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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 137 South East 139 South of Ireland 141 Western Area

ARTICLES 15 Farmer Focus 21 Hans Flock wins Most Improved 25 Sheep Ireland and OVIGEN 29 Irish and UK Suffolk Genetic Evaluation 31 Maedi Visna on the Increase 33 Low Howgill choose Suffolks 35 BASCO Online System 39 Case Study: Kathleen Hill 41 Ramcompare Project 43 Obituaries

CLUBS 145 Border 147 Central & West Scotland 151 Dyfed 153 East Down 155 Eastern 157 Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties 159 Midland 161 North Antrim & East Londonderry 163 North East Scotland 165 North West 171 Shropshire & Montgomery 173 Tayside 175 Welsh Borders 177 West Country 181 Donegal 183 Eastern Suffolk 185 Flanders

SHOWS 49 Royal Ulster 53 Three Counties 57 Royal Highland 61 Great Yorkshire 64 Royal Welsh 68 Irish National Championships 72 National Flock Competition SALES 77 Shrewsbury 85 Stirling 93 Ballymena 97 Roscrea 101 Carlisle 105 Builth 106 Kelso 108 Sales Averages 113 Female Sales

BREEDERS DIRECTORY 187 England 189 Scotland 191 Wales 191 Northern Ireland 192 Republic of Ireland 193 Europe 195 196 199 203

National Flock Competition Conditions of Entry Photographic Competiton Events

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Advertising Index Breeding Advertisers

Industry Advertisers

Breeder

Flock

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Barbour, I & J

Solwaybank

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AB Europe

Beacom, G C

Lakeview

110

AHDB

Brown, Scott

Capielaw

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Celtic Sheep Breeding Services

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Browne, Seamus

Errigal

D & C Fawcett Ltd

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Delves, D P & R A

Bridgeview

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Farmgene Ltd

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Duffy, Eamonn

Kells

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Harrison & Hetherington

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Evans, Myfyr A

Rhaeadr

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J G Animal Health

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Fowlie, Irene

Essie

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MacGregor Photography

Holmes, C J

Rookery

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Natural Stockcare

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King, J H & A J

Alljohn

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Norbrook

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Lilburn Estates Farming P’ship

Roseden

127

Pro Star Genetics

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O’Keeffe, Arther & Susan

Annakisha & Clyda 180

Rugby Market

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Pinny, Messrs M J R & J A

Alloaks

SGHS SAC

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Sufferin, Stephen

Crewelands

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Industry Advertisers

Smyths Daleside Feeds

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South West Sheep Breeding Services

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Straker Chadwick

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United Auctions

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Wright Marshall

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Suffolk Sheep Society Council 2016 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 860 622 m: +44 (0) 7870 154 756 e: hillend2@btinternet.com

President John Christie West Carse Farm Stirling, Stirlingshire, FK8 3AE t: +44 (0) 1786 860 543 m: +44 (0) 7905 286 332 e: dianechristie963@aol.com

President Elect 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

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

South of Ireland Stephen Govin Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co. Mayo t: +353 (0) 94 9360 172 m: +353 (0) 87 9160 421 e: stephen991@gmail.com

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

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

North England (Northern) Jane Soulsby The Beeches, Culgaith Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1QL t: +44 (0) 1768 879 151 m: +44 (0) 7980 641 709 e: soulsbyjane@gmail.com

Midlands and Eastern Counties 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

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 West Simon Faux Culleys Farm Clench Common Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 4NZ t: +44 (0) 1672 513 102

Wales excl. Monmouthshire Nigel Towns Woodfield, Amroth, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8PR t: +44 (0) 1834 831 218 m: +44 (0) 7831 475 557 e: nigel.towns@hotmail.co.uk

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 & Breed Secretary

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

Senior Office Administrator

Miss Laura Finlay t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: enquiries@suffolksheep.org

Accountant

Dafferns LLP One Eastwood, Harry Weston Road, Binley Business Park, Coventry, CV3 2UB Please send all written correspondence to:

The Suffolk Sheep Society

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

Personal Assistant

Miss Margo Graham t: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 e: accounts@suffolksheep.org

If you want to join the Society call this number: +44 (0) 28 2563 2342 A Company Limited by Guarantee, No. 22684 Charity No: 211348 OSCR No: SC043459 Š Suffolk Sheep Society

Suffolk Sheep Year Book 2016 The 2016 Suffolk Year Book was printed in April 2016. Print run 3,000 copies. 1,500 copies issued directly to members and associate sheep producers in the UK, ROI and EU. The balance circulated via events and enquiries to the office. 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.

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All prices and information are correct at time of going to press. For more information about Suffolk Sheep or the Society contact the Society Office at the contact details listed above. Designed and printed by Antrim Printers, Steeple Industrial Estate, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9442 8053

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Branch Chairmen & Secretaries Midlands and Eastern Counties Branch

Chairman: Ray Woolway t: +44 (0) 1487 840 256 m: +44 (0) 7971 575 532 e: woolways@talk21.com 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: Alison Smith Sibbecks Park Farm, Newport Road, Nr. Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2AL. t: +44 (0) 1983 731 272 m: +44 (0) 777 60 77 777 e: secretary@southeastsuffolks.co.uk

South of Ireland Branch

Chairman: John P Screene t: +353 (0) 90 9684 732 m:+353 (0) 87 2693 678 e: jscreene@gmail.com Secretary: Anne Mitchell, Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe,

