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2014 Events Dates SOCIETY RAM SALES National (Shrewsbury) (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) Scottish (Stirling) (Judge: George Stuart) Ballymena (Judge: Alex Gray) Roscrea (Judge: Melvin Stuart) Builth (Judge: TBC) Carlisle (Judge: John Barker) KELSO & NSA SALES Wales & Border Early 4th August South West Region 20th August Kelso 12th September Eastern Region 19th September Wales & Border Main 22nd September

18th & 19th July 24th & 25th July 30th July 2nd August 4th August 8th August NSA SHEEP EVENTS Eastern Region Melton Mowbray 31st January Scot Sheep Duns, Berwickshire 4th June South Sheep Lewes, East Sussex 28th June Sheep Event Three Counties, Malvern 30th July

SHOWS - SUFFOLK Royal Ulster (Balmoral) (Judge: John Campbell) NSC - Gorey, Wexford (Judge: Edward Jeffery) Three Counties Show (Judge: William Tait) Royal Highland (Judge: Gary Beacom) Great Yorkshire (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) Royal Welsh (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) SUFFOLK FEMALE SALES Kells Production Sale (Carnaross) Abergavenny (Monmouthshire Livestock Centre) Burnview & Lakeview (Balmoral Showgrounds) Beeston Annakisha, Barrowlands, Castleisle, Clyda & Shannagh (Blessington) Carlisle Stirling Cairness & Strathisla Production Sale (Carlisle) Northern Ireland Branch (Evening, Ballymena Livestock Market) Four Nations Collective In Lamb Sale Baileys Production Sale

14th - 16th May 24th May 13th - 15th June 19th - 22nd June 8th - 10th July 21st - 24th July 2nd September 25th October 8th November 1st November 1st November 7th November 8th November 15th November TBC 21st November 29th November 203


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Contents SOCIETY 4 Advertising Index 5 Suffolk Sheep Society Council 6 Society Team 7 Branch Chairmen and Secretaries 8 Club Chairmen and Secretaries 11 President’s Address 13 Message from the Chief Executive

BRANCHES 125 Midland & Eastern 129 Northern Counties of England 131 Scottish Area 133 Northern Ireland 135 South East 137 South of Ireland 141 Western Area

ARTICLES 15 Farmer Focus 17 Eblex BRP Improved Flock Awards 19 Suffolks in the Shetland Isles 22 Opportunities Abound 25 The Copper Conundrums 28 British Wool Marketing Board 29 Expointer Show, Porto Alegre, Brazil 33 Suffolk Performance Recording Trial 37 Obituaries

CLUBS 145 Border 147 Central & West Scotland 151 Dyfed 153 East Down 155 Eastern 157 Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties 159 Midland 162 North Antrim & East Londonderry 165 North East Scotland 167 North Wales 168 North West 169 Shropshire & Montgomery 171 Tayside 173 Welsh Borders 175 West Country 179 Donegal 181 Eastern Suffolk 183 County Wexford 185 Flanders

SHOWS 41 Royal Ulster 45 Three Counties 49 Suffolk Championships, Cork 53 Royal Highland 57 Great Yorkshire 61 Royal Welsh 66 National Flock Competition 67 Flock View Day 71 Sire of the Year SALES 73 National atShrewsbury 81 Stirling 89 Ballymena 93 Roscrea 99 Carlisle 103 Builth 107 Kelso 111 Sales Averages 113 Female Sales 123 Srathisla Dispersal

BREEDERS DIRECTORY 186 England 189 Scotland 191 Wales 192 Northern Ireland 193 South of Ireland 194 Europe 195 National Flock Competition 196 Conditions of Entry 198 Photographic Competiton 203 Events

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Advertising Index Breeding Advertisers

Industry Advertisers

Breeder

Flock

Bailey, Tom & Jeff.

Baileys ..........................56

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Industry Advertisers

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Barbour, I & J

Solwaybank ................38

Celtic Sheep Breeding Services............................................154

Beacom, G C

Lakeview ..................160

Charles Stanley ............................................................................12

Biddulph, G

Pexhill ........................184

Dan Fawcett ................................................................................139

Buckley, S J

Sitlow............................65

Harrison & Hetherington..........................................................36

Donnelly, Patrick

Donrho ........................88

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

Duffy, Eamonn

Kells ............................177

J G Animal Health........................................................................72

Evans, Myfyr A

British Wool Marketing Board................................................31

Rhaeadr ....................106

John Swan Limited ..................................................................105

Four Nations ..............................................................................173

Knockanboy Sheep Breeding Services ................................21

Fowlie, Irene

Essie ............................158

MacGregor Photography........................................................164

Gualtieri Marco - Suffolk Italia ..........................................136

Mendip Signs ..............................................................................145

Harding, Messrs T C & C A

Bentley ......................110

Osmonds ......................................................................................146

Haccou, P L G

Specop ......................178

SGHS SAC ....................................................................................156

Holmes, C J

Rookery ....................128

Signet................................................................................................32

King, J H & A J

Alljohn..........................24

Smyths Daleside Feeds ..............................................................40

Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship

Roseden ....................172

Straker Chadwick ......................................................................152

Nelson, Caroline

Rosepark......................16

United Auctions ........................................................................127

Park, R J L

Drinkstone................174

Wright Marshall ........................................................................182

Partridge, Messrs R & Son Ltd

Kersey ........................150

Pinny, Messrs M J R & J A

Alloaks........................124

Robinson, A J & N A J

Benrafton ................140

Shropshire & Montgomery Club ........................................109 Taylor, P D W

Ballynacanon ............10

Vanwijnsberghe, Claude

Meierie ........................48

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Suffolk Sheep Society Council 2014 Chairman Northern Scotland Ron Greig South Tillydesk, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 8SY t: +44 (0) 1358 720 955 m: +44 (0) 7721 577 641 e: rgreig71z@btinternet.com

Vice Chairman South of Scotland William Fleming Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5QH t: +44 (0) 1555 860 209 m: +44 (0) 7870 154 756 e: hillend2@btinternet.com

President 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: stepheneggleston@hotmail.co.uk

President Elect West Midland and Monmouthshire Michael Weaver Challacombe House, Perrinpit Lane, Frampton, Cotterell, Glos BS36 2AT t: +44 (0) 1454 772 126 m: +44 (0) 7980 503 997 e: weaverperrinpit@aol.com

Past 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: g.biddulph2@o2.co.uk

South of Ireland Arthur O’Keeffe Annakisha House, Killavullen, Mallow, Co. Cork t: +353 (0) 22 26180 m: +353 (0) 86 8135 804 e: annakishasuffolks@eircom.net

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: diana_lindon@hotmail.co.uk

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

South West Rob Holmes Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7YD t: +44 (0) 1392 832 281 m: +44 (0) 7760 294 595 e: robertholmes123@msn.com

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: geoffriby@btconnect.com

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

North England (Northern) Jane Soulsby 18 Somerwood Close, Long Marton, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria CA16 6BH t: 0044 (0)1768 362 476 m: 0044 (0)7989 665 306 e: jane.soulsby@zoetis.com

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: ivanporter@btinternet.com

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Suffolk Sheep Society Team Chief Executive

Accountant

Dr Lewis McClinton t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: lewismcc@suffolksheep.org

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: zara@suffolksheep.org

Mike Adams t: +44 (0) 1454 261 072 m: +44 (0) 7909 924 528 e: mikeadams@warners-court.com

Personal Assistant

Suffolk Sheep Society

Mrs Gale Anderson t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: gale@suffolksheep.org

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

Personal Assistant

Mrs Orla Butler t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: orla@suffolksheep.org

If you want to join the Society call this number: +44 (0)28 2563 2342 A Company Limited by Gaurantee, No. 22684 Š Suffolk Sheep Society

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The 2014 Suffolk Year Book was printed in March 2014. 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.

All prices and information are correct at time of going to press.

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this publication, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors, omissions or any reliance on use of information by readers.

Designed and printed by Antrim Printers, Steeple Industrial Estate, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9442 8053

For more information about Suffolk Sheep or the Society contact the Society Office at the contact details listed above.

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Branch Chairmen & Secretaries North of England Branch

Chairman: Geoff Riby t: +44 (0) 1262 673 043 m: +44 (0) 7932 176 626 e: geoffriby@btconnect.com Secretary: Michael Armstrong Town Head Farm, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ t: +44 (0) 1697 741 825 e: michael.armstrong@borderway.com

Midlands and Eastern Counties Branch

Chairman: Geoff Biddulph t: +44 (0) 1625 424 284 e: g.biddulph2@o2.co.uk Secretary: Liz Needham Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Lincs, NG32 1PF t: +44 (0) 1476 870 223 m: +44 (0) 7779 788 245 e: lizneedham@btinternet.com

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: secretary@southeastsuffolks.co.uk www.southeastsuffolks.co.uk

South of Ireland Branch

Chairman: T J Broderick t: +353 (0) 90 9684 896 m:+353 (0) 86 3126 355 e: j.broderick@agriculture.gov.ie Secretary: Anne Mitchell Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe,

Co. Galway, Eire t: +353 (0) 86 25 28554 f: +353 (0) 90 96 84834 e: annemitchell@eircom.net

Northern Ireland Branch

Chairman: Gary Beacom m:+44 (0) 7929 908 510 e: lakeview_livestock @hotmail.co.uk 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: rmcmullan@suffolksheepni.co.uk

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: jmurray129@hotmail.com

Western Area Branch

Chairman: Helen Davies t: 01938 590 535 e: helen@arddleensuffolks.com Secretary: Lyndon H Trumper J Straker, Chadwick & Sons, Market Streeet Chambers, Abergavenny, Mommouthshire, NP7 5SD t: +44 (0) 1873 852 624 e: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

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Club Chairmen and Secretaries Borders (Scottish Borders, Northumberland)

Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties

Chairman: Michael Walton t: +44 (0) 7790 094 135 Secretary: Hannah Wilson Winfield New Farm House, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1XH t: +44 (0) 7540 277 409 e: hannah1795@hotmail.co.uk

West & Central 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: paulareid1@btinternet.com

Dyfed

Chairman: Huw Thomas t: +44 (0) 7970 474 427 e: huwthomas@fcgagric.com Secretary: Christine Vaughan Penlan, Crymych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3SG t: +44 (0) 1239 831 512 e: dyfedsuffolks@live.co.uk

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: limestone_suffolks@hotmail.co.uk

Eastern Club

Chairman: Ray Woolway t: +44 (0) 1487 840 256 e: woolways@talk21.com Secretary: Chris Partridge Eastern Suffolk Sheep Club t: +44 (0)1787 210 859 e: thecovey@kerseylivestock.co.uk

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Chairman: Steve Pierce t: +44 (0) 1454 612 228 m: +44 (0) 7920 205 429 e: spierce815@gmail.com 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: jane_whitehouse@hotmail.com

Midlands

Chairman: Pete Burgess m: +44 (0) 7710 447 807 e: pete@tilbrookfarm.co.uk Secretary: Andrew Pinny New College Farm, Holcot, Northamptonshire, NN6 9SQ t: +44 (0) 1604 740 802 e: amtp@berrymorris.co.uk

North Antrim and East Londonderry

Chairman: Robert Hanna t: +44 (0) 28 2957 1835 m: +44 (0) 7738 417 487 Secretary: David McCaughan 43 Kilmoyle Road, Ballyrock, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, BT53 6NR t: +44 (0) 28 207 41233 e: davidballyrocksuffolks@hotmail.com

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: sufftex@yahoo.co.uk

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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: lwhbryncir@btconnect.com

North West

Chairman: Mark Gornall t: +44 (0) 7738 121 989 Secretary: Mary Pearson, West Cairn, The Shore, Hest Bank, Lancaster LA2 6HW, t: +44 (0) 1524 822 239, m: +44 (0) 7885861537 e: mary.pearson@westcairn.net

Shropshire & Montgomery

Chairman: Rob Draper t: +44 (0) 1743 850 200 Secretary: Helen Davies Arddleen, Welshpool t: +44 (0) 1938 590535 e: helen@arddleensuffolks.com

South Pennine

Chairman: Roger Phaff t: +44 (0) 1433 651474, e: rogerphaff@btinternet.com Secretary: Jane Walker, New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9HX t: +44 (0) 1433 620413 e: newnook@btinternet.com

Tayside

Chairman: Tommy Macpherson t: +44 (0) 1738 787264 Secretary: Jackie Sands, Southfield Farm, Abernyte, Perth, PH14 9RB. t: +44 (0) 1828 686 630 e: sands.southfield@btinternet.com

Welsh Borders

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 852624 e: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

West Country

Chairman: Reg Pedrick t: +44 (0)1364 652 743 m: +44 (0)7751 023 197 e: pedrick591@btinternet.com Secretary: Catherine Derryman Mount Pleasant Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9DQ. t: +44 (0) 1404 881 398 e: derrymanmum@hotmail.co.uk

South of Ireland Donegal

Chairman: P.J McMonagle t: +353 (0)74 9145 861 m: +353 (0)86 8113 717 e: pjmcmonagle@ymail.com Secretary: Patrick Carr Glinsk, Ballyherrin PO, Fanad Letterkenny, Co. Donegal t: +353 (0)74 9159 624 m: +353 (0)87 9138 401 e: patcarr68@hotmail.com

Eastern Suffolk Sheep Breeders

Chairman: Shaun Gahan m: +353 (0)86 2441106 e: shaungahan@live.com Secretary: Mary Gahan, Coolyhune St., Mullins, Co. Carlow t: +353 (0)86 0662408 e: marybgahan@gmail.com

Kerry Sheep Breeders

Chairman: Pat Curran t: +353 (0)877 440 735 Secretary: Valerie Tiffin m: +353 (0)861 097 412 e: tiffin@eircom.net

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SOCIETY Kilkenny Sheep Breeders Association

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

Munster Sheep Breeders

Chairman: Andrew Hume t: +353 (0) 23 883 1729 m: +353 (0) 87 249 2065 e: handyandy023@yahoo.ie Secretary: Brid Coakley Cleanor, Doneraile, Co. Cork, Eire t: +353 (0)22 24168 m: +353 (0)87 2305159 e: bridcoakley1@eircom.net

West of Ireland Sheep Breeders Club

Chairman: Mark Grealy t: +353 (0) 91 7870 06 m: +353 (0) 87 9090 057 Secretary: Ursula Rooney Gortnaderry, Grange, Co. Silgo t: +353 (0) 71 9163 509 m: +353 (0) 87 9831 933 e: jandurooney@eircom.net

Wexford Sheep Breeders

Chairman: Billy Dillon t: +353 (0) 51 421454 m:+353 (0) 86 2567 498 Secretary: Michael Brennan Galbally, Ballyhogue, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford t: +353 (0) 53 9247815, m: +353 (0) 87 6417520

North East Breeders

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: philiplynch60@gmail.com

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President’s Address rewarding to witness the enthusiasm and professionalism amongst Suffolk exhibitors. We need to continue to exhibit our stock, whenever possible, as it is a prime opportunity to let the commercial producer see what the breed offers. The Suffolk breed has a proven ability to produce top quality lean carcases and combined with unequalled rapid growth rates, makes it beneficial for Suffolk breeding to be part of any lamb production enterprise. I would encourage those members, who are not already doing so, to performance record and highlight the superior performance that the versatile Suffolk breed is capable of.

As I reflect on my year as Society President, the weather was an ever constant topic of conversation as we moved through the seasons. A very late cold and wet spring was followed by severe snow storms in many areas in late March. In May, we saw the beginning of one of the best summers and autumns I can remember followed by a dreadful, prolonged spell of rain in mid winter which has resulted in severe flooding throughout many parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland. My thoughts are with all those affected. Spring will soon be with us again and it will be time to cull and take the seasonal advantage of the strong fat lamb trade. I would urge everyone to keep only the best males and females for the further improvement of the breed and to take advantage of an increasingly selective market. Having attended many shows it was

One of the highlights of my year was being asked to judge the National Show and Sale at Shrewsbury, especially having judged the first ever National Show and Sale 30 years earlier. Here I found an abundance of quality, fleshy, breeders rams, worthy of the breed and selling for realistic prices. The champion ram, from Solwaybank, sold for the top price of 17,000gns. In my travels I have seen numerous excellent sheep throughout United Kingdom and Ireland, therefore I am convinced there is an exciting future for the breed. It has been inspiring to see many young members who are now challenging and indeed, achieving top success at major shows and sales and I am confident these young members have the ability and enthusiasm to continue to hold up the high standards of our breed. Being part of Council has given me great insight into what is required to ensure the successful running of the Society. I appreciate the commitment of all Council Members for their enthusiasm to the

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continued success of the breed, especially Chairman, Michael Weaver and Vice Chairman, Ron Greig, whose dedication and hard work for the Society is enormous. A special mention also, for Chief Executive, Dr. Lewis McClinton and the office staff who professionally manage and administration Society business. Thank you to all our ‘unsung heroes’ in Branch and Club committees for their hard work and contribution to the Breed and to all members who support the many events run by Branches and Clubs as its only by getting involved, that one gets the true benefit of being part of this great family.

my time as your President having met so many wonderful people along the way. Your enthusiasm and dedication breeding Suffolk sheep is tremendous and I am especially glad to see so many young members who are now listening to the voice of the commercial producer. The future of the Suffolk Breed is in our hands and with continued dedication and commitment I am confident it will continue to be a dominant force within the sheep sector.

Thank you all for the honour bestowed upon me and for making my year such a memorable one. I have thoroughly enjoyed

President W Montgomery

I wish all flock owners and their customers every success and reward for 2014 and beyond.

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A Message from the Chief Executive our fees to similar societies it is evident that many of our charges are significantly lower. Last year one hundred and twelve new members joined our Society, the largest number over my five years in charge and this on the back of ninety eight new members in 2012. Year on year the amount of new members continues to grow. It is important that these new Suffolk breeders are given a helping hand to ensure a positive start. I would implore existing members to take time to give advice and guidance wherever possible, everyone needs support when starting a new business venture and sheep breeding is no exception.

2013 - Five Years I am now in my sixth year as Chief Executive of the Suffolk Sheep Society. During this time I have met many members throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and mainland Europe. I have been through nearly every airport and ferry terminal, conducting business for the Society. There are some wonderful people within the Suffolk family, who go out of their way to assist me and fellow members. Without your help we could not run the Society as effectively. Over recent years Council has tried to ensure that membership costs have been kept to a minimum. By continuing to use interest from our share capital investments we keep our charges as low as possible, although this cannot continue indefinitely. If you compare

It is easy for members to become disheartened when farming with the constant challenges of extremes in weather, increasing input costs, disease, fewer commercial sheep, long working hours and a general malaise in the whole system. Waiting to see what route future subsidy payments will take is a present concern, for in truth, few farms could survive without them. However, we all need to eat and the world population is increasing. Farmers are a resilient bunch and continue to produce quality food for an ever discerning consumer against all the odds. No other industry has to produce a product having no idea what the return will be. We live in a global market place where fairness seldom gets a look in and market prices fluctuate according to world events outside our control. In utopia farmers would be paid a profitable price for their produce, the more

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provide the essential backbone of the Society and the support I have received during the year is second to none. Many members have provided positive feedback on the way their queries have been dealt with, this is greatly appreciated. Sometimes we are quick to criticise when things go wrong and say little when things go right. If you think we can improve our service please do not hesitate to let me know.

In October 2008 the Suffolk Society made a brave decision to relocate their offices to Northern Ireland. During the first four years we operated out of a one room office at the entrance to Ballymena Livestock Market. Some may have seen this as a fall from grace but it was necessary to start afresh and get our house in order. Much of the outsourced work has now been brought back into the Society and our team has grown to three full time staff members. To accommodate this change we relocated to new premises at Ballymena Business Centre, Galgorm in February 2013. Here we have four times the office space for an additional cost of £20/month. Please feel free to visit if you are in the area.

I always appeal to breeders on a couple of subjects each year. My requests for 2014 are:

The Suffolk team all come from farming backgrounds and provide the professional skills that you would expect to have in the Suffolk Sheep Society. It is these ladies that

I would like to wish all members and customers a prosperous 2014.

 Please complete and send in your Autumn Return and Birth Notification information at the earliest opportunity. It really does help to spread office workload if we do not have to process half the forms in the week before the deadline.  Suffolk judges at all shows and sales. Please continue to select for sheep which are not extreme and have good carcases. The best commercial animal should be the best pedigree animal. As a terminal sire breed we must have broad shoulders, wide loins and gigots full of meat.

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 2013. If you use Suffolk rams in your commercial flock and would like to participate in Society promotional material please contact the Society office.

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Farmer Focus Dennis Taylor Coleraine, Northern Ireland Ballynacanon Flock Farm Details: 170 acres owned and 65 acres rented Enterprises: Pedigree Suffolks, Commercial Ewes and Suckler cows Manage: 250 acre farm of beef and sheep My father purchased my first pedigree Suffolks on 4 November 1998 from the late Mr Wilson McCracken, Braehead flock. They consisted of five gimmers, five first crop and two second crop and I can safely say my father had no idea of the consequences of his actions! So it has escalated from a twelve year old boy who hadn’t so much as touched a sheep before to a 28 year old whose life seems to revolve round them! As you can imagine there was some tears over my first lambing.. And the next... And the next, in fact there still is!

I have tried to breed my Suffolks for skins, tops and gigots! Tight skins are most important, less work, cleaner sheep and most importantly nine out of ten times they will have a body! Sheep with too much wool do look bigger but that only lasts till they are sheared, wool doesn’t weigh! The tighter the skin the better! Of course that breeder’s ram has to have that something extra! He needs to have that presence and spark, colours, power and ability to move freely on parade but this must come as a bonus to that skin, shoulder, length etc... All those things the sheep are actually bred for which is our bread and butter market! Embryo transfer has been a very influential factor to my breeding system! It suits my system as I am not at home full time and I

Teenage years were spent standing in awe of “The big boys!” How do they do it? What do they feed? What is their secret? And every year going home with more determination and bigger dreams! Many mistakes were made along the way and still are!! I have a simple philosophy, “Don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done today”, because breeding and management are vital and a spot of luck helps you on your way! SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2014 YEAR BOOK

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I’d like to wish all my fellow Suffolk breeders a successful year and to all you dreamers, dreams can come true, so keep on dreaming and working hard you never know when it might happen but make the most of it when it does!

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EBLEX BRP Improved Flock Awards 2013 Godwick flock wins top award for gentic progress The Suffolk sheep winner of the EBLEX Improved Flock Awards for 2013 is the Godwick Flock, owned by John Garner who farms at Godwick Hall, near Kings Lynn in Norfolk. Organised through the Sheep Better Returns Programme, this award is presented to the English performance recorded flock that has shown the most impressive improvement in genetic merit over a 12-month period, within the breed. W R Garner & Son run arable, poultry and sheep enterprises on 269ha (665 acres). Wheat and oilseed rape are grown alongside a commercial flock of 160 Suffolk/Blue-faced Leicester ewes, and the pedigree flock of 40 Suffolks. The sheep graze 33ha (83 acres) of permanent pasture based in the deserted medieval village of Godwick. There is also 6ha (15 acres) of environmental stewardship with traditional grasses cut for hay. John joined his father on the farm in 1954 and bought his first Suffolk ewes in 1960. He took over the management of the farm in 1962, and ten years later started breeding pedigree Suffolks, building up to 100 head. The flock has been involved with the Sire Reference Scheme since it started in 1989. John uses the figures generated from performance recording as a marketing tool – if a customer likes the look of one of his rams he then uses Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) to show he also has the potential to deliver lambs with economically important

John Garner with his early lambing Suffolk ewes

traits. He also finds indexes useful for demonstrating how good a ram is within his breed. One ram, Drinkstone Supersire 2004 has had a major influence on the flock over the years.

Flock management

On 12 August each year John’s 40 pedigree ewes are artificially inseminated using semen from four different rams. Any that do not conceive go to a Blue-faced Leicester ram for two cycles to produce ewes for the commercial flock. These are then crossed onto a Southdown ram to produce lambs that finish at grades around R3L. “The beauty of AI is that I can select semen from particular sires to match certain individuals within the flock,” explains John. “It is good for recording purposes and breed planning” The flock can run in and out of a yard from mid-December, and is housed in January. After lambing, the ewes are fed hay/ haylage

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ARTICLES and an 18 per cent protein concentrate. The lambs have access to creep feed up to 20 weeks of age. The flock is turned out onto pasture that has been rested since December, and the lambs are weaned by mid-April.

Selection policy

All lambs are ultrasound scanned at around 21 weeks of age to accurately assess their muscle and fat depth. John looks for animals with good conformation, taking particular notice of their top line, loin, hindquarter and legs. He also looks at the Muscle and Fat Depth EBVs for each animal. Replacement ewe lambs are chosen based on this data and selection criteria. Ewe and ram lambs that fail to make the grade are finished and sold.

Customers starting to look for figures

John’s main customers are commercial producers with flocks of 750 or more ewes, who buy directly from the farm. He says they are often impressed by how quickly lambs produced by recorded sires grow and finish. Louise Catling farms at Hall Farm, Dilham, near North Walsham; a mixed arable and livestock unit with 400 commercial ewes, 100 replacements and 60 Norfolk Red Poll cattle. Louise has bought rams from John every other year for the past 12 years. Her ewes lamb indoors in February and March and are then group housed until turnout onto stubble turnips. Early born lambs are ready to be marketed from 12 weeks of age – with most gone by mid July. “John is utterly reliable,” says Louise. “He performance records everything, and knows my system. So between us we are able to identify rams that will suit my flock. I am particularly interested in the 8 and 21-week

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weight EBVs, as well as the Muscle Depth EBV. “Over the years John’s careful selection and attention to breed traits are producing rams that produce lambs that are born easily and finish quickly.” Commenting on winning the award, John said he was quite surprised, putting it down to one particular high index ram – Cockleby Washington Musclemaster – who sired some very high performing lambs last year.

Invest in superior genetics

“One of the major benefits of improving the genetics of a flock is the cumulative and permanent way it lifts 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 rams from them. “It is a difficult time for sheep producers right now – but 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 now is a good time to invest in superior genetics; not to ignore them. “John has certainly taken the right approach to establishing his Suffolk flock. By recording and using EBVs, he has found rams with the most profitable breeding potential for his pedigree enterprise, and for his customers who are running commercial enterprises. I congratulate him whole-heartedly on his success.”

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Suffolks in the Shetland Isles The Shetland Isles lie to the North East of mainland Scotland, 80km North East of the Orkney Isles, and the breeding of high quality lambs for finishing on the mainland has for long been the principal activity of the islands’ farmers and crofters. The main island is the fifth largest island in the United Kingdom and there are fifteen other inhabited islands with a total population of more than 23,000. Shetland has a strong Nordic tradition and the annual Up Helly Aa fire festival each January attracts visitors from all over the world. The climate is generally mild but wet and the rolling hills and glens – mostly permanent grass and heather hills - provide ideal grazing for sheep. The Suffolk has been a popular crossing sire in Shetland since the breed established itself in Scotland more than 50 years ago and are crossed with Cheviot x Shetland ewes, which constitute the bulk of the commercial sheep flock in Shetland. The strong, growthy Suffolk cross lambs are much in demand from mainland feeders. The popularity of the Suffolk sire is evident at the autumn tups sales held by Aberdeen and Northern Marts at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, which most years sees more than 400 Suffolk ram lambs and shearlings being snapped up by Shetland buyers. “The Suffolk produces a tremendous store lamb,” says David Leslie, Nia-Roo, Laxfirst

Farm, Gott, who runs a flock of 800 ewes and 200 ewe hoggs on his 550 hectare hill farm seven miles from the main town of Lerwick. “There is nothing to touch the Suffolk for crossing with the Cheviot x Shetland ewe which tends to be a little bit short and needs to be crossed with a good, lengthy tup to ensure a lamb with plenty of growth.” Mr Leslie crosses most of his ewes with the Suffolk but also maintains a flock of 200 pure-bred Shetland ewes for crossing with the Cheviot to produce replacement breeding stock. The first draw of 60 to 70 Suffolk cross lambs are sold prime straight off their mothers and last year’s batch of 66 slaughtered at Woodhead Bros, Turriff, produced an impressive grading sheet of five Es, 49 Us and 12 Rs for conformation and 59 3Ls and seven 3Hs for fat cover, at 20 to 21kg deadweight. “You can’t beat grades like that,” says Mr Leslie. “It shows the potential for the lambs we sell store and that’s why feeders like them.”

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produce a good lean carcase which is not overfat,” says Mr Thomson. “The Suffolk does a good job and produces the type of lamb which our buyer on the mainland wants.”

“Trust has been built up over the years and we never have a problem agreeing on a price based on market prices at the time,” says Mr Leslie. “We load the lambs on the ferry at Lerwick in the afternoon and they are usually on the buyers’ farm south of Aberdeen by mid-morning the next day, which keeps the stress of travelling to a minimum.”

Aberdeenshire finishers, Bill Anderson, and his son, William, of Glack, Sauchen, have bought the entire crop of lambs privately from Mr Thomson for the past 20 years, taking 1,150 to 1,200 lambs in a single batch.

The Suffolk is also the preferred sire of Robert Ramsay for the 800 ewes he runs on 800 hectares at South Collafirth, Ollaberry. He has tried various other breeds over the years but always comes back to the Suffolk because of the premium price which Suffolk cross lambs command in the market place. “We sell all our Suffolk cross store lambs at Thainstone Centre and they always make the best money,” says Mr Ramsay. “Our top price last autumn was £69. We buy all our tups at Thainstone as well and aim for big, growthy types to sire lambs with real growth potential. The other breeds we have tried simply don’t make the same money as the Suffolk.”

“We start lambing in mid-April and like to get all the lambs away straight off their mothers by early September in order to keep plenty of grass for the ewes through the autumn,” says Mr Thomson. “The arrangement minimises stress and the lambs are grazing contentedly in Aberdeenshire within 24 hours of weaning. It is a hassle free arrangement which suits both us and our buyers.” Mr Thomson also stresses the importance of using a strong, stretchy Suffolks to cross with his lighter-boned ewes to get the right type of lamb for the job. The Suffolk holds the key to the Shetland sheep trade, according to Shetland’s biggest sheep farmer and dealer, Brian Anderson, Seafield, Lerwick. Mr Anderson runs 1,000 Cheviot x Shetland ewes and 500 Texel cross

At Exnaboe, Virkie, Martin Thomson runs a flock of 820 mostly home-bred Texel x Shetland/Cheviot ewes which are crossed with Suffolk tups bred in his own 18-ewe pedigree flock. “Our aim is to produce a lamb which will grow quickly and

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ARTICLES ewes on his own farm which are all crossed with Suffolk tups. He also ships 30,000 sheep – store lambs, prime lambs and ewes – to mainland Scotland every year, as well as buying more than 100 ram lambs and shearlings at sales throughout Scotland to supply local farmers and crofters. “We had to improve the size and quality of lambs we were selling to the mainland and that was why the Suffolk was introduced as the terminal sire,” says Mr Anderson. “The introduction of the long, well-muscled, tight-skinned Aberdeenshire-type Suffolk tup has been the key to lambs from Shetland attracting premium prices in the store sheep ring.”

The Suffolk Sheep Society along with there breeders are very fortunate that commercial farmers in Shetland use Suffolks as there terminal sire, purchasing rams each year at our North East Suffolk club sale in September and later sales in October we as breeders appreciate and value there business very much.

