enthusiasm of the breeders or the spectators. Supreme Champion of the Show, Female Champion and 1st prize winner in Aged Ewe Class was captured by Susan O’Keeffe from Mallow Co. Cork. Anne Mitchell, Secretary was both delighted and proud to present Susan with the John Joe Mitchell Memorial Cup. Sincere thanks to Greenvale Animal Feeds and Volac for their continued sponsorship. Special thanks to Pat Cahill Managing Director VOLAC for launching the 2012 Irish Suffolk News. The West of Ireland Suffolks Sheep Breeders Club members made every effort to impress and ensure that the area was prepared perfectly, judging rings in place and comfort added to all exhibitors and spectators by providing a marquee and hot refreshments to all which was very welcome on such a cold wet windy day.



BRANCHES The Branch held their Premier Show & Sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday 14th July. This year the Premier Sale was moved forward by three weeks. Ram lambs saw a clearance of 60 per cent with an average price of €1,035gns. Supreme Champion, Reserve Champion, Male Champion, Reserve Male Champion and First prize Group of Three Ram Lambs went to Messrs Wm J & R Wilson, Shannagh Flock, Raphoe Co Donegal. The Wilsons are not new to the Prize Ring having captured the Championships on three previous occasions in recent years. Errigal Simply the Best sired the Champion born on 1st of January 2012 and out of a dam by Bailey’s Big Brother. sold for to Rory Skerritt a breeder from Enniscorthy paid €3,100gns, the highest price on the day.


The Reserve Champion was sired by Cairness Achievement and sold for €2,200gns to Jeremiah Hennessy from Goresbridge Co. Kilkenny. Novice Ram Lamb Class was won by O & G Deane Ballintore Co Kildare and sold to Herbert Stanley from Rathdowney for €2,000gns. Mark Grealy from Oranmore captured the Rosette in the Recorded Class and this lamb really impressed the Judge John Christie from Stirlingshire Scotland as he later purchased him for €2,500gns for use in his Westcarse flock. Next Day out was again at Roscrea on 22nd August. This Sale was mainly a commercial based event and attracted buyers from almost every county in Ireland. A packed ringside, a lively trade and a good clearance rate was achieved.


BRANCHES Bertie Mannion, Manager Kepak Meats Athleague proved to be a very able judge and his keen eye lined up the prize winners to the satisfaction of the seller and buyer. Nial Walsh, Castlegrogan, Errill, Portlaoise presented the Champion of the Show. This January born Lamb sired by Stratisla Thunder Struck sold for €900gns to a commercial breeder from Co. Wexford. Reserve Champion went to Patrick O’Keeffe a young breeder from Annakisha Mallow Co. Cork. His February born lamb sired by Castlewellan sportsman Sold to Noel Brennan from Paulstown Co. Kilkenny.

Club, together with family members worked tirelessly to present a stand that attracted crowds from far and near. Thanks for their effort and the outstanding display of sheep. Apart from the Ram Lamb purchased by the branch, all other sheep were sourced, groomed, fed and transported to the stand by our Wexford Members.

Jim Jeffery on behalf of the Branch purchased a Ram lamb at Roscrea for display at the National Ploughing Championships.

Sadly, each year the Branch reports on the passing of members. In 2012 The South of Ireland Branch lost Mary Kenny (better known to her family and friends as Moira). Moira’s premature death saddened and shocked us all. Moira from the “Farragher” Flock assisted her late father John Kenny at shows and sales for many years and ably took over the running of the flock. Moira was well known for her cheerful personality and pleasant smile. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Des, children Laura and Jack, her mother Mollie and wider family circle.

Jim selected one from the Annakisha Flock. This sale was enhanced by Connolly Red Mills Animal Feeds that presented feed vouchers of €100.00 to the purchaser of every ram sold at €600 and over. The Branch extends its thanks to Noel Brennan and Red Mills for these vouchers once again. The remainder of the Branch’s sales at Tullamore and Roscrea were successful in both clearance rates and high prices. The National Ploughing Championships were held in Wexford, Heathpark New Ross. While travelers may have complained about access to the site, the Branch is indebted to the Wexford Suffolks Breeders for their outstanding work in preparing the Stand for our Branch. Suffolk members of the Wexford

The Branch Committee concluded the activities of the year in the Heritage Hotel Portlaoise on Tuesday 11th December by hosting dinner and presentation of Trophies to all the worthy winners of 2012.

The Branch held its AGM in March. John Corcoran retired as Chairman after his twoyear tenure. During John’s time Suffolks enjoyed an increase in Branch membership and sale prices. TJ Broderick was elected as the new Chairman.


Anne Mitchell Secretary



Western Area Branch Western Club Show & Sale, NSA Early Sale, Builth Wells Suffolk ram lambs sold to a top price of 1,200gns for the Champion entry from Myfyr Evans, Denbighs. His entry, a son of Baileys BMW, out of a Thurston Calzaghe ewe, took 1st prize in the open class under Judge, Huw Francis, Ruthin. He was purchased by Aled & Nia Williams, Anglesey. The Reserve Championship was awarded to the lamb that stood 2nd to the Champion from Geoff Biddulph, Cheshire, this Pexhill lamb was by Rychmae Cheyenne and sold at 700gns to Gwyn Davies, Tregaron.

Leading the Shearling Rams was an entry from Derek J Farr, Pontrilas, Hereford, by Davishill Bounty, this one sold at 800gns to J Thorne & Son, Crymych, Pembs. Messrs T C & C A Harding sold the 1st prize winning Shearling at 640gns to G Thomas, Haverfordwest, Pembs.

21 Ram Lambs 3 Shearling Rams

Average £584.00 £707.00

Max 1200gns 800gns

Myfyr Evans sold another Rhaeadr lamb by Baileys BMW, this time out of the 1st prize pair, at 850gns to Richard Francis, Plas Y Ward. Andrew Evans, Dol-llys, also sold at 850gns, for a Baileys Bollanger son, which was taken by DH Jones, Bow Street, Aberystwyth. Dafydd Jones, Frongoy, sold his 3rd prize winning entry at 800gns to J Owens, Shobdon, Herefords, this one by Strathisla Speed.

Western Club Show Champion - Lot 566 Myfyr Evans, NSA Early Sale

WAB Flock View Day 2012



BRANCHES NSA Late Sale Builth Wells, Show Classes It really was a superb quality entry of Suffolks! Congratulations to all of the vendors and thanks to Mr Steve Buckley, Sitlow, for travelling to Builth to judge the classes. Shearling Ram 1st Lot 1196 - Mr Rory Matthews, Brecon 2nd Lot 968 - Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 3rd Lot 999 - Mr John Key, Sheffield Ram Lamb 1st Lot 1155 - Lower Hope Farms, Hereford 2nd Lot 971 - Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 3rd Lot 912 - Messrs T C & C A Harding, Nuneaton Small Pens 1st Mr S P Davies, Bucknell, Shrops 2nd Mr J Sinnett, Stockton On Teme, Worcs Large Pens 1st Lower Hope Farms, Hereford 2nd Messrs T C & C A Harding, Nuneaton The trade proved to be extremely variable throughout – not just for the Suffolk entry, and with so many good sheep to choose from it is perhaps not surprising. The sale topper came relatively early in the sale when Charles Harding, Bentley Flock sold a smart upstanding lamb at 1,150gns to Ibers, Aberystwyth. The Bentley pen sold out to produce an average of £560 for 12 sold. The next best call was the 1,100gns paid for the 2nd prize ram lamb, shown by Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon. This was taken by M 136

NSA Late Sale 2012 -1st Prize Ram Lamb Lot 1155 - Lowerhope Farms

Lean & Sons, Mid Glamorgan. 13 sold averaged £513.69. The 1st prize ram lamb was shown by Chris Rollings on behalf of Lower Hope Farms and went on to sell at 520gns to F G & B G Goodall, Llandovery, this lamb coming from the 1st prize large pen. Notable ram lamb prices included: 1,150gns Lower Hope Farms 1,100gns Mike Davies & Sons 820gns V E & B M Samuel & Son 750gns John Sinnett 730gns Andrew Evans 700gns Anthony Cook, Andrew Evans, Geoff Biddulph 680gns Mike Davies & Sons 670gns Glyn Lewis 650gns Lower Hope Farms 620gns R B & G M Morgan 620gns Mike Davies & Sons Amongst the Shearlings/older rams, several excellent pens were forward. James Brown & others, Northumberland topped the section when selling a 2 year old sheep at 920gns to S Williams, Caernarfon, with other shearlings in the pen selling to


BRANCHES 780gns twice, an average of £621 was achieved for 14 sold. Mike Davies & Sons sold a shearling at 780gns and John Key, Sheffield sold to 700gns and average of £600. D James & Son, Lampeter sold to 650gns.