North of England Branch

Chairman: Jimmy Irving t: +44 (0) 1697 476 806 m: +44 (0) 7758 659 942 e: james.irving66@ btinternet.com Secretary: Michael Armstrong, Town Head Farm, Walton, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2DJ t: +44 (0) 1697 741825 e: michael.armstrong@borderway.com

Northern Ireland Branch

Chairman: Lesley Liggett t: +44 (0) 2882 831 560 m:+44 (0) 07533 166 945 e: les_lig@yahoo.co.uk Secretary: Orla Butler 59 Cushendall Road, Rathkenny, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT43 6QB. t: +44 (0) 2821 758 510 m: +44 (0) 7841 117 252 e: obutler1@eircom.net

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

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

Scottish Area Branch

Chairman: Paula Reid m: +44 (0) 7743 267 484 paulareid1@btinternet.com Secretary: Judith Murray; Boghall Farmhouse, Rait Road, Perth, PH2 7PP. m: +44 (0) 7788 725 905 e: jmurray129@hotmail.

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Performance Recording Committee

Chairman: David Rossiter t: +44 (0) 1548 561 210 m: +44 (0) 7891 396 995 e: rossiterburton@gmail.com Burton Galmpton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3EY

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Club Chairmen and Secretaries Borders (Scottish Borders, Northumberland)

Midlands

Chairman: Michael Walton t: +44 (0) 7790 094 135 Secretary: Caroline Nelson Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX t: +44 (0) 1573 450 733 m: +44 (0) 7968 599 840 e: caroline.nelson4@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

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

North Antrim and East Londonderry

Chairman: John Hegarty m: +44 (0) 07738 412 684 e: johnatbenhead@gmail.com Secretary: David McCaughan 43 Kilmoyle Road, Ballyrock, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, BT53 6NR t: +44 (0) 2820 741 233 m: +44 (0) 77 68 267 592 e: davidballyrocksuffolks@hotmail.com

North East Scotland

East Down

Chairman: Joe M Stewart t: +44 (0) 7884 336 400 e: jmpstewart55@gmail.com Secretary: Amanda Priestley, Limestone Farm, 22 Drumgooland Road, Seaforde, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N.I. BT30 8QP, t: +44 (0) 2844 811 641 e: limestone_suffolks@hotmail.co.uk

Gloucestershire & Adjacent Counties

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 8

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

Chairman: Doug Donald t: +44 (0) 1651 891 498 e: dougdonald@supanet.com Secretary: Evelyn Young Muirton, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JN t/f: +44 (0) 1339 883 443, m: +44 (0) 7833 154 918, e: sufftex@yahoo.co.uk

North Wales

Chairman: D. P. Roberts, t: +44 (0) 1745 812 534 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: Nicola Gornall, Laneside Farm, Pendleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 1PU t: +44 (0) 1200 422 346 m: +44 (0) 7702 244 067 e: niknak78@hotmail.co.uk

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SOCIETY Shropshire & Montgomery

Chairman: Grahame Hardman t: +44 (0) 1743 850 965 m: +44 (0) 7710 581 583 e: theclamp@hotmail.co.uk Secretary: Helen Davies The Meadows, Arddleen, Llanymynech, Powys, SY22 6RX t: +44 (0) 1938 590 535 e: helen@arddleensuffolks.com

South Pennine

Chairman: Roger Phaff t: +44 (0) 1433 651 474, e: rogerphaff@btinternet.com Secretary: Jane Walker, New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9HX t: +44 (0) 1433 620 413 e: newnook@btinternet.com

Tayside

Chairman: Colin Whitton t: +44 (0) 1738 828 567 m: +44 (0) 7713 218 730 Secretary: Jackie Sands, Southfield Farm, Abernyte, Perth, PH14 9RB. t: +44 (0) 1828 686 630 e: sands.southfield@btinternet.com

West & Central Scotland

(Dumfries & Galloway, Strathclyde, Central) Chairman: Fiona Wight m: +44 (0) 7729 397 872 t: +44 (0) 1899 220 564 e: f.wight@carwoodfarm.com 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

South of Ireland Donegal

Chairman: P.J McMonagle t: +353 (0) 74 9145 861 m: +353 (0) 86 8113717 e: pjmcmonagle@ymail.com Secretary: Patrick Carr Glinsk, Ballyherrin PO, Fanad, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal t: +353 (0) 74 9159 624 m: +353 (0) 87 9138401 e: patcarr68@hotmail.com

Eastern Suffolk Sheep Breeders

Welsh Borders

Chairman: Barry Murphy m: +353 (0) 87 6241742 e: murbrofarming@hotmail.com Secretary: Mary Gahan, Coolyhune St., Mullins, Co. Carlow t: +353 (0) 86 0662408 e: marybgahan@gmail.com

West Country

Chairman: Pat Curran t: +353 (0) 877 440735 Secretary: Valerie Tiffin m: +353 (0) 86 1097 412 e: tiffin@eircom.net

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

Kerry Sheep Breeders

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

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West of Ireland Sheep Breeders Club

Chairman: Jim Tait t: +353 (0) 021 466 1332 m: +353 (0) 86 6025579 e: jimtaitecdl@gmail.com Secretary: Brid Coakley Cleanor, Doneraile, Co. Cork, Eire t: +353 (0) 22 24168 m: +353 (0) 87 2305159 e: bridcoakley1@eircom.net