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Opportunities Abound for the UK Sheep Sector

Paul Heyboe AHDB

Despite the difficulties of 2012 and 2013, there still remains some positivity in the UK sheep sector. In addition to this there are reasons to think that this positivity will return, given the opportunities that are likely to develop for the industry. Over the course of the past year, the main change in the world market has been the continued rise of China. In 2012 China became the world’s largest importer of sheep meat (both mutton and lamb) overtaking both the UK and France in the process. This market has continued to rapidly expand in 2013 with volumes more than double year earlier levels in the first nine months of the year. Indications are that China is also evolving to take higher value cuts, with both Australia and New Zealand reporting that the market is now taking legs and whole carcases, albeit in relatively small volumes. This development is expected to continue as incomes rise and demand for lamb rises among the more affluent Chinese consumers.

already enjoying some of the benefits of the dramatic rise in demand from this region. In the first nine months of the year, UK exports to Hong Kong almost trebled to nearly 9,000 tonnes. Hong Kong is now the second largest destination for UK sheep meat exports and was worth ÂŁ12.9 million in the Jan-Sep period of 2013. At the same time, many other markets have taken increased volumes and total UK exports in the first nine months of 2013 were up 16% year on year. Even without access to mainland China the volume of New Zealand exports absorbed by

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this market is likely to mean lower shipments to the UK and EU. China has now overtaken the UK as the largest destination (by volume) for New Zealand lamb. Additionally, indications are that other world markets are likely to develop a greater taste for lamb and look to the world market for supplies. With the UK the third largest exporter globally, this is a key opportunity. Closer to home the resilience of the UK sheep sector, with a more sustainable grass based system, is likely to yield opportunities amid a back drop of falling European production. Even after bad seasonal and market conditions, the UK ewe flock looks to have remained largely stable over the past 18 months following a number of years of rebuilding. In contrast, the ewe flocks in some of the key continental markets have fallen. Over the past 5 years, the German flock has fallen 15%, the French flock 3%, the Spanish flock 20% and the Italian flock 13%. With production in Europe falling, any resurgence in demand in the event of an improving economic situation is a key opportunity for the UK, with the largest production in Europe and strong export links in these countries.

In the short term there remains the expectation that supplies of lamb will remain tight in the first half of 2014. However demand remains the real issue . With retail prices generally still at record highs, demand appears to have been subdued in late 2013, with the expected seasonal price uplift for Christmas failing to happen. The positive is that prices have remained firm and not fallen as was the case in late 2012. With tight supplies expected in the first half of 2014, firm demand should result in relatively favourable prices. With supplies likely to rise again in the second half of the year, demand becomes even more key and the hope remains for better demand and positive market returns. Looking at the economics of production, figures for the 2012/13 year show that the top third of producers continued to return positive margins despite the difficult season. This indicates that sheep farming can be profitable even with the volatility that is now prevalent in the industry. The results of cost of production work in both England and Wales show that those flocks with positive margins had much lower costs and better physical output. If these areas are maximised then producers are generally profitable and better able to weather price volatility. Taking the 2012/13 season as an example, those producers in the top third of English flocks had a cost of production of 154p/kg lw while the overall average was 221p/kg. This is set against an average SQQ of 174p/kg across the season. Looking at the overall picture, high cost systems generally failed to cover their costs throughout the entire 2012/13

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key things to look at are fixed costs and physical performance, the aim being to produce a lower cost system which will be more resilient to the volatility of the world market and create more sustainable businesses and a more sustainable sheep sector.

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The Copper Conundrums

Peter Bone, Ruminant Mineral Specialist, Cirencester As a breeder or producer of Suffolk sheep you may well be aware that copper toxicity has been a problem over the years and stock have been lost to this unnecessary death. This is because of over supplementing or inappropriate supplementation often due to the confusion surrounding the subject of copper deficiency and use of poor descriptive words like secondary copper deficiency or copper lock. Primary copper deficiency is simple to define (insufficient copper intake) and is easy to diagnose (low plasma copper) enabling a simple supplement plan for the stock (feed adequate copper). Often, you may still see clinical signs which suggest that you have a copper problem. However, if you do carry out diagnostic tests on blood and liver copper concentrations they are often reported to be within normal ranges. . This would suggest would that you are dealing with thiomolybdate toxicity. This condition is bought about by combinations of copper with three other elements - iron, sulphur and molybdenum. Many people think this condition is secondary copper deficiency or copper lock and take an easy option of just increasing the supplementary level of copper which is wrong. Taking this approach can be problematic and promote copper toxicity in your stock.

In taking the decision to supplement with copper, is it possible that you took forage or grazing samples and they showed high levels of iron, sulphur and molybdenum. Or even soil samples that report your soil is low in copper and high in molybdenum? If the above statements are the reasons for you deciding to supplement with copper and you feel that the elements of iron, sulphur and molybdenum cause secondary copper deficiency or copper lock, I urge you to read this article. Molybdenum and sulphur form thiomolybdate, which is a problem in its own right when it passes into the animal’s blood stream. In deciding whether the elements of iron (Fe), sulphur (S) and molybdenum (Mo) are a problem, we need to understand where these elements come from. Fe, S and Mo will enter the diet from any forage which is protein based and from other sources of protein that the animal is fed, although most starch based forages or feeds contain very little of S and Mo. Private drinking water supplies can also carry excessive levels of iron and sulphur. The best way to ascertain these levels is to analysis water, forages or feeding stuffs for mineral content. You should also analyse the forage for protein and energy every year, as this allows better rationing for your stock.

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ARTICLES It is not correct to take soil samples in the first instance as the soil mineral level will not necessarily reflect those in grazing or forage. The main reason for this is because soil pH has a major effect on the release of elements from soil to crop and that the crop accumulates minerals for it’s own use and not for the grazing animals. Why do iron, sulphur and molybdenum cause problems in sheep?

Stage One

The sheep digests feeding stuffs with iron and sulphur; these elements re-act with each other in the rumen and have a negative effect of attracting copper and forming an iron, sulphur and copper compound. Which in its self is not a problem; however it does reduce the level of rumen available copper. This allows lower levels of molybdenum and sulphur to become a problem.

Stage Two

Molybdenum and sulphur combine to form thiomolybdate in the rumen. The thiomolybdates have a hunger to bind to copper. If there is enough rumen available copper to satisfy the thiomolybdates need for copper, then all is well. The molecule size is increased and the thiomolybdate is passed out of the animal with no ill effect.

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If there is insufficient rumen available copper, the thiomolybdate will then pass into blood and searches for enzymes which contain copper. Once this happens the enzymes become lose activity and the animal starts to display clinical signs of what you think are copper deficiency.

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The clinical signs that you see in your sheep are considered to be the same as primary copper deficiency. For this reason we have to be very careful in understanding what we dealing with. Thiomolybdate toxicity can occur in Suffolk sheep and all other breeds even when copper liver levels are adequate and plasma blood levels report within normal ranges. Thiomolybdate toxicity can cause: Black head of the Suffolk going a brown red colour, poor wool quality, extended lambing periods, reduced conception rates, barren ewes, embryo re-absorption and scouring (even when worm counts show no problems).

Diagnosis of Thiomolybdate Toxicity

There is no direct blood test available for thiomolybdate toxicity, however there is an in-direct diagnostic service available at NUVETNA, a blood laboratory based at School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonnington: http//www.nottinghma.ac.uk/vet.nuvetna If making recommendations to supplement with copper you should also gain information of liver copper status to see if it safe is safe to supplement. The liver is where excess copper in the body accumulates and if there is significant accumulation then there is increased risk of copper toxicity. This can be done when animals are sent to slaughter and liver samples taken. The same laboratory can undertake both sets of analysis in conjunction with your veterinary surgeon.

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To prevent and treat thiomolybdate toxicity you do need to understand some points.

1. Diagnosistics are important to any treatment plan. 2. Thiomolybdate forms in the rumen. 3. It needs a specific type of ionic copper to prevent the formation in the rumen. Using the copper as sacrificial copper. Rather than copper for absorption. 4. If supplementing sheep with copper that will be housed for long period’s pre and post lambing, this could increase the possibility of copper toxicity as iron intake decreases dramatically. Allowing more copper for absorption which can increase copper liver levels and predispose the sheep to copper toxicity. 5. Monitoring should be carried out at all times. 6. Remember that thiomolybdate toxicity can exist in sheep even if the animals are copper sufficient. (Copper and thiomolybdate toxicities can co-exist).

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If you suspect primary copper deficiency blood and liver samples together will clearly determine the clinical problem of copper deficiency in your flock.

with your veterinary surgeon to School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Sutton Bonington http//www.nottinghma.ac.uk/vet.nuvetna The laboratory at Nottingham is the only one which analysis blood routinely by an indirect method to confirm the presence of thiomolybdate in blood. Liver samples are extremely important as it will clarify if the liver has levels of copper that would allow supplementation. Even if the liver level is good it does not mean that the copper in the liver can used to deactivate thiomolybdate in the blood.

Supplement Accordingly

The subject of mineral nutrition for farm stock is complicated and has been dealt with in many cases without any investigation. In my view you must carry out the best possible diagnosis to gain information to treat with the correct products to maintain excellent productivity and production. Do not take action which could see your stock dying from poor decisions.

Conclusion

The problem of copper toxicity in Suffolk Sheep is avoidable if you undertake diagnostic tests to determine what problem you are dealing with and supplement appropriately if required.

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British Wool Marketing Board

Gareth Jones

The strong demand for British wool is continuing in the 2013/2014 selling season with good clearances and improved prices. This will be a welcome development to producers and we are hopeful, this improved market will continue for the remainder of the selling season with a strong demand and limited global supply. As in previous years, the BWMB gave a guide price to producers for the 2013 clip which was based on the 2012 selling season. By February, with over half of this season’s wool sold, it’s encouraging to see the guide prices have all been met; with many breed types exceeding the guide price issued at the start of the season. We continue to be active in training the next generation of British shearers. Training new shearers is one of the most important things the Board does for the industry and this year we are proud to support a number of junior shearing competitions across the UK. Shearing is becoming one of the biggest attractions at our agricultural shows so please do support BISCA’s attempts to get shearing recognised as a sport in the UK. 1,700 members are required to register their support so this can be considered by the UK Sports Council – for further details please email gilliantart@britishwool.org.uk

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Like so many other organisations within agriculture, the BWMB have been actively trying to engage and communicate with possible new entrants into the sheep sector. We believe supporting new blood into the industry is vital for the long term future of sheep farming in the UK. We encourage any genuine new entrants to make contact with us – tell us what would benefit and support you as a new entrant. You can contact us by email on newentrants@britishwool.org.uk The Campaign for Wool (CfW), now a major force in the promotion of wool across the world continues to go from strength to strength following its launch back in 2010. Central to the UK activities again last year was Wool Week - held in October this featured a number of high profile events continuing to raise the profile of woollen products amongst consumers. Wishing you a successful 2014.

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Chairman Judges Suffolk Sheep at Expointer Show, Porto Alegre, Brazil I was fortunate enough to be invited to judge the Suffolk classes at Expointer 2013 in Brazil. The show is the biggest in South America and was held at the end of August in Porto Alegre, the state capital of Rio Grande du Sul, in the far south of Brazil. The show runs for ten days, has excellent facilities and 385,000 people attended it. The beef cattle on show included Angus, Hereford, Charolais, Simmental and Limousin, as well as crosses with the Brahman such as the Brangus, which are more used to the heat. I thought the cattle on show were excellent and would not look out of place at our best shows here. There were classes for 14 breeds of sheep including Suffolk, Texel, Hampshire Down, Poll Dorset, Romney Marsh and Merinos as well as local breeds. This was my second visit to Brazil, as I went out there in 1979 for six weeks, with an export consignment which included 40 Suffolk ewe lambs. Sarah and I decided to make a holiday out of it and spent time in Rio de Janeiro, seeing the sights of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, as well as going up Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. We then flew across to visit the Iguazu Falls, which was a fantastic experience, followed by a visit to Sao Paulo. We then flew down to Porto Alegre; where we were met by Bruno Garcia Moreira,

President of the Brazilian Suffolk Breeders. The weather was a bit of a shock; we went from a sunny 24 C to a very wet and very cold 6 C, with the city having had 4 inches of rain in the three days before the show opened. So, with the showground and judging rings under water, we spent the first morning trying to find some wellingtons big enough for me to wear! Luckily an area within the cattle and sheep lines was found, so we judged under cover on concrete. Judging was spread over two days with females on the first day and then males and groups on the second. There were a total of 124 Suffolks entered in age classes that were in three month blocks. The federal equivalent of our NSA, ARCO, was the organising body for the sheep show and, as having a UK judge was very much a novelty, I was to judge as part of a three man panel with two Brazilian judges. We were to place the animals from first to last and the scores were then averaged out. There was a mix of breed types on show with US, NZ and UK

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ARTICLES provided with a translator, Suzanna; a vet who had qualified and worked in the UK before returning home to Brazil. My Portuguese is very poor, but I can order a beer and a steak! We finally came to judge the female championship, with the class winners coming forward. All three judges selected the first and second placed Pexhill Len sired shearling ewes as Champion and Reserve Champion. genetics having been used recently. All the entries were shorn and allowed a maximum of a centimetre of wool and had passed an inspection by ARCO before the show started. There were five age classes before us. The first class was for ewe lambs aged between 10 and 12 months with six entries, and then the 12-15 month class had 34 entries. This class was split into two divisions and after placing the top 15 in each section the judges had to select a winner from a head to head. Firstly between the two section winners, then between the remaining first and the incoming second, until we had chosen our top fifteen places for the age group. After each class, the judge who was closest to the final placing was asked to give his reasons why he did so. Fortunately, I had been

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The following morning we started on the rams, with six age classes before us. Again the biggest class was the 12-15 month age group, with 35 entries split into two sections and finishing with the head to head judging. When we came to the male championships we again all agreed on the Champion, a two year old, and then selected the top four rams from the show. It was a very pleasant surprise to find our afterwards that they were all sired by Perrinpit Kernel. So, in the end I was pleased that I had two co-judges who also agreed with my selection. We then had two group classes to judge. Firstly, we had a ewe with two of her progeny, by different sires and we had to place them based on the ewe’s maternal

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ARTICLES influence. The second class was a group of four sheep by the same sire with the first and second placed being sired by the two UK rams. Overall, the sheep were not too bad; they were well fleshed, had good length and width across both shoulders and loin and most were good on their legs. There was a difference between those with US and NZ sires, but the use of UK sires has improved the overall carcase. I did raise the point about the mouths of some of the animals and I was questioned by ARCO about the amount of dark wool that was permitted in the UK, as there were some at the show with a varying degree of dark wool. The things I will remember from the show would include all the barbecues in the building; cooking steaks, ribs, whole lamb

shoulders, burgers and sausages with no worries from the HSE! The friendly enthusiasm shown by the Brazilian Suffolk breeders was fantastic. It’s always a real pleasure to have the opportunity to talk to fellow breeders and discuss the finer points of the breed, especially with people who I now consider good friends.

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Suffolk Performance Recording Trial 2013 In 2013 Signet supported an initiative developed by the Suffolk Society’s Performance Recording Committee to look at ways of strengthening genetic linkage within the Suffolk evaluation. This article reports back on that trial. Within the Suffolk breed the selection of rams with superior EBVs has helped the breed to make high rates of genetic gain in commercially important traits such as growth rate and muscling. Whilst few would deny the achievements made in recorded flocks there were concerns that for flocks interested in joining the scheme:  Good sheep of unknown genetic merit would be unfairly held back  New recording breeders wouldn’t be able to “catch up” with those with more records  It would be difficult to achieve sufficient flock to flock linkage (through shared genetics) to enable fair and accurate comparisons

Approach

The trial involved three well recorded Signet flocks (Huish, Bentley & Perrinpit) and three that were not actively involved in recording (Pexhill, Sitlow & Rookery). Within breeding evaluations any sire can be used to create genetic linkage between flocks – although traditionally one with high EBVs is often used. For the purposes of this trial the “reference” sire was a high value unrecorded

The groups “reference ram” in his working clothes

stock ram, whose genetics were proven in the show ring – which all parties agreed was of a highly acceptable breed type.

Results

The number of lambs born in each flock is shown in the table below. Breeders were generally pleased with the type and style of the lambs produced by the reference ram; with many highly saleable ram lambs produced. Lamb sired by reference ram

Total lambs born in flock

21 14 44 17 40 55

229 257 150 54 64 104

Bentley Flock Huish Flock Perrinpit Flock Pexhill Flock Rookery Flock Sitlow Flock

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ARTICLES G SJ Biddulph Buckley 0.058

G Biddulph (Pexhill)

Messrs TC& DW CA Harding Rossiter 0.035 0.012 0.028

CJ Holmes 0.239

Messrs AE Weaver & Son 0.024

0.016

0.029

0.036

0.117

0.028

0.059

0.010

0.042

S J Buckley (Sitlow)

0.058

Messrs T C & C A Harding (Bentley)

0.035

0.028

D W Rossiter (Huish)

0.012

0.016

0.117

C J Holmes (Rookery)

0.239

0.029

0.028

0.010

Messrs A E Weaver & Son (Perrinpit)

0.024

0.036

0.059

0.042

0.035 0.035

Green = Acceptable linkage for flock to flock comparisons Red = Low levels of flock to flock linkage - comparing EBVs between flocks should be made with more care.

Flock to Flock Linkage

In general high levels of linkage were established between the six flocks, the linkage between the Bentley and Perrinpit flocks and the three previously non-recorded flocks was higher than that achieved by the Huish flock (which had the smallest number of reference ram progeny). The table above shows the flock to flock linkage - with values over 0.025 being regarded as “green” and providing linkage strong enough to make good comparisons between individual flocks. The take home message from this work is that breeders can achieve considerable amounts of genetic linkage within a single year to enable solid comparisons of the genetic merit of lambs reared in different flocks.

Why is the reference ram important?

The progeny of the reference ram form a benchmark against which the genetic merit of other sires can be assessed. Look at the example below, it shows the weights of lambs reared on two farms. Which farm owns the better ram? 34

Ram Farm A

Farm B

David Mark Colin Mark Basil

Average Progeny Weight 31.0kg 32.5kg 33.0kg 27.5kg 29.5kg

In this example “Mark” is the reference ram – with progeny born on both farms. Using Mark as the benchmark we can see that Basil is actually the best ram – despite the fact that he doesn’t have the heaviest progeny across the two flocks.  Relative to Mark, David progeny are 1.5kg lighter  Relative to Mark, Colin progeny are +0.5kg heavier  Relative to Mark, Basil progeny are +2.0kg heavier

How did the group’s reference ram perform?

The reference ram performed solidly across all 6 flocks. His progeny were fully assessed for growth and carcase traits and full genetic

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ARTICLES Bentley Flock SIRE Ram A Ram B (Homebred) Ram C Ram D (Homebred) Reference Ram Grand Total Huish Flock SIRE Ram E Ram F (Homebred) Ram G Ram H Ram I Reference Ram Grand Total

Number of Lambs 28 52 36 92 21 229 Number of Lambs 35 34 76 21 77 14 257

predictions are now published on-line in the form of EBVs. The most striking difference in progeny performance was observed when he was tested alongside rams with relatively high Muscle Depth EBVs in two of the recorded flocks. In the tables below you can see that neither flock was “pushing” lambs particularly hard; with scanned lambs averaging 58kg (Bentley) and 51kg (Huish) at scanning time. The difference in muscle depth measures between the different progeny groups was

Average Scan Age (days) 140 131 133 132 141 135

Average Muscle Depth (mm) 34.3 34.3 33.8 33.7 30.9 33.6

Average Scan Age (days) 152 146 141 150 139 151 145

Average Muscle Depth (mm) 32.0 30.8 30.6 29.9 28.4 27.0 30.3

striking. The well regarded reference ram had significantly less muscle across the loin than those lambs sired by rams selected on the basis of their EBVs for muscle depth. Progeny had 3-4mm lower muscle depths – about 10 per cent less than those by other sires. The reference rams also highlighted some interesting sire differences in the previously unrecorded flocks – the most striking being an example in the Sitlow flock. Here the progeny from ram Z had nearly 2mm more muscle and similar weights to those by the reference ram – despite being

Sitlow Flock - Extract of data Number of Average Scan Average Scan Average Muscle Average Fat SIRE Lambs Age Weight (kg) Depth (mm) Depth (mm) Ram Z 27 134 57.4 34.2 3.9 Reference Ram 55 160 59.3 32.4 4.8 SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2014 YEAR BOOK

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ARTICLES nearly a month younger. This is a tremendous achievement by the sire of these younger lambs – and one that may not have been immediately obvious without detailed performance records.

Conclusions

This work shows that:  Genetic linkage is important in creating a level playing field for the comparison of EBVs between flocks.  Acceptable linkage can be achieved within small groups of breeders by strategic ram sharing and as more flocks get involved through the use of AI.  Selecting a ram “by eye” – no matter how attractive the ram - can sometimes lead to disappointment when selecting for traits like growth rate and muscling.

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 EBVs are a reliable way of identifying rams with superior genes for growth and carcase traits – as seen here in the case of muscling.  New flocks have a tremendous amount to gain from recording. Many will have “hidden gems” of high genetic merit sheep that would ordinarily go under the radar without access to performance records capable of highlighting their true genetic worth. For more information about Signet Performance Recording contact Lucy WebbWilson. Tel: 0247 647 8721 or email lucy.webb-wilson@eblex.ahdb.org.uk

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OBITUARIES

2013 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. April 2013 Mrs Emmett (Alpenrose Farm Partnership) May 2013 Mr Colin Davies (Wrekin, N10) August 2013 Alec R Bulmer (Habton, P69)

Leonard Colin Davies (‘Colin’) Born 16th June 1930 at Lower Farm, Rushton, where he lived as a farmer all his life, taking over the farm at just 17 on the death of his father. He started the Wrekin flock of pedigree suffolks in 1948, where his foundation ewes were from J S Miles, Bury St Edmunds, H M & R J Girling, Essex, J W Mann, Woodbridge, Sutton Hill Estate, Shifnal & G S Webb, Manningtree, and a ram from The Exor’s of Viscount Bearsted, Upton House, Banbury. The ewes were purchased from the Ipswich sales which he attended with his uncle Frank and became his annual holiday. At Ipswich he met the late Harry Long, who took him under his wing; Colin regarded him as his mentor. It was a sad day when Harry passed away but he left behind apart from the Suffolk Sheep a beautifully

engraved silver cigarette box with a Suffolk Sheep enamelled on the front. This was one of Colin’s most treasured possessions and will hold fond memories for the family in the future. Since then the Flock had been added to with the purchase of selected females from several well known flocks including Burton, Santon, Bridgestone, Tudford, Stockton, Bartlehill, Denhead and in 1980 13 ewes were purchased from S B Price & Sons, Cressage. Rams were purchased with the commercial man in mind from many of the top flocks including Cairness, Bridgestone and Stockton. Through all of this Colin met many lifelong friends and encouraged many young farmers with livestock judging. Colin was one of the founding members of the Shropshire & Montgomery Area Suffolk Club and the Wrekin Flock is one of the oldest flocks in the flock book. Fond memories - “Colin you never got old, you were always the same. Maybe you walked a bit slower in the last few years but you could shout just as loud. You always kept in touch even when driving was difficult. At a show or sale you could spot the best livestock in 10 minutes and spend the next 2 hours talking to friends before spending the last 5 minutes buying the best value ewes there” You always worked hard, but often said buy a cow and calf because someone else has done most of the work for you. Colin you were always there if anyone needed your advice and it was given without judgement, even if some was needed. Colin, Dad you are dearly missed by all your family and friends

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SHOWS

Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral 15th - 17th May 2013

Judge: Mr Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr Flock Aged Ram 1 S & W Tait Shannagh Resolve by Strathisla Stoner Shearling Ram 1 C & J Watson Hazeltree Almighty (LOZ:12:024) by Baileys Brigadier the Second 2 M Priestley Ballycoose Big Ben (PPC:12:003) by Glenho Royal Edition 3 D Taylor Carony Cooper (DBB:12:067) by Rhaeadr Red Bull Aged Ewe 1 G Beacom JFF:N44 by Garryhinch Empire 2 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:L54 by Strathisla Stoner 3 AJ & NAJ Robinson FNV:L184 by Strathbeg Stan the Man

Shearling Ewe 1 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:12:036 by Benrafton Right Said Fred 2 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:12:062 by Benrafton Right Said Fred 3 G Beacom JFF:12:035 by Cairness Cyclone Ram Lamb 1 M Priestley KTC:13:024 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding 2 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:13:068 by Cairness Diamond Geezer 3 S & W Tait T86:13:094 by Cairness Stoner Ewe Lamb 1 M Butler 1LSB:13:014 by Burnview B52 2 G Beacom JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie 3 S Sufferin PWN:13:007 by Cairness Sapphire

Supreme Champion Pedigree Garryhinch Empire JFF:N44 JFF:J112 by Cairness Creation II

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SHOWS Group of Three 1 AJ & NAJ Robinson 2 Gary Beacom

Male Champion M Priestley KTC:13:024 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding

Pair of Lambs 1 G Beacom 2 L & M Liggett

Reserve Male Champion AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:13:068 by Cairness Diamond Geezer

Overall Championships

Supreme Champion G Beacom JFF:N44 by Garryhinch Empire

Female Champion G Beacom JFF:N44 by Garryhinch Empire Reserve Female Champion M Butler 1LSB:13:014 by Burnview B52

Reserve Champion M Priestley KTC:13:024 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-Ding

1st Prize Aged Ewe, Female Champion and Overall Breed Champion from G Beacom

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1st Prize Aged Ram, Shannagh Resolve from S & W Tait

1st Prize Ewe Lamb and Reserve Female Champion from M Butler

1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion from M Priestley

1st Prize Shearling Ewe from AJ & NAJ Robinson

1st Prize Shearling Ram from RC and JC Watson

2nd Prize Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion from AJ & NAJ Robinson

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Group of Three from AJ & NAJ Robinson

Pair of Lambs from G Beacom

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Three Counties Show 14th - 16th June 2013

Aged Ram 1 M W Waycott Ardlea Admiral by Pexhill Real Lucky 2 M Gatehouse Rookery General by Rhaeadr Obsession

Shearling Ewe 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1674 by Conchar PR 2 Messrs V E & B M Samuel & Son Y18:12:005 by Rhaeadr Obsession 3 C J Holmes DND:12:006 by Haddo High Voltage

Shearling Ram 1 Mrs A Meredith Stockton Me Old China by Stockton Percy. T 2 Mrs A Meredith Stockton That’s The One by Conchar PR 3 Thomas Blunt Milton Magicman by Hazeltree Haribo

Ram Lamb 1 Mike Davies & Sons NLH:13:010 by Strathisla Stoner 2 C J Holmes DND:13:006 by Strathisla Red Mcgregor 3 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2001 by Conchar PR

Aged Ewe 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:N158 by Stockton Thriller the Second 2 M W Waycott P91:K77 by Safaddan My Way 3 Messrs M J R & J A Pinny J65:L11 by Cairness Corka

Ewe Lamb 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2054 by Stockton Percy. T 2 Messrs M J R & J A Pinny J65:13:040 by Hallhill Meteoroid 3 Paul M Fletcher 96N:13:003 by Callow Storm

Judge: R K Denby, Carnforth Flock

Supreme Champion Pedigree Conchar PR 72H:12:1674 72H:N152 by Morris Les

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SHOWS Female Champion Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1674 by Conchar PR

Reserve Champion Mike Davies & Sons NLH:13:010 by Strathisla Stoner

Reserve Female Champion Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2054 by Stockton Percy. T

 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons Champion went on to win Reserve Interbreed Terminal Sire Champion.  Mike Davies & Son 1st prize Group of Three went on to win the Interbreed Progeny Group of Three and included NLH:13:010, NLH:13:033 and NLH:13:006  Suffolk Pair including NLH:13:010 from Mike Davies & Sons and Y18:12:005 from Messrs V E & B M Samuel were also Reserve in the Interbreed Pairs

Male Champion Mike Davies & Sons NLH:13:010 by Strathisla Stoner Reserve Male Champion Mrs A Meredith 72H:12:1648 by Stockton Percy. T Supreme Champion Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1674 by Conchar PR

1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Female Champion & Supreme Champion from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

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1st Prize ram lamb, Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion from Mike Davies and Sons

1st Prize Ewe Lamb and Reserve Female Champion from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

1st Prize Shearling Ram and Reserve Male Champion from Mrs A Meredith

1st Prize Aged Ram Ardlea Admiral from M W Waycott

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ARDLEA ALLROUNDER SIRES USED 2013

BAILEYS BACCHUS - MEIERIE EMILIUS ARDLEA ALLROUNDER - BURNVIEW B52 CAIRNESS BRAZIL - CAIRNESS CANADA


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Suffolk Championships, Cork Show

15th June 2013

Judge: N Walsh, Garryhinch Flock Shearling Ram and Upwards 1 A O’Keeffe & J Redmond Rookery Classic by Deveronside Destroyer 2 J A Browne Cairnton The Cracker by Cairnton Eyecatcher 3 R Skerritt Shannagh Rambo by Errigal Simply the Best Aged Ewe and Upwards 1 S O’Keeffe BYD:N30 by Strathisla Speed 2 R Walker PHJ:11:003 by Carrowmoney Oki Doki Shearling Ewe 1 A O’Keeffe R15:12:070 by Clyda Wishmaster 2 S O’Keeffe BYD:12:030 by Cairness Liam 3 A O’Keeffe R15:12:021 by Cairness Wild Fire

Novice Ram Lamb 1 A James PKY:12:012 by Garryhinch The Godfather 2 R Skerritt JRH:12:019 by Stockton Almighty 3 A Paske PAT:12:026 by Glenawilling Alistair Open Ram Lamb 1 S&S Gahan HYW:13:026 by Cairness Barcelona 2 S&S Gahan HYW:13:047 by Cairness Barcelona 3 A O’Keeffe R15:13:021 by Cairness Gala Star Novice Ewe Lamb 1 A James PKY:13:008 by Garryhinch Tornado 2 R Skerritt JRH:13:006 by Cairness Sapphire 3 A James PKY:13:013 by Garryhinch The Godfather

Supreme Champion Pedigree Strathisla Speed BYD:N30 BYD:F30 by Cairness John’s Choice

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SHOWS Untrimmed Ewe Lamb 1 S O’Keeffe BYD:13:017 by Cairness Gala Star 2 O Deane PBO:13:006 by Cairness Diamond Geezer 3 P O’Keeffe NBK:13:047 by Rookery Classic Trimmed Ewe Lamb 1 A O’Keeffe R15:13:033 by Castlewellan Sportsman 2 S O’Keeffe BYD:13:030 by Cairness Gala Star 3 G Killilea Group of Three 1 A O’Keeffe 2 S&S Gahan 3 S Browne

Female Champion S O’Keeffe BYD:N30 by Strathisla Speed Reserve Female Champion S O’Keeffe BYD:13:017 by Cairness Gala Star Male Champion A O’Keeffe & J Redmond Rookery Classic by Deveronside Destroyer Reserve Male Champion S&S Gahan HYW:13:026 by Cairness Barcelona Supreme Champion S O’Keeffe BYD:N30 by Strathisla Speed Reserve Champion A O’Keeffe & J Redmond Rookery Classic by Deveronside Destroyer

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

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1st Prize Shearling Ram, Male Champion and Reserve Overall from A O'Keeffe and J Redmond

1st Prize Open Ramb Lamb and Reserve Male Champion from S and S Gahan

1st Prize Untrimmed Ewe lamb and Reserve Female Champion from S O'Keeffe

1st Prize Shearling Ewe from A O'Keeffe

1st Prize Trimmed Ewe Lamb from A O'Keeffe

1st Prize Novice Ewe lamb from A James

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1st Prize Novice Ram Lamb from A James

1st Prize Group of Three from A O'Keeffe

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Royal Highland Show 20th - 23rd June 2013

Judge: C J Holmes, Rookery Flock Aged Ram 1 A Hutchon Glenagh Gregan by Oakbridge Kauto Star 2 A Hutchon Cairness Classic Fyvie by Fyvie Classic 3 A Morris Obsbaston That’ll Do by Whitestone Warrior Shearling Ram 1 G & J Soulsby Strathisla HRH by Forkins Figo 2 A Hutchon Baileys Streets Ahead by Rhaeadr Rossi 3 County Turf Ltd. Criccin by Stockton Fury Aged Ewe 1 I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 2 Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:L9 by Strathbeg Stan the Man 3 A Hutchon JFF:N24 by Garryhinch Empire

Shearling Ewe 1 Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:12:061 by Strathisla Sea Bird 2 R H Wilson FNV:12:132 by Rookery Rooney 3 G Christie PDN:12:042 by Strathisla Sea Bird Ram Lamb 1 R H Wilson FNV:13:148 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding 2 Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:13:956 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet 3 I & J Barbour FHT:13:044 by Solwaybank Sky Fall Ewe Lamb 1 R H Wilson FNV:13:102 by Strathisla Stifler 2 Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:13:057 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet 3 County Turf Ltd. LOZ:13:034 by Cairness Achievement

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rhaeadr Rastafari FHT:11:111 FHT:L139 by Solwaybank Santana

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SHOWS Female Champion I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Reserve Male Champion A Hutchon Glenagh Gregan by Oakbridge Kauto Star

Reserve Female Champion Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:12:061 by Strathisla Sea Bird

Supreme Champion I & J Barbour FHT:11:111 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Male Champion R H Wilson FNV:13:148 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding

Reserve Champion R H Wilson FNV:13:148 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding

1st Prize Aged Ewe, Female Champion, Overall Suffolk Champion and Reserve Interbreed Champion from I and J Barbour

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1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male Champion and Reserve Champion from R H Wilson

1st Prize Shearling Ewe and Reserve Female Champion from Stuart G Mair and Sons

1st Prize Aged Ram and Reserve Male Champion from A Hutchon

1st Prize Shearling Ram from G and J Soulsby

1st Prize Ewe lamb from R H Wilson

1st Prize Group of Three from R H Wilson

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Reg HJW

‘THE OLD MASTERS’

STOCKTON ALMIGHTY & STOCKTON OLYMPIC GOLD

SIRES USED IN 2013 BAILEYS ROCK SOLID One of the best lambs we ever bred - sold privately to Jimmy Douglas 2013. Baileys Rock Solid is out of our Royal Highland Champion 2005 DDY F60 Two sisters sold for €6,000 at our Annual Production Sale 2013.