Western Area Branch Flock Competition 2012 This years’ Branch Flock Competition was held in October and a total of 7 Flocks entered, the awards from the Judges, Chris Holmes & Sally Beale were as follows: Small Flock - 1- 30 ewes 1st Ross Lawrence, Netherleigh, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devo 2nd Dai Harvey, Erw Bryn, Builth Wells, Powys 3rd Jack Pryce, Prenafal, Trefnanney, Meifod, Powys Large Flock - 30 ewes & over 1st Robert Holmes, Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon

The ‘O.P. Williams’ Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Champion Flock Winner: Robert Holmes, Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter Reserve: Ross Lawrence, Netherleigh, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh The ‘Vedw’ Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Ewe Lambs 1st Ross Lawrence, Netherleigh, Iddesleigh, Winkleigh, Devo 2nd Robert Holmes, Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter 3rd Dai Harvey, Erw Bryn, Builth Wells, Powys The ‘ J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons’ Perpetual Challenge Cup for the Best Stock Ram (with progeny on the ground) 1st Rhaeadr Roberto (95231) - Dai Harvey 2nd Strathmor Shogun (94875) - Jack Pryce The View Day was held at Home Farm, Dunchideock on Sunday 4th November, by kind invitation of Robert Holmes & Family, where it was encouraging to see a good crowd of members present and the sheep looked impressive and worthy winners. The Branch AGM was also held at the View Day. Chairman Helen Davies gave a summary of the year and annual accounts were provided.

Abergavenny Inlamb Ewe Show & Sale

WAB Flock View Day 2012

Pedigree sheep breeders ‘flocked’ to Abergavenny for the 33rd Annual Show & Sale of in lamb Suffolk ewes and ewe lambs. A fabulous genuine sale resulted in a 96% clearance and only 5 unsold lots.



BRANCHES Judge, Matt Legge, Isle of Wight chose a smart ewe lamb from Worcestershire breeder John Sinnett whose Stockton Flock was making a welcome return to this long established event. This first prize ewe lamb was by Stockton Arwell and out of a Cairness Impact sired ewe, she went on to sell at 950gns to the Judge, Matt Legge. The sale included the Dispersal of the ‘Cargriff’ Flock for Carmarthenshire pedigree stock supremo Griff Morris & Family. The relatively young flock was founded on strictly commercial principals with good conformation foremost. The flock included the top 4 prices over the whole sale. Best at 1,200gns was a shearling ewe by Cairness Coalition out of a Perrinpit Popeye sired ewe, she stood 2nd in the show and was purchased by D Callan, Haverfordwest. There were 3 sheep at 1,100gns firstly a two year old ewe by Plasllewelyn Pittsburgh and out of a ewe by Birness Aqua taken by Jimmy Douglas, ‘Cairness’. Then a shearling again by Coalition, purchased by Dai Harvey, Builth Wells. The next at 1,100gns was another Coalition daughter out of a ewe by Plasllewelyn Pittsburgh and bought by Jimmy Douglas.

Nov In Lamb Ewe Sale Res Champion Lot 112 - T C & C A Harding

1st Prize Shearling Ewe Nov In Lamb Sale G Biddulph

The 1st prize & Reserve Champion ewe was shown by T C & C A Harding, ‘Bentley’, Warwickshire and made 800gns to P Hope, Longtown, Herefordshire. The Hardings sold another at the same price to Messrs Ferguson & Greenow, Brecon. Mike Davies & Sons, ‘Safaddan’ sold to a top of 780gns for a Strathisla Stoner daughter, taken by D Morgan, Aberystwyth. Champion Nov In Lamb Ewe Sale 2012 Lot 126 - W H Sinnett & Son



BRANCHES John Sinnett’s ‘Stockton’ pen also included ewe lambs at 750gns to Mrs J Phillips, Falmouth, Cornwall and 720gns to the same buyer. Geoff Biddulph, ‘Pexhill’ sold the 1st prize shearling ewe at 660gns to R Giddy, Worcester, while R B & G M Morgan & Partners sold one by Deveronside Olympion at 600gns to Mrs Phillips, Cornwall, the same price achieved later in the sale by Messrs Hallam & Eggleston selling to R Whittingham, Raglan. Averages 49 Flock Ewes 41 Shearling Ewes 27 Ewe Lambs

Max 1,100gns 1,200gns 1,100gns

Average £377.68 £439.21 £386.17

Prize Winners Class 1 - Single Flock Ewe 1st Lot 112 - T C & C A Harding 2nd Lot 117 - V E & B M Samuel & Son 3rd Lot 31 - C B & G G Morris Class 2 - Single Shearling Ewe 1st Lot 99 - G Biddulph 2nd Lot 43 - C B & G G Morris 3rd Lot 143 - Hallam & Eggleston Class 3 - Single Ewe Lamb 1st Lot 126 - W H Sinnett & Son 2nd Lot 115 - T C & C A Harding 3rd Lot 75 - Mike Davies & Sons Female Champion Lot 126 - W H Sinnett & Son Res. Female Champion Lot 112 - T C & C A Harding




Border Suffolk Club Border Suffolk Club Show Friday 8th June 2012 Judge: Jim Irving Champion: A McKinnon Reserve Champion: M Walton

Class 5 1st 2nd 3rd

Ewe A McKinnon M Walton RK Denby

Little Swinton Roseden Carnforth

Class 6 1st 2nd 3rd

Gimmer RK Denby M Walton D Laing

Carnforth Roseden Oxmuir

Class 1 1st 2nd 3rd

Group of 3, Male and Female M Walton Roseden J Campbell Thrunton RK Denby Carnforth

Class 2 1st 2nd 3rd

Shearling Ram M Walton Roseden J Campbell Thrunton D Laing Oxmuir

Class 7 Ewe Lamb Trimmed or Untrimmed 1st M Walton Roseden 2nd J Campbell Thrunton 3rd RK Denby Carnforth

Class 3 1st 2nd 3rd

Ram Lamb Untrimmed M Walton Roseden RK Denby Carnforth J Campbell Thrunton

Class 8 1st 2nd 3rd

Class 4 1st 2nd 3rd

Ram Lamb Trimmed J Campbell Thrunton D Laing Oxmuir RK Denby Carnforth

Class 9 Young Handler, under 16 years of age on the show date, showing any sheep category. 1st M Walton Jnr Roseden 2nd Erin Laing Oxmuir 3rd Fern Walton Roseden

Pair, 1 Male and 1 Female M Walton Roseden J Campbell Thrunton A McKinnon Little Swinton



CLUBS Best Flock of under 20 Ewes 1st 2nd 3rd

RK Denby Erin Laing A McKinnon

Carnforth Oxmuir Little Swinton

Border Suffolk Club show on Friday 7th June 2013 to be held at Wooler Auction Mart, this will include stock judging and AGM. A Show of Prime lamb will also be held by kind permission of John Swan Limited at both St Boswells and Wooler. If any Border Suffolk Club members are interested in a Club Trip to Balmoral Show, contact Hannah or Micky.




Dyfed Club Royal Welsh Show Two flocks from the Dyfed club participated in this year’s Royal Welsh Show with success; John & Llinos Griffiths (Tir Flock) were awarded 2nd prize in both the trimmed and untrimmed ram lamb classes. Dafydd Jones (Frongoy Flock) was awarded 1st and 2nd prize in the yearling ewe class, 1st prize trimmed ram lamb, 1st prize ewe lamb, Champion and Reserve Champion Female and Reserve Champion Suffolk with his yearling ewe.

Highland Show Congratulations to club member Mr Eifion Hughes who made the 700 mile round trip to the Highland Show in June. He was rewarded by obtaining the first prize in his class with a pair of Suffolk X Halfbred butchers lambs. Eifion is pictured top right with the wining lambs and Malcolm Stewart.

Club Show and Sale The club show and sale was held on Friday the 21st of September at Llanybydder livestock market. Judge for the evening was Mr Eifion Hughes who awarded the overall Champion for the evening to a ram lamb bred by Mr Huw Thomas, Blaennantygarn, Abergorlech (Penygarn Flock). The lamb, pictured bottom left, went on to sell for £370gns. Reserve champion was awarded to Iolo Roberts for a shearling ram which realised £550gns. Top prices on the evening were £420gns for the second prize ram lamb from Gwyn Thomas, Carreg-Llys (Oaktree Flock) and £640 for a yearling from Darren and Anne Callan (Castlemartin Flock).

Flock Competition This year’s flock competition was kindly judged by Mr Dafydd Jones, Frongoy. The results of the competition are listed below. Class 1 ‘The Cennen Cup’ for the Best Novice Flock Mr Gethin James (NDS ‘Cennin Flock’) SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2013 YEAR BOOK


CLUBS Class 2 ‘The Mr & Mrs E Hughes Cup’ for the Best Small Flock Mr Huw Thomas (NKC ‘Penygarn Flock’) Mrs Christine Vaughan (PLH ‘Preseli-Hill Flock’) Class 3 ‘The Mr & Mrs J Williams Cup’ for the Best Large Flock Mr & Mrs John Griffiths (BAX ‘Tir Flock’) Mr Gethin James Champion Flock - Mr & Mrs John Griffiths Reserve Champion Flock - Mr Gethin James Class 4 - Best Yearling Ewes Mr Gethin James Mr & Mrs John Griffiths. Mr Huw Thomas


Class 5 – Best Ewe Lambs Mr & Mrs John Griffiths. Mr Gethin James Mrs Christine Vaughan Class 6 – Best Stock Ram Mrs Christine Vaughan ‘Birness Lightning Bolt’ Mr & Mrs John Griffiths ‘Homebred shearling’ Mr Huw Thomas ‘Dol-Llys Punch’ The Dyfed Club would like to extend their thanks to all who supported the club and their activities in 2012.