North East Breeders

Chairman: Stephen Govin m: +353 (0) 87 9160421 Secretary: Ursula Rooney Gortnaderry, Grange, Co. Silgo t: +353 (0) 71 9163 509 m: +353 (0) 87 9831933 e: jandurooney@eircom.net

Wexford Sheep Breeders

Chairman: Philip Lynch Sea Bank, Castlebellingham, Co Louth t: +353 (0) 42 9372 795 m: +353 (0) 87 8246138 or +44 (0) 7760 999 278 e: philiplynch60@gmail.com

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Chairman: Billy Dillon t: +353 (0) 51 421454 m:+353 (0) 86 2567498 Secretary: Michael Brennan Galbally, Ballyhogue, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford t: +353 (0) 53 9247815, m: +353 (0) 87 6417 520

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President’s Address My Presidential year started at Balmoral with an excellent line up of Suffolks, the Shearling Ewe class of 29 being exceptional. Well done to all the exhibitors for the high quality on show. The breed champion was Gary Beacom’s Aged Ewe that had won the previous year; with her ram lamb taking the Male and Reserve Breed Champion tickets. Quite possibly the first time a mother and son have done this.

Sitting in the lambing shed while writing this I wonder if it will ever stop raining; while we haven’t had as much as those flooded out, its more than we have had, at this time of the year for a long, long time. I certainly hope that as we move towards Spring, the weather will improve so we can all have an early turnout. I also asked myself why these winter storms seem to be more damaging since the UK Met Office started giving them names. This last year has been a difficult time for all sectors in agriculture with prices down on where they need to be. Lamb prices were held back having to compete with NZ Supplies and an unfavourable Euro exchange rate which had an effect on exports. But it has been good to see the Hogg trade pick up, recently, as the pound weakens.

The following week I went down to Devon County where Aimee Mogford won with her Shearling Ewe and Rob Holmes won Reserve with a Shearling Ram. Then on to the Royal Three Counties where Chris Holmes had the Breed Champion with his Ram lamb, with Mike Davies reserve with a ewe lamb. My final show was the Highland, where the weather was colder than expected, meaning I had to buy a coat to keep warm! Breed Champion was the Mair family’s Aged Ewe with Gordon Troup Reserve with his Shearling Ram. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the breeders that take the time and effort to exhibit at shows, large and small, showcasing the breed and ensuring the breed has plenty of coverage in the farming press. July saw the start of the Society sale season; with the National, at Shrewsbury, first. Top price was 21,000gns for Myfyr Evans 2nd Prize lamb, with his Champion lamb selling for 6,500gns.

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SOCIETY The next week we all moved north to Stirling where Myfyr continued on from the National with the op price of 25,000gns. Andrew Wilson’s show Champion went for 14,000gns and Dennis Taylor’s Reserve making 18,000gns. The trip to Roscrea was certainly one to remember with the Champion, from Liam McGonigle, making 31,000 Euro gns. The smile on Liam’s face was really something, especially, as he didn’t know whether to bring the lamb to the sale, or not! Around the country commercial sales of Suffolk rams went well, prices might have been back a bit but good numbers were sold, comparing well to other breeds. Modern type Suffolks with their unrivalled growth rate meant lambs get finished

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quicker and when we are all looking at reducing costs this is one of our major selling points. Suffolk cross females continued to sell well and is something we must continue to promote, with many commercial farmers wanting to use Suffolks as their maternal sire. The National Flock Competition finished off the year, with Chris, Di & Sally Holmes, Rookery flock winning the Bristol Gold Cup. The view day in November was well attended and it was good to see some different names getting among the award winners, Congratulations to them all! Finally, I would like to thank the work done, on members’ behalf, by Lewis, Margo and Laura in the office and by Ron, as Chairman, who puts in a lot of his time helping the Society run smoothly.

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A Message from the Chief Executive lambs from the farm early in the season with minimal concentrate feeding. Suffolk cross ewes have wide pelvic dimensions for easier lambing, have less mastitis than continental breeds and better feet. Again these traits lower replacement and veterinary costs.

Farming in recent years has been a constant battle against adverse weather conditions, fluctuation prices and increasing input costs. All of these factors influence the bottom line but are outside the farmer’s control. Times are tough and only the most efficient will be profitable and have a sustainable future. The greatest factors influencing profitability on a sheep unit is the number of lambs reared per ewe, the weight at sale, price received and the speed to get lambs off farm. Suffolk is well placed to be in the mix. Fast growth rate is the Suffolk breeds great strength and getting lambs away quickly, at heavy weight, is key to financial success. The dual purpose benefit of Suffolk is also important. Suffolk cross ewes are highly sought after and an increasing number of commercial farms sell large numbers of ewe

Social media is becoming the main mode of communication within society. If used correctly it can be a wonderful marketing tool but the flip side is that if used incorrectly, it can portray a negative message to a very wide audience. It is human nature that we tend to grumble about the things that go wrong and seldom comment on the greater number of successes. I would request that members think before clicking the post button so we portray the numerous strengths of the Suffolk breed. During my time in office I have constantly highlighted the commercial requirements of a terminal sire breed. Historically, we competed against other breeds for market share but now numerous sheep breeding companies and individual producers are holding on-farm sales and market direct to farmers. Many of these rams are crosses and have been selected for the traits required by commercial sheep farmers. As breeders we must take this fact on board. I have no doubt the Suffolk gene pool has all the required traits and the breeders to produce the goods. We must never lose sight that the target for a terminal ram is to produce lambs at Fat Class 3, between 45-50kg liveweight, in the shortest time possible while still achieving R grade or better.