CAIRNESS THOR Outstanding ET Brother of Cairness Diamond Geyser - Shrewsbury Champion 2012 sold for £17,000

DIAMOND GEYSER • RHAEADR ROSSI CAIRNESS CANNINE • CAIRNESS BOLT

Annual Production Sale 29th November 2014 Enquiries phone TOM BAILEY 00 353 87 255 3195 www.baileyslivestock.com

Wishing all our customers and friends the best for 2014


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Great Yorkshire Show

9th - 11th July 2013

Judge: A Wilson, Castleisle Flock Shearling Ram 1 Mrs P Lupton Rhaeadr Skyfall by Ardlea Arbennig 2 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:105 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 3 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:121 by Deveronside Pall-Mall Aged Ewe 1 Mrs P Lupton KXL:11:004 by Rookery CK One 2 D Aconley NFR:N3 by Whitestone Warrior 3 G L Riby FZL:L9 by Rhaeadr Flying High Shearling Ewe 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 2 Mrs J J Tooze DYX:12:030 by Middlemuir Merlin 3 Thomas Darling LBC:12:023 by Glenisla Grimaldi

Ram Lamb - Trimmed 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:13:136 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 2 Mrs J J Tooze DYX:13:003 by Burnview B52 3 Katie Brannen NZD:13:029 by Strathisla Sea Bird Ram Lamb - Untrimmed 1 G L Riby FZL:13:003 by Kings Parade 2 Antony Glaves M17:13:034 by Cairness Liam 3 Antony Glaves M17:13:046 by Cairnton the Cracker Ewe Lamb 1 Thomas Darling LBC:13:005 by Carony Cool Cat 2 Thomas Darling LBC:13:006 by Carony Cool Cat 3 Mrs J J Tooze DYX:13:040 by Cairnton Correction

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rookery CK One KXL:11:004 KXL:F10 by Mannorhouse Hot Spot

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SHOWS Group of Three 1 Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership 2 Thomas Darling 3 Mrs J J Tooze

Reserve Male Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:13:136 by Deveronside Pall-Mall Supreme Champion Mrs P Lupton KXL:11:004 by Rookery CK One

Female Champion Mrs P Lupton KXL:11:004 by Rookery CK One Reserve Female Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall

Reserve Champion Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall

Male Champion G L Riby FZL:13:003 by Kings Parade

1st Prize Aged Ewe, Female Champion and Overall Champion from Mrs P Lupton

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1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female and Reserve Overall Champion from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Untrimmed Ram lamb and Male Champion from G L Riby

1st Prize Trimmed Ram lamb and Reserve Male Champion from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Shearling Ram from Mrs P Lupton

1st Prize Ewe lamb from Thomas Darling

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Royal Welsh Show 22nd - 24th July 2013

Judge: C Harding, Bentley Flock Ram Shearling or over 1 Dafydd Pugh Roberts Templerhyd Brigadier Parade by Baileys Brigadier The Second 2 Mrs A Meredith Stockton Me Old China by Stockton Percy. T 3 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1607 by Stockton Percy. T Shearling Ewe 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1684 by Stockton Percy.T 2 Dafydd G Jones NAT:12:005 by Strathisla Speed 3 Mrs A Meredith 72H:12:1655 by Conchar PR Ram Lamb – Trimmed 1 Dafydd Pugh Roberts J99:13:011 by Cairness Barbarian 2 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2013 by Conchar PR 3 D J Harvey FFA:13:004 by Rookery Riverman

Ram Lamb – Untrimmed 1 Messrs R B & G M Morgan & Partners K52:13:004 by Strathisla Jubilee 2 D J Harvey FFA:13:014 by Rookery Riverman 3 Dafydd Pugh Roberts J99:13:018 by Cairness Barbarian Ewe Lamb 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2054 by Stockton Percy.T 2 Aled, Huw & Elen Roberts NNX:13:002 by Cairness Barbarian 3 Dafydd G Jones NAT:13:001 by Stockton Barberian Group 1 Dafydd Pugh Roberts 2 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons Female Champion Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1684 by Stockton Percy. T Reserve Female Champion Dafydd G Jones NAT:12:005 by Strathisla Speed

Supreme Champion Pedigree Stockton Percy. T 72H:12:1684 72H:K200 by Gaval George

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Supreme Champion Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:12:1684 by Stockton Percy. T Reserve Champion Dafydd G Jones NAT:12:005 by Strathisla Speed

1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Female Champion and Overall Champion from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

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1st Prize Shearling Ram and Male Champion from Dafydd Pugh Roberts

2nd Prize Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Overall Champion from Dafydd G Jones

2nd Prize Shearling Ram and Reserve Male Champion from Mrs A Meredith

1st Prize Ewe Lamb from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

1st Prize Trimmed Ram Lamb from Dafydd Pugh Roberts

1st Prize Untrimmed Ram Lamb from Messrs R B and G M Morgan and Partners

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National Flock Competition 2013 National Flock Competition Results Judge: Arthur O’Keeffe (Annakisha Flock)

Bristol Gold Cup Overall Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Overall Reserve: Stuart Davies (Beaufort

John Long Cup (Up to 30 ewes) Winner: DF&AE Callan (Castlemartin)

Reserve: P McVerry (Tullywinney)

WE Lloyd Cup (31-60 ewes) Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery)

Reserve: Stuart Davies (Beaufort)

Keeble Cup (61-100 ewes) Winner: RF Holmes (Willmar)

Brooks Cup (>100 ewes) Winner: I Fowlie (Essie)

Bonnington Salver (Best Flock of Ewes) Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: Stuart Davies (Beaufort) Certificate of Merit: DF&AE Callan (Castlemartin) & P McVerry (Tullywinney)

The Sainsbury Cup (Best Ewe Lambs) Winner: W Borthwick (Ballochmyle) Reserve: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Certificate of Merit: Stuart Davies (Beaufort), CM Nelson (Rosepark) & P McVerry (Tullywinney)

The Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams) Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: RF Holmes (Willmar) Certificate of Merit: A&L MacKinnon (Thistledoo) & I Fowlie (Essie)

Chebsey Cup (Progeny Group) Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) (Rhaeadr Obsession) - (93272) Reserve: I Fowlie (Essie) (Drinkstone Heavyweight) - (94257) Certificate of Merit: Mr & Mrs L Peel (Silton) - (Burnview Beano) - (93632)

2013 Sire of the Year Winner: I&J Barbour (Solwaybank) (Solwaybank Skyfall) - (96573) Sons sold to 36,000gns & 5,000gns @ Stirling Sons sold to 8,000gns & 2,500gns @ Shrewsbury

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Flock View Day Chris and Sally Holmes held a flock view day, on Thursday 7 November 2013, to show their Suffolk sheep that won the 2013 National Flock Competition run by the Suffolk Sheep Society. This Competition has run since 1899. Arthur O’Keeffe from the well known Annakisha flock in Cork judged the 2013 event, travelling almost 2,000 miles in the process. Society members and commercial sheep farmers attended from all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland to view the prize wining Rookery flock. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the hospitality provided by the Holmes Family. The British Wool Marketing Board sponsored the event

and their representative, Gareth Jones outlined the promising future for the wool market as part of the prize giving ceremony. Nine cups were awarded within the competition and the Holmes Family won five of them. These included the WE Lloyd Cup for the best flock between 31 to 60 ewes, the Bonnington Salver for the best flock of ewes, the Howard Peel Cup for the best stud ram and the Chebsey Cup for the progeny group which was sired by Rhaeadr Obsession. As overall winner the Rookery flock was also awarded the Bristol Gold Cup. DF and AE Callan (Castlemartin Flock) from Pembrokeshire were awarded the John Long

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Ewes from the winning Rookery Flock

Cup for the best flock of ewes in the under 30 ewe category. This was a tremendous achievement for a flock only established in 2005. RF Holmes from Exeter won the Keeble Cup for the best flock of ewes in the 61-100 ewes category. Their Willmar Suffolk flock was also placed reserve in the best stud ram section. Irene Fowlie had a long drive down from Aberdeenshire but it was worth the trip to collect the Brooks Cup for the best flock of over 100 ewes. The Essie Flock also collected Reserve in the Progeny Group with animals sired by the Top Signet Recorded ram Drinkstone Heavyweight.

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The Sainsbury Cup for the Best Ewe Lambs was awarded to William T Borthwick (Ballochmyle Flock). William had also travelled from Mauchline, Ayrshire. The Suffolk Sheep Society would like to thank the Holmes Family, Arthur O’Keeffe, competition participants, visitor and British Wool Marketing Board as the Sole sponsor for all their help in making this view day an excellent event. The 2013 Sire of the Year Trophy was awarded to I&J Barbour for their Homebred Sire Solwaybank Skyfall. Four sons sold at Society sales to average £13,519. Individual prices were 36,000gns, 8,000gns, 5,000gns and 2,500gns

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I&J Barbour Sire of the Year Trophy

Sponsor Gareth Jones BWMB, Judge Arthur O'Keeffe, with R F Holmes and Family Willmar Flock

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Sponsor Gareth Jones BWMB, W. Brothwick Ballochmyle Flock, Judge Arthur O'Keeffe,

Sponsor Gareth Jones BWMB, Irene Fowlie Essie Flock, Judge Arthur O'Keeffe,

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Sire of the Year This year’s Sire of the Year is Solywaybank Skyfall (no image available). Pictured are three of his sons, Solwaybank Major, Solwaybank Shadbagh and Solwaybank Goldstar

Solwaybank Major purchased for 36,000gns

Solwaybank Shadbagh purchased for 8,000gns

Solwaybank Goldstar purchased for 5,000gns

Runner up - Ardlea Arbennig

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National at Shrewsbury

Judge: W Montgomery, Smiddiehill Flock Demand for fleshy commercial Suffolk ram lambs was strong at the breed Society’s National Show and Sale at Shrewsbury but with a long hard winter and commercial lamb prices tumbling by as much as 60p/kg in some parts of the country in the seven days before the sale buyers were cautious with their spending. Suffolk Sheep Society Chief Executive Dr Lewis McClinton said, ‘he was more than satisfied with the trade, bearing in mind the current circumstances. It was clear that both commercial and pedigree buyers had been somewhat shocked by the dramatic fall in prime lamb prices. This understandably meant they were nervous of committing to spending too much on tups so early in the year’.

“That said there was a ready demand for the right sort of tup and the top end of the pedigree trade was as strong as ever.” Leading the way in the pre-sale show, a first time for Dumfries breeders and taking the top price of 17,000gns in the following auction was the ram lamb, FHT:13:084, from Ian and Judith Barbour’s Solwaybank flock. Sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari he is out of a dam by Cariness Castello and was knocked down in a two-way split to the Campbell family, and Hugh Annett, for the Thrunton and Widdrington flocks, respectively, both Northumberland. The Barbour’s also achieved the highest sale average.

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SALES The sale’s second best price of 14,500gns came earlier in the sale when Myfyr Evans sold his first lamb in the ring, a son of the 90,000gns breed record holder, Ardlea Arbennig. This was A12:13:021, a lamb of the dam by Thurston Calzaghe. He had been in the second prize group of three in the pre-sale show and is from the same family as the sire of the champion. Taking him home were the Barbour family, re-investing some of their earning’s from the sale of the champion. The Barbour family were then back in the money when they sold another from their strong pen of lambs at 8,000gns. This lamb, FHT:13:044, is a son of a homebred sire Solwaybank Skyfall out of a dam by Cariness Castello. He goes back to another homebred sire, Solwaybank Stylemaster on his dam’s side and sold across the water to Holland with Dutch-based breeder Patrick Haccou.

Another then traded at 8,000gns, with this being from the Cairness pen of Jimmy Douglas, a lamb by last year’s 17,000gns National sale champion, Cairness Diamond Geezer. He is out of a dam by Langside Lightning which was also dam of 20,000gns lamb Cairness See the Stars. This one found a new home in Herefordshire, joining Viv Samuel’s Monkton Flock. The sale’s next best price of 4,100gns came early in the day when the noted Rookery flock of Chris Holmes and family sold the second prize lamb from the performance recorded class. Sired by last year’s Stirling sale champion Strathisla Red McGregor, this lamb, DND:13:006 is out of a Williamsgill Prince William-sired dam and is from the same family as Rookery Rooney. He was claimed by Lilburn Estates, Northumberland.

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Lot 163 from J Douglas 6th Prize Open Lamb sold for 8,000gns

Lot 175 from I and J Barbour sold for 8,000gns

Lot 138 from M Evans, Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion sold for 4,800gns

Lot 41 from C Holmes, 2nd Prize Signet Recorded Lamb sold for 4,100gns

Lot 60 from WH Sinnett & Sons, 1st Prize Group of Three sold for 4,000gns

Lot 58 from WH Sinnett & Sons, 1st Prize Group of Three sold for 3,200gns

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SALES A bid of 4,000gns followed that with the Stockton flock of John Sinnett earning this for a lamb which had been in the first prize group of three in the pre-sale show. This lamb, 72H:13:2109, carries a wealth of Rhaeadr breeding behind him, being a son of Rhaeadr Mad Man out of a dam by Rhaeadr Radar and going back to former Royal Show interbreed champion Stockton Gold Bullion. This one sold in the three way split to John Key, Charles Harding and Steve Buckley, for the Midhope, Bentley and Sitlow flocks, respectively. The Stockton offering was in to the fore again when selling another from the first prize group at 3,200gns. This was 72H:13:2001 (lot 58), a son of Conchar PR out of a dam by Morris Les and going back to Stockton Simply The Best. He found favour with the Perrinpit flock of Michael and Roger Weaver, Gloucestershire. And then at 3,000gns was a Cairness Classic Fyvie son from Northern Irish-based breeder Gary Beacom, JFF:13:143. He is out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and goes back to grand dam by Strathisla Schumacher. Buying him was Buckinghamshire-based Thomas Hodges for his Knowlhill flock.

Lot 84 from G Beacom sold for 3,000gns

This was KSX:13:022, a son of Birness Bacardi out of a dam by Glenisla Sydney and tracing back to Laurelbank Home Alone. A pair then sold at 100gns less, with the first 2,500gns call coming early in the day for a shearling ram from Sandy Fraser. This was L25:12:060, a Forkins Ferrari II son, out of a dam by Thurston Calzaghe. This was knocked down to Pat Greaney, Raglan. The other to make this money was the third lamb from the Solwaybank pen of the Barbours, FHT:13:086. Another by Solwaybank Skyfall he is out of dam by Glenhead Infusion and going back to an Alsnow ewe by Glenhead Commander.

Stuart Davies of the Beaufort flock then invested 2,600gns when buying from the Burnview pen of Willie and Stephanie Tait. His choice was T86:13:089, a son of Cairness Sapphire out of a dam by Forkins Ferrari II and carrying an index of 2.87. At the same money Charles Harding and John Key shared another lamb, this time from another Northern Irish breeder, Ian Donald.

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Lot 101 from S and W Tait sold for 2,600gns

Lot 180 from I Donald, 5th Prize Open Lamb sold for 2,600gns

Lot 8 from County Turf Ltd, 1st Prize Shearling Ram sold for 2,500gns

Lot 69 from S Buckley, 5th Prize Group of Three sold for 2,100gns

Lot 121 from G Biddulph, 1st Prize Signet Recorded lamb sold for 2,100gns

Lot 49 from L and M Liggett sold for 1,500gns

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Lot 3 from Katie Brannen, Female Champion sold for 260gns

Lot 43 from C Holmes sold for 1,200gns

Lot 39 from C Holmes sold for 1,100gns

Lot 181 from I Donald, 1st Prize Gigot Lamb

1st Prize Group of Three from J Sinnett, Lots 58, 59, 60

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SALES Class 1 - Ewe Lamb 1 Lot 3 - K Brannen NZD:13:001 by Collessie Cut Above 2 - Lot 5 - K Brannen NZD:13:018 by Collessie Cutting Edge 3 - Lot 1 - Messrs A H Bradshaw & Son 76J:13:005 by Shipreed Stanley

Class 5 Pen of Three Ram Lambs 1 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 2 Myfyr Evans 3 G L Stuart 4 G C Beacom 5 G Biddulph 6 R H Wilson

Class 2 - Shearling Ram 1 Lot 8 - County Turf Ltd L25:12:060 by Forkins Ferrari II 2 Lot 7 - County Turf Ltd JOD:12:080 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 3 Lot 9 - Dylan Roberts NBR:12:028 by Safaddan One Look

Class 6 Ram Lamb with Best Gigot 1 Lot 181 - I Donald KSX:13:020 by Kings and Aces 2 Lot 91 - G C Beacom JFF:13:059 by Cairness Classic Fyvie 3 Lot 63 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2076 by Conchar PR 4 Lot 93 - Messrs T A Irwin & Son CAL:13:040 by Lakeview Tornado 5 Lot 36 - R F Holmes Z43:13:010 by Forkins Figo

Class 3 - Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1 Lot 121 - G Biddulph 92J:13:031 by Pexhill Real Lucky 2 Lot 41 - C J Holmes DND:13:006 by Strathisla Red McGregor 3 Lot 97 - Messrs S & W Tait T86:13:069 by Forkins Ferrari II 4 Lot 19 - R H Wilson FNV:13:009 by Forkins Figo 5 Lot 69 - S J Buckley 45Z:13:075 by Haddo High Voltage 6 Lot 114 - T S Cox LAS:13:031 by Rhaeadr Revolution Class 4 - Open Ram Lamb 1 Lot 176 - I & J Barbour FHT:13:084 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 2 Lot 138 - Myfyr A Evans A12:13:054 by Ardlea Arbennig 3 Lot 102 - Messrs S & W Tait T86:13:112 by Shannagh Resolve 4 Lot 65 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:13:2099 by Rhaeadr Mad Man 5 Lot 180 - I Donald KSX:13:022 by Birness Bacardi 6 Lot 163 - J G Douglas 33H:13:042 by Cairness Diamond Geezer

Female Champion Lot 3 - K Brannen NZD:13:001 by Collessie Cut Above Male Champion and Overall Champion Lot 176 - I & J Barbour FHT:13:084 by Rhaeadr Rastafari Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion Lot 138 - Myfyr A Evans A12:13:054 by Ardlea Arbennig Champion - FHT:13:084 Sire - Rhaeadr Rastafari (95109) Dam - FHT:N71 by Cairness Castello (94401) G. Dam - FHT:J100 by Solwaybank Stylemaster (90748)

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Helen Davies receives Society thanks for her years of promotional work

Billy Hislop receives Society thanks for his dedication as steward

WH Sinnett & Sons receives the Gippeswyk Plate

I & J Barbour receive the Venning Cup, Society Cup & Walton Trophy

Tom Stevenson presents I & J Barbour with prize from Natural Stockcare

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Scottish Branch - Stirling Pedigree Judge: M Evans, Rhaeadr Flock Commercial Judge: I Campbell

A trade driven by commercial buyers eager to source the best Suffolk ram lambs for their flocks saw the Scottish Area Suffolk sale produce a 76 per cent clearance rate, with 146 lambs sold at an average of £1871.88. Suffolk Sheep Society Chief Executive Dr Lewis McClinton said it was clear that flesh was the order of the day among buyers. “Without a doubt it was sheep with the commercial attributes of good carcasses and tops which were favoured by sale goers. “Rams lacking natural fleshing ability and growth were far harder to sell and clearly unwanted by a ringside of commercial buyers looking to maximise prime lamb profits.” Taking the day’s top price of 36,000gns and continuing a strong sales season for the brother and sister duo Iain and Judith

Barbour, Annan, was a Solwaybank Skyfall son, FHT:13:073. Setting a new flock high, this son of the homebred sire is out of a dam by Baileys Bugatti and goes back to Glenisla Grimaldi on his dam’s side. He sold to Northern Irish-based breeder Gary Beacom having stood third in the pre-sale show. Second best of the day went to the Fraserburgh-based Cairness flock of Jimmy Douglas. Another sired by a homebred tup, this one, 33H:13:129, is by Cairness Diamond Jubilee and out of a dam by Cairness New Approach which is a full sister to 8,000gns sire Baileys BMW and goes back to Rhaeadr Rossi. He sold for 21,000gns in a four way split, going to Ross Lawrence, Devon, Geoff Biddulph, Cheshire, Chris Holmes, Worcestershire and Robin Irwin, Devon.

Lot 117 from I & J Barbour sold for 36,000gns

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SALES George and Melvin Stuart then took 15,000gns for a son of last year’s reserve champion, 7,000gns tup Lakeview Gold Rush. This was 1W:13:068 a lamb out of a dam by Rhaeadr Flash Harry and going back to Cairness Bondi. He was sold in a three way split between Collessie, Pyeston and Harpercroft flocks. Jimmy Douglas followed that, selling another from his pen at 10,000gns. This lamb, 33H:13:050, is by Cairness Xfactor and out of a dam by Burnview Olympic Gold purchased at Robbie Scott’s dispersal. He was split by Jim Fleming’s Hallhill flock and John Christie’s Westcarse flock.

Lot 175 from J Douglas sold for 21,000gns

Trading at 7,500gns was Dennis Taylor’s first lamb in from his Ballynacanon flock, KKW:13:027. He is by the 12,000gns Birness Bacardi and was reserve male champion at the Northern Ireland championships earlier in the year. He is an embryo out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach and sold to George and Melvin Suart, Birness flock. Taking trade to 5,500gns early in the sale was Myfyr Evans with his first of the day, A12:13:057. Sired by the 90,000gns breed record holder Ardlea Arbennig, he is out of a dam by Broomknowes Kelso The Best. His grand dam, a Cairness First Flight daughter is a former Royal Welsh champion. He found a new home with the Mair family, Turriff, going to work in their Deveronside flock.

Lot 142 from George Stuart sold for 15,000gns

Also at this money was another from Dennis Taylor’s Ballynacanon pen, KKW:13:044. This full brother to Mr Taylor’s 7,500gns lamb sold to the sale judge Myfyr Evans for use in the Rhaeadr flock. Lot 179 from J Douglas sold for 10,000gns

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SALES At 5,000gns was another lamb from the Solwaybank pen of the Barbours. This was another Skyfall son, FHT:13:048. His dam is by Glenhead Morangie and is from the same family as the 36,000gns lamb. Buying this one were Stephen and Colm Govin and G Killilea for their Coolmeen and Carragh flocks, respectively.

Lot 197 from PDW Taylor sold for 7,500gns

Ronnie Black, Fife, then paid 4,800gns for the pre-sale champion KPC:13:024 from Mark Priestley’s Limestone flock. This Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding ram lamb is out of a dam by Kings Theatre and had been first prize ram lamb and reserve overall at Balmoral in May. Fellow Northern Irish breeder Alistair Gault then took a bid of 4,000gns for his second lamb, AOR:13:006. Sired by Birness Bacardi, he is out of a home bred Cairness Kanine daughter that was All Ireland native breed champion as a gimmer in 2011. He was purchased by Mike Davies, Powys.

Lot 48 from Myfyr Evans sold for 5,500gns

Lot 199 from PDW Taylor sold for 5,500gns

At the same price was the best of the day from Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla flock, FNV:13:070. This Forkins Figo lamb is out of a dam by Strathbeg Stan The Man which is sister to 25,000gns Strathisla Speedson, champion Royal Highland and Edinburgh 2008. This one was purchased by R and J More, Caithness. And taking a bid of 3,800gns was John Gibb’s KLR:13:024 from his Cairnton flock. This lamb is by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher and is out of a dam by Cairness Ninty Nine. He found a new home with the Spittal flock of J Tooze. The Forkins pen of Alistair Gault then traded at 3,500gns, with this paid for a Broomknowes Touch of Class son from the second prize pen of three. This was

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SALES AOR:13:026, a lamb out of a dam by Kings Theatre which also bred the 13,000gns Forkins Figo which was reserve sire of the year 2012. He sold back across the water to Northern Ireland, going to J B McVicker, Co Antrim. The same money was paid for one from Myfyr Evans, with this Rhaeadr lamb being A12:13:059. Again sired by Ardlea Arbennig, he is maternal brother to the 6,000gns lamb sold at Stirling 2011 and is out of a dam by Strathisla Speed. This lambs heads to Ireland with the Power family for their Powers flock.

Lot 119 from I&J Barbour sold for 5,000gns

Also at 3,500gns was the Recorded Class winner from S&W Tait which sold to R&S Turkington with Burnview retaining a half share. The winner of the elite commercial ram lamb class from the pre-sale show, a Strathisla Stifler son from Graeme Christie then made 3,000gns This was PDN:13:069, a lamb out of a dam by Cairness Time Bomb. He sold to Messrs Farr, Hereford. Lot 134 from Mark Priestley, Champion sold for 4,800gns

Lot 8 from AR Gault sold for 4,000gns

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Lot 112 from S&W Tait sold for 3,500gns

Lot 5 from GJ Christie sold for 3,000gns

Lot 29 from Alfred J & Norman A J Robinson sold for 2,500gns

Class 1 – Ram Lamb (Recorded) 1 Lot 112 – Messrs S & W Tait T86:13:065 by Forkin Ferrari II 2 Lot 37 – Robert H Wilson – FNV:13:127 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding 3 Lot 172 – Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership– G34:13:136 by Deveronside Pall Mall 4 Lot 102 – James Fleming – 35N:13:108 by Cairness Hoy 5 Lot 125 – Antony Glaves – M17:13:034 by Cairness Liam 6 Lot 138 – A J & W M Norrie – 16U:13:008 by Harpercroft Humdinger Class 2 – Open Ram Lamb (The Bosomworth Trophy) 1 Lot 134 – Mark Priestley KPC:13:024 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding 2 Lot 29 – Alfred J & Norman A J Robinson – 73A:13:068 by Cairness Diamond Geezer 3 Lot 117 – I & J Barbour – FHT:13:073 by Solwaybank Skyfall 4 Lot 197 – PDW Taylor – KKW:13:027 by Birness Bacardi 5 Lot 141 – George L Stuart – 1W:13:053 by Rhaeadr Giggsy 6 Lot 107 – Messrs S & W Tait – T86:13:094 by Cairness Sapphire Class 3 – Pen of 3 Ram Lambs (The Oliver Rose Bowl) 1 Lot 63 and 69 by Cairness Cyclone, 65 by Cairness Classic Fyvie from G C Beacom 2 Lot 7 by Broomknowes Touch of Class, 8 and 9 by Birness Bacardi from A R Gault 3 Lot 38 and 41 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding, 40 by Forkins Figo from Robert H Wilson 4 Lot 142 by Lakeview Gold Rush, 143 and 145 by Rhaeadr Giggsy, from George L Stuart 5 Lot 108 and 109 by Cairness Liam, 112

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Lot 55 from Myfyr Evans sold for 2,200gns

Lot 108 from S&W Tait sold for 2,200gns

Lot 63 from GC Beacom, Reserve Champion sold for 2,000gns

Lot 141 from George Stuart sold for 2,000gns

Lot 69 from GC Beacom sold for 2,000gns

Lot 194 from Andrew Wilson sold for 2,000gns

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SALES by Forkins Ferrari II from Messrs S & W Tait 6 Lot 30 and 32 by Cairness Diamond Geezer, 31 by Cairness Diamond Jubilee from Alfred J & Norman A J Robinson Class 4 – Elite Commercial Ram Lamb (The Horsburgh Salver) 1 Lot 5 – Mr G J Christie PDN:13:069 by Strathisla Stifler 2 Lot 186 – James T Cannon JKA:13:008 by Ardlea Atomic 3 Lot 193 – Andrew Wilson DDX:13:061 by Shannagh Resolve 4 Lot 44 – Ronald H Black 416:13:027 by Conveth Calvin 5 Lot 209 – RC & JC Watson 8B:13:009 by Birness Pure Genius 6 Lot 58 – Eric Bell KTJ:13:010 by Lundazi LA Best Ram Lamb (bred in Scottish Area) Society Silver Cup 1 Lot 117 - I & J Barbour – FHT:13:073 by Solwaybank Skyfall 2 Lot 142 – George L Stuart – 1W:13:068 by Lakeview Gold Rush

Class 5a – Young Handlers (8-12yrs) 1 A Mair 2 M Stuart 3 F Christie 4 J Reid 5 L Reid 6 G Dalgarno 7 A Dalgarno Class 5b – Young Handlers (13-16yrs) 1 J Scott 2 J Cannon Breed Championship (The Swan Challenge Cup) Champion Lot 134 – Mark Priestley KPC:13:024 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding Reserve Lot 63 – G C Beacom JFF:13:052 by Cairness Cyclone

1st Prize Group of Three from G C Beacom

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Ballymena

Judge: G. Troup, Whitestone Flock Good Carcass Suffolk Rams highly sought after at Ballymena 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. There was an eighty per cent clearance rate of the 135 ram lambs presented for sale selling to an average price of ÂŁ583.