East Down Club The east down club continued to have another successful year in 2012. The membership increased to over 40 flocks and the catchment area was opened up for both counties Down and Armagh The year commenced with a trip to Donegal to visit the Malinhead, Errigal, Shannagh and Castleisle flocks. We had a super day viewing some exceptional stock and were extended superb hospitality at each farm The Flock Competition was next on the calendar. This year Mr.Arnold McClure, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Branch kindly agreed to judge the event. After travelling from the Ards Peninsula to south Armagh he chose the Smiddiehill flock belonging to William Montgomery as the Champion flock with the Carrowmoney flock belonging to Anthony Patton as reserve. Anthony also received the award for best stock ram with Whitestone Rory and John Murnion Laurelhill received the accolade of best pen of ewe lambs

Early June also seen the club members competing in the club Championships, this year held over two shows; Saintfield and Armagh. Once again we had generous sponsorship from John Thompson and Sons, each exhibitor gained points at both shows and the Laurelhill flock secured the top spot as show team of the year and male of the year with a ram lamb. The female of the year title was secured by the Limestone flock of Mark Priestley with his home bred gimmer. The next highlight of the club year was a trip to the Northern Area Show and Sale in Stirling. A few of the members took part in this trip and found it to be a very enjoyable outing In 2012 we introduced a new show and sale, Markethill livestock sales was the venue and the sale held at the beginning of August will hopefully become a permanent fixture on the club calendar. Judge for the evening was Noel Mawhinney and after careful deliberation he chose a ram lamb from the



CLUBS Tullywinney flock of Patrick McVerry as Champion with Brian & Christopher Dickson, Islandmoyle as reserve Late august was the date chosen for the annual BBQ, this year kindly hosted by P McVerry and family. Visitors to the home of the Tullywinney flock were treated to an excellent evening of craic and good food with a bit of stock judging thrown in The annual show and sale was next and once again seen some excellent sheep put before judge, Patrick Donnelly. The show Champion, a ram lamb, on this occasion was exhibited by Norman Robinson, Benrafton with a ram lamb from B&C Dickson, Islandmoyle as reserve. In the sale ring averages were a little down on last year but there was a steady demand for the stock. We are once again


indebted to the Ulster Bank for their continuous sponsorship of this event This year we seen one of our long standing members, William Montgomery appointed as president elect of the Society, we offer our congratulations to William and wish him well in his forthcoming year as president. On a sadder note, 2012 seen the passing of one of the club founders, Tom Killick. Tom was an upstanding, hard working and devoted club member until sadly his illness prevented him from attending club events. We extend our sympathies to the Killick family circle. The annual dinner and awards night once again brought festivities to an end for another year. So as we look forward to this year’s lamb crop we also hope for a successful year in 2013.



Eastern Club Inter-Club Quiz It has been many years since one of the teams of Suffolk breeders won this interclub general knowledge quiz. Run this year by the previous winners the Southdown Club, this excellent event was as always well attended. On this occasion the Dorset Down breeders were victorious and there were only three of them!

Carcass Competition Now a firm fixture in the club’s calendar the carcass competition took place by kind permission of CC Byford on 16 April 2012. 9 breeders presented a total of 29 lambs for slaughter; these were then judged in four classes. Two days later members gathered to view the carcasses and be presented with

prizes by the judge Mr George Debman a retail butcher. Mr Debman said that he was delighted to see this type of event taking place and was impressed by the standard of the entries furthermore he was looking forward to selling some of the prize winners in his Ipswich shop. This year the Partridge’s Kersey flock swept the board winning 3 first prizes as well as the Champion and Reserve. The Wolton’s Fishpond flock won the other first prize. Messrs Byford purchased the lambs at £5.25kg which as it turned out was possibly the best price of the year! Many thanks to all concerned especially our generous sponsor Chris Meekins

Visit On a fine day in May the ESSC joined together with the Midland Suffolk breeders club and a coach full of West Country Suffolk enthusiasts to visit the Darley Racehorse Stud at Newmarket. This is part of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global breeding operation. A tour of the commercial flock was followed by an inspection of the Hollygrove flock of Suffolks owned by stud director Mr Liam O’Rourke. The highlight of the day however was the sight of a number brood mares being paraded with their very promising foals. We were then shown some of the stud’s stallions including Dubawi who’s service fee is a cool £75,000!

First Prize carcasses at ESSC 2012 Carcass Competition



CLUBS John Jiggens Trophy This trophy which is presented by the Club to the member with the most successful show team at our two local County shows in Suffolk and Norfolk was won in 2012 by Gordon and Bettie Beddie (Breckland flock) an amazing achievement given that they only lambed 12 ewes in 2012. The Partridge’s Kersey Flock was runner up. Gordon and Bettie Beddie with their ewe lamb, winner of the Queens Cup (Interbreed) for the best sheep owned and bred by an exhibitor from Norfolk.

J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons 2013 SALES Fri/Sat 19th & 20th July

National Show & Sale, Shrewsbury (with Halls)

Monday 5th August

NSA Early Ram Sale – Builth Wells to include - Western Area Branch Show & Sale,

Monday 23rd Sept

NSA Main Ram Sale, Builth Wells

Thurs 14th November

34th Annual Collective Show & Sale of in-lamb ewes & ewe lambs - Abergavenny Market

**** (2012 top price 1,200gns, a fabulous genuine sale resulted in a 96% clearance rate) **** Please contact: Lyndon Trumper for further information on the above sales and any other matters relating to the valuation/marketing of Suffolk Sheep.

Market Street Chambers, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 5SD Telephone: 01873 852624 Email:




Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties Club Tenpin Bowling Our year started in April for our ‘GAC Ten Pin Bowling Challenge’; we had no less than 16 competitors. The winner of the evening was Roger Whitehouse with a score of 147.

AGM April 23rd we held our AGM. Mark Gatehouse was elected as Chairman, Jane Whitehouse continued as Secretary and Phil Smith took over as Treasure from Isobel Branston. After the formalities we enjoyed a presentation from Agri-Lloyd about Liquithrive.

Darley Stud At the end of May some of our members joined the Welsh Borders Club trip to Newmarket. On the first day they saw commercial sheep, the Hollygrove flock of pedigree Suffolks and a lot of horses. The next morning the early birds went to see the horses out on the gallops. Next they visited a National Trust house on the way to David and Julie Inman’s Lindum flock.

Pinny’s Alloaks Suffolk flock. Merrick had some very impressive show ewe and ram lambs, some of the rams were off to the National. We also enjoyed a guided tour of the farm and beverages and fodder in the lambing shed.

Stock Judging The club decided to hold an interclub stock judging event. Winners of each category: Ladies, Wendy Wood (Shropshire Club). Mens, Phil Smith. Under 26, Andrew Fletcher.

Tenbury Show Alloaks Flock At the end of June club members were treated to a flock visit to Merrick and Julie

A marvellous turnout from club members as usual. The winning Suffolk from a club member was exhibited by Mr Sid Taylor.



CLUBS Flock Competition Five flocks entered this years competition. The flocks were judged by Mr Stuart Davies (Beaufort) on a cold wet day in October. Winners of each section: Ram With Progeny On The Ground 1st: Rookery General Mark Gatehouse (Arley) Ram Lamb 1st: Arley Rain Maker (pending) Mark Gatehouse (Arley) Progeny Group 1st Callow Panesar: Phil Smith (Peghouse)

Small Flocks & Champion 1st: Phil Smith (Peghouse) Large Flocks & Reserve 1st: Mark Gatehouse (Arley) Stock Trace In November Jack Ballard from StockTrace came and gave us a demonstration on how to use their progressive EID solutions and become compliant with EID regulations. Xmas Meal The year was rounded off with a xmas meal at the Bird In Hand. A big thank you must go to all who have supported us through the wettest year on record. Here’s to a drier 2013!

Ewe Lambs 1st: Phil Smith (Peghouse)




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Midland Suffolk Club 2012 has been another well supported year for the Midland Club and may I thank all who have given their time to attend meetings, social events and visits. Please can we have the same next year. One such member who was a great supporter of both club and breed events was Mr John Hallam who sadly passed away this year. He was one of the clubs original members and a stout supporter of the Suffolk breed through the years, and will be missed. The AGM held at Cold Ashby Golf Club back in the spring was this year kindly sponsored by Novartis who provided a great insight into worm resistance and prevention practises while introducing their new product Zolvix. The Clubs’ first competition of the year was the annual carcass competition held at Sargeants in Uttoxeter in April with a healthy entry of 24 carcases kindly organised by Cliff Mellor. Congratulations to Liz Needham for taking the Champion rosette with a lamb

sired by Strathisla Sea Eagle - 20.3kg (E3L) with M.J & J.A Pinny for taking the reserve - 18.5 kg (U2). This year’s club stock judging event was kindly hosted by the Harding family (Bentley Flock). Charles, Janet, Tom and Matt put on a brilliant afternoon with a tremendous show of sheep and all who attended had an enjoyable time and on behalf of the Club many thanks to them for putting on a great show. The highlight of the Club’s year was the spring visit which this year was by kind invitation of Liam O’Rourke to the Darley Stud at Newmarket. This provided the opportunity to take in the equestrian stud and their extensive commercial sheep enterprise while offering a sneak peak at Mr Liam O’Rourke’s Suffolk flock. This was billed as a trip not to be missed, and it certainly didn’t disappoint and will be very difficult to top in forthcoming years. Many thanks to Liam and his team, for a fantastic day. Those members who attended the Club’s autumn meeting were treated to a great insight into New Zealand farming practises by Philip Derryman (Yarcombe flock) who competed in the World Young Shepherd of the Year competition in the country last year where Philip finished runner up – great achievement. The Club year finished perfectly with the Christmas dinner at The Griffin Inn, Swithland were members ate, drank and were merry before the on set of lambing.