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SOCIETY This will be my last foreword as Chief Executive after eight years in post. I was honoured and privileged to have been the first Chief Executive of the Suffolk Society. It is unfortunate that due to unforeseen family circumstance I cannot commit to a fulltime post for the next twelve months as required by the Society. I would like to thank all those office staff, club and branch

secretaries and members that have assisted me over the last eight years. I would also like to wish my replacement well and request that our members give them support in this period of transition. May I wish all Suffolk breeders and commercial sheep farmers a prosperous 2016.

The Suffolk Sheep Society appreciate the co-operation from our customers in providing information used at various sheep events in 2015. If you use Suffolk rams in your commercial flock and would like to participate in Society promotional material please contact the Society office.

SUFFOLKS AT STONELEIGH PARK FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST 2016

Rugby Farmers’ Mart is proud to announce the first annual sale of pedigree Suffolk Rams and Suffolk x Mule Ewe lambs. This is a national sale, to be held at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, situated in the heart of England and easily accessible from all parts of the country. There will also be a Show, with classes for both pedigree Suffolk Rams and Suffolk x Ewe lambs. Please put this date in your diary for Suffolks at Stoneleigh Park and be part of this Farmers’ Guardian “Mart’s the Heart” event! For more information, queries, etc., please contact Steve Martin on 07960 085950 or email to admin@rugbyfarmersmart.com.

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Farmer Focus Aled & Nia Williams

Mon Flock, Angelsey, Wales

Farm Profile 750 acres in total. Half is owned and half rented on long term leases. 150 cows Limousin cross cows and mated to Charolais bulls with all offspring fattened by 20-24 months on grass and concentrates. The Williams also buy 200 store cattle about 1618 months old to fatten. Cattle Enterprise  150 Limousin cross cows mated to Charolais bulls  150 homebred cattle fattened by 20-24 months on grass and concentrate.  200 stores aged 16-18 months are also finished. Sheep Enterprise (1,450 sheep ewes)  30-35 MV suffolks which lamb at christmas time  1,100-1,150 suffolk x mule which lamb from 1st Feb for 6 weeks  80 non mv suffolks lamb 1st Feb  200 strong welsh mountains lamb 25th March. All ewes are put with Teaser rams for 14 days prior to stock sires being introduced. 700 of the older ewes are put with our own Suffolk rams which are selected for tight skin with good carcases. The youngest ewes are put onto Beltex X Texel and Texel rams. Our 200 Welsh ewes are mated with Suffolk rams, selected for length with a small head and plenty of growth. Our target is for our commercial ewes to scan between 190 to 200 per cent and our Welsh mountains at 175 to180 per cent.

The Williams Family

Eighty per cent of our lambs are sold to Woodhead Bros achieving. We currently receive 75 per cent U grade and 25 per cent R grade at an average carcass weight of 21 Kg. The remaining 20 per cent of our lam crop are sold through local market. We find that Suffolk lambs are ready at least 2 weeks earlier and are much heavier than other lambs. It gets harder every year with penalties in most abattoirs. Speed of finish and obtaining heavy weight is essential to maximise profit. Creep is introduced when lambs are 7 to 8 weeks and our target is to finish lambs by 12 to14 weeks. Pedigree Suffolk Mon Flock We sell about 50 non MV Suffolk rams annually. They are used as lambs and bred for commercial points. We select for shorter sheep so that they keep the width on their shoulder which follows through to a wide loin with a square hind quarter. The commercial ewes we are mating are long so we need well fleshed tups. We also do not want heavy bone but still like plenty of power.

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ARTICLES Eight to twelve are sold at home, 30 in the Bryncir market in North Wales and in 2015 some went to the Builth September sale. The same buyers seem to be coming back so we must be doing something right!!! Over the last three years we have averaged £600. Our Suffolks are offered creep until early May. At this point I will then go through them thoroughly, any problems with teeth, feet or if I don’t think that they are good enough for my own commercials will be sent to slaughter. In my opinion I don’t think breeders do enough of this! They are then weaned and fed barley and oats for six weeks then onto grass only until March. They then come in and we shear them early May. We started our MV flock when I purchased an ewe lamb from Huw Francis. We also bought from the Rhaeadr and Thorneycroft flocks. The MV flock was built on the same principles as the commercials. We have never had any caesareans and we have very little time to pamper them! They are out early January and creep fed. The best are selected in May and are pushed for Shrewsbury. All others are sold as lambs in our local markets. My Message to Suffolk Breeders As a Suffolk breeder with my commercial cap on we have got to be very careful in the way we are breeding rams. The breed has changed over time. It has got larger and heavier boned with many ram lambs sold in excess of 100kg. Too many rams have not enough meat on the shoulder or loin and with little shape in the hind quarter. If rams don’t have meat on them after being pushed so hard at 80 to100kg weight how on earth can the commercial farmer be expected to have meat on their lambs when they are 40kg?

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Killyleagh, Downpatrick, Co Down, N Ireland Farm Profile  400 acres (Suckler and Sheep Farm)  60 Sucklers mated to Limousin and Belgian Blue  800 Ewes (400 Mules, 300 Texel x Mule and 100 Blackface)  Lambs in January and March/April Why do I use Suffolk rams? I had stopped using Suffolk rams for continental breeds but have come back for three main reasons: 1. Suffolk cross Mule ewe lambs are highly sought after. 2. I am unable to finish all my lambs and obtain higher prices for Suffolk store lambs. 3. I was having a problem with my continental lambs stalling at 17-18kg carcass weight and found that Suffolk lambs keep on growing and can attain a higher carcass weight in a shorter period.