1,600gns to AE Weaver & Sons, Perrinpit Flock, Gloucester. It was a memorable night for Dennis who not only had a complete clearance of the eight lambs presented from his Ballynacanon flock to average ÂŁ1,122 but then rushed to hospital for the birth of his baby daughter at 2am. We wish them well.

The highest priced ram lamb went to PDW Taylor when R Wilson, M Priestley and JM Stewart paid 3,000gns for a Birness Bacardi son out of a Strathisla Shadrach dam. This lamb had stood second in the single ram lamb class.

First in the Ram Lamb class and overall reserve champion went to the Bannview pen of RC & JC Watson. This Conveth Stylist son out of a Deveronside Whistleblower dam was sold for the second highest price on the night of 1,700gns to P Bolger, Enniscorthy Co Wexford. The Watson family had an excellent night by also having the firs prize shearling which sold for 620gns to K McCord, Antrim.

Another Birness Bacardi lamb, which was part of the winning group of three, from PDW Taylor sold over the telephone for

Lot 28 PDW Taylor 2nd Prize Ram Lamb sold for 3,000gns

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SALES The Society president W Montgomery got in on the act presenting a pen of untrimmed ram lambs which resulted in a top call of 1,600gns. This was paid for a son of Ballycoose Big Ben out of a Rhaeadr Rossi dam. He heads for use in the commercial flock of PJ Kane, Ballycastle. William had a complete clearance to average £645 for the seven lambs forward. New up and coming breeder S Sufferin from Maghera sold his best for 1,300gns to the Burnview flock of S&W Tait. This is a son of the 18,000gn Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding and out of a Strathisla Shadrach. Winner of the Novice Ram Lamb and overall champion went for a tremendous carcass lamb from B&C Dickson, Islandmoyle Flock. This Limestone To-tal son out of a Cairness New Approach dam was sold for pedigree use in Bannow flock of G Rossiter, Wexford. He was purchased for 1,200gns. A further two lots were sold for the four figure sum of 1,000gns. MJW Priestley received this amount from I Porter, Porterhill Flock for a Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding son out of a Kings Theatre ewe. This was the ET brother of the Stirling sale champion which was sold a week earlier for 4,800gns. The second lot to reach this price was from the pen of J McKay. This Ewebank High Class son out of a Malinhead Matador ewe was knocked down to R Moore, Kilkenny.

Sale Results Class 1 – Shearling Ram 1 Lot 6 – RC & JC Watson 8B:12:063 by Conveth Stylist 2 Lot 5 – S&W Tait T86:12:108 by Burnview Top Flight

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3 Lot 4 – S H Stewart 105:12:050 by Kings and Aces 4 Lot 12 – John McKay NDX:12:030 by Ewebank High Class 5 Lot 2 – John Murnion NSN:12:030 by Cairness See the Stars 6 Lot 8 – W R Clements DVX:12:008 by Benrafton The Boss Class 2 – Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1 Lot 43 – S&W Tait T86:13:097 by Cairness Liam 2 Lot 21 – S H Stewart 105:13:020 by Kings and Aces 3 Lot 156 – Messrs Jean & Ivan Porter BCS:13:008 by Cairness See the Stars 4 Lot 69 – Wm Montgomery S38:13:070 by Stockton Dynamite Class 3 – Novice Cup 1 Lot 53 – B & C Dickson PJF:13:002 by Limestone To-Tal 2 Lot 113 – Philip J Kennedy NLP:13:006 by Baileys Paddy’s Power 3 Lot 137 – Elizabeth & James Gould 49J:13:001 by Carony Goes Gold 4 Lot 92b - Grant Brothers PNZ:13:009 by Cairness Sapphire 5 Lot 97 – P McVerry PDH:13:015 by Cairnton the Cracker 6 Lot 95 – John Murnion NSN:13:015 by Shannagh Resolve Class 4 – Ram Lamb 1 Lot 145 – RC & JC Watson 8B:13:049 by Conveth Stylist 2 Lot 28 – PDW Taylor KKW:13:033 by Birness Bacardi 3 Lot 82 – John McKay NDX:13:013 by Ewebank High Class 4 Lot 46 – Mark Priestley KPC:13:022 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding 5 Lot 105 – P Donnelly LRT:13:033 by Birness Bolt 6 Lot 148 – L&M Liggett DBB:13:017 by Rhaeadr Red Bull

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Lot 145 RC and JC Watson 1st Prize Ram Lamb and Reserve Champion sold for 1,700gns

Lot 6 RC and JC Watson 1st Prize Shearling Ram

Lot 53 B and C Dickson 1st Prize Novice Ram Lamb and Overall Champion sold for 1,200gns

Lot 43 Messrs S and W Tait 1st Prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb

Lot 46 Mark Priestley 4th Prize Ram Lamb sold for 1,000gns

Lot 53 Philip J Kennedy 2nd Prize Novice Ram Lamb

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SALES Class 5 – Pen of Three 1 PDW Taylor Lots 27, 29 & 31 by Birness Bacardi 2 Mark Priestley Lots 45, 46 & 49 by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding 3 RC & JC Watson Lot 141 by Conveth Stylist and 144 & 146 by Birness Pure Genius 4 P Donnelly Lots 106, 107 & 109 by Birness Bolt 5 Wm Montgomery Lot 66 & 67 by Ballycoose Big Ben and Lot 70 by Slackadale Discovery 6 L & M Liggett Lots 149, 150 & 152 by Rhaeadr Red Bull

Lot 21 SH Stewart 2nd Prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb

Champion Lot 53 – B & C Dickson PJF:13:002 by Limestone To-Tal Reserve Champion Lot 145 – RC & JC Watson 8B:13:049 by Conveth Stylist

1st Prize Group of Three from PDW Taylor

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Roscrea

Judge: S Govin, Coolmeen Flock Saturday 3rd August saw the Suffolk’s Premier Show and Sale at Roscrea Mart. Stephen Govin from Coolmeen Flock, Claremorris had his work cut out when classes as big as 32 ram lambs were paraded before him After careful consideration, he selected a ram lamb from the Clyda flock of Susan O’Keeffe’s, Mallow, Co. Cork as the Supreme Champion of the Show. The lamb was sired by Errigal Simply the Best. Solwaybank Super Sensation sired his dam. This was later sold for €2,000gns to J Redmond. The Reserve Champion was also selected from the Clyda flock. This ram lamb was sired by Cairness Gala Star and Castlewellan

Sportsman sired his dam. Susan’s luck continued through out the day when her first prize-winning ram lamb in the group of three sold for €6,800gns to well known Scottish Breeder J Douglas and another of the prizewinners of the group of three realised €1,350gns, this being sired by Cairness Gala Star. Andrew Wilson from Raphoe obtained the second highest price of the day when he sold an Ardlea Inspiration sired ram lamb for €3,500gns. The Wilson family continued their excellent trade when W&R Wilson sold a son of Shannagh Resolve out of a ewe by Strathisla Speed for €3,100gns. This flock also received €1,600gns for a Cairness Just the Best son out of a Strathisla Dylan Thomas

Lot 134 from Miss Susan O'Keeffe 1st Prize Open Ram Lamb, Male Champion and Overall Champion

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SALES ewe. A further ram from the pen was sold for €1,200gns. John Doherty Malinhead sold a ram lamb to Europe when Jan de Roock paid €2,700gns for a son of Lakeview Solari. Two other Solari sired rams from the same pen sold for €1,200gns and €1,120gns. Sam Wilson a new breeder form Raphoe sold his Novice Class prize winning ram lamb for €2,000gns. While his father Richard realised €3,100gns, €1,600gns & €1,200gns for three lambs respectively.

Lot 136 from Miss Susan O'Keeffe sold for €6,800gns

Gerry Killilea from the Carragh Flock sold his first prize wining Ewe lamb to Adam Porter for €2,000gns. This lamb’s sire, Carragh Puma was selected from Gerry’s own flock. Gerry also sold a ram lamb out of the same sire for €1,060gns. John Hanly from Horse & Jockey sold a strong Ram lamb fro €1,500gns to Maura Loftus a breeder from Mayo. This was a Cairness Colby sired lamb out of a ewe by Strathbeg Stan the Man. Tom Bailey best of €1,300gns was for a Cairness See The Stars son out of a Langside Looks the Part dam. Another lamb by Cairness Bolt was sold for €1,000gns.

Lot 83 from Andrew Wilson 3rd Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for €3,500gns

James Rooney from the Benwiskin flock got €1,000gns for his best ram lamb sired by Solwaybank Razzle Dazzle. This lamb was out of a Burnview Bruce sired dam. O & G Deane from Ballitore, Kildare realised €680 for their prize winning Single Shearling Ewe. Lot 34 from Messrs Wm J & R Wilson sold for €3,100gns

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SALES Average prices Shearling Ewes Ewe Lambs Shearling Rams Ram Lambs

€680gns €680gns €680gns €925gns.

Show Results

Lot 114 from John A Doherty sold for €2,700gns

Lot 12 1st Prize Ewe Lamb and Female Champion from Gerry Killilea sold for €2,000gns

Single Shearling Ewe 1 O & G Deane Lot 1 - PBO:12:001 Sire: Baileys Masterpiece 2 J & M O’Connell Lot 2 - DBJ:12:057 Sire: Baileys Boomerang 3 J & M O’Connell Lot 3 - DBJ:12:066 Sire: Aughnakeeragh Captain Ewe Lamb 1 Gerry Killilea Lot 12 - HOL:13:020 Sire: Carragh Puma 2 TM Wilson Lot 16 - HPD:13:020 Sire: Castleisle Count Down 3 O & G Deane Lot 13 - PBO:13:002 Sire: Cairness Diamond Jubilee Shearling Ram 1 Brian Boland Lot 22 - C46:12:030 Sire: Errigal Dundee 2 John Hanly Lot 20 - G4:12:150 Sire: Rhaeadr Reco 3 John Hanly Lot 21 - G4:12:140 Sire: Rhaeadr Reco

Lot 77 from Sam Wilson 1st Prize Novice Ram Lamb sold for €2,000gns

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SALES Novice Class 1 Sam Wilson Lot 77 - SJN:13:003 Sire: Cairness Sapphire 2 Eamon Duffy Lot 91 - C46:13:087 Sire: Deburca Lewis 3 Doherty Bros Lot 71 - PAS:13:004 Sire Cairness Cyclone Recorded Class 1 Susan O’Keeffe Lot 69 - BYD:13:010 Sire: Cairness Gala Star 2 Susan O’Keeffe Lot 136 - BYD:13:029 Sire: Cairness Gala Star 3 Wm J & R Wilson Lot 106 - 78A:13:044 Sire: Cairness Just the Best

Lot 69 1st Prize Recorded, Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion sold for €1,350gns

Open Class 1 Susan O’Keeffe Lot 134 - BYD:13:031 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best 2 John A Doherty Lot 111 - CFN:13:050 Sire: Lakeview Scolari 3 Andrew Wilson Lot 83 - DDX:13:072 Sire: Ardlea Inspiration

Lot 111 from John A Doherty 2nd Prize Open Ram Lamb sold for €1,120gns

Group of Three 1 Susan O’Keeffe Lots 69, 135 & 136 2 Wm J & R Wilson Lots 34, 106 & 1074 3 John A Doherty Lots 43, 111 & 112 Lot 98 from Gerry Killilea sold for €1,060gns

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SALES Supreme Champion & Male Champion: Susan O’Keeffe Lot 134 - BYD:13:031 Sire: Errigal Simply the Best Reserve Champion & Reserve Male Champion: Susan O’Keeffe Lot 69 - BYD:13:010 Sire: Cairness Gala Star

Lot 61 from Shaun & Seamus Gahan sold for €1,000gns

Female Champion: Gerry Killilea Lot 12 - HOL:13:020 Sire: Carragh Puma Reserve Female Champion: TM Wilson Lot 16 - HPD:13:020 Sire: Castleisle Count Down

Lot 63 from James Rooney sold for €1,000gns

Lot 1 1st Prize Shearling Ewe from O & G Deane

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Lot 22 1st Prize Shearling Ram from Brian Boland

Lot 23 from Gerry Killilea

Group of Three from from Miss Susan O'Keeffe

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Carlisle

Judge: David Inman, Lindum Flock A quality show of rams and females attracted a leading bid of 2,600gns at the Carlisle and Northern Counties Show and Sale of Suffolks, hosted at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. The leading sum was paid for KLR:12:014, consigned by Ross Lawrence, Devon. The January 2012 born Thurston Grand Diamond son is well acquainted with this sale fixture; having walked away with the Overall Championship at the 2012 sale where he was initially purchased. Back among the prizes again, he stood 1st place in the shearling ram class and after fierce bidding was finally knocked down to Messrs MJ & RH Wallbank, Settle, North Yorkshire.

Going under the hammer at 2,200gns was the 2nd prize ram lamb; LHH:13:024 from local breeder Darren Jones, Carlisle. The Cairness Stirling son, who has already tasted success on the local show circuit, comes from a proven maternal line which has already bred lambs above 2,000gns. He sold as a half share to A M Henderson and the Birness Flock of Messrs G & M Stuart, both based in Aberdeenshire. At 2,000gns was SDH:13:003 from J M Robinson & Son Ltd, Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Sired by the 2012 National Show 1st prize winner Hazeltree Return, he was sold to the Cairness Flock of Mr Jimmy Douglas with a half-share being retained by the vendor.

Lot 558 from Ross Lawrence, 1st Prize Shearling Ram sold for 2,600gns

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SALES The Jubilee flock of Mr Mark Evans, Keighley sold to a high of 1,600gns for the Reserve Male Champion Y31:13:035, who sold alongside a strong run of pen-mates all sired by the 9,000gns Strathisla King of Kings. The leading-priced ram went back on the maternal line to Strathisla Shirocco and Didcot Dominator and joins the wagon to Aberdeenshire, also heading back with A M Henderson.

Continuing the healthy trade was 78X:12:031, a shearling ram from Messrs Garner, Lincolnshire. Sired by the aptlynamed EBV giant Drinkstone Heavyweight, the ram himself boasted a colossal set of figures; leading the catalogue with a Terminal Index of 5.99. He now sets sail for Northern Ireland, with new owners Messrs Rea to join their Drumaslaggy Flock, County Tyrone.

At 1,500gns came the Overall Champion from the pre-sale show; PCA:13:005 from Ayrshire breeder William Borthwick. The Forkins Figo son, from a Glenhead Golden Wonder dam, had caught the eye of many in the show ring and complimented his stylish visuals with a Maternal Index of 137.42. Purchasing was the Linden Flock of David and Julie Inman, Melton Mowbray.

At the same money, and rounding off the four-figure trading, was NCX:13:013 from James Wallace, Newton Stewart. A Strathisla Gold Dust son, from a Pexhill Real Lucky dam, he now travels down country with purchaser M W Waycott, Newton Abbott, Devon.

A substitute entry NCK:13:011 from Tom Fitzsimon, Dumfriesshire then commanded 1,150gns. Sired by Burnview Mr Brightside from a Rookery Revenge daughter, he was snapped up by Messrs Clark, Morpeth, Northumberland.

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Leading the prices for the females on offer was JTO:12:015 from Scott and Gavin Brown, Midlothian. Considered one of the best gimmers ever bred in the Capielaw Flock, she is a product of the successful Pennan Finale JTO:J17 pairing which produced Capielaw Hawk. Buying this time were J B Pate & Sons, Midlothian.

Lot 706 from J M Robinson & Son Ltd, sold for 2,000gns

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Lot 676 from Mark Evans. 2nd Prize as part of Pair of Ram Lambs, Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion. Sold for 1,600gns

Lot 621 from William Brothwick. 1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male Champion and Supreme Champion. Sold for 1,500gns

Lot 512 From Scott & Gavin Brown, 4th Prize Shearling Ewe, Sold for 1,000gns, top priced female

Averages 13 Shearling Gimmers £532.27 (-£126.75) 14 Ewe Lambs £274.50 (-£52.24) 19 Shearling Rams £672.00 (-£30.75) 87 Ram Lambs £596.81 (+£35.52) Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington

Lot 668 and 669 from J H C Campbell and Sons. 1st Prize pair Ram Lambs

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SALES Show Results Class 1 – Shearling Ewe 1 Lot 503 – Mark Evans Y31:12:059 by Strathisla Seville 2 Lot 505 – Allan Blair CWC:12:003 by Lakeview Lewis 3 Lot 518 – Ross Lawrence NHL:12:006 by Cairness Liam 4 Lot 512 – Scott & Gavin Brown JTO:12:015 by Pennan Finale Class 2 – Ewe Lamb 1 Lot 535 – R David Williams R88:13:083 by Rhaeadr Rubicon 2 Lot 525 – G & J Soulsby FAJ:13:007 by Strathisla HRH 3 Lot 533 – Scott & Gavin Brown JTO:13:011 by Muirton Kick-Off 4 Lot 524 – J & M Buchanan 46N:13:051 by Safaddan Local Hero Class 3 – Shearling Ram 1 Lot 558 – Ross Lawrence KLR:12:014 by Thurston Grand Diamond 2 Lot 570 – J H C Campbell & Sons KFD:12:015 by Landale Black Magic 3 Lot 545 – R F Redpath PCA:12:006 by Strathbeg Stan the Man 4 Lot 544 – R F Redpath LHD:12:025 by Rhaeadr Reliant

Class 5 – Pair of Lambs 1 J H C Campbell & Sons Lot 668, 669 by Burnview B52 2 Mark Evans Lot 676, 679 by Strathisla King of Kings 3 Paula & David Reid Lot 638 by Newwells Olympic Gold and Lot 641 by Flodden Magician Female Champion Lot 503 – Mark Evans Y31:12:059 by Strathisla Seville Reserve Female Champion Lot 535 – R David Williams R88:13:083 by Rhaeadr Rubicon Male Champion Lot 621 – William Borthwick PCA:13:005 by Forkins Figo Reserve Male Champion Lot 676 – Mark Evans Y31:13:035 by Strathisla King of Kings Supreme Champion Lot 621 – William Borthwick PCA:13:005 by Forkins Figo Reserve Champion Lot 676 – Mark Evans Y31:13:035 by Strathisla King of Kings

Class 4 – Ram Lamb 1 Lot 621 – William Borthwick PCA:13:005 by Forkins Figo 2 Lot 701 – Darren Jones LHH:13:024 by Cairness Stirling 3 Lot 690 – James T Cannon JKA:13:040 by Ardlea Atomic 4 Lot 670 – R F Redpath LHD:13:035 by Baileys Brigadier the Second

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Western Club Show & Sale (Builth)

Judge: Merrick Pinny, Alloaks Flock

A good quality entry of Suffolk Sheep was forward for the Western Area Club Sale held at the NSA Early Ram Sale at Builth Wells. The Show section was judged by Mr Merrick Pinny of Northampton, who awarded the Championship to a ram lamb by Haddo High Voltage shown by Mr Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill. The lamb went on to sell for 680gns to P Hope, Longtown, Herefords. The Reserve Champion came from T C & C A Harding, Bentley with their 1st prize recorded lamb by Langside Premier, it went on to sell to R Whittingham, Raglan for 850gns. The same price was achieved for the 2nd prize offering from M A Evans, Rhaeadr, the lamb by Ardlea Arbennig sold to Dai Harvey,

Builth Wells. The 1st prize pair came from young breeder Rory Matthews, Brecon, who sold one by Safaddan Softy at 700gns to D Jones, Camrose, Haverfordwest. The 1st prize Shearling by Strathmor Shogun came from Mr & Mrs Jack Pryce, Horton, it sold at 640gns to G Parry, Anglesey. Another young Welsh breeder, Dafydd Jones, Frongoy, Aberystwyth sold a lamb by Stockton Barberian at 780gns to E Lewis, Aberaeron, Ceredigion. A powerful pen from Andrew Evans, Dol-llys included an 800gns lamb by Rhaeadr Rembrandt selling to M Jones, Gwynedd. 25 ram lambs sold to average ÂŁ496.86.

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Top Price Shearling from Mike Davies & Sons sold for 1,200gns

NSA Ram Sale - 23/09/13 It really was a superb quality entry of Suffolks! Congratulations to all of the vendors and thanks to Mr Paul Fletcher, Kidderminster, for travelling to Builth to judge the classes.

Results Shearling Ram 1 Lot 960 Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2 Lot 1060 Mr D Harvey, Builth Wells 3 Lot 1096 Mr H Turner, Hatton, Derbs Ram Lamb 1 Lot 962 Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2 Lot 987 Mr A Cook, Ewyas Harold, Herefords 3 Lot 963 Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 104

Small Pens 1 Mr A Cook, Ewyas Harold, Herefords 2 Messrs D F & A G Jeffries, Banbury, Oxon Large Pens 1 Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2 Messrs R B & G M Morgan, Usk, Mon 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 from Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon selling the 1st prize ram lamb at 1,200gns to M Clarke, Wexford, Ireland. Andrew Evans, Dol-llys sold the next highest priced ram lamb at 1,100gns to Gary Owen, Anglesey. The 2nd prize ram lamb came from the 1st Prize small Pen and was shown by Anthony Cook, Ewyas Harold he went on to sell to J Woodburn, Ulverston at 700gns.

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SALES Mike Davies & Sons, also sold the 3rd prize ram lamb at 750gns to G Tripp, South Devon. Notable ram lamb prices included: 1,200gns Mike Davies & Sons 1,100gns Andrew Evans 750gns Mike Davies & Sons 700gns Anthony Cook, T C & C A Harding 600gns V E & B M Samuel & Son 580gns Mike Davies & Sons 560gns T C & C A Harding, Mike Davies & Sons 520gns Geoff Biddulph, T C & C A Harding 510gns Glyn Lewis, Dai Harvey 500gns RB & GM Morgan, TC & CA Harding, Mike Davies & Sons, A E Weaver & Son, Glyn Lewis

480gns 470gns 460gns 440gns

Geoff Biddulph, Anthony Cook, Glyn Lewis Glyn Lewis R B & G M Morgan, Mike Davies & Sons, Glyn Lewis Paul Fletcher, T C & C A Harding, Glyn Lewis

Amongst the Shearlings/older rams, several excellent pens were forward. The 1st prize shearling ram was also shown by Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon and went on to sell at 420gns to V Sellick, Somerset, this lamb coming from the 1st prize large pen. The 2nd prize large pen went to R B & G M Morgan, Usk, selling 2 shearlings at 500gns a piece, with 10 rams averaging ÂŁ411.60.

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Auctioneers & Livestock Agents

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Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Rams at Kelso Ram Sales Friday 12th September 2014

St Boswells Market Principal Auctioneers of Suffolk Cross Ewe Lambs Thursday 4th September:

Wednesday 1st 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 www.johnswan.co.uk St Boswells Office: 01835 822214 Wooler Office: 01668 281223 stboswells@johnswan.co.uk SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2014 YEAR BOOK

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Kelso Suffolk numbers have continued to increase at Kelso over the last four years. With increasing input costs commercial farmers are looking for fast growth and heavy carcasses to reduce production costs and increase profit margin. This shift back to Suffolk was evident at Kelso in 2013. The proportion of Suffolk sheep as a percentage of the overall clearance rate compared to all other breeds are as follows. 2010 2011 2012 2013

26.2% 27.4% 28.4% 28.6%

There is always confusion to rings being classified as Registered or Non Registered. Some assume that this refers to Society

members or Non Society members. This is not the case but relates to the Maedi Visna Accreditation scheme. Registered rings refer to members that are in the MV scheme and Non Registered refers to breeders that are NOT in the MV scheme. Suffolk shearlings sold in Ring 8 (in the MV scheme) were £74/head higher than Suffolks sold in ring 14 (not in the MV scheme). The difference in average Shearling sale price for Society members’ vs non Society members, if you took out the 151 Society members Shearling rams sold in Rings 11 & 14, was £148.13. Hence Society members received 27 per cent higher prices for their Shearling rams than non Society sheep Table 2.

Lot 3740 from R H Wilson sold for 5,000gns

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SALES Table 1: Official Kelso Figures for the 2013 Sale n Texel (Rings 3, 7 & 9) 1,055 Suffolk Society (Rings 8 & 10) 407 Beltex (Ring 1) 88 Suffolk (Ring 11& 14) 490 Texel (Ring 18) 368 Charollais (Ring 4) 215 Summary  897 Suffolk shearlings were sold at Kelso 2013 in three rings.  321 Suffolk ram lambs were sold at Kelso 2013 in two rings.  62.2% (558) of Suffolk Shearling rams were from Society registered flocks.

Shearlings £733.08 £676.93 £644.32 £602.84 £553.56 £380.64

n 98 319

Lambs £458.57 £453.76

2

£210.00

40

£304.75

 Suffolk Shearling rams from registered flocks were £148.13 higher than Shearling rams from non Society flocks.  1,218 Suffolk Shearling rams and ram lambs were sold at the 2013 sale which equates to 28.6 per cent of the 4,260 rams sold of all breeds.

Table 2: Average Shearling Price for Suffolk Sheep Society vs Non Society Flocks No of Shearlings Total Price £ Average Society Members (Rings 8, 11 & 14) 558 £386,380 £692.44 Non Society Members (Rings 11 & 14) 339 £184,520 £544.31 Total 897 £570,900 £636.46

Lot 2810 from R J L Park sold for 4,400gns

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Lot 3721 from I & J Barbour sold for 4,200gns

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Lot 3509 from G L Stuart sold for 3,800gns

Lot 3874 from Paula & David Reid sold for 3,000gns

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2013 Sale Averages N=National, S=Stirling, R=Roscrea, B=Ballymena, Bu=Builth, C=Carlisle Flock Solwaybank Solwaybank Cairness Ballynacanon Birness Rhaeadr Castleisle Rhaeadr Forkins Cairness Burnview Clyda Limestone Lakeview Stockton Rookery Benrafton Strathisla Shannagh Castleisle Balquhain Burnview Deveronside Lakeview Ballynacanon Carony Malinhead Dol-llys Sitlow Collessie

Sale

Entry

No Sold

S N S S S N S S S N S R S S N N S S R R S N S N B N R N N S

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

3 4 6 6 8 11 3 9 4 6 7 6 4 5 9 5 5 7 4 3 4 7 6 9 8 4 6 5 6 3

Top gns

Avg £

36,000 £14,647.50 17,000 £7,481.25 21,000 £6,002.50 7,500 £2,957.50 15,000 £2,848.13 14,500 £2,687.05 2,800 £2,590.00 5,500 £2,508.33 4,000 £2,415.00 8,000 £1,918.00 3,500 £1,875.00 6,800 £1,809.34 4,800 £1,798.13 2,000 £1,785.00 4,000 £1,755.83 4,100 £1,717.80 2,500 £1,596.00 4,000 £1,507.50 3,100 £1,413.04 3,500 £1,400.00 3,000 £1,325.63 2,600 £1,290.00 1,600 £1,277.50 3,000 £1,260.00 3,000 £1,122.19 1,500 £1,076.25 2,700 £1,042.39 1,900 £1,039.50 2,100 £997.50 1,100 £980.00

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Avg €

€2,080.75

€1,625.00 €1,610.00

€1,198.75

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SALES Flock Deveronside Bentley Tomcroft Birness Hallhill Cairnton Ballochmyle Jubilee Muirton Solwaybank Slackadale Baileys Bannview Strathisla Morris Limestone Claycrop Smiddiehill Redbrae Barrowlands Donrho Kells Foxhurst

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Sale C N N N S S C C S C S R B N N B C B S R B R R

Entry 4 7 7 6 6 4 3 4 4 4 3 8 6 8 4 6 4 6 3 6 7 8 3

No Sold 4 5 5 5 5 3 3 4 4 4 3 7 5 4 4 6 3 6 3 5 6 6 3

900(x4) 1,500 1,800 1,100 1,400 1,200 1,500 1,600 1,000 900 1,100 1,300 1,700 1,150 900 1,000 1,100 1,600 1,000 960 750 950 940

Top gns £945.00 £913.50 £898.80 £882.00 £861.00 £857.00 £847.00 £832.13 £795.38 £756.00 £752.50 £740.87 £730.80 £721.88 £708.75 £705.25 £682.50 £673.75 £666.66 £661.04 £640.50 £619.35 £578.26

Avg £

€852.00

€760.20 €712.25 €665.00

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Female Sales Blessington

2nd November 2013 Trade was brisk at 4th Annual Production Sale of Pedigree Suffolk Females from Annakisha, Clyda, Castleisle, Shannagh and Barrowlands Flocks at Blessington Mart. With a packed ringside and a lot of new breeders along with established breeders eager to acquire some of the breeds best and modern blood lines on offer there was no surprise that the sale had a 100 per cent clearance. S & S Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock achieved highest price of the day, €2,800gns for a much admired ewe lamb by Kings Theatre selling to Gerry Killilea’s “Carragh Flock”. Barrowlands had an average of €845gns for seventeen lots with their highest price for a Shearling ewe by Cairness Barcelona in lamb to Cairness Hamlet selling to Eamon Duffy “Kells Flock” for €870gns.

Cairness Gimmer breaks market record selling for 5,500gns at Beeston Suffolk Sale

2nd November 2013

The 12th Annual Show of Pedigree Suffolk In-lamb females and ewe lambs sponsored by the FARMERS GUARDIAN attracted a record entry numerically and which was very high on quality and attended by a large crowd of buyers from all over the UK. Buyers were recorded from Aberdeen to Devon and just about every county in between as well as Northern Ireland and Belgium.

Andrew & Richard Wilson’s Castleisle & Shannagh Flocks offered a consignment of twenty four outstanding shearlings, which sold for an average of €830gns. They secured their highest price for a shearling ewe by Cairness Achievement in lamb to Strathisla Schumacher for €1,300gns, to Rachel & Alan McCormack’s “Altra Flock”. Well know Cork Breeders Arthur & Susan O’Keeffe sold twenty eight shearlings for an average price of €748gns securing their highest price of €1,100gns from John Oakman, “Lissakillen Flock” for a quality shearling by Clyda Wishmaster and scanned with twins to Clyda 29 who was highest priced ram at Roscrea 2013 selling for €6800gns to Cairness Flock.