Julie Pinny and Liz Needham with their Res Champion and Champion carcasses respectfully

Best wishes to all members for 2013.



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North Antrim & East Londonderry Club The North Antrim & East Londonderry Club have had another very busy year with all events well supported by its members and generous sponsorship from many local businesses. We continue to promote the breed in our area through attendance at our local shows, Suffolk prime lamb competitions at local markets, our annual summer club show & BBQ with the cream of our members stock on view to commercial visitors. Once again funds raised for our selected 2012 charity Multiple Scerlerosis at this and at our Club dinner has raised an outstanding total of £1513. Club show team of the year was judged over three local shows and at our summer BBQ charity show with competition very close in each class. The overall winner was Packie Donnellys Donrho flock with close runner up RC & JC Watsons Bannview flock.

David McCaughan receiving the Ulster Bank Shield from Keith McAdoo for the champion at the Armoy Club Sale

Our Prime Suffolk lamb competition in Kilrea market was in May and was very well supported, the overall winning pair was brought forward by Nigel Marks. We are indebted to Lamonts Butchers for judging this and also for there very generous sponsorship. June was a busy month for our members heavily involved at local shows but we managed to skip across the Irish sea to visit Scotsheep 2012, we invited some of our locally based commercial sheep farmers to join us on this very informative and enjoyable trip. Our BBQ at Rathkenny on Packie Donnellys farm in July was hailed a great success with top quality sheep on show for our master judge Andrew Wilson from Donegal, his overall champion and winner of the Dick Maybin Memorial Cup was awarded to Dennis Taylors Ram Lamb, Reserve overall went to Packie Donnellys Gimmer. The evening was completed with a super BBQ served by the Lamont family Butchers from Cullybackey and an auction to raise funds for our selected charity. Our first Ram sale was held in Kilrea during the first week of September. Natural Stockcare Ltd sponsored the event which was judged by Mr William Montgomery. William picked Hayes and David McCaughans Ballyrock shearling ram as champion and winners of the Northern Bank perpetual shield. This ram topped the evening’s trade at £800 with the first placed Ballyrock ram



CLUBS lamb and Reserve overall champion topping the ram lamb trade at £720. Our second Ram sale sponsored by Glens Farm Supplies was in Armoy Market at the end of September. Over 90 shearlings and ram lambs were on show. Judge Keith McAdoo chose Hayes and David McCaughans Ballyrock shearling ram as his overall Champion and winner of the Ulster Bank Shield with reserve going to John McKays Ayes & Zillah McCaughan receiving the Northern Bank Shield Ram lamb. There was a fantastic from Mrs Steele for the champion sheep at the Kilrea Sale. trade over the whole sale which saw was judged by Leslie Liggett from Omagh. a 100 % clearance. A Shearling Ram from Leslie handed the Champion award to Packie Hayes and David McCaughans Ballyrock pen Donnellys Donrho flock with reserve going topped the trade at £1120 with the same to the Benview flock owned by Geoffrey flock topping the ram lamb trade at £1020. Douglas. An open day was held at Packies farm to coincide with his national flock We once again held a club flock competition award view day in early November. in October, this event was very generously sponsored by McCaughan Animal Health and Another busy year was brought to a close when club members & friends attended our annual dinner & awards evening at the Manor House in Kilrea, a super meal and relaxing evening was had by all, we all looked back over the events of 2012 which has been successful for our breed with increased demand and improved prices, we look forward to 2013.

Packie & Rhonda Donnelly receiving the Northern Bank Rose Bowl for the Champion Flock from Mr & Mrs Leslie Liggett.




North East Scotland Club Our yearly activities got under way in March when we welcomed Brian Pack who updated members on the CAP reforms and Neil Massie well known Pedigree Cattle breeder and one time Suffolk breeder who spoke about a lifetime in farming this was followed by a welcome cup of tea and a question and answer session

Northumberland Trip 21 members traveled to the Northumberland area to view the flocks of Michael Walton, John Campbell Alan, Jackson, Glynis Soulsby, Brian Jones and Keith Denby.

Lambing % Competition Winner: John Henderson, Dalbeatie Flock Prime lamb comp Winner: George L Stuart, Birness Carcase Comp Winner: George L Stuart, Birness Summer Shows Pairs Comp Winner: Graeme Christie, Balquhain Robbie Wilson was Champion at the Highland Show and 2nd Individual in the Stock Judging went to Jimmy Young with George and Melvin Stuart and Jimmy Young 1st in the team comp. Rory and Heather Machray in the 2nd team along with A & A Stuart and J Henderson and Bruce Mair in the 3rd prize team

Northumberland Trip

Tup Tour Back home again our Tup tour took us to Alfie Stuart Davishill, George Stuart Birness, Bruce Watson, Gaval, Nan Moir, Strathbeg and finally to Jimmy Douglas at Cairness where we held our annual BBQ the usual good show of sheep were on display

Stock Judging winners Competition for the winner of three out of four Stock Judging (Highland Show, Tup Tour and Echt and New Deer Shows) the winners were Juniors Amy Dalgarno and the Seniors Jimmy Young.

In Lamb Gimmer Show and Sale This competition was sponsored by Norbrook Pharmaceuticals, Cumbria was judged by Neil Benzie Meikleson Turriff.

George L Stuart, Birness



CLUBS Flock Competition Judged by Helen Goldie The Champion went to P, H & R Machray’s Middlemuir flock with Mrs Nan Moir, Strathbeg Flock in Reserve spot. Winners: Under 15 Ewes: Nan Moir 16 -30 Ewes: P,H & R Machray 31-60 Ewes: J Young, Muirton Over 60 Ewes: G Christie‘s Balquhain Flock Best Flock of Ewes: P, H & R Machray Best Ewe lambs: Nan Moir Best Stock Tup: Cairness See The Stars from Gordon Troup Best Ram Lamb: Strathisla Stifler, G Christie Champion Flock: P, H & R Machray’s Middlemuir Reserve: Mrs N Moir Strathbeg

Following our Dinner and presentation of Trophies the Following Office bearers were elected Chairman Fiona Bruce, Vice Chairman Stewart Duncan, Sec/Treasurer Evelyn Young, and PA Alison Dalgarno. Christmas Classic Results Single Gimmer 1st: Robbie Wilson Strathisla 2nd: Graeme Christie Balquhain 3rd & 4th: Alfie Stuart Davishill Pair of Gimmers 1st: G Christie 2nd: R Wilson 3rd: A Stuart 4th: C & M Bruce Tillyeve Champion: Robbie Wilson 1200 gns Reserve: Graeme Christie 700 gns

Flock Competition trophy winners




North Wales Club Bryncir Sale Judge: Champion:

Mr Richard Williams Mr Dafydd Roberts Llwyn flock Reserve Champion: Mr Richard Francis, Ward flock Female Champion: Arwel & June Jones, Conwy flock Ruthin Sale Judge: Champion:

Mr John Pierce Jones Mr Eifion Edwards Beechwood flock

Reserve Champion & local class winner: Mr Myfyr Evans Rhaeadr flock Open class ram lamb: Mr Glyn Davies Templerhyd flock North Wales Show Results Nefyn Show Judge: Mr Dylan Roberts Champion, Reserve Champion and Best Group: Mr Dafydd Roberts Anglesey County Show Judge: Mr Richard Francis Champion and interbreed group: Mr Eifion Edwards Res Champion: Mr Dafydd Roberts Meirioneth County Show Champion,reserve : Mr Meilir Roberts and best group Cadair flock Eglwysbach Show Judge: Mr Arwel Jones Champion: Mr Dafydd Roberts Reserve Champion and Best group Mr Eifion Edwards

Champion from Mr D.P.Roberts sold to the judge Mr Richard Williams

Denbigh and Flint Show Judge: Mr Gwyn Davies Champion, Reserve and Best Group: Mr Eifion Edwards Llanrwst Show Judge: Mr Joe Barlow Champion: Mr Eifion Edwards Reserve Champion and best group: Mr Dafydd Roberts Cerrig y drudion Show Judge: Mr David T Jones Champion and Best Group: Mr Eifion Edwards Reserve Champion: Mr Dafydd Roberts




North West Club We started our year on a sad note with the loss of founder Club member Wilf Eccles, who will be much missed for his enthusiastic input to all the Club activities. When spring arrived with a nice warm March, we little realised that this year it would be not so much a fierce winter which caused problems, but a fierce summer! However, although we arrived at the Rookery Flock in thick fog for our Flock visit in May, the Holmes family had a great welcome waiting for us, with some meticulously presented sheep and wonderful refreshments. All very much appreciated. The torrential downpour in June for our Club Show actually did us a favour – as no-one could be cutting grass, they all turned up to the Show, together with over 60 sheep to present before our Judge David Reid. This year Alan Blair’s Thornfleet ewe carried off the Overall Championship, and the Young Shepherds Cup was won by James Richmond. More torrents greeted us later when Mark and Nicola Gornall bravely hosted the BBQ and Stockjudging Night at their Pendleton

Flock near Clitheroe. Both ourselves and the sheep were well undercover so we had a great night despite the weather. Louise Buckley came along to be our Master Judge (ably assisted by Steve!) and Club member Christine Whittaker won the cup for most points. Although many members bravely struggled through muddy showfields with some success, no- one got around to claiming the Show Points Cups – better luck next year! One Cup which was claimed was that for the Highest Priced Lamb at Lancaster Tup Sale, which went to Andrea Gardner. The AGM in November saw all the officers and committee continuing, with the welcome addition of Jack English and Nicola Gornall. We will be holding an In-Lamb Ewe Sale at the end of November together with Lancaster Auction and then will conclude with our Christmas Dinner in December. The Club celebrates 20 years this year and both old and new members still support all our events with great enthusiasm. Long may it continue!