All of these factors increase profitability for my sheep enterprise by using Suffolk. Some farmers do not use Suffolk for a fear of dirty back ends or reduced vigour in lambs. In my situation it was not a sheep problem but a mineral and hence management problem. Commercial sheep farmers are scared to use Copper as continental breeds are more susceptible to toxicity than native breeds. Removing copper from sheep minerals and sheep feeds has been to the detriment to some sheep breeds especially Suffolk. By altering my management and using mineral boluses (Cu, Se, I and Co) pre lambing and by feeding high Vitamin E in my home mix I have sorted out the two major problems labelled against Suffolk. What am I looking for in a Suffolk ram? I want a Suffolk ram with silky hair, tight skin, carcass and clean. As I use Suffolk on my Mule ewes which are fine boned I require a ram with heavier bone than normal. The margins in farming are so tight that I need rams that can do it off grass predominantly. A ram that is fed a concentrate only diet coming to a grass based system is not ideal.

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Oaktree Farm, Shrewsbury

Quick finishing Suffolk sired lambs are an important part of a mixed sheep and beef business for father and son partnership Alan and Chris Potter, Shrewsbury. Having previously milked on the County Council holding until 2001, the farm currently carries a suckler herd alongside both pedigree and commercial sheep, explains Alan. “I took over the Council Tenancy at Oaktree Farm 30 years ago and milked a dairy herd, carrying 100 ewes put to Suffolk tups alongside the milkers. “However, we sold the cows in 2001 and switched to calf rearing and pedigree sheep and things are changing again now that Chris has finished his studies and experienced shearing in New Zealand, as he also wants to work on the farm.” As a way of providing income for both Alan and Chris they looked to expand their output from the farm, notably from the sheep enterprise, and with confined space for housing during lambing the decision was to use a Suffolk tup.

“We now have several options by using a Suffolk,” explains Alan who also works as a fieldsman at Shrewsbury Market. “We lamb 200 Suffolk cross and Continental cross ewes to in the last week of January and the first week of February, with this followed by 80 North Country Mules late in March to Suffolk tups, with this number due to increase to more than 100 in 2016. “Suffolk lambs are easily finished and as well as selling prime lambs we can also sell them as stores or the Suffolk cross Mule ewe lambs can be sold for breeding. This area has a strong market for Suffolk bred lambs, so it makes sense to supply the local demand.”

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ARTICLES To maximise lamb vigour and early growth the early lambers are fed for six weeks and housed for two weeks before lambing, pairs and triplets are also housed separately. Lambs are turned out within 48 hours of being born depending on the weather and providing they are fit and strong enough. “We aim to get these early lambs sold as soon as possible, so they get the chance of creep within the first few weeks.” “We aim for lambs to selling at between 40 and 42kg with everything selling through Shrewsbury Market. A few early lambs have also been sold to a local butcher at 25kg dead weight,” explains Chris. He continues: “Using Suffolks has meant lambing a young flock has been easier and the lambs have also shown a lot of vigour.” Meanwhile, younger ewes are fed out for six weeks in the later lambing group, with their lambs only offered creep for a month and drawn off grass to sell. Lambs are sold at different stages depending on cash flow and price at the time. “The versatility of the Suffolk cross means they can be finished or sold as stores, while there is a premium market for Suffolk cross ewes lambs too.

Both Alan and Chris are happy with the lambs and believe the Suffolk is well suited to the North Country Mule. Their first two Suffolk ram lambs were purchased at the National Sale at Shrewsbury in 2014 from John Sinnett and Myfyr Evans. “I was buying on price mainly, as well as considering conformation. But, I’ve been pleased by the rams and how they’ve bred,” adds Alan. As well as the sheep Alan and Chris also run a beef rearing unit, taking bull calves in at three months old and rearing on a barley beef system to 450kg for Buitlarr. This project provides a regular income, but also frees up ground for the sheep enterprise to expand. Alan purchased Oak Tree Farm 11 years ago, the farm itself comprises of 58 acres with a further 60 acres rented within a seven mile radius in blocks of five to 15 acres. And the increased sheep flock is working well around both Alan and Chris’ other work commitments, with Chris shearing locally in the summer months. “The flock is proving easier to manage and less labour intensive, so fits well for us.”

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Hans flock wins Most Improved Flock Award for the Suffolk breed The Hans flock, owned by Hans Pörksen of Morpeth, Northumberland, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Flock of Suffolk sheep in England for 2015. The award is presented by the EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) to the recorded flock that shows the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics over a 12month period. There is a separate award for each of ten UK breeds.

Using the Sire Reference Scheme and performance recording to excel genetics The Hans Flock of Pedigree Suffolk sheep was established in 1983 from a number of sources, the main influence were draft ewes from the ESCA flock, which was the research flock at SAC Edinburgh. Hans’ flock was a founder member of the Suffolk Sire Reference Scheme and was a director on its management board for the entire duration of the scheme’s existence.

Gallows Hill is a National Trust owned farm comprising of 137ha of grassland. With Severely Disadvantaged and Less Favored Area status, it is managed in line with the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme.

Laparoscopic Insemination has been used in the flock since the late 1980’s as a way of bringing new genetics into the flock, with some of the best males in the breed being accessed.