This year’s judge was Gary Beacom who owns the noted Lakeview Flock in Northern Ireland and he had some very competitive classes placed in front of him. It was a great day for Stuart Davies of the South Shropshire based Beaufort Flock who after just having won Reserve Champion Flock in the National Flock Competition won both the Champion and Reserve Championship with entries from his highly regarded Flock in the show classes. The Champion and winner of the gimmer class was a daughter of Rhaeadr Roberto scanned in lamb with triplets to Rookery Rooney. The Reserve Champion and winner of the ewe class was a daughter of Conveth

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SALES The Jack Pot scanned with twins to a Burnview Lamb due with her second crop at the end of the year. The winner of the ewe lamb class was Mark Evans of Keighley with a February born daughter of Strathisla King of Kings from his highly respected Jubilee Flock. Yet again a great crowd was in attendance and at the end of the day over 70 different buyers were recorded. Despite the difficult trading conditions in the commercial lamb market and the tup sales this autumn, the trade experienced, although less than the dizzy heights of last year, was far better than might have been expected in the days leading up to the sale. There was plenty of bidding for all the good sheep, but anything of a lesser quality was far more selective. Ewe Lamb trade was hit and miss. It was an entry from Jimmy Douglas’s noted Cairness Flock based at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, that lit up the sale when achieving a record price of 5,500gns for this sale. The top selling entry was for a gimmer by Rhaeadr Roger Ramjet whose grand dam was a Glenisla ewe who in fact was the grand dam of the record priced 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig. This gimmer was sold carrying twins to Baileys Rock Solid and was sold to Brian Jones for his Thurston Flock based in Cumbria. The top seller was not shown and neither was the second top priced sheep, a one crop ewe by Stockton Barberian from Stuart Davies. This sheep sold for 3,100gns., carrying triplets to Mike Davies & Sons of Brecon for their Safaddan Flock who also purchased the Reserve Champion ewe from the same home at 2,000gns. Next in the price lineup was another from Cairness at 2,100gns, the third

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Lot 31 - Champion & 1st Prize Gimmer from Beaufort - 1,200gns to Frongoy

Lot 13 - 1st Prize Ewe And Reserve Champion from Beaufort - 2,000gns to Safaddan

Lot 232 - 1st Prize Ewe Lamb from Jubilee - 800gns

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SALES prize in-lamb gimmer from Jimmy Douglas; this was for a gimmer by Whitestone Footprint sold carrying twins to the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations. She now joins the Kings Flock of Robin Irwin based at Umberleigh, Devon.

Lot 16 - 3,100gns Ewe from Beaufort to Safaddan

Lot 73 - The Top Seller at 5,500gns Cairness Gimme selling to Thurston

There were another five sheep that broke the four figure barrier and these were led by the second prize gimmer from John Gibb’s Cairnton Flock based at New Pitsligo Aberdeenshire for a daughter of Thurston Grand Dynamic carrying twins to Glenhead Titanium which sold to Gary Owen for 1700gns for his Anglesey based Morris Flock. Next was the Champion that sold for 1,200gns to J M Jones and Co., from Llanon, Ceredigion for their Frongoy Flock and then the other three were all from Cairness selling at 1,100gns and 1,000gns twice. The top selling ewe lamb was 900gns achieved for the third prize winning entry from Ross Lawrence’s Devon based Roundacre Flock for a daughter of Roundacre Romeo which sold to Alan Blair of Blackpool. Mark Evans’ 1st prize winner sold for 800gns to P W Poole, Shrewsbury. Averages: 92 Ewes 79 Gimmers 17 Ewe Lambs 190 Head

£502.49 £525.83 £481.07 £509.39

WRIGHT MANLEY of Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire were the Auctioneers.

Cairness Gimmer 2,100gns to Kings

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SALES Carlisle

8th November 2013 Ruthin breeder Richard Francis led the annual Suffolk in lamb show and sale held at Carlisle with his substitute entry, a shearling gimmer, which sold for 850gns. A daughter of Morris Mighty and carrying Morris Invincible and Sitlow High Park on his mother’s pedigree, she sold in lamb to Rhaeadr Roadster. She won the red ticket in the gimmer class and went onto win the reserve championship at the pre-sale judging. She was purchased by EB Webster of Skipton, North Yorkshire. The top price from the Roseden flock consignment of Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership was also a shearling gimmer which sold for 780gns. She was sired by Sitlow Night Flight and bred out of Muirton Kirk Off sired dam. Selling AI’d to Forkins Figo, she also caught the eye of Messrs Webster of Skipton. Another two gimmers from the Roseden pen secured the same price at 750gns. The first was a Deveronside Pall-Mall sired gimmer out of a Muirton Kirk-Off bred mother and sold in lamb to the noted Forkins Figo sire. She won the 3rd prize rosette earlier in the day and was knocked down to WE Strong of Great Strickland, Penrith.

Selling at 700gns was another two gimmers from the Roseden pen. The first was sold to Messrs of Orr of Selkirk for another daughter of Forkins Figo, but goes back to Rhaeadr Rossi and Birness The Body on her mothers pedigree. The second gimmer was sired by Sitlow Night Flight and in lamb to Forkins Figo and was sold to M Brown of Otley. Also reaching the 700gn mark was a two shear ewe from Dumfriesshire breeders, David and Paula Reid of the Conchar flock. This was a daughter of Stockton Sir Di and carries Muiresk Eurostar and Conchar. The X Factor on her dams breeding. She sold in lamb to Flodden Magician and travels with Messrs Orr’s purchases back to Selkirk. Averages: 35 gimmers 33 ewes 11 ewe lambs

£435.60 £288.27 £297.82

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SALES Burnview and Lakeview Sale

9th November 2013

A top price of 6,200gns was paid for a Lakeview gimmer, one of the many quality lots that went under the hammer at the 2013 sale of Burnview and Lakeview Suffolk females held at the old Balmoral showgrounds. Lot 4, a Cairness Cyclone gimmer, in-lamb to the 36,000gns Solwaybank Major, attracted significant interest from a plethora of bidders before being knocked down to renowned Scottish breeders Iain and Judith Barbour, Dumfries. This outstanding shearling was bred from a dam out of Shannagh Shergar and a grand dam by Strathisla Kingsway. Females bred by the 26,000gn Cyclone were much in demand with another daughter fetching the second highest of 4,800gns. This eye-catching offering, also in-lamb to Solwaybank Major, found a new home at the flock of Evan Allen. Buyers from across Ireland, the UK and Europe had descended on the old RUAS showgrounds for this popular annual sale with English breeder Ross Lawrence forking out top dollar for a Cairness Classic Fyfie bred ewe lamb. This stunning ewe lamb boasted equally impressive bloodlines having been

Lakeview Gimmer Lot 4 6,200gns

Lakeview gimmer sold for 3,000gns to Crewlands flock of Stephen Sufferin

bred out of a dam by the highly-regarded Strathisla Dylan Thomas and a grand dam by Kings Theatre. It was eventually knocked down to the Devon flock owner for 2,900gns. Two other offerings from Gary Beacom’s Lakeview stable exceeded the 2,000gns barrier with yet another Cairness Cyclone daughter, in-lamb to Major, and one in-lamb to Malinhead Ice Cold Gold finding new homes in the flocks of Robert Redpath and RJA Kilpatrick respectively. Both lots sold for 2,100gns. The pick of a superb line-up of Burnview females changed hands for 3,000gns. The impressive lot was a daughter of the renowned Shannagh Resolve and in-lamb to former Premier show champion Forkins Ferrari. Its dam was by Baileys Invincible and grand dam by Kings High and Mighty and was eventually sold to leading Northern Ireland breeder Stephen Sufferin. Lakeview sold 49 lots to average 1,044gns 31 Gimmers 1,235gns 11 ewe lambs 745gns 7 flock ewes 664gns Burnview sold 28 to average 794gns 16 Gimmers 945gns 6 ewes 648gns 6 ewe lambs 535gns

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SALES Abergavenny Suffolks To 1,350gns Judge Gary Owen A Suffolk ewe lamb from W H Sinnett & Sons, Stockton, Worcester stood 1st and Overall Champion at the Abergavenny Annual Show & Sale under Judge Gary Owen, Anglesey. The lamb by Stockton Percy T went on to top the sale when sold at 1,350gns to P Rycraft, Farnham, Surrey. Next best at 720gns was for the 3rd prize Flock Ewe from Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan, this one by Strathisla Beijing was taken by J Roland Williams, Aberystwyth. North Wales Breeder Myfyr Evans sold a shearling ewe at 650gns by Rhaeadr Blockbuster to E Hughes, Lampeter, Ceredigion. Mike Davies & Sons sold another at 600gns, this time a ewe lamb by Strathisla Stoner and purchased by D Morgan, Aberystwyth. Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill, sold to a top of 600gns fro his 2nd prize shearling ewe by Pexhill Real Lucky which was purchased by

1st Ewe Lamb & Overall Champion - Lot 92

A Spooner, Leek, Staffs. T C & C A Harding, Bentley sold to a top of 500gns for their 2nd prize ewe by Cairness Impact and purchased by J Roland Williams. The Sale also included the Dispersal of the long established Wrekin Flock on behalf of L C Davies & Son. The sale attracted considerable interest and support with buyers in attendance from all parts of the country. The ewes sold to a top price of 490gns fro a 2010 born offering by Tomcroft Big Boy, purchased by A & D Callan, Haverfordwest, another by the Tomcroft ram made 360gns and was taken by I E & J Evans, Llanilar, Aberystwyth. Averages Max 46 Flock Ewes 720gns 39 Shearling Ewes 650gns 22 Ewe Lambs 1,350gns

Av. £296.28 £316.08 £334.57

Auctioneers: J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons.

1st Flock Ewe & Reserve Champion - Lot 119

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SALES Cairness

Annual Production Sale of Cairness Flock with consignments from Whitestone, Middlemuir, Stockton and Greatness Flocks (Stirling) 16th November Suffolk Females from John Gibb’s Cairnton flock from New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh, proved the star attraction at a multi-breed sale of pedigree sheep at United Auctions, Stirling, securing the top two prices at 5,000gns each for a mother and daughter pairing. Making 5,000gns was this Cairnton gimmer from John Gibb, her dam also realised 5,000gns at the sale The event, which featured pedigree Suffolk, Charollais and Zwartbles sheep, saw Mr Gibb, who was selling off the adult portion of his flock, first receive 5,000gns for a five-yearold ewe by Deveronside Speedway, out of a home-bred ewe by Cairness Warrior. She is the dam of the 10,000gns Cairnton The Cracker, and changed hands carrying a pair to Glenhead Titanium, to Jimmy Douglas, buying Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh. Her gimmer daughter and a full sister to Cairnton The Cracker being sired by Cairnton Eyecatcher, matched the 5,000gns bid selling to Seamus Browne a printer to trade with 35 ewes in Co Donegal-based Erigal flock at Listillion, Letterkenny. She also sold carrying a pair to Titanium.

Great Expectations to Messrs Deane, Woodford House, Ballitor, Co Kildare, Ireland. Just behind, on 3,800gns, Messrs Robinson and Son, Greenlands, Grimsby, bought a gimmer by Whitestone Footprint out of a Stockton ewe lamb by Morris Les, carrying a pair to Baileys Rock Solid. Heading back up to Aberdeenshire, Gordon Scott, Wester Biffie, Maud, Peterhead, went to 3,200gns for a gimmer by Castlewood Champion, bred from a ewe by Cairness Renovator that bred the 2010 Edinburgh champion, Cairness Koas. Another carrying twins, she is due to Cairness Great Expectations. And, at 3,000gns, Martin Butler, Lisnacrogher Road, Ballymena, purchased an ET also by Castlewood Champion but bred from the mother of Cairness Liam and again carrying a pair to Crusoe Conqueror.

Jimmy Douglas also enjoyed a great trade with gimmers sales at 4,000gns, 3,800gns, 3,200gns and 3,000gns.

The long trip south from Worcester also proved worthwhile for John Sinnett’s Stockton flock when he sold the top priced ewe lamb at 3,500gns and a gimmer at 2,800gns.

Dearest was an ET daughter of Ardlea Arkle, out of a 3,800gns ewe by Cairness Just the Best. She sold scanned for twins to Cairness

The former, a show daughter of Stockton Percy, stood reserve female champion at the Three Counties and first at the Royal Welsh,

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SALES is bred from a ewe by Rhaeadr Impact. The buyer was Bryden Nicolson, Garth Farm, Mossbank, Shetland. Mr Sinnett’s lead gimmer, also by Percy, was reserve inter-breed champion at the Three Counties and reserve inter-breed at the Royal Welsh. She sold carrying a pair to the 10,000gns Whitestone Footprint, to Messrs Jones, Frangry, Aberaon, Wales. The dam, is by Gaval George. Ewe lambs from Willie and Annie Hutchon’s Greatness flock from Maulscastle, Lockerbie, were also in demand, selling to 1,500gns for the breed champion at Ayr Show, a daughter of Cairness Diamond Jubilee out of a Cairness bred ewe by Cairness Achievement. The buyer was Tom Bailey, Culcommon, Batterstown.

Charollais gimmers sold to 400gns on three occasions from Sheena Coghill’s Hekra flock from Orkney. Zwartbles also peaked at 400gns for and in-lamb gimmer from John Thorburn’s Holmlea flock from Annan. Averages: Cairnton

12 ewes 14 gimmers Cairness 47 females Stockton 6 ewe lambs Greatness 7 ewe lambs Whitestone 12 females Middlemuir 7 females Westcarse 9 females Conchar 3 females Heylipol 4 females Whitecairn 17 females Seafield 6 females G Watt’s dispersal - 15 females

£1,124.38 £1,218.75 £1,153.88 £1,137.50 £600.00 £577.50 £510.00 £600.83 £454.99 £362.25 £269.29 £344.75 £273.00

Ballymena

Suffolk Females Sell to 1,500 guineas The NI Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society brought the curtain down on a successful 2013 season with the annual female show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Mart. And it proved an occasion to remember for a number of the province’s top breeders with Donrho flock owner Packie Donnelly securing the top price of the evening of 1,500gns for an outstanding Birness Bolt ewe lamb. This Bolt lamb was out of a dam by Bailey’s Paddy Power and a grand dam by Kings High and Mighty. The Birness prefix certainly appeared to carry some weight when it came to the bidding.

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Packie Donnelly, right, with his show champion, is pictured with judge Martin Butler, centre, and Stuart Fulton, representing sponsors Smyth’s Daleside.

Second highest price went to Alastair Gault, Forkins, who sold an eye-catching fourth

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SALES prize-winning Cairness New Approach shearling in-lamb to Birness Bacardi for 1,200gns before securing 1,000gns for the second prize winner. It was out of Cairness Kanine and again in-lamb to Birness Bacardi. Dennis Taylor, Ballynacanon, sold six shearlings all in lamb to Bacardi, achieving a top price of 1,050gns as well as selling a third prize winner for 900gns. Both were daughters by Limestone To-Tal. Earlier in the show arena, Packie Donnelly presented the first prize-winning shearling and ewe lamb before claiming the overall rosette. Reserve was Alistair Gault’s second placed shearling with Dennis Taylor clinching third place on the podium.

The reserve champion was presented by Alistair Gault. He is pictured with Judge Martin Butler, centre, and Stuart Fulton, representing sponsors Smyths Daleside.

Judge was Martin Butler and the prizes were generously sponsored by Smyths Daleside Feeds Leading Prices P Donnelly: 1,500, 400, 400, 400, 400. AR Gault: 1,200, 1,000, 500, 400, 400. PDW Taylor: 1,050, 900, 800, 650, 500, 500. AJ and NJ Robinson: 520, 500. Alan Bothwell: 660, 400. J McKay: 500, 500

This Birness Bolt ewe lamb belonging to Packie Donnelly changed hands for the top price of 1,500gns

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SALES Baileys Annual Production Sale 23rd November 2013

Baileys Annual Production Sale with complete dispersal of Endova flock of David Duncan and consignments from Carragh, Castlewood, DeBurca and Errigal flocks. Baileys Lot 16 HJW:12:014 €2,400gns bought by I&J Barbour Lot 21 HJW:12:034 €1,250gns bought by R Barkley Lot 10 HJW:12:004 €970gns bought by G Prendergast 10 gimmers sold to average €1,006gns Lot 64 HJW:J27 €1,450gns bought by G Killilea Lot 68 HJW:L28 €870gns bought by T Burke 4 ewes sold to average €868gns Carragh Lot 37 HOL:12:027 €1,900gns bought by G Killilea Lot 34 HOL:12:025 €1,700gns bought by I&J Barbour Lot 36 HOL:12:051 €1,600gns bought by M Campbell 9 gimmers sold to average €1,057gns Lot 70 HOL:N41 €1,600gns bought by S&S Gahan Lot 71 HOL:N7 €800gns bought by T Edgar 3 ewes sold to average €1,007gns

Lot 78 LSB:N12 €650gns bought by F Shannon 9 ewes sold to average €507gns DeBurca Lot 51 LYB:12:042 €900gns bought by M Campbell 9 gimmers sold to average €559gns Errigal Lot 22 PBH:12:039 €1,350gns bought by A Farrelly Lot 25 PBH:12:027 €820gns bought by R Deacon Lot 26 PBH:12:029 €750gns bought by E Duffy 10 gimmers sold to average €695gns Endova (Dispersal Sale) Lot 5 PLF:11:009 €1,900gns bought by T Bailey Lot 2 PLF:11:003 €1,500gns bought by PJ McMonagle Lot 4 PLF:11:005 €1,200gns bought by L Browne 9 ewes sold to average €1,080gns Lot 82 PLF:13:001 €6,000gns bought by JG Douglas Lot 93 PLF:13:019 €6,000gns bought by JG Douglas Lot 83 PLF:13:002 €4,000gns bought by G Mackie Lot 88 PLF:13:010 €1,200gns bought by JG Douglas 13 ewe lambs sold to average €1,714gns

Castlewood Lot 55 LSB:12:013 €820gns bought by K Bolger 3 gimmers sold to average €597gns

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Strathisla Dispersal The dispersal sale of the Strathisla Suffolk flock from Robbie Wilson of Aberdeen, certainly attracted breeders and enthusiasts from all over the UK, Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and Europe, to witness one of the greatest breed sales ever to take place. The top price of the day was 10,000gns for a 3 crop ewe (N85) and one of the best ewes ever bred at Strathisla. She is a daughter of the great Glenhead Golden Phoenix and out of a Strathisla Schumacher bred mother. She is the mother of the 20,000gns Strathisla Spielberg who was Reserve Champion RHAS 2013. She sold in lamb to the 12,000gns Ballynacanon Big Den and attracted the attention of JM Stewart of Co.Down, N.Ireland. One of the early entries to the sale ring was a Strathisla Schumacher daughter (L60) out of a Glenhead The McCoy sired mother. This ewe is ET sister to the 48,000gns Strathisla Dylan Thomas ram; also mother of the 9,000gns Strathisla King of Kings and other noted rams. She also sold in lamb to Ballynacanon Big Den and was purchased by JS Innes & Sons of Aberdeen. Leading the gimmer entries was a Rookery Rooney daughter (12:100) and out of a Lakeview Leeroy bred mother going back to Glenho Gurkha. She sold in lamb to Strathisla Spielberg and caught the eye of S Sufferin of Co.Londonderry, N.Ireland. Topping the ewe lambs on offer was a Strathisla Stifler daughter (13:103) selling for 5,000gns. Her mother is sired by Strathisla Schumacher and carries the

Glenhead The McCoy breeding through her grand dams line. She was bought by R & S Hiddleston of Irongray, Dumfries. A brace of ewe lambs sold for 4,500gns. The first (13:133) was sired by the 13,000gns Forkins Figo and out of a Strathbeg Stan the Man daughter. She sold to Devon breeder MJ Cornish of Buckfastleigh. The second bid was for (13:301) a Strathisla Stifler sired lamb and carrying the Schumacher and Glenhead The McCoy lines through her mothers pedigree. She was purchased by P Delves of Churchstoke, Powys. The first purchase to go to Europe was a shearling gimmer (12:041) by the 23,000gn Rookery Rooney. Her maternal line features Meikleson Impression and Strathisla Kingsway bloodlines. She sold in lamb to Strathisla Spielberg and caught the attention of Claude Vanwijnsberghe of Belgium selling for 4,200gns. Reaching the 4,000gn mark was gimmer and a lamb. The gimmer entry (12:008), a daughter of Rookery Rooney and out of a Lakeview Leeroy bred mother, sold in lamb to Ballynacanon Big Den. She is an ET sister to the 28,000gn Red McGregor and was another purchase heading to Belgium for Claude Vanwijnsberghe. The second 4,000gn bid was for a ewe lamb (13:107) by Rhaeadr Ring-A-ding. The prominent sires in this pedigree were Glenhead Golden Phoenix and Strathisla Schumacher. She is another entry heading to Devon, this time for R Lawrence of Winkleigh.

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SALES With 27 lots selling for over 2,500gns and an outstanding overall sale average just shy of £1,545, this sale undoubtedly provided a unique opportunity for both established and new breeders to obtain top quality Suffolk sheep genetics. So many eye catching sheep whether it be as show champions or a producer of noted Strathisla bred stock rams, the sale offered everyone a chance to acquire part of the noted Strahisla flock name to add to their flocks.

Averages 47 ewes 62 gimmers 60 ewe lambs 3 stock rams

£1,853.81 £1,581.77 £1,266.82 £1,435.00

Auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington, Carlisle

Roundacre Rossy – Champion Devon County Show 2013 (pictured) and Cairness Vulcan – Purchased Carlisle both joined the team of stock rams for 2013 which includes Burnview Maverick – Purchased for 2200gns Stirling 2012, Westcarse Watchman – Purchased Kelso 2012, Thurston Santa – Top price lamb Carlisle 2011; Cairness Claus – Full brother to Cairness Caius, Strathisla Xtacy – Proven breeder now in sixth season and Harpercroft Harry – Purchased Kelso 2010 £1250, sons sold to 1200gns Merrick or Julie Pinny New College Farm Northampton Tel: 01604 781078

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Midland & Eastern Branch Our members have had a difficult start to the year. Many flocks in our area have suffered badly with Schmallenberg virus, this coupled with the late Spring, high feed costs & the general economy has led to even more than the usual pessimism. However good Suffolk tups have been wanted this autumn, so hope lies eternal!

Branch trip

Some of our party viewing the Derrymans‘ Hampshires

The Branch Show

Our tour took us to the West Country this year. We had a great turnout & were joined by a gang from the Gloucester club. The hospitality was superb, the sheep top class, the craic great & no one will forget the trailer ride of a lifetime on the clifftops above Salcombe. Many thanks are due to the flockmasters:- The Derryman family, Rob Holmes, David Rossiter, Ross Lawrence & Robin & Emma Irwin for their time & hospitality, a truly memorable trip!

Results:

Ram Shearling & over 1st D & J Inman 2nd G & E Beddie Ram Lamb 1st G &E Beddie 2nd D&G Jeffries 3rd D & J Inman Pair Ram lambs 1st M &J Pinny 2nd D & J Inman 3rd E Needham

The Branch Show is now established as a permanent fixture within Rutland show. The judge this year was Micky Walton & he had some strong classes to sort. The eventual champion was a smart ewe lamb by Hallhill Meteoroid from the Pinny familys‘ Alloaks flock, with reserve going to David & Julie Inmans‘ Strathisla Shearling ram by Forkins Figo. The picnic which followed was the usual great success.

Shearling Ewe 1st D & J Inman 2nd D & J Inman 3rd I Bradshaw

Group of 3 1st M & J Pinny 2nd D & J Inman 3rd D & G Jeffries

Ewe Lamb 1st M & J Pinny 2nd G & E Beddie 3rd D & J Inman

Champion M&J Pinny Ewe Lamb

Flock Ewe 1st D & J Inman 2nd M & J Pinny 3rd J Gent

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BRANCHES The 2013 Show Season

Our area is fortunate to have a good crowd of flockowners keen to promote our breed by making the time & effort to show their stock. Their efforts have not been thwarted as there has been a great show of sheep from the area at County shows this season. It has been a year for the ewe lamb. The Pinnys had breed champion with a ewe lamb at both the Suffolk & East of England Show. Liz Needham took Branch show breed champion the Pinny familys‘ ewe lamb the championship at Lincolnshire world is like an extended family, - everyone show, again with a ewe lamb, while Gordon comes together from far & wide & has a great time! Many thanks to Glynis & to our Beddie was champion at Royal Norfolk. new sponsors Lindum Animal Health. Bucking the trend Geoff Biddulph took champion & reserve interbreed at Cheshire Results: county with a tup lamb which went on to Champion Flock: win the Signet class at the National sale. Hallam & Eggleston - Seagrave Flock Reserve Champion Flock: Flock Competition Keith Thomas - Manordale Flock In the year that the flock achieved its 74th Best Stock Ram: anniversary, & Sheila Eggleston also attained Meikleson Final Fling - Hallam & Eggleston a milestone Birthday it was fitting that the Reserve Stock Ram: Champion flock this year should go to the Dol-lys Royal Diamond - Hallam & Eggleston Seagrave Flock ! Best Ram Lamb: Stokedoyle Figo - J. Gent. We were very pleased that Glynis Soulsby Reserve Best Ram Lamb: agreed to judge for us this year. She & Jane Birness Barbican - K.Thomas had a busy few days driving over 600 miles Best Ewe Lambs: round the area; she seemed to like what she Manordale - K.Thomas saw, & at the view day in glorious weather, Reserve Best Ewe Lambs: a good crowd was shown wonderful Seagrave - Hallam & Eggleston hospitality. The sheep were in great form, Best New Flock: no easy feat for such a large flock, the stock Harley Flock - H. Turner rams were numerically larger than some Small Flock: peoples total flocks & a good time was had 1st Harley Turner - Harley Flock by all. 2nd G. & E. Beddie - Breckland Flock 3rd W. F. O‘Rourke - Hollygrove Flock As several people commented the Suffolk 126

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Large Flock: 1st J. Hallam & S. Eggleston - Seagrave Flock 2nd J.Gent - Stokedoyle Flock

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STOCK RAMS CAIRNESS GREAT EXPECTATIONS Purchased jointly - Edinburgh 21,000gns HADDO HIGH VOLTAGE Breeding exceptionally well, son to 5,500gns Visitors welcome

Est 1989

CJ HOLMES

Rookery Farm Broadway, Worcs WR12 7LA Tel: 01386 853724

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Northern Counties of England Branch My report last year stated that 2012 was one of the wettest years in history; this unfortunately had a knock on effect for many pedigree and commercial producers during 2013. The wet 2012 brought about a huge fluke problem in the North West, this with the lack of winter feed and late heavy snow falls had huge financial consequences for our members and ‘ram’ customers later in the year. ‘Wearing my other hat’, I have witnessed many thousands of rams being sold through H&H this season from every conceivable breed. Unfortunately the Suffolk has not fared as well as some of our continental competitors. This said, in other parts of our region excellent results have been achieved for some of our members. In a previous report Lewis said, “The customer is king” therefore each of us as breeders must follow up our ram sales and act upon any comments so as to take our breed forward. Ultimately our aim is to provide the preferred choice of terminal sire within the UK.

Events & Shows

Our area again sponsored commercial prime lamb competitions throughout the area. This year the markets involved were Longtown, Hull and Kendal. Our committee attended the biannual North Sheep event held at Harrogate, where many breeders and commercial ram customers visited the stand. We were indebted to Stuart Mason, East Farm, Butterwick for providing some excellent exhibits for the stand.

The committee arranged a hospitality gathering at the Great Yorkshire Show. This took place on Suffolk judging day, again this was very well attended. It was also very pleasing that our society president – William Montgomery was able to attend and present the ‘Jack Bulmer Trophy’ for the best sheep presented in their pens. The winner was Mickey Walton for the Roseden & Lilburn flock. This year the Great Yorkshire show was judged by Andrew Wilson from the Castleisle flock. There was a tremendous show of suffolks with several large classes. For the second year running the champion was from Pamela Lupton’s Kexbeck flock with her aged ewe by Rookery CK One. Thank you to all area members for supporting the many national and local shows, doing so really helps promote our Suffolk breed.

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Yet again our area sale was very well supported by breeders from all parts of the British Isles, entry was again on a par to last year’s record entry. The show was very ably judged by a regular consignor, David Inman (see the sale reports section). Well done to area members Brian & Darren Jones’s Thurston Flock on obtaining the highest price ram lamb at 2,200gns.

Flock Competition

Congratulations to Ian Graham’s Redcat flock on winning the area competition and thank you to all the breeders that entered their flocks. Our judge was Judith Barbour who awarded the following; Medium Flock 1st Geoff Riby ‘Stonehills’ 2nd Keith Denby ‘Carnforth’ 3rd Lester Peel ‘Silton’ Small Flock 1st Ian Graham – ‘Redcat’ 2nd Jimmy & Anne Irving – ‘Glenreiver’ 3rd Stephanie Ryder – ‘Ryden ‘ Best Stock Ram 1st Ian Graham – ‘Sunnyhills Set Square’ 2nd Emma Robinson – ‘Rhaeadr Top Gear’

Champion Flock Ian Graham – ‘Redcat’ Reserve Champion Flock Geoff Riby – ‘Stonehills’ Our AGM took place along with the flock view day. Our new chairman is Geoff Riby from the ‘Stonehills’ flock. Thank you to Glynis Soulsby for her time as chairperson. We also welcome to our committee Jane Soulsby and Steph Ryder. To end on a sad note, earlier this year Richard Bulmer passed away. Richard was a former chairman of our area, society council member and an honorary life member of the Society. Richard and his late brother Jack were tremendous ambassadors for the Suffolk breed, successfully showing at all the major prime stock shows. Richard will be sadly missed by many breeders. Michael Armstrong

Best Ewe Lambs 1st Emma Robinson – ‘Underhurth’ 2nd Geoff Riby – ‘Stonehills’

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Scottish Area Branch NSA Highland Event

The NSA Highland Sheep event held in Dingwall market took place on 30th May 2013. Sincere thanks must go to the North East Club, to David and Paula Reid for ensuring the success of the stand and also to Ewan Macdonald for providing the sheep. All the wonderful home baking and hospitality was appreciated by everyone on the day. A mini ipad was also up for grabs for the winner of the, “guess the combined weight of the lambs” competition which proved a major attraction to the Suffolk stand!

Royal Highland Show

Mr Chris Holmes from the Rookery flock was this year’s judge, he awarded the Suffolk championship to I. & J. Barbour for their superb ewe by Rhaeadr Rastafari which then went on the win the reserve overall in the Interbreed championship. Reserve champion went to R. H. Wilson from the Strathisla flock for a tup lamb sired by Rhaeadr Ring-a-ding. Congratulations to all of the exhibitors for giving everyone the opportunity to view such impressive examples of our breed!

Junior Stock Judging Competition

Following last year’s dreadful weather conditions, the sun shone on us this year and we were able to stage our competition outside in the judging rings! Mickey Walton kindly agreed to be Master Judge for the competition and placed the four classes. Once again we had a great turnout of 55 competitors and results were as follows:

Up to 21 Years: 1st Christin Halyer 2nd Rachel Wilson 3rd Nikita Sutherland Team of Three up to 21 Years: 1st Susan Lumsden, Christin Halyer and Nikita Sutherland 2nd Archie Mair, Kenny Mair and Fin Christie 3rd Judy Mair, Natasha Sutherland and Lisa Buchan Over 21 Years: 1st James Wallace 2nd Stewart Lathangie 3rd Malcolm Stewart Team of Three over 21 Years: 1st Ian Gilmour, Malcolm Stewart and David Gilmour 2nd William Fleming, James Fleming and J W Fleming 3rd George Stuart, Melvin Stuart and James Young Well done to all the prize winners. Thanks also goes to United Auctions for their generous sponsorship of the event 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!

Scottish Area Branch Show and Sale

At this year’s sale 146 lambs sold to average £1,872 which was a pleasing 76 per cent clearance rate. Following on from their success at the Royal Highland Show and also receiving 17,000gns and champion the previous week at Shrewsbury, top price of

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BRANCHES the sale went to I & J Barbour. The family received 36,000gns for their much admired lamb sired by Solwaybank Skyfall (Sire of the Year 2013). He was purchased by Gary Beacom, Lakeview flock. Second top price of the day went to the Cairness flock, Jimmy Douglas received 21,000gns for a son of Cairness Diamond Jubilee. Branch chairman Melvin Stuart received 15,000gns and Jimmy Douglas was back in the money again selling another from his pen at 10,000gns.