Champion from Allan Blair




Shropshire & Montgomery Club At the AGM Robert Draper returned to the Chair, Grahame Hardman took the post of Vice Chairman and Martin Howard joined the other committee members. The plan for the year’s events was agreed Welshpool Auction held its Spring Lamb Competition in April and the judge Marcus Williams, Caersws placed Ben Powell, Gilfach Goch first in the up to 35kg and J & J Bevan & Sons, Winsbury first in the over 35 1/2kg The 450 lambs averaged 252ppkg.Both vendors received a voucher to spend at the Club sale and 1ltr of Thrivit and 1ltr of Bactakill kindly donated by Osmonds. Rikki Lloyd our local butcher also sponsored this event.

Stock Judging A stock judging event was organised at the Colin Davies’ Wrekin Flock. The Master Judge was Tom Cox. The winner of the Ensdon salver was John Pryce, 2nd and 3rd went to Tom Cox and Tim Davies. The Davies family had put on a splendid spread of refreshments which were much appreciated. Thanks to everyone. A visit to the Wynnstay Mill at Llansantffraid took place in late June. This was an informative visit and it is amazing how all the blends are put together. The evening finished with a meal at the Station Grill. Shows and sales then took over with breeders enjoying success both in the show and sale ring.

Ram Show & Sale The annual Show and Sale on behalf of the

Shropshire and Montgomery Area Suffolk Club took place at Welshpool Livestock Sale on Thursday 27th September 2012, with an entry of 146 which met with a steady demand for trade, especially for the yearling rams on show. Overall averages were down on the previous year. Judge for the day was Mr John Owens Shobdon Herefordshire. The top price of the day was achieved by Mr & Mrs J Pryce selling to 720gns for the Champion ram lamb selling to Ben Powell who cashed in his prime lamb voucher. The Show was very kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian, Maelor Feeds Osmonds, J Sherratt Farm Supplies and Bibbys. Yearlings averaged £383.75 and Ram Lambs £350.81. Show results were as follows: Aged 1st G V Hardman 420gns 2nd P B & S M Davies 500gns 3rd D & S Gethin to 410gns Yearlings 1st Mr & Mrs J Pryce Prenafal 500gns 2nd T S Cox 400gns 3rd L C Davies & Son 790gns Ram Lambs 1st & Overall Champion W J C & A Pryce 720gns 2nd P M & R E Belcher 480gns 3rd R B Draper 450gns The Flock Competition took place in the autumn and Dai Jones ‘Drewsnant Flock’ placed the entries in the following order. Flocks 1st R Belcher - Tibberton Flock 2nd T S Cox - Tomcroft Flock 3rd Dan Evans - Lyndan Flock 4th M J & K Howard - Cosward Flock Ewe Lambs1st T S Cox - Tomcroft Flock 2nd R Belcher - Tibberton Flock




Champion Lamb at the Welshpool Sale exhibited by Jack Pryce – Horton Flock selling for 720gns.

Stock Ram 1st T S Cox - Rhaeadr Revolution 2nd Dan Evans – Deveronside NAJ:12:070 Flock Established in last 5 years 1st Dan Evans – Lyndan Flock 2nd M J & K Howard – Cosward Flock Champion Flock – R Belcher Reserve Flock - T S Cox The View Day will be held next year in conjunction with our AGM. The club will also be celebrating its 20th Anniversary so if any of you have any ideas please let me know.


Social Events The year was rounded off with a successful dinner at the Sweeney Hall Hotel, Oswestry. The M Gatt cup for the most points gained at the shows and sales went once again to Mr & Mrs J Pryce - Horton. Although we have lost some members we have gained some new ones this year and it is good to see them taking an active role in the events. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Club over the year and wish you all a successful 2013. For further information please contact Helen Davies on 07976 803066 or email



Tayside Club The 17th AGM was held on 20th March and attended by 18 members who enjoyed a meal followed by talk by the now late George Jarron of Scott Brothers in Dundee. Forfar Market was once again the venue for the annual Prime Lamb competition on 9th May. The overall Champion was a pair of cross Suffolk lambs from Helga Irvine, West Pitcorthie, Anstruther, weighing 43kg each and bought by Scott Brothers Butchers, Dundee. The reserve Champion came from George Watt, were 1st in the pair of heavy pure Suffolk lambs and weighed 46½kg each. East Coast Viners and Lawrie & Symington both generously sponsored the Prime Lamb competition. In July we had a farm walk at Balthayock by kind permission of Major Walter. We were treated to a drive around the farm viewing

both Lleyn sheep and Charolais cattle. The evening ended with a wonderful spread of food. To try and encourage more members to attend the summer shows the club donated a Suffolk Society Gift Voucher to any member who attended 3 or more shows – these were won by Stewart Lathangie, Leslie Learmonth, Gordon Mackie, James Scott, Tom Sands and George Watt. George Watt kept tally of the results for the Fingask Show Points Shield which was won this year by Gordon Mackie. Our last event of the year was our annual flock, ewe lamb and stock ram competitions. Irene Fowlie from Akziel, Fraserburgh spent one and half days viewing flocks and then on Thursday evening presented the prizes and gave us a very informative presentation

Roy Nicol from Starlyne (sponsors), Tom Sands with the Ewe trophy and Stock Tup trophy, Irene Fowlie (judge) and Stewart Lathangie with the Ewe Lamb trophy.



CLUBS on EBV’s and answered questions. The results were:-

Stock Tups 1st

Small Flocks Ewes


Ewe Lambs

Large Flocks Ewes

Ewe Lambs

1st Stewart Lathangie 2nd = George Watt 2nd Leslie Learmonth 1st 2nd 3rd = 3rd =

Stewart Lathangie Leslie Learmonth George Watt Colin Whitton

1st 2nd 3rd

Tom Sands Ronnie Black Jim Farquharson

1st 2nd 3rd

Ronnie Black Tom Sands Jim Farquharson


Muirton Maverick owned by Tom Sands Sitlow Samurai owned by Stewart Lathangie Castlewellan Duel owned by Jim Farquharson

The overall winning flock was from Tom Sands, Southfield (Kingston Flock) and runner up from Stewart Lathangie, Pyeston. The ewe lamb competition was won by Stewart Lathangie with Ronnie Black reserve. Once again we are very grateful to Roy Nicoll and Starlyne for sponsoring these competitions.


Purchased for 2200gns Stirling 2012. Proven breeder purchased from R Lawrence Top price lamb Carlisle 2011, (pictured) Full brother to Cairness Caius. Purchased Kelso 2010, sons sold to £1000. Purchased Kelso 2010 £1250 sons sold to 1200gns Half share purchased privately 2011, out of the famous Ewebank Show ewe

Merrick or Julie Pinny New College Farm Holcot, Northampton Tel: 01604 781078




Welsh Borders Club Once again it’s time to reflect on the clubs activities over the last 12 months. We held a club meeting in early spring to discuss the plans for the coming year. We thought it would be a nice idea to try and arrange a visit to some flocks in the Eastern Area, part of the country we have not visited previously. We were fortunate enough to pick one of the few weekends this year when the sun shone! Along with the some good friends from our neighbouring clubs, we joined members of the Midlands and Eastern Area clubs on a visit to The Darley Stud. Everyone was hugely impressed with operation and attention to detail, from the thoroughbred breeding, land management through to the sheep enterprises. Many thanks to Liam, Dan, Andy and everyone else who made the whole day such a fantastic success and a truly memorable occasion. Sunday morning started bright and early

Liam’s Show Ewes

when a large group of us met a 6.30am to take a walk before breakfast on the famous Newmarket Gallops. We watched the racehorses being put through their paces. Later that morning we paid a visit to Ickworth House, former home of the Marquis of Bristol and where the coveted Bristol Gold Cup originated. We were taken on a farm walk and strolled around the famous Capability Brown gardens. In the afternoon we arrived at David and Julie Inman’s to view the Lindum Flock. The

Yearling Ewes at Darley



CLUBS sheep were in tremendous condition and competitive stock judging commenced. Merrick Pinny was the master judge, and the winner was Sid Taylor. We enjoyed a superb BBQ with a fantastic selection of home produced meats and some fine homemade liqueur – which seemed to stay in the possession of Paul Fletcher even as far as the coach home! Many thanks to David, Julie, their family and friends for their superb hospitality.

Club members and friends relaxing in the sun

Although the show season was severely disrupted by the weather, our club members proved themselves with some very good results. Well done to everyone, and thanks for taking the time and effort to promote the breed. As we write this we are looking forward to our club Christmas Dinner, with good food and even better company. We look forward to a drier 2013 and more opportunity to get together in the months ahead.