Hans took over the tenancy in 1990, having previously been involved in farm management, agricultural education and consultancy. Since then he has established pedigree performance recorded flocks of Suffolk, Texel and Bluefaced Leicester’s and commercial flocks of Scottish Blackface, Mule and Suffolk cross sheep.

In the past he has exported Suffolk embryos to Australia, trading genetics on a worldwide basis while keeping the risk of disease to an absolute minimum. “In the UK, breeds like Texel’s and Suffolks have made great progress as the result of sire reference schemes,” said Hans. “Using semen

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ARTICLES from elite high-indexed rams in numerous flocks during the same year provides valuable flock linkage and increased accuracy of evaluations for those involved.” Hans started recording with Signet in the 1980’s when he established the flock. “As an animal husbandry lecturer at an Agricultural College I was aware of the fantastic progress being made in other livestock sectors entirely due to genetic improvement. So why not sheep? “Since the arrival of BLUP and accurate Estimated Breeding Values (EBV’s) this flock has progressed, with practical interpretation of the data, to be one of the leading flocks in the UK.” Hans pays attention to EBVs with an accuracy of over 75 per cent, only using an animal a lot when they have over 90 per cent accuracy. Females selected for the flock are in the top 5 per cent of the breed and rams are in the top 1 per cent. Hans has been a keen supporter of CT scanning since its inception, assisting early start up of the unit providing 50 Suffolk lambs per year whilst they calibrated the equipment. “One year, eight of these lambs had an extra vertebra (2 extra chops), but regrettably this is no longer measured. “I use CT scan results to help with my final selection of males for use in our flock.” Producing animals fit for breeding Hans pays a lot of attention to sound physical structure and ensures they are all very good examples of the breed. “Suffolk’s

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must have tight skins, jet black silky hair with no wool on the head or below the hocks. This is essential as some of our main customers are farmers who breed Suffolk cross females for future breeding stock. Current Society show fashion does not produce the type required by these breeders,” he confirmed. Many years of lambing early and selling ram lambs at Kelso has now been replaced by lambing in March. Hans produces shearling rams sold at an on-farm sale on the last Friday in August each year. Rams are turned out naturally, completely undressed and fed only on green food in the summer before their sale. Having recorded lamb behaviour for the first week of life for a number of years, Hans selects animals which are born easily and are extremely active with excellent survival rates. Current stock rams used in the Hans flock include; Sandyknowe Ettrick 07-1, purchased at Kelso for the record shearling price of £3,000, Sandyknowe Ettrick 11-2, Hans Prime Performer, Hans Perfection and last seasons top lamb with exceptional EBV’s joined the team, Hans Fokker 95 (T79:13:095). “Selecting males with smaller heads, lighter shoulders, exceptional growth rates and muscling ability with a positive rating for fat has led to very sound, high index offspring, which are all at the top end of genetic evaluation,” Hans stated. “Their cross-bred offspring grow very quickly and are ready for slaughter at least two weeks before the offspring of average Suffolk rams.”

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“Female offspring from our rams are excellent flock replacements, with Suffolk cross Mule females regularly out-performing their dams, lambing down 5-10 per cent above our mule flock average,” he said. All rams from Hans’ flock are sold directly from the farm, with many loyal, repeat customers established over the years. One producer, based in Devon, purchases a ram in the top one per cent every other year for his commercial flock of 800 ewes and 20 pure Suffolks. “Last July I received a phone call to inform me that he had just sold the last of that season’s late-February born lambs, all sold off grass with no creep feed, he had averaged £98 per head killing out at 19-20kg,” Hans confirmed. “This producer only buys top one per cent rams so his entire Suffolk flock is in that category and he does not need to go to the trouble of recording them himself.” My focus for the future is to have all purebreds on the farm in the top one per cent of the breed, as already achieved with

my Texel flock. In time more crossbred rams will become available for sale including Beltex x Suffolks and Charollais x Beltex/Suffolks as a response to demand for crossbred rams which is starting to increase. “Success with crossbred rams is evident in our own commercial flock with a significant number of single lambs selling directly from their mothers at weaning with exceptionally good grades, and others selling well as stores,” he concludes. Commenting on the win, Signet Breeding Services Manager Sam Boon said: “Rates of genetic improvement in Signet recorded flocks are at an all-time high. The difference between the best high EBV breeding stock and average animals is increasing year on year. “This means commercial producers have more to gain when investing in rams with superior genetics. Pedigree breeders can capitalise on these differences too and this is exactly what Hans has done. The improvement in the genetic merit of his flock is clear and he is to be congratulated on his achievement.”