Young Handlers’ Section

The branch was honoured this year to receive the John Stuart Memorial Trophy which was to be awarded to the winner of the senior section of the Young Handlers’ competition. The trophy was won this year by James Scott. The Duncan Gill memorial trophy for the younger section was won by Archie Mair. What a great turnout of professional, enthusiastic young handlers we hope to see you all again next year!

AGM/Dinner

Proctor and Mr Robbie Wilson retired from committee. The successful nominations were Mr Jim Cannon, Mr Graeme Christie and Mrs Alison Dalgarno. Mr William Fleming was elected onto council following the retirement of Angus Wilson. A presentation to Mr Billy Hislop was made by the branch to mark 30 years of help, dedication and support at Suffolk sales. We will all miss your presence at the sales Billy.

Strathisla Dispersal

It is with great sadness that I am reporting the dispersal of the highly successful Strathisla flock owned by the famous Robbie Wilson. The flock dispersal took place on 29th November 2013. Robbie your presence in the show and sale ring will be greatly missed, your flock has been most influential to the success of the breed since it was established in 1991. A full sale report is listed later. Judith Murray (Secretary)

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Northern Ireland Branch A Year of Firsts for NI Branch! 2013 was a year of firsts for the Northern Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society. For the first time members experienced competing in the splendid surrounds of the Maze, the spanking new home of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society annual show and the prestigious Northern Ireland Championships made an inaugural appearance at Armagh Show. It was also a first for Islandmoyle flock owners B. and C. Dickson who presented the supreme champion at the Premier show and sale in Ballymena. This tremendous carcass lamb, a son of Limestone To-Tal and bred out of a dam by Cairness New Approach held off stiff competition to scoop the top rosette, particularly from the reserve champion which was a Conveth Stylist bred ram lamb belonging to Campbell and Jason Watson. In doing so the Dickson stable collected the Novice, Arthur N Bocock, Norman Orage and Suffolk Sheep Society cups. As usual the first major event of the year was the newly-homed R.U.A.S. Balmoral Show and what a unique occasion it proved to be for Lakeview flock owner Gary Beacom.

By winning the overall championship with a three-year-old Garryhinch Empire bred ewe, the Fermanagh breeder created a little bit of history. Not only was Gary the inaugural winner in the Suffolk fold at the Maze, but this 2013 champion had topped the podium before, having emerged victorious as a gimmer in 2011 at the old King’s Hall show grounds - an achievement that may never be equalled! Next on the calendar was the Danske Bank sponsored Northern Ireland Championships, which in 2013 were held at the picturesque Gosford Park, home of Armagh Show. Benrafton flock owner Norman Robinson marked the occasion by claiming the top honour with an exceptional shearling ewe, while Omagh breeders Stephanie and William Tait collected the reserve rosette with the first prize winning ram lamb. In the young handlers’ competition, Ben Robinson edged out Eoin Butler to win the under-9 category while Kirsty Magennis held off stiff competition from

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BRANCHES the Patton boys, Mark and David to claim first prize in the 10-14 section. From Armagh it was on to Ballymena for the Danske Bank sponsored Premier show and sale and what a memorable evening it proved to be for Ballynacanon flock owner Dennis Taylor. His Birness Bacardi ram lamb out of a dam by Strathisla Shadrach achieved the top price of 3,000gns in finding a new home with the syndicate of R. Wilson, M. Priestly and J.M. Stewart. Another Bacardi son belonging to the Taylor camp and one of the winning group of three was sold for 1,600gns over the phone to A.E. Weaver and Sons, Perrinpit, Gloucester. It had proved a hugely successful night for Dennis who sold eight lambs at an average of £1,122 and if that wasn’t eventful enough, he then had to dash to hospital for the birth of his baby daughter!

Second highest price of the evening 1,700gns was paid by P. Bolger, Enniscorthy for the overall reserve champion presented by R.C. and J.C. Watson while Society president William Montgomery sold a Ballycoose Big Ben son for 1,600gns to R.J. Kane, Ballycastle. The Northern Ireland Flock competition honours in 2013 went to Packie Donnelly, who at the time of being named outright winner by judges David and Julie Inman was also holder of the prestigious UK title. The Donrho flock faced a stiff challenge from reserve winner Philip Kennedy, who won the under-30 ewes category and presented the pick of the ewe lambs. Stock ram honours went to Packie’s, Birness Bolt. The winners were announced at the charity barbecue in June, a donation from the proceeds of which was presented to the Motor Neuron charity at the A.G.M. in November. A number of members also made their presence felt at shows and sales on the UK mainland during another hugely successful season for the Branch. Roberta McMullan

Anne Henning with Packie & Rhonda Donnelly

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South East Branch In May the club had a very warm enjoyable day on the Isle of Wight visiting all three registered Suffolk flocks there. There was a good turnout, with many members making the trip “overseas”. The day was a busy one, culminating in the viewing of Allan King’s “Alljohn” flock, which had picked up the title of 2012 champion flock of ewes. Members of the South East Branch have had a busy and successful year in the show ring too, with prizes spread throughout the show going members. Despite our branch being a relatively small and geographically spread one, the turnout at shows did us credit. More often than not, the Suffolk breed classes were the best represented of all and it was a pleasure to see some new faces in the show ring too, receiving support and guidance from the more experienced show men and women. Although we saw a good number of outstanding sheep this year, there were two which stood out from the crowd. Tom Daborn started the show season in winning form, with his massive shearling ewe winning the Interbreed Championship at Heathfield. Peter Rycraft then pipped Tom to the post, producing a stylish gimmer from his Greencross flock to pick up the Surrey and South of England breed championships

before Tom’s ewe returned to the red ribbons with a win and reserve supreme title at Kent. Both Peter’s ewe and his group of three ended the season in winning form, claiming their respective titles at the New Forest Show. Although it was these two ewes that proved dominant through the year, there were a good number nipping at their heels. Our judge for the South of England show, Ronnie Black, commented that the top six in the ewe class could hold their own at any show in the country. Following the show season, we held our branch show and sale at the Dolphin Sheep Fair on the South of England Showground. This year’s champion was Tom Daborn’s shearling ram, with Peter Rycraft taking the honours in the lamb class. The rams sold well despite the overall sheep trade being down on the year, so it proves that the best will always sell! The branch year finishes up with our flock competition, which was this year judged by Peter Derryman. We are grateful to Peter and his wife, who took three days out of their busy schedule to visit the area to give a thorough assessment of our stock. Full results are included but special mention must go to our Champion, Diana Lindon, whose Wymbleton flock has picked up the title for

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BRANCHES the third year in a row. This is a remarkable achievement! Sadly this year we have lost the wives of two long standing members of the branch. Kate Manning and Brenda Rycraft were both great supporters and will be sadly missed. Keith Manning sold his Shipreed flock to a keen member of the South West branch. It’s good to see Keith’s former sheep still doing well and we’re pleased to have Keith supporting members at shows, particularly passing on some hints and tips too many of the new and younger members.

Peter Rycraft in the interbreed championship at the south of england show.

I look forward to seeing you all at future events and wish you all a good crop of lambs for the 2014 season. Matt Legge, Branch Chairman

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South of Ireland Branch The sheep industry held its own again in 2013. Sheep numbers continue to be on the increase in Ireland rising to over 5 million in 2013 leaving lots of scope for rams. The dreaded Schmallenberg Disease is now the biggest threat to sheep farmers. Twelve flocks were identified as positive with the disease by mid January 2013 and unfortunately this number increased as the year went on. The AGM was held on 27th April. T.J. Broderick carried on into the second year of his Chairmanship and the groundwork was laid for activities and plans for the coming year. The Branch was delighted to grant the Hall of Fame Awards to Mary Duffy Grealy in 2013. Mary met her late spouse at a Sheep Breeders’ Dance in 1954. The Grealys were one of the first families to start up a Suffolk Flock in the early 1960s. As well as being awarded the Hall of Fame awards, Mary also celebrated her 80th Birthday on the night amongst her family and friends in the Suffolk world. The Suffolk National Championships was held in conjunction with Cork Show at Bishopstown. Despite indifferent weather, the Suffolk mood was very positive at the National Sheep Championships on Saturday June 14th. Suffolk breeders from as far away as Donegal presented an increasingly high quality Suffolk Sheep before Judge Niall Walsh. During intermittent periods of sunshine and mist nine different classes were paraded in front of the judge and left breeders,

commercial purchasers and spectators in no doubt of the evidence of the good breeding, good feeding and good grooming of this excellent product. Supreme Champion was captured by Susan O’Keeffe from Annakisha Mallow Co. Cork for a Two-Shearling Ewe sired by ‘Stratisla Speed’ and a dam bred by ‘Cairness John’s Choice’, this ewe was also deemed Female Champion of the Show. Reserve Champion Rosette and Male champion was secured by Arthur O’Keeffe and John Redmond for a jointly owned Shearling Ram, ‘Rookery Classic’ which was sired by ‘Deveronside Destroyer’ and a dam bred by ‘Rhaeadr Obsession’. Reserve Male Champion Rosette was won by Sean & Seamus Gahan from St. Mullins Coolyhune Co. Carlow, while Reserve Female Champion was won by Susan O’Keeffe. The Munster Sheep Breeders under the guidance of the Jeffery family ensured that the venue was in pristine order for the exhibitors while Brid Coakley, Club Secretary provided refreshments in her mobile restaurant. Many thanks are extended to all who added to the comfort of the event. Sincere thanks to Greenvale Animal Feeds for their continued sponsorship and to VOLAC for the vouchers. Our Premier Show and Sale at Roscrea reverted back to its original date, the first weekend in August. While clearance was not exceptional, the level of sheep entered and offered for sale certainly was exceptional. Judge Stephen Govin from Coolmeen Flock,

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BRANCHES Claremorris had his work cut out when classes as big as 32 Ram lambs were paraded before him. After careful consideration, he selected a ram lamb from the Clyda flock of Susan O’Keeffe’s of Mallow Co. Cork as the Supreme Champion of the Show. The lamb born on 2nd January 2013 was sired by ‘Errigal Simply the Best’ and his dam was sired by, ‘Solwaybank Super Sensation’. The Reserve Champion was selected from the same flock, this ram lamb was sired by, ‘Cairness Gala Star’ and ‘Castlewellan Sportsman’ sired his dam. Susan’s luck continued throughout the day when her first prize-winning ram lamb in the group of three sold for €6,800gns to a Scottish purchaser and another of the prize winners of the group of three realised €1,350gns.  Andrew Wilson from Raphoe sold a ram lamb for €3,800gns  John Doherty Malin Head sold a ram lamb for €2,700gns and two other ram lambs for €1,200gns and €1,120gns.  Sam Wilson a new breeder form Raphoe sold his Novice Class prize winning ram lamb for €2,000gns. While his father Richard realised €3,100gns, €1,600gns & €1,200gns for three lambs respectively.  Gerry Killilea from the Carragh Flock sold his first prize wining Ewe lamb to Adam Porter for €2,000gns. This lamb’s sire, ‘Carragh Puma’ was selected from Gerry’s own flock. Gerry also sold a ram lamb for €1,060gns.  John Hanly from the Horse & Jockey sold a strong Ram lamb for €1,500gns to Maura Loftus a breeder from Mayo. Tom Bailey averaged over €1,000gns for three ram lambs and James Rooney from the Benwiskin flock cleared €1,000gns for 138

his ram lamb sired by Solwaybank Razzle Dazzle.  O. and G. Deane from Ballitore Co. Kildare realised €680 for their prize winning Single Shearling Ewe. Average prices Shearling Ewes €680gns Ewe Lambs €680gns Shearling Rams €680gns Ram Lambs €925gns. The remainder of Branch Sales were very successful with both clearance and high prices in Tullamore and Roscrea and they were once again sponsored by Volac and Uniblock. The National Ploughing Championships were held in Stradbally Co. Laois, as always, the local Suffolk Club arranged the preparation of sheep for the event. This year the burden of responsibility fell on the shoulders of Committee member Jim Gahan and Jim and his family rose to the occasion with an outstanding display of sheep sourced from their own flock, local flocks and from the flock of Greg Rossiter from the Wexford Club. Jim and family worked tirelessly before and during the event to ensure that everything was in pristine order to boast an exceptional stand. The Branch purchased a ram lamb for the stand which was purchased from John Hanly of the Freighduff Flock. The ram was raffled and the proceeds presented to St. Mary’s hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. The Branch is delighted to have raised over €2,000 for this cause. The O’Keeffe family Annakisha hosted an open day for the Branch in July. This day was for the benefit of all Suffolk Breeders and in particular for new Breeders. All

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BRANCHES aspects of Suffolk Breeding were addressed. This included tagging, notching, foot care, trimming and preparation for sale etc. The O’Keeffe family pulled out all the stops to ensure that all those who travelled were well fortified. A very successful promotion of the breed was experienced by all who attended. The Branch wishes to extend a big thank you to the O’Keeffe family for all the effort and hard work involved in preparing for and hosting such an event.

The eight clubs throughout the country also held various events sponsored by funds received from Head Office. The events aimed to promote the breed and ensure that Suffolks hold their rightful place in the sheep world.

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Western Area Branch Western Club Show And Sale

There was a good quality entry of Suffolk Sheep put forward for the Western Area Club Sale held at the NSA Early Ram Sale at Builth Wells. The Show section was judged by Mr Merrick Pinny of Northampton, who awarded the Championship to a ram lamb by Haddo High Voltage shown by Mr Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill. The lamb went on to sell for 680gns to P. Hope, Longtown, Hereford. The Reserve Champion came from T. C. and C. A. Harding, Bentley with their 1st prize recorded lamb by Langside Premier,which was later sold to R Whittingham, Raglan for 850gns. The same price was achieved for the 2nd prize offering from M. A. Evans. Rhaeadr, the lamb by Ardlea Arbennig sold to Dai Harvey, Builth Wells. The 1st prize pair came from young breeder Rory Matthews, Brecon, who sold one by Safaddan Softy at 700gns to D Jones, Camrose, Haverfordwest. The 1st prize Shearling by Strathmor Shogun came from Mr and Mrs Jack Pryce, Horton, it sold at 640gns to G Parry, Anglesey. Another young Welsh breeder, Dafydd Jones, Frongoy, Aberystwyth sold a lamb by Stockton Barberian at 780gns to E. Lewis, Aberaeron, Ceredigion. A powerful pen from Andrew Evans, Dol-llys included an 800gns lamb by Rhaeadr Rembrandt selling to M. Jones, Gwynedd. Twenty five ram lambs sold averaging ÂŁ496.86.

Western Club Show & Sale Champion 2013 Geoff Biddulph

Flock Competition

The Branch Flock Competition was cancelled this year as entries did not warrant it being held. The Committee are considering relaunching the competition in the Spring of 2014.

NSA Ram Sale - 23/09/13

There really was a superb quality entry of Suffolks! Congratulations to all of the vendors and thanks to Mr Paul Fletcher, Kidderminster, for travelling to Builth to judge the classes.

Results

Shearling Ram 1st Lot 960 - Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2nd Lot 1060 - Mr D Harvey, Builth Wells 3rd Lot 1096 - Mr H Turner, Hatton, Derbs

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BRANCHES Ram Lamb 1st Lot 962 - Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2nd Lot 987 - Mr A Cook, Ewyas Harold, Herefords 3rd Lot 963 - Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon Small Pens 1st Mr A Cook, Ewyas Harold, Herefords 2nd Messrs D F & A G Jeffries, Banbury, Oxon Large Pens 1st Messrs Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon 2nd Messrs R B & G M Morgan, Usk, Mon 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 from Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon selling the 1st prize ram lamb at 1,200gns to M. Clarke, Wexford, Ireland. Andrew Evans, Dol-llys sold the next highest priced ram lamb at 1,100gns to Gary Owen, Anglesey. The 2nd prize ram lamb came from the 1st Prize small Pen and was shown by Anthony Cook, Ewyas Harold he went on to sell to J. Woodburn, Ulverston at 700gns. Mike Davies & Sons, also sold the 3rd prize ram lamb at 750gns to G. Tripp, South Devon. Notable ram lamb prices included: 1,200gns Mike Davies & Sons 1,100gns Andrew Evans 750gns Mike Davies & Sons 700gns Anthony Cook, T C & C A Harding

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V E & B M Samuel & Son Mike Davies & Sons T C & C A Harding, Mike Davies & Sons Geoff Biddulph, T C & C A Harding Glyn Lewis, Dai Harvey RB & GM Morgan, TC & CA Harding, Mike Davies & Sons, A E Weaver & Son, Glyn Lewis Geoff Biddulph, Anthony Cook, Glyn Lewis Glyn Lewis R B & G M Morgan, Mike Davies & Sons, Glyn Lewis Paul Fletcher, T C & C A Harding, Glyn Lewis

Amongst the Shearlings/older rams, several excellent pens were forward. The 1st prize shearling ram was also shown by Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon and went on to sell at 420gns to V. Sellick, Somerset, this lamb coming from the 1st prize large pen. The 2nd prize large pen went to R. B. & G. M. Morgan, Usk, selling 2 shearlings at 500gns a piece, with 10 rams averaging ÂŁ411.60.

Abergavenny Inlamb Ewe Show & Sale

A Suffolk ewe lamb from W. H. Sinnett & Sons, Stockton, Worcs stood 1st and Overall Champion at the Abergavenny Annual Show and Sale under Judge Gary Owen, Anglesey. The lamb by Stockton Percy T went on to top the sale when sold at 1,350gns to P. Rycraft, Farnham, Surrey. Next best at 720gns was for the 3rd prize Flock Ewe from Mike Davies & Sons,

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1st Ewe Lamb & Overall Champion - Lot 92

1st Flock Ewe & Reserve Champion - Lot 119

Safaddan, this one by Strathisla Beijing was taken by J. Roland Williams, Aberystwyth.

Haverfordwest, another by the Tomcroft ram made 360gns and was taken by I. E. and J. Evans, Llanilar, Aberystwyth.

North Wales Breeder Myfyr Evans sold a shearling ewe at 650gns by Rhaeadr Blockbuster to E. Hughes, Lampeter, Ceredigion. Mike Davies & Sons sold another at 600gns, this time a ewe lamb by Strathisla Stoner and purchased by D. Morgan, Aberystwyth. Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill, sold to a top of 600gns from his 2nd prize shearling ewe by Pexhill Real Lucky which was purchased by A Spooner, Leek, Staffs. T. C. and C. A Harding, Bentley sold to a top of 500gns for their 2nd prize ewe by Cairness Impact and purchased by J. Roland Williams. The Sale also included the Dispersal of the long established Wrekin Flock on behalf of L. C. Davies & Son. The sale attracted considerable interest and support with buyers in attendance from all parts of the country. The ewes sold to a top price of 490gns from a 2010 born offering by Tomcroft Big Boy, purchased by A. and D. Callan,

Averages Max 46 Flock Ewes 720gns 39 Shearling Ewes 650gns 22 Ewe Lambs 1,350gns

Av. £296.28 £316.08 £334.57

Prize Winners

Class 1 - Single Flock Ewe 1st Lot 119 - Myfyr Evans 2nd Lot 97 - T C & C A Harding 3rd Lot 70 - Mike Davies & Sons Class 2 - Single Shearling Ewe 1st Lot 134 - Dafydd Jones 2nd Lot 85 - G Biddulph 3rd Lot 73 - Mike Davies & Sons Class 3 - Single Ewe Lamb 1st Lot 92 - W H Sinnett & Son 2nd Lot 50 - Rory Matthews 3rd Lot 89 - W H Sinnett & Son Female Champion Lot 92 - W H Sinnett & Son Res. Female Champion Lot 119 - Myfyr Evans

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Helen Davies – Western Area 2013 I am sure you will agree that since our last AGM it has been a year where weather, disease and trade have all played a major part. However, hopefully we can look forward and things will improve. Within the Branch we held our March meeting and heard an update from Council on Society. We had then planned to change the format of the Flock Competition to a spring competition however this did not happen and as you are aware we cancelled the autumn competition due to lack of entries. We will do our best to resurrect the Flock competition either in spring 2014 or autumn 2014. It does seem a shame that other local Branches are able to keep their competitions going and we do not. With regard to Council and the Society as we as a Branch do not meet very often it would be helpful to have an update of the Council meetings sent to the Chairmen and Secretaries so we could help feed any necessary information out to the Members and onto the Clubs. The Branch via the Clubs helped to man the stand at the Royal Welsh which is an important showcase for the Breed, however manning of the stand does need to be reviewed. Congratulations to all members who entered the show, notably John Sinnett who had Champion and Reserve Interbreed. The National Sale falls within our area and I again congratulate all members who did well either in the Show or sale ring. The trade was sticky at times with purchasers

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cautious to spend their money early in the season. I do feel however, that Halls could do more to promote this sale locally and help to attract more commercial buyers. Western Area Sale at Builth Merrick Pinny judged the sale and placed J Pryce 1st with a yearling ram, 1st Ram lamb - Geoff Biddulph and 1st Pairs - Rory Matthews. Thanks to J Guy for sponsoring the sale for us. Again the sale was very mixed but Suffolks did well, compared to the other breeds on price average and clearance. Similar could be said of the later sale at Builth where Mike Davies secured the top price for a Suffolk 1,200gns. Congratulations go to Chris Holmes and family for winning the National Flock competition and I apologise again for not been able to be at the Open Day last week but my spies tell me you had a good day and the weather was kind to you. Today we have had a good sale and I wish all purchasers well. We have seen one of the oldest flocks in the Area dispersed today and I am sure our thoughts are with Colin’s family. This Branch would not continue if we did not have a very willing and helpful Secretary and would like you all to show your appreciation for Lyndon not forgetting all the help Merril does as well. I would like to thank you all for the support you have given me over the last 2 years as Chairman. Wishing you all well with your lambing and a successful 2014.

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Border Suffolk Club The Border Suffolk Club’s annual show on Friday the 7th of June 2013 was held at Wooler lifestock market by kind permission of John Swan. Judged by Chris Riby of Stonehills, the show was the best show for years with more new members and numbers of sheep forward. The Champion was from John Campbell of Thrunton, and Reserve Champion from Michael Walton of Rosedon. A fundraiser, guess the weight of M. Walton, which was won by Anne Matthewson was also held with monies raised being donated to Air Ambulance.

St Boswells livestock market also held a show and sale of suffolk sired prime lambs on Monday 22nd of July. It was kindly judged by Mr Alistair McSporran of Scotbeef and sponsored by the Suffolk Sheep Society. The champion pen of 5 lambs was from Messrs J. & A. Pate, partners from Torwoodlee Mains and Reserve Champion from Messrs J. Anderson & Son Headshaw, Lauder. The Border Suffolk Club’s next annual show, again by kind permission of John Swan limited will be held at Wooler livestock market on Friday the 6th of June 2014.

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Central and West 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 David Thomlinson who brought a few smiles to faces with his stories of 50 years with Harrison and Hetherington. The AGM saw John Christie (Westcarse) take up the position of Chairman and Fiona Wight (Carwood) becoming Vice Chair.

Champion Flock

Jim Cannon’s Redbrae flock hosted a Flock View day in late June having won the 2012 Flock Competition. A large number of members and friends viewed the well presented flock followed by our usual stock judging competition. Our master judge was Robert Fleming. It was ladies day when Glynis Soulsby won the Ladies and Overall prize with a score of 229/250. The Gents winner was Peter Wilson and Junior winner was M. Reynolds. A lovely barbeque was provided for everyone before departing the Redbrae Flock. Many thanks to the Cannon family.

Club Show

Our Show was held at Lanark Market in June and our judge was Mr John Barker. Paula and David Reid (Conchar) were awarded champion with their home bred gimmer by Rhaeadr Roberto and also claimed reserve with a home bred ewe lamb by Cairnton Wiggins. Best opposite sex was awarded to the first prize ram lamb from James Fleming

(Hallhill). A ram lamb from Elaine Dowie (Islay) won the best gigot.

Prime Lamb Competition

Stirling Market (Caledonian) - Champion – A. Hodge and Son, Auchmillanhill Lanark Market (Lawrie and Symington) Champion - McCosh Bros, Nether Hangingshaw United Auctions (Stirling) - Champion - Ben McDonald, Meadows of Ballied Ayr (Craig Wilson) - Champion - J Barclay, Mid Brocklock, Maybole

Royal Highland Show

Members of our club received top awards at this year’s show when Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) took Female Champion with a homebred one crop Ewe by Rhaeadr Rastafari which went on to claim Overall Suffolk Champion and then on the Saturday won Reserve Interbreed. Annie and William Hutchon (Greatness) won reserve Male Champion with an aged Ram.

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Iain and Judith Barbour gained a great first time achievement for Club members when they took the championship with their ram lamb by Rhaeadr Rastafari which sold for the top price of 17,000gns to Thrunton and Widdrington. Another by Solwaybank Skyfall sold for 8,000gns. They also achieved the highest average at the sale.

Scottish Area - Stirling

Again Iain and Judith Barbour gained another first time achievement for the Club when winning the Scottish Area Championship with a lamb by Solwaybank Skyfall. The lamb sold to Gary Beacom (Lakeview) for 36,000gns and another by Skyfall achieved 5,000gns. Again Solwaybank took the top price and highest average. Fellow member David Gilmour (Broomknowes) achieved 2,600gns for a ram lamb.

Sire of the Year

With the prices achieved for Skyfall sons, this made Solwaybank Skyfall Sire of the Year. This is a great achievement for the Barbour family and the first time a Club member has gained this title.

Carlisle Sale

William Borthwick (Ballochmyle) took the Championship with his ram lamb which went on to sell to the judge David Inman (Lindum) for 1,500gns.

Kelso Ram Sales

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selling to Cairness, Hazeltree and Crusoe and also gained the top average for Suffolk ram lambs.

Club Show and Sale Lanark Market

Judge Alan Warnock, Dreva Farm, Broughton placed the first prize ram lamb from D. Gilmour (Broomknowes) Champion and the second prize ram lamb from A. Gray (Langside) Reserve Champion. The Hamish Stoddard Shield for the highest average for 3 lambs or more was awarded to J. Buchanan (Prettsmill).

Flock Competition

This year’s judge was Mr Ronnie Black (Collessie). With very wet weather before the competition there was a challenge ahead for the Judge. 69 members and friends had a most enjoyable dinner provided by Sandra Braid at O’Neils Bar, Lockerbie. Thereafter awards were presented to the following: Small Flock 1 William Lennox (Netherholm) 2 John Lundy (Lundazi) 3 Wallace Haining (Highdrum)

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Champion Flock Paula and David Reid (Conchar) Reserve Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills)

National Flock Competition

Best 5 Ewe Lambs 1 Paula and David Reid (Conchar) 2 James Wallace (Claycrop) 3 William Lennox (Netherholm)

Congratulations must go to William Borthwick (Ballochmyle) who won the Sainsbury Cup for the best Ewe Lambs. The Show Points trophy was won by Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) with 39 points. Reserve was Paula and David Reid (Conchar) with 35 points with Elaine Dowie in third with 34 points.

Best Stud Ram Wallace Haining (Highdrum) - Rhaeadr Sam’s Choice

Many thanks to all who have helped and supported the Club in 2013 and a special thanks to all our sponsors.

Best Female - excluding ewe lambs James Wallace (Claycrop) - NCX N14

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Dyfed Club A number of club members have had notable success at shows during the last year. Darren and Anne Callan (Castlemartin Flock) were awarded Reserve Champion in the small flock class in the 2013 National Flock competition. Dafydd Jones (Frongoy Flock) was awarded 2nd place in a tremendous class of yearling ewes at the Royal Welsh Show. The homebred ewe by Strathisla Speed went on to win the Reserve Female Champion. Dafydd was also awarded third place for a ewe lamb by Stockton Barbarian in an equally challenging ewe lamb class. Christine Vaughan (Preseli-Hill Flock) took Interbreed Championships in both Aberystwyth and Cardigan Show. Darren and Anne Callan took the Supreme Champion and Supreme Group of three at Pembroke Show and John and Llinos Griffiths (Tir Flock) took the honours at Pembrokeshire County Show with a three year old stock ram,

Overall Champion for the evening

Judging the ram lamb class under way

Cairness Coalition. Selwyn Richards and Family (Cadogian) started off standing Champion at St Clears Show and rounded off a successful season by taking Champion at Llandyfaelog.

Club Show and Sale

The club show and sale was held on Friday the 27st of September at Llanybydder livestock market. The guest judge for the evening was Mr Charlie Smith who awarded the overall Champion to a ram lamb bred by Mr Huw Thomas, Blaennantygarn, Abergorlech (Penygarn Flock). The lamb pictured below and left by Dol-Llys Punch went on to sell for £475gns. Reserve champion was awarded to Darren and Anne Callan’s second placed ram lamb. Other notable prices on the evening were £570gns for a two year old ram presented by Iolo Roberts (Saffrwn Flock) and £410 for a ram lamb from Christine Vaughan (PreseliHill Flock).

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CLUBS A busy year was brought to a close when members and friends attended the annual AGM in November. Club officials for the coming year were elected and future events were discussed. The Dyfed Club would like to extend their thanks to all who supported the club and their activities in 2013 and look forward to a successful 2014. Congratulations to Darren and Ann Callan on winning the National Small Flock Competition this year.

Presentation to outgoing chairman - Nigel Towns with elected ofďŹ cers & Bryant Rees at club dinner

J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons 2014 SALES Fri/Sat 18th & 19th July National Show & Sale, Shrewsbury (with Halls) Monday 4th August

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

Monday 22nd Sept

NSA Main Ram Sale, Builth Wells

Saturday 25th October

35th Annual Collective Show & Sale of in-lamb ewes & ewe lambs - Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan

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: lyndon@strakerchadwick.co.uk

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East Down Club The East Down Club had another busy year in 2013. The club members were given a packed calendar of events which they attended throughout the year The year commenced with the March meeting. John Henning from local animal feed merchant, F.S. Herron gave a short insight into their range of sheep feed and the cost effectiveness of feeding their rations. There were a good number of members present which was encouraging to see. The flock competition was next on the calendar. This year our judge James Corcoran travelled from Co. Meath to Co. Down to view the flocks which had entered. He received a great welcome at the farms and was impressed by the quality stock which he had the opportunity to run his eye over. After a long day starting in the Ards peninsula and finishing up in Newry he awarded the champion flock accolade to the Smiddiehill flock belonging to William Montgomery and the reserve flock was the Carrowmoney flock of Anthony Patton. The award for the champion stock ram went to Anthony Patton with the champion pen of ewe lambs being awarded to Philip Kennedy.

were gained for having the most points in each section. Female of the year was awarded to William Montgomery and the male of the year and show team of the year was scooped up by Patrick McVerry. The young handler’s trophy was won for the second year in a row by Kirsty Maginnes. Well done everyone! The second sale to be held in Market Hill had a good entry and we were able to obtain sponsorship from Danske bank to whom we are very grateful. The judge for the presale show was Patrick McVerry and after a short deliberation he awarded the champion ribbons to a ram lamb exhibited by Anthony Patton. The reserve ribbons also went to a ram lamb, this time from the flock of Mark Priestley. The trade in the ring was steady and saw a good clearance. Next on the calendar was the barbecue. This year William Montgomery kindly agreed to host the event. There was a superb display of quality sheep for the members to view and together with the tasty barbecue it was a most enjoyable evening for all.