Ickworth House

Dai and Ann




West and Central Scotland Club The AGM was held in early March at the Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesmahagow. The evening commenced with a most enjoyable buffet supper followed by our guest speaker Mr Archie Gilbert who brought a few smiles to faces with his stories after a long winter. The AGM saw William Lennox (Netherholm) remain as Chairman and John Christie (West Carse) remain in the position of ViceChairman. I commenced my second year as Secretary.

Champion Flock

Prime Lamb Competition

Hazel Martindale’s Landale flock, which won the 2011 flock competition, hosted a view day in early July 2012. A large turnout of members and friends viewed the well presented flock followed by our usual stock judging competition. The Gents and Overall winner was Jim Robertson with an excellent score of 194/200. The Ladies winner was Sharon Graham and the Juniors was won by Samantha Haining. A delicious finger buffet was provided for everyone before departing the Landale Flock.

Stirling Market (Caledonian Marts) Champion - D Maitland Gardner and Partners, Culdees Home Farm Reserve - D McLaughlin, Balabeg Farm Lanark Market (Lawrie and Symington) Champion - W Young, Skerrington Mains, Hurlford Reserve - T Lang, Pardovine Stirling Market (United Auctions) Champion - J Strang and Son, Moneydie Reserve - A P Ronald, Ballymenach Ayr Market (Craig Wilson) Champion - J & R Semple, Netherton Farms, Dalrymple Reserve - I Noble, Wardlaw Farm, Kilwinning

Club Show The Show was held in Lanark Market in June and our judge was Jimmy Young (Muirton). J and W Fleming’s first prize ram lamb reigned supreme with reserve champion being awarded to the first prize Ewe from Lewis Harkness. Best opposite sex to the Champion was also awarded to Lewis Harkness and J and W Fleming’s ram lamb won Best Gigot.

National Sale - Shrewsbury Ian and Judith Barbour (SOLWAYBANK) were delighted with their ram lamb a son of Rhaeadr Rastafari when it made the final line up at Shrewsbury and thereafter sold to fellow member Hazel Martindale for 3200 guineas.



CLUBS Northern Area - Stirling Sale A special mention again for club members Iain and Judith Barbour whose third prize lamb at the Royal Highland Show made the final line up at Stirling and went on to sell for 4500 guineas. Fellow member David Gilmour (BROOMKNOWES) achieved 3000 guineas for a ram lamb.

Kelso Ram Sales Iain and Judith Barbour completed the hattrick when they sold a Rhaeadr Rastafari son for ÂŁ3000 at Kelso. Well done Iain and Judith.

Club Show And Sale Lanark Market Judge Hugh Gibson, Heaveyside Far, Biggar placed the 1st prize Ram Lamb from J Frame (Craigthornhill) Champion and the 2nd prize Ram Lamb from Paula and David Reid (Conchar) Reserve Champion. The Hamish Stoddart Shield for the highest average for 3 lambs or more was awarded to J Frame (Craigthornhill).

Flock Competition This year’s judge was Robert Fleming formerly the Boreland flock. With 11 flocks entered the most for many years, Robert had a tough challenge ahead. Awards were presented to the following after a Dinner held in the Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesmahagow.

Small Flock 1st - A Gray (Langside) 2nd - W Haining (High Drum) 3rd - J Lundy (Lundazi) 4th - W Lennox (Netherholm) 5th - E Dowie (Islay) Medium Flock 1st J Cannon (Redbrae) 2nd T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhill) 3rd P Gray (Scrogton) 4th J Wallace (Claycrop) Large Flock 1st J Christie (Westcarse) 2nd P & D Reid (Conchar) Ewe Lamb Class 1st - P Gray 2nd - T Fitzsimon 3rd - J Christie Evandale Trophy for the Best 5 Ewe Lambs (from small and medium) - P Gray. Best Stud Ram - Ardlea Atomic - J Cannon Champion Flock - J Cannon (Redbrae) Reserve T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhill) The Show Points Trophy was won by Lewis Harkness (Netherhall) with a total of 37 points. Reserve was T Fitzsimon with 26 points. Many thanks to all who have helped and supported, the Club in 2012. Report by Paula Reid (Secretary)




West Country Club 2012 started off on a sad note with the death of long standing club member Brian Dyer. Brian and Margaret were regulars at club events and the shows, his enthusiasm and sense of humour will be greatly missed. The club ran 5 prime lamb competitions at Sedgemoor, Exeter, South Molton, Truro and Holsworthy markets with Holsworthy attracting 13 entries. Social events in the Spring included skittle matches against the Hampshire Downs and the Charollais. The Spring Meeting was an interesting insight into Philip Derryman’s trip to New Zealand and competing in the 1st World Young Shepherds competition.

Shows The County shows were strongly supported: • Devon County saw Mike Waycotts aged ewe take Breed and Interbreed honours. • Bath & West had Robert Holmes shearling ewe take Breed Champion and Roberts ewe and ram lamb also taking the Overall Interbreed pairs honours. • Royal Cornwall saw Ross Lawrence take the Breed Championship with a ram lamb. • Dorset County Show had Ross Lawrence crowned Champion this time with a ewe lamb.

Holland and Kate. A look at Richard’s flock, some stock judging and a super BBQ on a rare sunny Sunday.

Sales Sales saw good prices for good sheep, the club’s sales at Exeter and Sedgemoor had Robert Holmes winning at both. Trade at Exeter was good but Sedgemoor coincided with some rare haymaking weather and was difficult. The wet summer however was excellent news if you were a liver fluke, this was hopefully addressed by an autumn meeting sponsored by Novartis, Saul Harvey gave a good presentation on the control of both worms and fluke. Club member Dean Nelmes made the final of the Intermediate Golden Shears competition held at the World Shearing Championship in Masterton NZ finishing 4th. Autumn finished off with our annual Ewe and ewe lamb sale which saw Philip Brooks win the William Coe memorial trophy, the trade was solid with Robin Irwin topping at 600 guineas. Deserving of a mention is Rob Holmes on winning the Western Area and being runner up in the Keeble Cup and receiving a Certificate of Merit for his ewe lambs in the National Competition.

Congratulations to Lydia, William and Horace Hopper and Anna Reddaway for doing well in the young handler classes.

Special thanks must go to all our sponsors for their continued support.

June saw a huge turnout of members for the summer gathering kindly hosted by Richard

Andrew Walton kindly judged a very keenly fought Flock Competition the results were

2012 Annual Flock Competition



CLUBS announced at our presentation dinner: Showmans Shield Rob Holmes Small Flock: 1st Ross Lawrence (Roundacre) 2nd James Heard (Hughslade) 3rd Ben Collings (Benbreed) H.C Graham Reddaway (Barwick) Large Flock: 1st Rob Holmes (Willmar) 2nd H.C Derryman & Sons (Yarcombe) 3rd Philip Brooks (Lyatts) H.C Aimee Mogford (Mogford)

Back Row L-R: Robbie Pedrick, Ben Collings, Ross Lawrence, Rob Holmes, Philip Derryman Front Row L-R: Harry Brooks, Andrew Walton, Aimee Mogford

Ewe Lambs: 1st Ross Lawrence 2nd Rob Holmes 3rd Philip Brooks H.C Ben Collings Best Ram Lamb: 1st Reg Pedrick – Hazeltree Xtasy (Denbury) 2nd Ross Lawrence – Cairnton Jagger 3rd Ross Lawrence – Roundacre Romeo H.C. Aimee Mogford – Rhaeadr lamb Best Ram, Shearling or over 1st Ben Collings – Benbreed Tonka 2nd James Heard – Slackadale Lah 3rd Aimee Mogford – Mogford Man of Power

Dates of our County Shows


Best Homebred Ram 1st Ben Collings – Benbreed Tonka 2nd Ross Lawrence – Roundacre lamb 3rd Aimee Mogford – Mogford Man of Power H.C. H.C. Derryman & Sons – Yarcombe Leader Best Group of Stock Rams 1st Ross Lawrence 2nd H.C Derryman & Sons 3rd Ben Collings Best Group of Ram Lambs (running on as Commercial Shearlings) 1st H.C Derryman & Sons 2nd Mike Smith (Knightswood) 3rd Reg Pederick Champion Ram Reserve Champion Ram Reserve Champion Flock Champion Flock

Benbreed Tonka Hazeltree Xtasy Rob Holmes Ross Lawrence

Devon County Show 16th, 17th &18th May 2013 Bath & West 29th, 30th, 31st May & 1st June 2013 Royal Cornwall 6th, 7th, 8th June 2013 SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2013 YEAR BOOK

Reg. HJW


Roscrea Champion 2011


Castlewood Champion Cairness New Approach HJW J45 by Rhaeadr Rossi 2

Roscrea Champion Pen of Three 2011 Sires used in 2012


Cairness Bolt

Purchased in Spring 2012 for ÂŁ5,500 Very good lambs from him this year

Baileys Bacchus Cairness Crean Rhaeadr Rossi Cairness See the Stars

Annual Production Sale 23rd November 2013 Enquiries phone Tom Bailey 00 353 87 255 3195

Wishing all our customers and friends the best for 2013


Donegal Club Roscrea Sale Donegal Suffolks were once again to the fore at the breeds premier sale in Roscrea as four out of the top 5 prices were secured by Donegal bred lambs, including Wm J & R Wilsons supreme champion selling for 3,100gns, their reserve champion selling for 2,200gns, and one of their first prize group of three selling for 2,700gns, whilst the Doherty Bros sold their best at 2,600gns and secured 1,700gns for their next best.