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Sheep Ireland and OVIGEN

More profitable sheep for Irish sheep farmers? Participation in performance recording by pedigree ram breeders in Ireland is now at its highest level ever. Since Sheep Ireland began its LambPlus performance recording programme in 2009 the number of ram breeders joining the programme has grown every year and currently stands at 615 breeders. At present 110 Suffolk ram breeders are taking part in the programme. See summary of all breeds below. OVIGEN - genomic selection for sheep Genomic selection is a new technology that has gained large traction in the Irish dairy and beef industry over the last number of years and has the potential to rapidly increase the rates of genetic gain for the Irish sheep industry. Genomics is a process that looks directly at the genes or DNA of a ram rather than waiting for his transmitted genes to be expressed in his lambs. DNA remains the same for an animal across its lifetime and therefore the increase in accuracy from genomic selection can be achieved when the

ram is still a lamb. Genomic selection was launched for Irish dairy cattle in 2009 and the resultant accuracy of genetic evaluations in dairy increased by 40 per cent, the expected genetic gain may actually be greater in Irish sheep since the current accuracy levels are lower and therefore the potential scope for improvement is greater. Teagasc, Sheep Ireland and UCD have recently been awarded a research grant, OVIGEN, by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with the goal of implementing genomic selection for the Irish sheep industry. As part of the OVIGEN project, funding is available to determine the DNA of up to 12,000 animals. A prerequisite for genotyping is accurate performance recording and therefore to date the breeds with sufďŹ cient data recorded through the Sheep Ireland system are targeted for genotyping, these breeds include: Texel, Suffolk, Charollais, Vendeen and Belclare.

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ARTICLES Opportunity for free DNA collection and genotyping All performance recorded breeders of Texel, Suffolk, Charollais, Belclare and Vendeen were given the opportunity to avail of free DNA collection and genotyping of their adult sheep. This was an amazing chance for breeders to avoid the large cost of genotyping their breeding animals. The aim is that breeders will now continue genotyping their flock replacements on an annual basis. OVIGEN may be in a position to subsidise this genotyping for a period of time. It will be critical that breed societies encourage their performance recording breeders to continue this DNA collection and genotyping. The result will be more accurate genetic evaluations. Hugely beneficial addons will be parentage verification, and the identification of as many other major genes as possible. In addition to the genotyping of the major breeds, a subset of 40 sheep have been genotyped within each of the other breeds in existence in Ireland (approx. 25 to date). The goal of this multi-breed genotyping was to quantify the degree of relationship between our sheep breeds. For hill breeders and commercial farmers, low-cost parentage options using the genotyping technology are also under investigation to allow such flocks to start performance recording, as parentage recording is currently the biggest barrier for these groups of farmers to overcome in order to performance record data in their flocks. New traits As part of the OVIGEN project over 12,000 animals will be assessed by Sheep Ireland technicians and this provided an opportunity for additional data to be generated on new

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and existing traits. The data that is currently being collected includes: weight, body condition score, incidence of mastitis, dag scores and lameness scores. Preliminary results from the OVIGEN data show that on average 10 per cent of ewes and 17 per cent of lambs scored showed some signs of lameness and approximately 2.5 per cent of ewes had mastitis. In addition the heritability estimates for both lameness (0.10) and mastitis (0.07) are moderately heritable, thereby indicating that both traits are under genetic control and can be incorporated into the genetic indexes once research is complete. Research is also on-going into other key traits such as carcass data, lamb vigour scored at birth, ewe fertility and ewe longevity. Future research will continue to focus on evaluating state-of-the-art technologies and statistical methodology to identify “easy to implement tools” to predict traits of economic importance in breeding goals. Sheep Ireland CPT A total of six high index Suffolk rams were used to AI commercial ewes in the Sheep Ireland CPT programme in Oct 2015. In total 30 rams across 6 breeds were invited to partake in the Sheep Ireland CPT. Over 2,500 commercial ewes are AI’d to these rams and intensively performance recorded. All of this commercial data contributes directly to the Sheep Ireland €uroStar evaluations. SFW:15:00398 was used to inseminate 100 commercial ewes across two different flocks. All performance data from the lambs born to these ewes will be intensively recorded by Sheep Ireland and will feed directly into the €uroStar evaluations. Female daughters from this ram will be retained within the CPT flocks and the performance of these ewes

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CPT Ram IE045680200398C (SFW1500398)

will be recorded in future years - all of this data will continually feed into the €uroStar evaluations of this ram and all of his relations within the Suffolk breed. €uroStars in action! The latest €uroStar index validation work was presented by Noirin McHugh at the Teagasc national sheep conferences in Feb 2016. The data used in this validation is from the Sheep Ireland Central Progeny Test programme and from the Teagasc Athenry pedigree flocks. Data from 2013, 2014 & 2015 was included. The Replacement information is based on ewe performance using the ewes Index at the time of mating. The Terminal information is based on Sire performance (performance of their direct progeny), again using the Sires index at the time of mating.

In summary there are significant differences in the performance of 5 Star and 1 Star animals. These differences are very clear on the Replacement traits which is hugely encouraging. On the Terminal side, of course we would like to see larger differences. In recent years we have consistently selected very high Index rams to enter our CPT - this approach may be reducing the potential variation in our Terminal performance data. This is something which we will look at going forward. Taking all differences into account the 5 Star ewes are 17 per cent more efficient than their 1 Star counterparts - a significant difference. While the primary objective of the CPT is not to validate the €uroStar Indices the data presented by Noirin is encouraging and shows that there are considerable differences

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average accuracy per cent year on year and combine this with routine parentage verification using genomics then the potential of the genetic Indices will be maximised for everyone’s benefit.