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CLUBS The annual show and sale in Hilltown mart once again saw a show of good quality sheep. It was an excellent sale with averages up slightly on the last few years and a near clearance of all lots. Dennis Taylor from the renowned Ballynacanon flock kindly agreed to be judge for the evening. After a large show of sheep being brought before him, Dennis awarded the champion rosette to a ram lamb from the Tullywinney flock of Patrick McVerry. Patrick also won the best gigot class with another ram lamb. The reserve ribbons were placed on an outstanding shearling exhibited by Raymond Clements. The pair of lambs was won by Des McGarry.

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The annual dinner and presentation of trophies brought the year to an end. The members enjoyed an excellent evening of good food and good company in the la Mon Country House Hotel. The club has grown in numbers, which leaves the club on a strong footing. We wish everyone all the best for the lambing and look forward to 2014.

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Eastern Club Inter-Club Quiz

At last: victory in this interclub general knowledge quiz! Run this year by the previous winners the Dorset Down breeders under a fresh format and with some new members on our team we were surprised and delighted to win the coveted shield after many years of trying! The only drawback being that we have to organise next year’s quiz.

Carcass Competition

Now a firm fixture in the club’s calendar the carcass competition, generously sponsored as usual by Chris Meekins Ruminant Nutrition Ltd, took place by kind permission of C.J. Byford at Clacton on 17 April 2013. 11 breeders presented a total of 27 lambs for slaughter. Two days later members gathered to view the carcasses and be presented with prizes by the judge Mr Andrew Clark from Blakes of Norfolk. At the viewing Mr Clark complimented the club on the quality of the carcasses on show after what had been a long and testing winter. Both Mr Clark and last year’s judge George Debman (who had kindly sponsored the rosettes for the show) were keen to buy some of the prize winners from Messrs Byford. The class winners were as follows: Pure bred Suffolk lambs - heavy class 20 kg and over 1st M.J. & J.A. Pinny, Alloaks Flock Pure bred Suffolk lambs – light class under 20kg 1st R.J. Woolway, Woolways Flock Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram – heavy class 20kg and over 1st M.J. & J.A. Pinny

Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram – light class under 20kg 1st B.E.D. Skinner & Mrs E. Cameron Congratulations to Merrick and Julie Pinny who presented both the champion and reserve carcasses, worthy winners of the John Keeble Memorial Trophy.

Visit

This year we were invited to view the Lavenham Flock of Suffolk sheep belonging to Mr Nick Thomson. Trading as Brook Farm the flock consists of around 40 ewes which produce lambs for breeding and supply prime lamb to be sold alongside Red Poll beef, apple juice and excellent home grown wine which is all part of this fascinating enterprise. The sheep and cattle were good but the wine tasting was better!

ESSC Summer visit to Brook Farm Lavenham.

Shows

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John Jiggens Trophy

This trophy which is presented by the Club to the Viewing of the ESSC 2013 carcass competition. member with the most successful show team at our two local County shows in Suffolk and Norfolk, was won once again in 2013 by Gordon and Bettie Beddie (Breckland flock). The Partridge’s Kersey Flock was runner up.

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Gloucester and Adjacent Counties Club Ten Pin Bowling

Our year started in the bowling lanes, where club members battled it out to win the, ‘Top in Tenpin’ 2013 mug. Congratulations to the winner, Andrew Fletcher.

AGM

12 members were present for this year’s AGM and after the Afterwards we had an exceptionally hard quiz about sheep. Well done to Phil Smith who won a drench gun and a can of marker spray for his knowledge of sheep albeit with a score of less than 50 per cent.

Club on Tour

This year we hopped on the Midland branch bus and took a trip to Devon to see some excellent sheep as well as some other breeds. We visited Yarcombe, Willmar, Huish, Roundacre and Kings. These Suffolk trips are all about discovery. We made some new friends along the way, found that Devon isn’t always warm and the bus is wider than most of the lanes in Devonshire. A big thank you for the hospitality and to Liz Needham for organising the trip.

Flock Visit

In June a select few members went to the Tomcroft flock with the North Eastern Scottish club. We had a tour of the rams going to the National and we also had a look at the very impressive dairy setup. Thank you to Steve, Tom and family.

Club Show

In August club members took part in our club show at Tenbury Wells. Michael Weaver judged the quality sheep and found the Callow ram lamb to be in possession of the club cup and the rear of the year award.

Flock Competition

Due to lack of entries, sadly this year there was no flock competition.

Natural Stockcare

In October we were entertained by Tom Stevenson from Natural Stockcare, he gave us a very informative talk about vitamins and minerals and how their products help us produce prize winning sheep that get up and go from birth.

BWMB

Gareth Jones from the British Wool Marketing Board came and gave us an interesting talk on the BWMB - the service they provide to the industry from shearing, grading and wool testing through to the auction system.

Xmas Dinner

The year was rounded off by copious amounts of food, a drink or two and some friendly banter about lambing! Thank you to all club members, followers, supporters and friends who made 2013 what it was. Let’s see what trials and excitement lie in store for us in 2014.

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Liz Needham organised a trip to Devon, The Gloucester Club came of which they’re eleven. Five flocks of sheep and a trip to the coast, A chauffeur driven tour with hotel and breakfast to boast. When the bus did arrive we all climbed aboard, What adventures of sheep and scone eating lay forth? Well the sheep come in breeds and we’ve seen quite a few, From Dorsets to Suffolks and wool shedders too! The rest of the trip should come with a health warning, If your jabs aren’t up to date you’ll have flu in the morning! On behalf of the Gloucester Eleven and the Cumbrian two, The Midland and East Counties and the other few. Thanks for ringing round flocks and the hotel and the bus, For comfortable rooms and organising us. Thank you Liz

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Midland Suffolk Club 2013 saw a change at the helm of the Midland Club and may I thank the out going Chairman, Mr Merrick Pinny for all his hard work and welcome his replacement Mr Pete Burgess, who I’m sure will continue to drive the club forward during his two year stint. The changes at the top came about at the club AGM, held at a change of venue this year, Kilworth Springs Golf Club back in April. This year’s AGM was kindly sponsored by MSD who provided an excellent talk on the Schmallenberg virus and the progress at the time in the production of a vaccine. This was well received and contributed to by numerous members, unfortunately much of this was through personal experiences of last lambing season. Change was the order of the day when it came to the Club’s first competition of the year, the annual carcass competition, which this year for the first time was held at Joseph Morris Butchers Ltd at South Kilworth. Out of a healthy entry of 19 carcasses the Morris family awarded the Champion rosette to the first prize heavyweight lamb from B. & H. Sutton – 22.0kg with reserve being the first prize lightweight lamb from Hallam and Eggleston – 20.0kg.

To follow up last year’s excellent visit to the Darley Stud at Newmarket, the club organised a visit to The Duke of Cornwall’s home farm at Tetbury. The tour was led by the farm manager Mr David Wilson who gave up an afternoon of his time to show a slightly disappointing number of members around numerous enterprises going on at the farm. Those who attended were treated to an enjoyable afternoon with a number commenting on Mr Wilson’s passion behind all the projects currently ongoing. The Club year finished perfectly with friends and members alike enjoying Christmas dinner at The Red Lion, Thornby. Best wishes to all members for 2014.

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North Antrim & East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club Another year has passed and our club continues to go from strength to strength with more events and more members. Our twin goals of advancing the reputation of the Suffolk sheep as the most versatile of all sheep breeds and raising money for local charities continues to be our main objective. Since the Club was formed 7 years ago we have raised over £8,000 for local charities. During 2013 we raised £1,600 for the Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke Foundation. Our year began with the AGM. Robert Hanna was elected Chairman and John Hegarty Vice-chairman. David McCaughan and Josephine Lamont our respective secretary and treasurer took a well-earned break from their posts and a big thanks to them for their dedication and commitment to the club since it was formed. They were replaced by Brian McVicker as secretary and Geoffrey Douglas as treasurer Our next event was the fat lamb competion at Kilrea livestock market on 6th May 2013. There was a massive entry of over 40 lambs for the competition. Brian McVicker, from Bushmills won the pedigree section and Martin Denver from Randlestown won the commercial section. Martin went on to win the overall championship. We had a scenic setting for our annual BBQ and Show at the farm of our Chairman Robert Hanna at Cullybackey. Crystalyx sponsored the event and the judge for all the sheep classes was the renowned pedigree sheep and cattle breeder Mr Sam Coleman 162

from Glarryford. The Champion was a gimmer exhibited by Packie Donnelly Rathkenny. The reserve champion was a ram lamb exhibited by R. C. & J. C. Watson, Rasharkin. The food for the BBQ was supplied by Lamont Butchers of Cullybackey. Following the BBQ we had a raffle and auction in aid of the Chest Heart and Stroke Foundation. Summer Show Team – This was another excellent window for our showmen to advertise their sheep to the local farming community. It did not disappoint, the standard being very high. The Champion show team over the season went to Packie Donnelly’s Donrho flock with Campbell and Jason Watsons Bannview flock taking the reserve award. The Club’s first Ram Sale was held at Kilrea Livestock Market on 5th Sept. 2013. The judge for the evening was Mr Martin Butler He selected E. and J. Goulds ram lamb as his overall champion which fetched £600, reserve went to R.C. and J.C. Watson’s shearling ram which topped the sale at £680. Our final ram sale was held at Armoy livestock market on 24th Sept 2013, with club member Phillip Gurney having the task of placing at the pre sale show. He selected Brian McVickers shearling ram as his overall champion with H. and D. McCaughans ram lamb taking reserve. Topping the trade at £650 were shearling rams from the pens of Packie Donnelly and Dennis Taylor respectively.

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CLUBS We brought the curtain down on another very busy year when we had our annual dinner dance and presentation of awards at the Bushtown House Country Hotel outside Coleraine in late October. We were all entertained by our guest speaker, auctioneer, Danny McAlister from Cushendall and a super meal was enjoyed by all with the music going on into the wee hours.

The club wish to record their sincere thanks to the many sponsors who continue to support the club at all its events.

Prizewinners at the North Antrim & East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club Annual Dinner. Back Row L -R: Philip Gurney (Rep E & J Gould), Guest Danny McAlister, Club Chairman Robert Hanna, Peter Thompson (Rep Brian Mcvicker). Front Row L - R: Packie Donnelly, Campbell Watson, Jason Watson & Rhonda Donnelly.

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North East Scotland Club Our yearly activities got under way in March, when we welcomed Steve Body of Donview Vets, Inverurie, who talked about sheep problems in general and the Schmallenberg Virus. John Gordon of Huntly, a well known cattle and sheep farmer then spoke about his lifetime in farming starting from an early age following the untimely death of his father.This was followed by a welcome cup of tea and a question and answer session. Winners of some of the competitions over the summer are as follows: Lambing % Jimmy Young, Muirton Prime Lamb George Stuart, Birness Carcase George Stuart, Birness Robbie Wilson was reserve at the Royal Highland Show and George and Melvin Stuart and Jimmy Young were 3rd in the open stock judging. John Gibb was our highest placed individual.

Summer Trip

Nineteen members travelled to the Welsh Borders area to view the flocks of Steve and Tom Cox, Tomcroft, John Pryce, Horton,

Winners of some of the competitions over the summer

Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr, Steve Buckley, Sitlow and Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill. A very enjoyable weekend was had with some good sheep in lovely weather and as always great hospitality.

Tup Tour

Back home again and off on our own Tup Tour starting with Messrs Machray, Middlemuir, followed by the Strathisla flock of Robbie Wilson, then on to Barclay Mair at Deveronside. We then drove through Local Hero country to Pennan and the Duncan family, before moving to John Gibb at Cairnton where we held our annual BBQ. The usual high standard of sheep were on display.

Stock judging

Winners for the 2 out of 3 stock judgings held over the summer (Highland, Tup Tour and New Deer Show) were Juniors; James Scott, Biffie, and the seniors Gordon Scott, Biffie. Summer Trip to the Welsh Borders area

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Judged by Taylor and Glynis Soulsby, Williamsgill. The Champion went to Robbie Wilson, Strathisla with Nan Moir, Strathbeg in reserve spot. Under 15 Ewes Nan Moir, Strathbeg 15 - 30 AJ & WM Norrie, Slackadale 31 - 60 Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford Over 60 ewes R H Wilson, Strathisla Best flock of ewes and ewe lambs R H Wilson Best Stock Tup R H Wilson Forkins Figo (shared with P Machray, Middlemuir and Lilburn Estates, Roseden) Best Ram Lamb Gordon Troup Lakeview Ice Cold Gold (shared with JG Douglas, Cairness

Best Ram Lamb - Gordon Troup, Lakeview Ice Cold Gold shared with JG Douglas, Cairness

Christmas Classic Results Single Gimmer 1st Graeme Christie, Balquhain 2nd Graeme Christie, Balquhain 3rd Alfie Stuart, Davishill Pair of Gimmers 1st Alfie Stuart 2nd Graeme Christie

Following our Dinner and presentation of trophies the following Office Bearers were elected: Chairman - Fiona Bruce Vice - Stewart Duncan Sec/Treasurer - Evelyn Young PR - Alison Dalgarno.

Ewe Lambs 1st Patrick Machray, Middlemuir 2nd Eric Bell, Glenhead 3rd Patrick Machray

In Lamb Gimmer Sale

Reserve Patrick Machray with Ewe Lamb

Judged by Jim Innes Huntly Single Gimmer Pair of Gimmers Ewe Lambs

Champion Graeme Christie with single Gimmer

Champion released 1,800gns Reserve released 500gns Finally we are sad to loose a valued member Robbie Wilson but we wish him success in his next venture.

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North Wales Suffolk Breeders’ Association Bryncir Sale

Ruthin Sale

Champion at the sale went to Mr David Williams, Criccin flock with a well grown ram lamb. Female champion went to Arwel and June Jones, Conwy Flock.

Champion went to Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr flock with a Ardlea Arbennig son. Reserve champion went to Eifion Edwards, Beechwood flock. Arwel and June Jones also had the female champion at this sale.

Champion at the Bryncir sale from David Williams, Criccin flock

Champion at Ruthin sale from Myfyr Evans.

Well done to Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr flock who did well at the society sale achieving reserve champion at Shrewsbury and second top price on the day. Also well done to the Roberts family Llwyn flock. In the summer shows they gained 12 interbreed titles throughout the season.

The Llwyn flock’s group of 3 who went unbeaten in 13 summer shows.

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North West Suffolk Breeders’ Club Well, even I can’t complain about the weather this year! Following our AGM in Nov. 2012 we set about celebrating our 21st Birthday, and it has been great to have the sun shining on all our events. Our Flock Visit this year took us up to the Westmuir flock near Kelso, where the Redpath family had gone to great lengths to show us their sheep in splendid condition and to provide us with some very generous refreshments. They even arranged for a lovely sunny day and it was all very much appreciated. At the begining of June we again held our Club Show courtesy of Lancaster Auction. We had special 21st Birthday prizes, rosettes and Champion’s sash. Gail Jefferies travelled up to judge some very large classes. This year it was Alan Blair’s Thornfleet flock’s turn for success, winning every trophy except the Junior Shepherd’s Cup which he had to concede to young Tom Denby. Alan won the overall Championship with a tup lamb sired by Lakeview Stirling and out of a homebred ewe. Alan also claimed the reserve Championship with his ewe lamb, also sired by Lakeview Stirling.

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The Stock judging and BBQ night was hosted this year by Geoff Richmond and his family. A good crowd of members and friends turned up to pit their skills against Master Judge, Tony Sawrey. New committee member Jack English was delighted to win the cup for most points, and everyone enjoyed a great night thanks to the Richmond family. The good summer lured many of our members onto the local showfields so this year we had several contenders for the Show Points Cup which was finally won by Emma Robinson and Michael Radford of the Underhurth Flock. This cup was presented at the AGM in November , together with the cup for the highest priced lamb sold at Lancaster Tup Sale, which Alan Blair was able to add to his collection! We were pleased to support North West Auctions at their In-Lamb Ewe sale at the end of November, and then in December we held our Christmas Dinner where we were joined by many past members for a convivial conclusion to our 21st birthday Year. Here’s to the next 21years!

Junior Shepherds at the Club Show.

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Shropshire & Montgomery Club At the AGM Robert Draper returned as Chairman, all other officers stayed the same. Many thanks to T.S. Cox for hosting the AGM in April we thought a view day then would ensure dry weather how wrong we were. Welshpool Auction held its Spring Lamb Competition in April with the winners spending their vouchers at the Ram Sale later in the year.

Stock Judging

A stock judging event was organised at the T. H. Nicholas’ Sutton Flock. The Master Judge was Robert Draper. The winner of the Ensdon salver was Graeme Hardman. The Nicholas family had put on a splendid spread of refreshments which were much appreciated. Thanks to everyone. 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 & Montgomery Area Suffolk Club took place at Welshpool Livestock Sales on Thursday 3rd October with an entry of 125 in the catalogue. 120 were forward on the day and met with a total clearance. The Show was very kindly sponsored by Farmers’ Guardian, Maelor Feeds, Osmonds, J. Sherratt Farm Supplies and Bibbys. The yearlings averaged £452 - £68 up on last year. Ram lambs averaged £380 up £30 on the year. Mr J. Sinnett Stockton judged and placed the rams as follows:-

Champion Ram Lamb from TS Cox - Tomcroft flock

Aged Ram 1st Mr and Mrs J. Pryce – Horton Flock selling to £525 2nd G. V. and J. A Hardman – Masbury Flock selling to £525 Top price aged Ram was from Mr and Mrs G. Wood- Whitchurch Flock selling to £630 Yearling Ram 1st & 3rd, Mr and Mrs J. Pryce selling to £546 and £662 2nd L. C. Davies and Son – Wrekin Flock selling to £546 Top Price yearling was £693 from D. and S. Gethin – Monty Flock and G. Wood sold a yearling for £651. Ram Lambs 1st T.S. Cox – Tomcroft Flock selling to £525 2nd P. B. and S. M. Davies – Briars Flock selling to £378 3rd C. E.B. Draper and Son – Ensdon Flock selling to £389 Champion T. S. Cox Ram Lamb Reserve Champion Mr and Mrs J. Pryce, Yearling Ram

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Reserve Champion yearling ram from Mr & Mrs Pryce - Horton flock

Social Events

The year was rounded off with a successful dinner at the Sweeney Hall Hotel, Oswestry where all members received a mug to celebrate the Club’s 20th Anniversary. The M. Gatt cup for the most points gained at the shows and sales went once again to Mr and Mrs J. Pryce – Horton. I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Club over the year and wish you all a successful 2014. During the year we lost one of our founding Members Mr Colin Davies, ‘Wrekin’ Flock. Colin had one of the oldest flocks in the Flock Book and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. For further information please contact Helen Davies on 07976 803066 or email helen@arddleensuffolks.co.uk

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Tayside Club The AGM was held in March when members enjoyed a meal followed by a talk by Colin Dargie, East of Scotland Farmers.

Ron Greig was official judge and spent two days viewing nine flocks before presenting prizes at our autumn meeting. Results were:-

The annual Prime Lamb competition was held at Forfar Market and sponsored by Lawrie & Symington and East Coast Viner’s. Overall champion was won by a pair of heavy Suffolk lambs from Tom Howden, Stanley Farm, weighing 51kg each. Tom was also reserve champion with his 2nd pair of heavy lambs, which were each 45kg.

Small Flocks Ewes 1st Tom Howden 2nd Christine Croll 3rd Leslie Learmonth

For our summer meeting we headed to Hallhill by kind permission of the Fleming family. After viewing the sheep and stock judging we were provided with wonderful refreshments before we headed home. In August some members flew to Dublin for a weekend. On Friday night we enjoyed a meal and some traditional Irish entertainment. Saturday was spent sightseeing and enjoying a pint of Guinness at the top of the Guinness Storehouse. On Sunday, after eventually picking up the hire car, we headed to Tullamore Show. We were all amazed at the variety of entries in both stock classes and industrial tents and wished we could have had longer there. I can honestly say a very good weekend was had by all.

Ewe Lambs 1st Christine Croal 2nd James Scott Large Flocks Ewes 1st R. and M. Black 2nd Stewart Lathangie 3rd Jim Farquharson Ewe Lambs 1st Stewart Lathangie 2nd Jim Farquharson 3rd Tom Sands Stock Tups

1st Sitlow Samurai owned by Stewart Lathangie 2nd Muirton Maverick owned by Tom Sands 3rd Birness Plan B owned by Christine Croal

Tup Lamb

1st Limestone lamb owned by R & M Black 2nd Birness lamb owned by Christine Croal 3rd Castleisle lamb owned by Leslie Learmonth

Finally we held our annual flock, ewe lamb and stock ram competitions. A new class for bought in or home bred tup lambs was added with a shield presented by Carrs Billington.

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CLUBS Overall champion and ewe lamb champion went to Stewart Lathangie’s Pyeston flock. Prizes were kindly sponsored by Starlyne. Ron Greig then gave a very interesting talk on the Suffolk Sheep Society and his involvement with it. The Fingask Show Points Shield, awarded on results at local shows, was won by Gordon Mackie and the Blacks were runners up.

Ron Greig presenting Stewart Lathangie with Overall Flock Champion, Ewe Lamb Champion and Stock Tup Trophy.

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Welsh Border Counties Club 2013 started with our Spring Meeting, in Abergavenny. It was lovely to see everyone and swap stories on what sort of lambing we’d experienced. Schmallenberg was top of the agenda, with many flocks affected to a lesser or great extent. In early July we held a social gathering of club members, friends and neighbours at the Chairman’s farm. This was very well attended and some fantastic stock was on show (I’m not biased at all!) Again, our Club members flew the flag for the Suffolks at some of the country’s top shows. Well done everyone.

As I type this report we are looking forward to our Club Christmas Dinner, before we disappear to the lambing shed again. Roll on next spring when we can all get together again and catch up with old friends and all the news! Have a good lambing and we’ll see you in the New Year. Dai Harvey (Chairman)

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West Country Club The West Country Club activities for 2013 kicked off once everyone had hopefully finished lambing with a quiz night organised by Carrie and Paul Osman. It turned out to be a lot of fun. Dr Liz Genever of Eblex kindly travelled down to Exeter to talk at our Spring Meeting on ‘The role of grass and forage crops in the production of Suffolk rams’. A lot of questions on the subject and lively debate followed. With generous monetary support from sponsors, the club continues to support six prime lamb and store lamb competitions at Exeter, Sedgemoor, Truro, Holsworthy , South Molton and Blackmoor Gate markets , one of our members, Philip Brooks taking top place at Sedgemoor Market with a pair of 39kg Suffolk cross lambs selling for £114.

Shows

The three main shows were well supported with good sheep. Robert Holmes excelled with a very special homebred shearling ewe by Deveronside Dell Boy that swept the board taking Breed championships at all 3 county shows, Devon County, Bath & West and Royal Cornwall. Other breed Champions were Robert Hopper’s shearling ram at Mid Devon and Gill Beckley and Arthur Brown’s ewe lamb at Dorchester. Congratulations must also go to Lydia, William and Horace Hopper, Jocey Irwin and Anna Reddaway for all doing extremely well in the young handler and young shepherd classes. The Bi-annual NSA Sheep South West event was held at Moortown Barton, near South

Molton. The Suffolk Society Breed stand with Lewis and a rota of club members was busy all day with good ram lambs and shearlings kindly supplied by Mike Waycott.

Club Show And Sales

Mike Waycott had a well grown ram lamb by Parkhouse Jade take home the silverware at Exeter Livestock Market and sell for 780 guineas. Reserve Champion from H. C. Derryman was sold to the judge Michael Snell. Trade was buoyant. Sedgemoor Market saw Aimee Mogford’s ram lamb win the championship and go on to sell for 470 guineas. The Exeter NSA ram sale saw good demand for Suffolks. One of the highlights of the year was our annual Summer Gathering. Held this year on the edge of Dartmoor at Hughslade Farm it was kindly hosted by John, Sandra and James Heard. During the monsoon that greeted our arrival we were given a tour of the extensive range of buildings. The rain abated and twenty five members were loaded in and out of Ifor William’s trailer to view the Limousin cross sucklers and their Charollais cross calves, the Galloway cattle, Blue Faced

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West Country Suffolk Sheep Association Flock Competition 2013 This year David and Julie Inman (Lindum) kindly agreed to judge this year’s flock competition and came down from Leicestershire and spent three days looking around eleven flocks. Riverside Feeds kindly helped to sponsor the event. Results were announced at our flock competition meal at the Cat & Fiddle. Showmans Shield Philip Brooks Small Flock 1st Aimee Mogford (Mogford) 2nd James Heard (Hughslade) 3rd Gill Beckley and A. Brown (Rollian) 4th Graham Reddaway (Barwick)

Best Ram, Shearling or over 1st Rugley Redstar - Derrymans 2nd Strathisla Blitz - Rob Holmes 3rd Conveth Camelot - Rob Holmes 4th Barton Shearling - James Heard Best Homebred Ram 1st Yarcombe Leader - Derrymans 2nd Willmar Foggy - Rob Holmes 3rd Lyatts 13 - Philip Brooks Best Group of Stock Rams 1st Willmar 2nd Mogford 3rd Yarcombe Best Group of Ram Lambs (running on as commercial shearlings) Willmar 1st 2nd Yarcombe 3rd Hughslade 4th Denbury

Large Flock

Champion Ram Castleisle Compo

1st 2nd 3rd 4th

Reserve Ram Strathisla Spielberg

Rob Holmes (Willmar) Mike Waycott (Longridge) H. C. Derryman & Sons (Yarcombe) Philip Brooks (Lyatts)

Ewe Lambs 1st Aimee Mogford 2nd Rob Holmes 3rd James Heard 4th Arthur Brown

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Ram Lamb 1st Castleisle Compo - Rob Holmes 2nd Strathisla Spielberg Mary-Julia Cornish (Mardle) 3rd Mon-Ster - Reg Pedrick (Denbury) 4th Willmar Foggy - Rob Holmes

Reserve Champion Flock Mogford - Aimee Mogford Champion Flock Willmar - Rob Holmes

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Back Row L – R: James Heard, Philip and Harry Brooks, Robbie Pedrick, Mary-Julia Cornish, David Inman, Mary Carr and Mike Waycott Front Row L – R: Philip Derryman, Judith Holmes, Julie Inman, Robert Holmes and Aimee Mogford

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Donegal Club

Another outstanding year for Donegal Suffolk sheep breeders At the breed’s Premier sale in Roscrea, Donegal breeders claimed three out of the top four prices. Andrew Wilson’s 3rd prize open ram lamb sold for the 2nd top price of €3,500gns whilst Wm. J. & R. Wilson’s 2nd prize group of 3 ram lambs sold for €3,100, and John A. Doherty’s ram lamb sold for €2,700gns. Sam Wilson’s Novice Champion sold for €2,000gns.

Raphoe Premier Sale

It was standing room only as a packed ringside witnessed a new record price of €2,000gns for William Gill’s Champion, an excellent ram lamb purchased by Trevor Burke and Eric Campbell Co. Galway. Buyers from all over Ireland were present and it was Co. Mayo breeder Patrick Mc Andrew who purchased Wm. J. and R. Wilson’s Reserve Champion for €1,300gns. Raphoe Premier is

now regarded as one of the most prestigious events in the Suffolk Sales Calendar. Our judge on the night was Mr Leslie Liggett of the Carony Flock. Mr Norman Gibson won the Shearling ram class and Andrew Wilson won the pairs.

Raphoe 2nd Sale

Our judge this time was Mr Ian Donald of Newtownstewart and he awarded the championship this time to Jonathan Lucas’s strong ram lamb who sold for €580gns, standing Reserve was John A. Doherty’s ram lamb which sold for €700gns whilst Wm. J. & R. Wilson’s 3rd placed lamb sold for €940gns, and Andrew Wilson’s ram lamb sold for €800gns, Wm. J. and R. Wilson’s received €710gns also. John A. Doherty won the pairs and Knox Bros the shearling ram. Novice winner was Elizabeth Browne.

Mr. William Gill with the Raphoe Premier Champion which sold for €2,000gns

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Con Lynch from Moatfarrel Co Longford judged our 3rd sale, and the Champion on the night was awarded to Andrew Wilson’s ram lamb which sold for €1,100gns. The Reserve Champion was won by Doherty Bros and sold for €1,210gns, John A. Doherty also received €900 from Galway breeder Patrick Greaney, whilst Wm. J. and R. Wilson received €830gns. Other prize winners on the night included Shearling ram P.J. Mc Monagle, Pairs John A. Doherty.

Raphoe 4th Sale

Local breeder Seamus Mc Devitt judged our final sale and awarded the Championship to P.J. Mc Monagle’s quality ram lamb which

later sold for €630gns, Reserve was won by Seamus Browne’s lamb and this sold for €500gns. Scott Bros won the Shearling ram class and this sold for €660gns, whilst Wm. J. and R. Wilson won the pairs. Other notable prices included Doherty Bros March lamb selling for €660gns. Many thanks to all our customers for their continued support and to our sponsors Smyths Daleside, Fane Valley Feeds, Carndonagh Vets and Browne Printers Ltd, and many Congratulations to all our exhibitors ,with an excellent standard of sheep at all of our sales. Our Premier Sale in 2014 will take place on Friday 15th August at Raphoe Mart.

Andrew Lucas with their 2nd Sale Champion

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2013 was a very successful year for club members coming to the National Championships, where Aaron James won 1st prize in both the Novice Ewe Lamb Class and Novice Ram Lamb Class. S. and S Gahan continued the club’s winning streak by securing 1st and 2nd prize in Open Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion.

Andrew Lucas with their 2nd Sale Champion Our Club Premier Show and Sale in Tullow Mart was judged by Mr Edward a ram sired by Garryhinch Tornado from John Jeffery, Kilbeg Flock. He awarded the Stacey’s Hillstone flock to be Champion with Champion to a ram lamb sired by Garryhinch Reserve Champion going to Tom and Jeff Tornado and bred by John Stacey, Hillstone Bailey’s, Baileys Flock for a lamb sired by Flock with Reserve Champion going to S Cairness Jubilee. .`and S. Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock for a King’s Theatre Lamb. There was strong trade throughout the sales with good demand for the quality stock on Our 2nd Show and Sale was judged by Mr offer. John Donohoe, Ballybur Flock. John judged

2nd Show and Sale, Reserve Champion Tom Bailey, Judge John Donohue, Champion John Stacey

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BEESTON CASTLE AUCTION, BEESTON, NR TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE CW6 9NZ

Tel. 01829 262120 Fax. 01829 262129 www.wrightmarshall.co.uk

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 twelve 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. After the fantastic 2012 Sale, a large entry was received in November achieving a wonderful clearance selling to almost 100 different buyers from all over Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as Belgium reaching a top of 5,500gns for a Cairness Gimmer selling to Thurston. 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.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2013 SALE

5,500gns CAIRNESS GIMMER to THURSTON

3,100gns BEAUFORT EWE to SAFADDAN

This years Sale date: SATURDAY, 1st NOVEMBER The 14th “WRIGHT MARSHALL AUTUMN COLLECTION” Show & Sale of In-lamb Ewes; Gimmers & 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 Email: clivenorbury@wrightmarshall.co.uk


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County Wexford Club The Co. Wexford Sheepbreeders’ year started in June with a Suffolk cross factory lamb competition, the prize being ram vouchers to be used by the winners to purchase Suffolk rams at our autumn sales. This was made possible by very generous sponsorship from the Suffolk Sheep Society. Considering the fact that factory lamb prices held steady all year our breeders were disappointed with the interest around the ring at our ram sales, with prices back considerably on the previous year. Nevertheless there were some good prices and our members are looking to the future with stock ram purchases in Roscrea and as far afield as Stirling, Ballymena and Builth Wells. At our First Show and Sale in August judge Fram Jeffrey picked his champion from Tom Rossiter’s pen, with the Reserve Champion going to Brendan Fitzpatrick, who also won the Novice class. The group of three ram lambs was won by Tom Rossiter and Kevin

Gaffney had the champion female. Our Second Show and Sale in September was judged by Jim Walker and he also found the champion and reserve champion in Tom Rossiter’s pen, with the Novice championship going to William Sweetman. Our year ended with our Annual Dinner and Presentation of Trophies which was held in the Stanville Lodge Hotel near Wexford town. This year we did not have a guest speaker but after thirty five years old music comrades, Michael Brennan and John Murray came together again for one night only and the expression ‘sing along’ was brought to a whole new level as our members left aside their inhibitions and any concerns they may have had for the sheep industry while they lifted the rafters. Needless to say a great night was had by all! We want to thank most sincerely Co. Wexford Marts and I.C.M Camolin for their very generous sponsorship and assistance during the year.