Premier Sale Donegals premier sale was kindly sponsored by Smyths Daleside Feeds, judge was Mr Oliver Deane from Co Kildare. Andrew Wilsons open ram lamb sired by Errigal Simply the Best was awarded the overall championship equalling the previous record priced Suffolk selling at 1,600gns to D McLean, Larne. Also equalling this price was Doherty Bros 3rd prize ram lamb selling to M Jennings, Co Mayo. The strong trade

continued with Jonathan Lucas fourth prize lamb selling for 1,100gns and Doherty Bros strong ram lamb selling for 1,000gns. PJ Mc Monagles first prize shearling ram sold for 700gns.

Second Sale Mr Robin McAdoo, Co Tyrone judged our second sale which was sponsored by Fane Valley Feeds. Overall champion was Wm J&R Wilsons Shannagh Resolve sired lambs which sold for â‚Ź780, whilst Tommy Cavanaghs reserve champion sold for â‚Ź690. Wm J & R Wilson won the first prize pairs, whilst PJ McMonagle won the Shearling ram class.

Third Sale Mr Geoffrey Douglas judged our third sale and awarded PJ McMonagles classy ram lamb the champion, whilst Andrew Wilson reserve champion sold for 730gns. The pairs were won by Wm J & R Wilson. The Novice class was won by James A Browne, and the

Overall champion Donegal Premier Sale Sold for 1600gns



CLUBS shearling class was won by Robert Tait. A strong trade was evident throughout with Doherty Bros selling for €700, 670 and 500 to M O Shea, Co Cork. Doherty Bros ewe lamb also sold for €730 to Co Mayo.

Fourth Sale Mr Kieran Rodgers kindly judged our final sale which was sponsored by Inisleigh Co-Op and awarded Andrew Wilsons February born ram lamb by Castleisle Fame and Glory the championship which sold for the nights top price of €1180gns and sold to the Finn Vale Flock.

Overall Champion at our Second Sale , sold for 780 gns

Wm J & R Wilsons reserve champion sold for 810gns. Wm J & R Wilson also won the pairs.

Many thanks to all our customers throughout the year, with buyers evident throughout Ireland


Auctioneers & Livestock Agents


Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Rams at Kelso Ram Sales Friday 13th September 2013

St Boswells Market Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Cross Ewe Lambs Thursday 5th September:

Wednesday 2rd October:

Principal Ewe Lamb Sale, includes Suffolk Cross Scotch Half Bred & Suffolk Cross Scotch & Cheviot Mule Ewe Lambs St Boswells Ram Sale

Full details of all sales are available on our website St Boswells Office: 01835 822214 Wooler Office: 01668 281223




Eastern Suffolk Breeders Club The year’s activities started on Saturday 23rd June with an Open Day on farm of S & S Gahan, Barrowlands Flock. Though unfortunate with the weather a large crowd attended. All clubs were invited with special emphasis on new breeders. Society President Jim Jeffery addressed the crowd attending and a presentation was given by Eamon Wall of Sheep Ireland on the benefits of Lamb Plus Recorded Sheep. Everyone has an opportunity to see the flock ewes, ewe lambs, ram lambs and stock ewes before the rain got too heavy. We had Junior and Senior Stock Judging with Mr Tom Deacon being Master Judge. Prizewinners in Junior Section were , Alex Stacey, Alex Doyle, Tom Eustace, Fergal Doyle and Cerys and Teagan James. Senior prize-winners were John Stacey, John Hanley Jnr., Niall Walsh, Alan Stanley and Colin Watchorn. Refreshments were enjoyed by all.

Club members continued to promote Suffolk Breed at local shows. The club continues to sponsor Suffolk / Cheviot Cross Ewe Lambs class at Tullow Ewebreeders annual competition at Tullow Mart. The club give prizes of vouchers towards purchase of Suffolk Ram to be used at our Club Sales. At Premier Sale in Roscrea we were delighted that Oliver & Geoff Deane’s Mountford Flock took1st prize in Novice Class going on to win 3rd in Open Class in Open class for his Cairness Achievement sired lamb and selling to Bawnogue Flock. Other club members selling well were, Baileys, Bawnogue, Barrowlands and Foxhurst. At our club Sales In Tullow there was continued demand for Suffolk Rams which was very evident, a packed ringside and strong trade present resulting in higher prices and excellent clearances.

Champion at our Premier Show & Sale, Tom Bailey, Judge Rodney Deacon and Club Chairman Niall Walsh



CLUBS Our Judges for our Premier Show & Sale was Rodney Deacon who awarded Champion Sheep of the show to Tom & Jeff Baileys, Baileys Flock for a lamb by Cairness Liam. Reserve Champion went to Niall Walsh, Garryhinch Flock for a lamb sired by Ardlea Alonso.

Prizewinners Shearling Class: Lamb Plus: Open Class: Pairs:

John Stacey Niall Walsh Tom & Jeff Bailey Niall Walsh

Herbert Stanley judged our Second Show & Sale with champion sheep going to Alan &

Robert Stanley’s Castlegrogan Flock for a lamb sired by Freighduff Grand Slam. Reserve Champion went to S & S Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock for a lamb by Cairness Barcelona.

Prizewinners Shearling Class: Lamb Plus: Open Class: Pairs:

John Stacey S & S Gahan Alan & Rover Stanley S & S Gahan

Club Sire of the Year went to S & S Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock for their Stock Ram Cairness Barcelona

Champion at our Second Sale Alan Stanley with Judge Herbert Stanley




County Wexford Club The sales of Co. Wexford sheep breeders 2012 held at Enniscorthy Mart started on a high note with a big crowd, brisk bidding, very good prices and a full clearance of stock. As the season progressed crowds got smaller and prices slipped a little at each sale. Having said that at each sale there were some very good prices and as always top quality rams sold very well. There was no better example of this than at our last sale where bidding reached an impressive €700. For our first Show and Sale on August 15th Mr Arthur O’Keeffe made his way through the floods to judge and inspect and gave the Championship to a strong ram from Rossiter’s pen, with the Reserve going to Michael O’Neill. At our second Show and Sale a very nice ram lamb from Patrick Doyle’s, Ballybrennan flock won the Championship judged by Mr John Donohoe he picked the Reserve from Tom Rossiter’s pen. In June we held a cross breed factory lamb competition for the best six pens of Suffolk cross lambs. The prizes were vouchers to be

used at our ram sales for the purchase of a Suffolk ram. This was made possible by the very generous contribution from the Suffolk Sheep Society for which we are very grateful. Our annual outing was a trip to Balmoral Show, Belfast in May. It was a very worthwhile experience and an enjoyable day out was had by all even the bus journey home wasn’t without incident when our bus ran out of fuel in Ferns. Luckily we were rescued by former member Jim Byrne. Our younger members in the group felt it was the highlight of an enjoyable day out. Remaining on a social note our year ended with our annual dinner and presentation of trophies in the Stanville Lodge Hotel where we had another pleasant evening. Our guest speaker this year was Mr J J Kavanagh, National Treasurer of the IFA and a sheep farmer himself who gave a very interesting talk dealing with the home scene and also sheep matters at EU level. Our sincere thanks go to our sponsors, ICM Camolin and Wexford Farmer Co-Op, for their help and assistance throughout the year.







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Andrew McKay


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CONTACT DETAILS Wrae Farm, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 4RB. Tel: 01888 563 595 E-mail: Milltown of Birness, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8EJ. Tel: 01358 711 204 E-mail: Davishill, Udny, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6QQ. Tel: 01651 842 425 E-mail: Harpercroft, Old Loans Road, Dundonald, By Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 9DD. Tel: 01292 317 222 E-mail: Old Voy, Toab, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW17 2QG. Tel: 01856 861 311. Mid Brockloch, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8DG. Tel: 01655 882 268 E-mail: Hallhill, Crossford, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5QH. Tel: 01555 860 209 E-mail: Cadgerford, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire, AB15 8SR. Tel: 01224 741 705 E-mail: Prettsmill Farm, Sandilands, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9TN. Tel: 01555 663 101. Langside Farm, Kirkfieldbank, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9TZ. Tel: 01555 662 613. South Tillydesk, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8SY. Tel: 01358 720 955 E-mail: Wester Oathlaw, Oathlaw, By Forfar, Angus, DD8 3PQ. Tel: 01307 850 201 E-mail: The Rectory, Cairness Lonmay, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8SL. Tel: 01346 532 349 E-mail: Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX. Tel: 01573 450 733 E-mail: Oxmuir, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, TD10 6UW. Tel: 01573 470 235 E-mail: Broughton Mains Farm, Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8HD. Tel: 01988 850 258 E-mail: Rosefield Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 6QX. Tel: 01461 202 666 E-mail: North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 8AL. Tel: 01888 562 348 E-mail: Spoutwells Farm, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8LX. Tel: 01776 704 086 E-mail:




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Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6TB. Tel: 01771 637 263 E-mail: Redbrae Farm, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DJ. Tel: 01988 403 239 E-mail: Woodhead Farm, Dewarton, Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NY. Tel: 01875 320 143 E-mail: East Blairdaff, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5LT. Tel: 01467 651 339 E-mail: Ladyflat Farm, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3QX. Tel: 01361 883 569 E-mail: High Drum, Dunscore, Dumfries, DG2 0UF. Tel: 01387 820 325 E-mail: Stonyford, Tarland, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 4TQ. Tel: 01339 881 296. Kinnermit, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 4HB. Tel: 01888 563 466 E-mail: Claycrop, Kirkinner, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 9AS. Tel: 01988 840 234 E-mail: Newmill, Crathes, Banchory, Kincardineshire, AB31 5QR. Tel: 01330 844 527. Mid Upper Priestside, Cummertrees, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5PX. Tel: 01387 870 334. Wester Biffie, Maud, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 5PP. Tel: 01771 613 847. Wester Coxton Farm, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8QS. Tel: 01343 843 324 E-mail: Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HD. Tel: 01467 681 233 E-mail: West Teuchan, Crudenbay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 0PN. Tel: 01779 841 242 E-mail: Maranatha, Craggiemore, Daviot, by Inverness, IV2 5XQ. Tel: 01463 772 471 E-mail: Broomknowes, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8HF. Tel: 01655 883 184 E-mail: Middle Deuglie Farm, Glenfarg, Perthshire, PH2 9QJ. Tel: 01577 830 250. Bridge Park, Old Bridge Road, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, TD7 4LG. Tel: 01750 205 71 E-mail: Drinkstone, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 7NY. Tel: 01450 370 795 E-mail:



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NORTHERN IRELAND FLOCK CODE NAME CONTACT DETAILS 19B Wilson & Miss Roberta McMullan Killymaddy, 206 Battleford Road, Armagh, Co Armagh, BT61 8BZ. Tel: 028 3754 8250. 1LSB Martin Butler 22 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6QP. Tel: 0282 1758 510. 8B R C & J C Watson 107 Duneaney Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT44 8SR. Tel: 028 2957 1502. ABN R Watton Hillcrest, 112 Ballybogey Road, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, BT53 6PG. Tel: 028 2074 1432. BCS Messrs Jean & Ivan Porter 17 Glenhead Road, Moneyslane, Ballyward, Castlewellan, Co Down, BT31 9PY. Tel: 028 4065 0519. BOA Messrs Cyril Watters & Sons Bohard Mills, 23A Tullybleety Road, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, BT69 6HG. Tel: 028 8555 7436.




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Michael Murphy


Brian Boland

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2013 National Flock Competition The Society is currently accepting entries for the

2013 National Flock Competition Entries will close on Friday 30th August 2013, with judging commencing in early October. Entries can be made by contacting the Society Office

Tel: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 E-mail: Entrants must ensure that ALL ewes registered in their flock are shown to the Judge.

P. Donnelly, Dunrho Flock 2012 winner. Will it be you in 2013?


Conditions Of Entry To The 2013 Competition The competitions are restricted to registered flocks and where flocks are divided into two or more units by the owner, these will be treated as one flock for the purpose of the Competitions.

Stock Ewes 100 Stud Rams 60 Ewe lambs 40

TROPHIES The total number of ewes held on Basco will determine the category each flock is entered. Shearling ewes and older ewes intended for sale in the current autumn will also be included. All ewes in the flock must be shown along with one ewe lamb for every five ewes in the flock the previous year. Rams which are both owned and used on any portion of the flock, including sale gimmers, must be shown. This includes shared rams. Rams not owned, and used only by AI, are not eligible. The names and registered numbers or ear numbers of the rams used in the flock must be listed on the entry form, also any rams owned but not used and any used by AI but not owned. Rams which cannot be shown on the competitor’s farm will be viewed at the Judges’ discretion and points awarded accordingly. If rams are subsequently proved to be missing from the Judges’ inspection all awards are liable to be forfeited. All ewes and rams must be the bona fide property of the competitor. The flock must be shown untrimmed, in natural breeding condition.

POINTS The judge has a total of 200 points available. These are awarded to a maximum as follows: 190

Champion Flock BRISTOL GOLD CUP Up to 30 ewes JOHN LONG PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 31-60 W E LLOYD PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 61-100 KEEBLE PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP 101 Ewes and over BROOKS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Flock Ewes BONNINGTON IN BLOOMSBURY PERPETUAL SALVER Ewe Lambs SAINSBURY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP Stud Rams HOWARD PEEL PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP The Judge/s is empowered to withhold any cup or award if in their opinion the flocks entered are not of sufficient merit. In the event of there being less than two entries for any of the cups that competition may be cancelled, but the flocks entered will be judged in connection with the Championship.


CONDITIONS OF ENTRY The cup winner and reserve in each division will automatically compete for the Champion Challenge Cup. All cups are offered as perpetual Challenge trophies and shall be held until the next competition; winners shall undertake to engrave their trophy and to return all trophies to the Society as Council shall determine. All cups are insured by the Society. Any competitor infringing these conditions or the regulations of the Society will be disqualified.

CHAMPION FLOCK COMPETITION BRISTOL GOLD CUP CONDITIONS OF ENTRY The winning and reserve flock in each divisional Competition will compete for the Champion Challenge Cup, a perpetual trophy. A reserve flock, however, cannot be awarded the Champion Cup, unless the winning flock in the same competition has been or becomes disqualified. Further, a reserve flock cannot be awarded reserve for the Champion Cup unless the winning flock in the same competition has been awarded the Champion Cup. If a competition does not take place in a division through lack of requisite number of entries, nevertheless flocks already entered shall be eligible for the Championship. The winner of the Champion Cup shall not be eligible for entry in the competition in the following year.

The owner of the Champion flock shall agree to have his flock on view to members of the Society on a predetermined date set by Council, the first week in November.

EWE LAMB COMPETITION FRANK SAINSBURY PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY One ewe lamb must be shown for every five ewes put to the ram the previous year. The ewe lambs must be the bona fide property of the competitor and the produce of his registered flock. The ewe lambs must be shown untrimmed except for squaring the tails but, if the owner has exhibited ewe lambs at the Royal or any County Show in the current year, up to six may be shown trimmed.

PROGENY CLASS – CHEBSEY CUP ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Ewes entered in this class must be already registered, two shear and over. More than 10 numbers may be listed to allow competitors some flexibility in final selection. Ewe information will be downloaded from the Basco database for each flock. Any ewes not listed will be eligible only at the Judges’ discretion. The 10 ewes must be penned separately for the Judges’ inspection and then allowed loose with the rest of the flock. Up to 50 points are available in this class, these points are not included in the awards for the rest of the Competition.



This year’s categories include: 1. Pedigree group of Suffolk Sheep 2. Commercial ewe(s) with Suffolk cross lambs 3. Commercial Suffolk cross lambs weaned in a field of grass or forage crop 4. Growing up with Suffolks 5. A Suffolk winter scene gory Colour photos must be taken with a digital camera and sent via email to the Society Office before Friday 29th November 2013 Email:

Cate ves Each r Recei e Winn



Pedigree group of Suffolk Sheep - Caroline Nelson

Suffolk ram running with Commercial ewes - Harry Brooks




Commercial ewe(s) with Suffolk cross lambs - Roberta McMullan

Commercial Suffolk cross lambs weaned in a field of grass or forage crop - Liz Needham




A Suffolk winter scene - Shona Fleming

Growing up with Suffolks - Nicola Gornall



Growing up with Suffolks - Alison Dalgarno




Sire of the Year

Sire of The Year - Rookery Rooney

Runner up - Forkins Figo



2013 Events Dates SOCIETY RAM SALES National (Shrewsbury) (Judge W. Montgomery) Scottish (Stirling) (Judge M. Evans) Ballymena (Judge TBC) Roscrea (Judge TBC) Carlisle (Judge D. Inman) KELSO & NSA SALES Wales & Border Early 5th August South West Region 14th August Kelso 13th September Eastern Region 20th September Wales & Border Main 23rd September

19th & 20th July 25th & 26th July 31st July 2nd & 3rd August 9th August NSA SHEEP EVENTS Welsh Sheep North Sheep Sheep South West Sheep NI

SHOWS - SUFFOLK Royal Ulster (Balmoral) (Judge M. Evans) Three Counties Show (Judge K. Denby) Royal Highland (Judge CJ. Holmes) Suffolk Championships (Cork Summer Show) (Judge N. Walsh) Great Yorkshire (Judge A. Wilson) Royal Welsh (Judge C. Harding)

21st May 5th June 11th June 1st July

15th - 17th May 14th - 16th June 20th - 23rd June 15th June 9th - 11th July 22nd - 25th July

SUFFOLK FEMALE SALES Kells Production Sale (Carnaross) Burnview & Lakeview (Balmoral Showgrounds) Beeston Annakisha, Barrowlands, Castleisle, Clyda & Shannagh (Blessington) Carlisle Stirling Abergavenny Cairness & Strathisla Production Sale (Carlisle) Northern Ireland Branch (Evening, Ballymena Livestock Market) Baileys Production Sale

3rd September November 2013 2nd November 2nd November 8th November 9th November 14th November 16th November TBC 23rd November 199

2013 Suffolk Yearbook  

Suffolk Yearbook for 2013

2013 Suffolk Yearbook  

Suffolk Yearbook for 2013