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Cairness Great Expectations Purchased jointly for 21,000gns Stirling 2013

Pexhill Sacre Sprinter (Son of Pexhill Real Lucky) First Recorded Ram Lamb National Sale 2013 Other Sires Used: STRATHISLA RED McGREGOR (28,000gns. Stirling Champion)

PEXHILL REAL LUCKY (Sire of Stirling and Carlisle Champions)

HADDO HIGH VOLTAGE CAIRNESS SEE THE STARS (20,000gns)

Flock Successes 2013: 1st Ram Lamb & Champion, Western Area Sale

1st Ram Lamb & Champion, Rugby Ram Fair & Bakewell Ram Fair

Congratulations to William Borthwick winning 1st Ram Lamb & Champion, Carlisle (bred from a Pexhill Ewe) · Also Sainsbury Cup for Best Ewe Lambs, National Flock Competition (Majority bred from Pexhill Ewes)

G Biddulph, Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield SK11 9QJ Tel: 01625 424284 • Email: g.biddulph2@O2.co.uk


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Flanders Club Belgium has always been a true follower of the Suffolk breed. We look at what’s happening in the UK, go to shows and sales there, visit breeders and flocks, follow them on Facebook, buy tups, AI with top sires and there are even breeders that have started flushing ewes. We are one of the leading Suffolk countries on the continent. During the spring of 2014 our new website and Facebook page will be launched. In a previous Yearbook article by Mrs Margaret Barbour it mentioned that we have, next to the local club shows- fourbig Suffolk shows in Belgium. All but one is judged by British judges. They are always impressed by the quality of our ewes and ewe lambs which are often as good as those in the UK, however, we still have some room for improvement when it comes to tups. Our first big show of the year was Herne, which is situated in the middle of our country. This year the show was judged by Rory Machray of the Middlemuir flock. He did a very good job and made 4609-0038, a ram lamb of Geert Capiau, breed champion. Female and reserve breed champion was 8501-2260, a gimmer bred by Danny Waillez. The next show was Tongeren, in the East of Belgium, judged by Michael Weaver of the Perrinpit flock. 13:11-0051 from J.P. Stevens

was the deserved breed champion here, an outstanding ewe lamb that beat another ewe lamb, the reserve breed champion 11:11-0072 of Miriam Voncken. The third big show is Aalst, also quite central in our country, and is judged by a Belgian breeder, Bert Laeremans. He agreed with Michael Weaver,as he also made J.P. Steven’s ewe lamb breed champion. Reserve breed champion was another ewe lamb, granddaughter of Rhaeadr Obsession, and bred by Alain Nerinckx. The final show was Beveren-Leie (Waregem), in the West of Belgium. The quality of our female sheep was again confirmed here, as the judge, Rob Holmes of the Wilmar flock, choose another ewe lamb as breed champion; 3810-0868 of Claude Vanwijnsberghe and granddaughter of the famous S46:U42. We would like to wish every Suffolk breeder success this year and thank all the British breeders for their hospitality when we visit. It is always a pleasure. We are looking forward to continuing working with the breeders, judges and Suffolk Sheep Society. Written by Bert Laeremans / bert.laeremans@gmail.com Suffolk Breeder (Netevallei & Laerehoeve Suffolks) and member of the Suffolk Club Flanders

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CONTACT DETAILS Fairways 128 Scotby Road, Scotby, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 8BJ. Tel: 01228 539 200 Messrs T C & C A Harding Lodge Farm, Atterton, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV13 6JZ. Tel: 01827 717 999 E-mail: charles@bentleysuffolks.co.uk Messrs J S & A Whitehurst Hurst Farm, Bramshall, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 5BQ. Tel: 01889 562 474 Norman D Howl Glebe Farm, Lowick, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3BA. Tel: 01832 733 200 Messrs E A & L Jackson Rugley Farm, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2JE. Tel: 01665 602 528 E-mail: alan@rugley.co.uk M E Osmond Gastons Farm Five Bells Lane, Nether Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8EN. Tel: 01264 781 439/782 462 E-mail: gastonsfarm@btinternet.com S J Buckley Sittinglow Farm, Dove Holes, Nr Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8DA. Tel: 01298 812 048 E-mail: louise@louisebuckley.orangehome.co.uk Mr Ian Graham Red Cat Farm Red Cat, Durdar, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4UL. Tel: 01228 522 517 J A & J Aldhouse Wadd Farm, Grandshore Lane Frittenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2BZ. Tel: 01580 852 363 E-mail: nicky@waddfarm.co.uk G Biddulph Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9QJ. Tel: 01625 424 284 Email: g.biddulph2@o2.co.uk Messrs GL Gent & Son Oundle Lodge, Oundle, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 5TN. Tel: 01832 274 325 Rodger K Denby Riddings Hill, Moat Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5PJ. Tel: 01228 577 138 E-mail: grahamdenby85@aol.com B E D Skinner & Mrs E Cameron 23 Crown Way, Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2EY. Tel: 01953 888 197 Messrs R & A Harrison Hazel Head, Kirkland, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 0LH. Tel: 01697 342 460 Messrs R Partridge & Son Ltd West Sampsons Hall, Kersey, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 6EL. Tel: 01787 210 859 E-mail: thecovey@kerseylivestock.co.uk Messrs T A Irwin & Son Lower Kingstree, Kingsnympton, Umberleigh, Devon, EX37 9TT. Tel: 01769 581 360 E-mail: kingssuffolks@tesco.net Mrs M E Petherbridge 11 Kirkfield, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2GL. Tel: 01995 613 18 E-mail: petherbridge869@btinternet.com Mr D S & Mrs C M Sault Yoxall Farm, Longcroft Lane Yoxall, Nr Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 8NT. Tel: 01543 472 649 E-mail: chrissault443@btinternet.com Clive Richards Lower Hope, Ullingswick, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 3JF. Tel: 01432 820 218 E-mail: accounts@lowerhopefarms.co.uk

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Richard & Aiden Stephenson

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D & T Richards

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M W Waycott

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Ian Lill

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Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship

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Messrs J H & A J King

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Miss Elizabeth Needham

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Mrs M Brown

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Miss A E Goodman

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MJR & JA Pinny

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Mrs V Wolton

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Mr & Mrs S K Elsworthy

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A J Crook

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John Creeper

Bush Farm, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4DL. Tel: 01825 722 157 Rookery Farm, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LA. Tel: 01386 853 724 E-mail: sallybeale@live.co.uk Longfurlong Farm, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8HN. Tel: 01283 761 445 St Mark's Court, Piper Wells Lane Shepley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8BD. Tel: 01484 605 440 E-mail: barncliff@talktalk.net Bettonwood Farm, Bromlow, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0DU. Tel: 01743 891 809 Pitley Farm, Whistley Hill, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7JP. Tel: 01364 652 361 E-mail: pitleyfarm@gmail.com Bunkers Hill Farm, Cold Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 6EP. Tel: 01604 740 262 E-mail: clarelill@btinternet.com Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QR. Tel: 01262 673 043 E-mail: geoffriby@btconnect.com North Middleton House, Wooperton, Wooler, Northumberland, NE71 6QY. Tel: 01668 217 331 E-mail: jcook@lilburnestates.co.uk Sibbecks Park Farm, Niton Road Whitwell, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2NZ. Tel: 01983 731 272 Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PF. Tel: 01476 870 223 E-mail: lizneedham@btinternet.com Maverick Farm, Clifton, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 2HD. Tel: 01943 463 678 E-mail: br5142own@aol.com Airyholme Farm, Hovingham, Hovingham, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LS. Tel: 01653 628 275 E-mail: flitwickflock@btinternet.com New College Farm, Holcot, Northamptonshire, NN6 9SQ. Tel: 01604 781 078 Fish Pond Cottage, Cemetery Lane, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6SA. Tel: 01206 298 844 E-mail: val.wolton@hotmail.co.uk Barnfield, Monkleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5LD. Tel: 01805 624 474 E-mail: monkleigh.sheep@tesco.net Burton Farm, Bishopton, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 0RW. Tel: 01789 293 338 E-mail: tony.crook@ukonline.co.uk A M Creeper & Son, Higher Tregunnon Altarnun, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7SX. Tel: 01566 864 50 E-mail: johncreeper@tiscali.co.uk

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R J Woolway

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A J & W J Reed

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Mrs P Lupton

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John Key

LJO

P A Rycraft

LJY

Mrs Kathleen M Moon

LYN

D & M & S Prince

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Barry C Stonard

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Thomas Blunt

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Phillip Brooks

NLZ

J R and J A Irving

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HMP Wymott

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Messrs A E Weaver & Son

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Tina Baseley

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David L J & Charlie D Hughes

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Mr Nicholas Charles Stirling

PTT

Mrs Virginia Pott

PWX

Helen Battye

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Jane Walker

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H C Derryman & Sons

College Farm, Somersham, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3ER. Tel: 01487 840 256 E-mail: ray@woolways.co.uk France Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2HQ. Tel: 01884 266 366 E-mail: ajwjreed@aol.com Greenholme Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 324 Garfield House Farm, Midhopestones Stocksbridge, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 4GW. Tel: 01226 762 307 E-mail: johnkeyghf@yahoo.co.uk Green Cross Cottage, Green Cross Lane Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2ND. Tel: 01428 717 544 Lower Core Farm, Bleasdale Garstang, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 1UT. Tel: 01995 612 65 E-mail: katandbadger@btinternet.com Highfield House Farm, Stonedge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0LW. Tel: 01246 590 817 E-mail: matthew@highfieldhousefarm.co.uk Holme Grange Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 718 E-mail: b.c.stonard@btinternet.com 36 Shelsmore, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5HU. Tel: 01908 617 282 E-mail: tom.blunt@hotmail.co.uk Brooksfield Lyatts, Hardington Mandeville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9NR. Tel: 01935 862 900 Rosebank Farm, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7DA. Tel: 01386 552 292 E-mail: james.irving66@btinternet.com Andrew Caunce Farms & Gardens Dept, Ulnes Walton, Leyland Preston, Lancashire, PR26 8LW. Tel: 01772 442 056 E-mail: andrew.caunce@hmps.gsi.gov.uk Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire, BS36 2AT. Tel: 01454 772 126 E-mail: weaverperrinpit@aol.com Landway Farm, Basted Lane, Crouch Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8PY. Tel: 01732 886 002 E-mail: tinabaseley@btconnect.com Freeland Farm, Bygrave Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5DS. Tel: 07772 712 358 E-mail: hughes328@btinternet.com Dipton Cottage Farm, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5RY. Tel: 01434 682 530 E-mail: nelson_accounts@hotmail.co.uk Woodhouse Farm, Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5BS. Tel: 01332 824 226 E-mail: virginiapott@aol.com Firs Farm, Rininglow Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S11 7TD. Tel: 01142 301 169 E-mail: helen.battye@genusplc.com New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9HX. Tel: 01433 620 413 E-mail: newnookfarm@btinternet.com Mount Pleasant Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9DQ. Tel: 01404 881 398 E-mail: derrymanmum@hotmail.co.uk

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James Wood

5 Boreland Hill, Upper Woodford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6PE. Tel: 01722 782 749 E-mail: jim.wood@networkrail.co.uk Martyn & Helen Bateman Moat Farm, Low Road, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, PE29 9HU. Tel: 01480 496 547 E-mail: martynb@totalise.co.uk Mr J. H Quine & D. Summers Ballakilley Farm, Bride, Isle of Man, IM7 4AT. Tel: 01624 880 588 E-mail: doncorsa@hotmail.com Mr R Fitton Ryders Farm, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton, BL4 8RU. Tel: 07971 272 764 E-mail: sarah_fitton@msn.com P R Wilkinson Old Pennyholme, Fadmoor, York, Yorkshire, YO62 7JG. Tel: 01751 430 552 E-mail: william@pennyholme.com James Dunne Crofters Rock Road, Washington, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 3BQ. Tel: 01903 891 400 E-mail: landmarkpaving@aol.com Derek J Farr The Vedw, Rowlestone, Pontrilas, Hereford, HR2 ODR. Tel: 01981 240 528 D W Rossiter Burton Galmpton, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3EY. Tel: 01548 561 210 E-mail: davidwrossiter@yahoo.co.uk Philip W Poole Beaconsfield Farm, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4AA. Tel: 01939 210 370 E-mail: mail@beaconsfield-farm.co.uk G Riley 5 Madison Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 8JN. Tel: 01524 823 709 Messrs J & R Whitehouse Weston Park Farm, Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6UW. Tel: 01386 840 835 Messrs V E & B M Samuel & Son Upper Monkton Farm, St Weonards, Herefordshire, HR2 8PF. Tel: 01981 580 315 E-mail: j_park@btconnect.com R W & A Pedrick Stoneleigh Dolbeare, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7LB. Tel: 01364 652 743 R F Holmes Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7YD. Tel: 01392 832 281 E-mail: robertholmes123@msn.com

FLOCK CODE NAME 249 Mrs R H Goldie

414

Mrs J A Lorimer

1W

George L Stuart

22K

Rigfoot Suffolks

SCOTLAND CONTACT DETAILS Harpercroft, Old Loans Road Dundonald, By Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 9DD. Tel: 01292 317 222 E-mail: harpercroft@btconnect.com Cadgerford, Kingswells, Aberdeenshire, AB15 8SR. Tel: 01224 741 705 E-mail: jimmyandjudith@windowslive.com Milltown of Birness, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8EJ. Tel: 01358 711 204 E-mail: birness@yahoo.co.uk Rigfoot Farm, Uplawmoor, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, G78 4BL. Tel: 01505 850 272 E-mail: emmap2209@hotmail.co.uk

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Messrs John Y Barclay & Co

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Messrs J & M Buchanan

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Messrs J H Christie & Son

AAZ

P Machray

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Mr Leslie Learmonth

CBK

Mrs. Nan Moir

CJO

Mrs C M Nelson

CWK

Mrs A B & Mr M E Smith

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Andrew McKay

FHT

I&J Barbour

FJY

John B Mauchlen

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Messrs P & A Wilson

H6

Mrs Irene Fowlie

JDX

Paula & David Reid

JKA

James T Cannon

JTO

Scott & Gavin Brown

K14

James Young

KLY

John Harrison

LAO

Mr & Mrs N Whitehead

LBC

Thomas Darling

Mid Brockloch, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8DG. Tel: 01655 882 268 E-mail: beachybeltex@yahoo.co.uk Prettsmill Farm, Sandilands, Lanark, Lanarkshire, ML11 9TN. Tel: 01555 663 101 [Daytime] West Carse Farm, Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 3AE. Tel: 01786 860 543 Bilboa, Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0JA. Tel: 01467 671 482 E-mail: patrick.machray@kirkwood-homes.com Wester Oathlaw, Oathlaw, By Forfar, Angus, DD8 3PQ. Tel: 01307 850 201 E-mail: solohull@hotmail.co.uk The Rectory, Cairness Lonmay, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8SL. Tel: 01346 532 349 E-mail: moir2010@btconnect.com Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX. Tel: 01573 450 733 E-mail: caroline.nelson4@btinternet.com Burnside, Hatton of Fintray, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0JH. Tel: 01224 791 237 Broughton Mains Farm, Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8HD. Tel: 01988 850 258 E-mail: andybmains@supanet.com Rosefield Farm, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 6QX. Tel: 01461 202 666 Email: info@jbaseedpotatoes.co.uk Spotsmains, Kelso, Scottish Borders, TD5 7RT. Tel: 01573 460 226 E-mail: john.mauchlen@btopenworld.com Spoutwells Farm, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8LX. Tel: 01776 704 086 E-mail: spoutwells4@btinternet.com Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6TB. Tel: 01771 637 263 E-mail: fowlie_@hotmail.com Calfpark, Mouswald, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4QB. Tel: 01387 830 250 E-mail: paulareid1@btinternet.com Redbrae Farm, Wigtown, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DJ. Tel: 01988 403 239 E-mail: redbrae@toucansurf.com Woodhead Farm, Dewarton, Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NY. Tel: 01875 320 143 E-mail: capielaw@hotmail.co.uk Muirton, Corse, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JN. Tel: 01339 883 443 E-mail: sufftex@yahoo.co.uk 25 Brunt Court, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1RP. Tel: 01368 864 256 East Blairdaff, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5LT. Tel: 01467 651 339 E-mail: nandj@njwhitehead.orangehome.co.uk Ladyflat Farm, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3QX. Tel: 01361 883 569 E-mail: howeburnsuffolks@hotmail.com

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Tom Fitzsimon

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John Lundy

NVY

James & Liam Scott

NWZ A & S Simpson PDN

Mr GJ Christie

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John A. Henderson

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Mr & Mrs McEwan

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David W M Gilmour

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R J L Park

FLOCK CODE NAME 195 Mr B Rees 348 82N A12 DLO DVJ K52 NAT

High Drum, Dunscore, Dumfries, DG2 OUF. Tel: 01387 820 325 E-mail: wmhaining@btinternet.com Sunnyhill Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, DG2 0SD. Tel: 01387 720 217 E-mail: tomfitzsimon@aol.com 55 Raemoir Ave, Banchory, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5UQ. Tel: 01330 844 527 E-mail: val.cruickshank@btinternet.com 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: susette.simpson@btinternet.com Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HD. Tel: 01467 681 233 E-mail: g.christie969@btinternet.com West Teuchan, Crudenbay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 0PN. Tel: 01779 841 242 E-mail: john.henderson@agrii.co.uk 3 Aucheneck Cottages, Killearn, Glasgow, Scotland, G63 9QN. Tel: 01324 825 299 E-mail: mrhind@talk21.com Broomknowes, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8HF. Tel: 01655 883 184 E-mail: davidwmg@aol.com Drinkstone, Hawick, Scottish Borders, TD9 7NY. Tel: 01450 370 795

WALES

CONTACT DETAILS Avola Farm, Red Roses, Whitland, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0PE. Tel: 01834 831 240 R G & R A Jones & Son Robleston Hall, Camrose, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6HQ. Tel: 01437 710 242 A W Evans Dol-llys Farm, Trefeglwys, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6JA. Tel: 01686 412 694 Myfyr A Evans Tan-yr-accar, Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 4PH. Tel: 01745 890 232 Mrs M E & D O Jones Crud-yr-Awel North St, Caerwys, Nr Mold, Flintshire, CH7 5AW. Tel: 01352 720 533 James & Edward Thomas Bachygwreiddyn Farm, Pontlliw, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA4 9EP. Tel: 01792 892 750 Messrs R B & G M Morgan & Partners Graig Olway Farm, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1NB. Tel: 01291 672 349 E-mail: morgangofarm@aol.com Dafydd G Jones Frongoy, Pennant Llanon, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5PD. Tel: 01974 272 246 E-mail: dafyddgje@hotmail.co.uk

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY NKC

Huw D Thomas

NKY

D F & A E Callan

PLH

Christine Vaughan

SLC

Vicky Owen

Blaennantygarn, Abergorlech, Carmarthenshire, SA32 7SZ. Tel: 01558 685 381 E-mail: noddy1981@hotmail.co.uk Lower Broadmoor House, Talbenny, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3XD. Tel: 01437 781 219 E-mail: callandf@aol.com Penlan, Crumych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3SG. Tel: 01239 831 512 E-mail: vaughanc05@aol.com Pentre, Llanddewi, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6SD. Tel: 01597 851 215 E-mail: elwinjahman215@btconnect.com

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 E-mail: rmcmullan@suffolksheepni.co.uk 1LSB Martin Butler 22 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT43 6QP. Tel: 0780 1429 790 E-mail: obutler1@eircom.net 20K David Russell 93 Ballynahinch Road, Saintfield, Co Down, BT24 7LZ. Tel: 028 9751 1483 E-mail: d_russell12@sky.com 73A Alfred J & Norman AJ Robinson Summerhill House, Ballyrolly, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 8HQ. Tel: 028 4481 1278 8B R C & J C Watson 107 Duneaney Road, Rasharkin, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT44 8SR. Tel: 028 2957 1502 BCS Messrs Jean & Ivan Porter 17 Glenhead Road Moneyslane, Ballyward, Castlewellan, Co Down, BT31 9PY. Tel: 028 4065 0519 E-mail: ivanporter@btinternet.com BOA Messrs Cyril Watters & Sons Bohard Mills, 23A Tullybleety Road, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, BT69 6HG. Tel: 028 8555 7436 E-mail: cyrilwatters@aol.com FSC Philip Gurney 20 Ruskey Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 4AH. Tel: 028 7086 8435 E-mail: jill.cgurney@yahoo.co.uk FXY R A & R J Rea Drumaslaggy, 8 Lisginney Road, Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, BT69 6BU. Tel: 028 8556 8286 E-mail: areasuffolks@aol.com JFF G C Beacom Lakeview Farm, 97 Ballagh Road, Fivemiletown, Co. Fermanagh, BT75 OLD. Tel: 07929 908 510 Email: lakeview_livestock@hotmail.co.uk KKW P D W Taylor 56 Cashel Road, Macosquin, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 4NU. Tel: 028 7035 4356 E-mail: dennist01@me.com L69 J & C Hamilton Grove Cottage, 37 Carrowdore Road, Greyabbey, Co Down, BT22 2LX. Tel: 028 4278 8203 E-mail: carrowgrove@yahoo.co.uk LHY Rodney Atwell 9 Rawe Road, Derryloman, Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, BT94 4BA. Tel: 028 8953 1625 E-mail: hmatwell@live.co.uk

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY LJD

Mrs Monica & Henry J Flynn

LRT

Patrick Donnelly

PCC

Malcolm Beattie

PPL

Oran McConnon

S38

Wm Montgomery

FLOCK CODE NAME 248 N Gibson 401

Herbert W Stanley

34F

Padraic Niland

60P

Patrick Murphy

C46

Eamonn Duffy

CSK

Trevor Donaghy

G4

John Hanly

HCP

Michael & Aylmer Power

HJW Tom & Jeff Bailey HYW Shaun & Seamus Gahan JYO

John Stacey

KFR KHN KRS

Tommy Cavanagh Patrick Carolan John Healion

KWR

T J & D Broderick

Ard-na-Greine, 63 Mountain Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, BT34 4AZ. Tel: 028 4176 4794 6 Lisnacrogher Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT43 6QP. Tel: 07802 625 521 E-mail: donrho@hotmail.co.uk 193 Ballynahatty Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT78 2NB. Tel: 07810 275 640 E-mail: malbo83@hotmail.com 63 Barnish Road, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, BT41 2EJ. Tel: 028 9447 9225 E-mail: oranmcconnon@gmail.com Edenville, 106 Killinchy Road, Ballygraffin Comber, Co Down, BT23 5NE. Tel: 028 9187 2879

SOUTH OF RELAND CONTACT DETAILS Allen House, Ballyholey, Raphoe, Co. Donegal, EIRE. Tel: 074 9145 142 Bawnogue, Rathdowney, Co Laois, EIRE. Tel: 050 5461 98 E-mail: bawnogue@eircom.net Chessy, Kinvara, Co Galway, EIRE. Tel: 091 6351 48 E-mail: padraicniland@gmail.com Oaklodge Curragh, Inch, Gorey, Co Wexford, EIRE. Tel: 040 2373 57 Ethelstown, Kells, Co Meath, EIRE. Tel: 046 9247 031 E-mail: eamonnduffykells@gmail.com Scotsmans Walk, Bundoran Road, Sligo, Co Sligo, EIRE. Tel: 071 9143 888 Heathview Farm, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary, EIRE. Tel: 050 4339 06 Shepherds Rest, Cappagh, Askeaton, Co Limerick, EIRE. Tel: 061 3920 83 E-mail: powerlivestock@gmail.com Culcommon, Batterstown, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Tel: 087 2553195 Email: tombailey@bovale.com Coolyhune, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, EIRE. Tel: 059 9724 483 E-mail: marybgahan@eircom.net Verona Stables, Clonyburn, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, EIRE. Tel: 0599 157865 Glack, Carndonagh, Co Donegal, EIRE. Tel: 074 9373 062 Laragh, Muff, Kingscourt, Co Cavan, EIRE. Tel: 042 9667 919 Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath, EIRE. Tel: 090 6485 336 E-mail: healionjohn@gmail.com Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, EIRE. Tel: 090 9684 896

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY LKV-E James Rooney LLC

Margaret McGill

M96

PR Brady

NDN-E Hanly Brothers NJA

Stephen & Colm Govin

NKJ NSA

John McSweeney Gabriel Conroy & Sons

NYT-E Jimmy O'Dea PBB PUU

Reggie & Alastair Walsh Peter & Declan Mangan

SAC

Garth Graham

SFC

Raymond Warrington

SFW

Ann Quirke O'Mahony

SHU

Ryan McClean

SJK

Podge & Jack Bolger

SLF-E Brendan & Michelle Caulfield SSC

Tennyson Egar

FLOCK CODE NAME LYT Claude Vanwijnsberghe

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Llavandera Suffolks SL

PFD

P L G Haccou

Gurtnaderry, Grange, Co Sligo, EIRE. Tel: 071 9163 509 E-mail: jandurooney@eircom.net Maddoxland, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co Louth, EIRE. Tel: 087 7503 679 E-mail: margaretmcgill11@hotmail.com Otter Island, Tatestown, Navan, Co. Meath, EIRE. Tel: 046 9071 849 E-mail: prbrady@iol.ie Heathview Farm, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary, EIRE. Tel: 087 627 4388 Mayo Abbey, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo, EIRE. Tel: 094 9360 172 E-mail: stephen991@gmail.com Inchineil, Kilbarry, Macroom, Co Cork, EIRE. Tel: 026 46119 Lambay, Trim, Co Meath, EIRE. Tel: 046 9432 799 E-mail: lambaysuffolks@hotmail.com N17 Glenafosha, Corofin, County Galway, EIRE. Tel: 087 9413 809 Gurteen, Orna, Co Longford, EIRE. Tel: 043 3341 251 Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co. Galway, EIRE. Tel: 087 3138 792 E-mail: teresamangan@live.ie Kirriemuir, Ballygawley, Co. Sligo, EIRE. Tel: 071 930 3002 E-mail: garthgraham@eircom.net Derrylahan, Newtowngore, Co. Leitrim, EIRE. Tel: 087 2995 117 E-mail: raymondwarrington@hotmail.com Ballinreesig, Ballygarvan, Co Cork, EIRE. Tel: 021 4888 490 E-mail: danolim@eircom.net Finea, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, EIRE. Tel: 087 1892 910 E-mail: licblasuffolks@gmail.com Springfield Farm, Oylegate, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, EIRE. Tel: 053 9177 812 E-mail: pandapodge@gmail.com Coolalug, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, EIRE. Tel: 0402 384 22 E-mail: mbcaulfield@yahoo.ie Glenmore, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, EIRE. Tel: 087 675 4230 E-mail: egartenno@yahoo.co.uk

EUROPE CONTACT DETAILS Leiestraat 53, B8792 Desselgem, Belgium Tel: 0475 75 87 37 Email: claude@hubert.be Camino De Llavandera, No 2359, Gijon, Asturias, 33350. Tel: 0034 985 138 708 E-mail: nachoacebal@hotmail.com 't Specop, Zomervreugdweg 9, 7251 NX Vorden (Gld), Netherlands, MK6 1BL. Tel: 0031 575 559 119 E-mail: haccou@gmail.com

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The Society is currently accepting entries for the

2014 National Flock Competition Entries will close on Friday 29th August 2014, with judging commencing in early October. Entries can be made by contacting the Society OfďŹ ce

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

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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Conditions Of Entry To The 2014 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. 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: 196

Stock Ewes 100 Stud Rams 60 Ewe lambs 40

TROPHIES 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.

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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.

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This year’s categories include: 1. Pedigree group of Suffolk Sheep 2. Commercial Flock using Suffolk Genetics 3. Growing up with Suffolks 4. Suffolks and the Seasons Photographs must be taken with a digital camera and sent via email to enquiries@suffolksheep.org before Friday 28th November 2014

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ry tego es a C v Each r Recei e n n Wi

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2013 COMPETITION WINNERS

Class 1 - Pedigree group of Suffolk Sheep

Winner : Catherine Derryman - Yarcombe Flock, Devon

Class 2 & 3 Commercial Suffolk X Sheep

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Class 4 Growing up with Suffolks

Joint Winner: Charlotte Brayley - Barkip Flock, Ayrshire

Class 4 Growing up with Suffolks

Joint Winner: Catherine Derryman - Yarcombe Flock, Devon

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2013 COMPETITION WINNERS

Class 5 - A Suffolk Winter Scene

Winner: Shona Fleming representing the Westmuir Flock, Roxburghshire

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2014 Events Dates SOCIETY RAM SALES National (Shrewsbury) (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) Scottish (Stirling) (Judge: George Stuart) Ballymena (Judge: Alex Gray) Roscrea (Judge: Melvin Stuart) Builth (Judge: TBC) Carlisle (Judge: John Barker) KELSO & NSA SALES Wales & Border Early 4th August South West Region 20th August Kelso 12th September Eastern Region 19th September Wales & Border Main 22nd September

18th & 19th July 24th & 25th July 30th July 2nd August 4th August 8th August NSA SHEEP EVENTS Eastern Region Melton Mowbray 31st January Scot Sheep Duns, Berwickshire 4th June South Sheep Lewes, East Sussex 28th June Sheep Event Three Counties, Malvern 30th July

SHOWS - SUFFOLK Royal Ulster (Balmoral) (Judge: John Campbell) NSC - Gorey, Wexford (Judge: Edward Jeffery) Three Counties Show (Judge: William Tait) Royal Highland (Judge: Gary Beacom) Great Yorkshire (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) Royal Welsh (Judge: Sheila Eggleston) SUFFOLK FEMALE SALES Kells Production Sale (Carnaross) Abergavenny (Monmouthshire Livestock Centre) Burnview & Lakeview (Balmoral Showgrounds) Beeston Annakisha, Barrowlands, Castleisle, Clyda & Shannagh (Blessington) Carlisle Stirling Cairness & Strathisla Production Sale (Carlisle) Northern Ireland Branch (Evening, Ballymena Livestock Market) Four Nations Collective In Lamb Sale Baileys Production Sale

14th - 16th May 24th May 13th - 15th June 19th - 22nd June 8th - 10th July 21st - 24th July 2nd September 25th October 8th November 1st November 1st November 7th November 8th November 15th November TBC 21st November 29th November 203


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Suffolk Sheep Society Yearbook 2014  

Includes relevant News articles, Show and Sale reviews, Branch and Club Reports as well Breeders Directory and other Society Information

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