Important Suffolk Sale Dates 2016 Fri 29th & Sat 30th July Fri 9th September Sat 17th September Sat 1st October Sat 12th November

Scottish Area Branch Show & Sale Kelso Ram Sales Multi Breed Sale of Rams Ram Rendezvous Collective Sale of Females

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Comparison of Irish and UK Suffolk genetic evaluations Introduction Germplasm is routinely shared between Suffolk pedigree breeders in Ireland and the UK. Analysis of the Irish (Sheep Ireland) and UK (BASCO) databases have shown that there are many common animals (mostly sires) that have been evaluated in the Irish and UK genetic evaluations; however to date no genetic or phenotypic data has been shared between the countries. The objective of this research was to estimate the correlation (i.e., the strength of the relationship) between a selection of traits measured in the Irish and UK genetic evaluations for Suffolk sires. Results from this study will be usefulness to quantify the benefit, if any, of routinely sharing data between the two countries for common sires. Materials and methods Data were available on 222 Suffolk rams that had genetic proofs in both Ireland and the UK for six common traits recorded in both genetic evaluations; these traits are listed in Table 1. Date of birth of the rams were from 1990 to 2013. The correlation between the estimated breeding values (EBVs; rEBV) of common Suffolk rams for each predicted trait was approximated from the correlation between the Irish and UK EBVs on the same animals. The inferred genetic correlations (rg) were adjusted for the average accuracy of the sires proof included in the analysis for both Ireland and UK (Calo et al., 1973).

where rg = approximate genetic correlation between Ireland and UK; rEBV = correlation between Irish proof and converted proof on the same animals; accIRL = average accuracy of the proof in Ireland for the sires included in the analysis; accUK = average accuracy of the proofs in UK for the sires included in the analysis. Results The accuracy of the sires EBVs in the UK genetic evaluations ranged from 43 per cent (weight at ultrasound scanning) to 69 per cent (number of lambs born). For Ireland the accuracy of the sires EBVs were generally lower than those recorded on the same animal in the UK and ranged from 30 per cent (ewe mature weight) to 62 per cent (number of lambs born). Table 1 summarises the correlations between EBVs and inferred genetic correlations (following adjustment for accuracy of the respective national EBVs; Calo et al., 1973). Weak to moderate correlations were evident between EBVs in Ireland and UK and ranged from 0.01 (ewe weight) to 0.45 (number of lambs born). For each trait, a stronger inferred genetic correlation existed than the respective correlation between the EBVs. With the exception of ewe weight, moderate to strong inferred genetic correlations existed for all traits, with the strongest correlations recorded for eight week weight (0.94) and number of lambs born (0.99).

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Table 1 - Number of animals (n), correlation between EBVs (rEBV) and inferred genetic correlations (rg) for a series of traits between the UK and Irelandxm

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Conclusions Strong correlations exist between most economically important traits for common Suffolk sires in Ireland and the UK. This suggests a possible advantage in augmenting the accuracy of genetic (and in the future genomic) evaluations by using a (weighted) UK EBVs as correlated traits in the Irish genetic evaluations (and vice versa).

regression prediction; an example is the use of foreign ultrasound and weight information to predict carcass traits in Ireland

Future Research Search for more common ancestry (including female lines) between the UK and Ireland Linear regression analysis will also be undertaken to derive conversion equations on an Irish base - where applicable, several traits may be included in the multiple linear

References Calo, L.L., R.E. McDowell, L.D. VanVleck, and P.D. Miller. 1973. Genetic aspects of beef production among Holstein-Friesians pedigree selected for milk production. J. Anim. Sci. 37:676.

Conversions equations should be calculated for each trait to allow for the inclusion of UK data in Irish genetic evaluations (and visa versa)

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Maedi Visna (MV) - on the increase MV has a long incubation period and it can spread unnoticed within, and between, flocks for many years before the non-specific signs are seen. By this time it is likely that at least half of the flock is infected. Culling levels are high with the associated requirement for increased replacement numbers. The main effect is loss of condition, and lambing percentages are often lower in infected flocks. MV can affect the udder resulting in reduced milk production and thinner ewes will have lower milk yields. A high level of bacterial mastitis is another common finding and is possibly due to hungry lambs chewing on the teats and the skin cuts act as a focus for bacteria. Lambs have lower growth rates due to reduced milk supply. Ewes infected with MV are more susceptible to Pasteurella pneumonia so ewe deaths are higher in infected flocks. MV can also affect the spinal cord and ewes may drag a hind leg or be paralysed. A large scale screening was undertaken in 2012/3 by SAC and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency ( AHVLA, now APHA) for Eblex( now AHDB Beef and Lamb) and HCC (Hybu Cig Cymru) to find out the incidence of MV infection in the national flock. The survey has found that in the 15 year period since the previous survey. The number of flocks with MV has doubled (from 1.4 per cent to 2.8 per cent)

The number of infected sheep has increased almost four fold (2 per 1,000 to 8 per 1,000) Within the positive flocks the average proportion of infected sheep has almost doubled (13 per cent to 24 per cent) Although the figures appear low they are increasing. The disease has no cure and there is no vaccine. The disease is at a low level in the pedigree sheep population in Great Britain due to the success of the MV accreditation scheme. In the commercial sector there are more frequent reports of flocks suffering from significant economic effects as the viral disease reaches critical levels and this poses a threat to the pedigree sector. In 2012 SAC Veterinary Services started offering a MV diagnostic test package through vet practices who suspected MV may be an issue in their clients’ flocks. The test involves blood sampling some of the thinner ewes in the flock. Around 20 per cent of the tested flocks have shown evidence of MV with, in some instances, most of the sheep in the flock testing positive. In these situations the only solution may be to cull out and restock. The commercial flock may pose the biggest threat to the pedigree sheep industry so it is essential to maintain a high level of biosecurity to safeguard your own future livelihood.

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ARTICLES Suffolk flock owners need to heed the message that MV is more widespread and that they should take steps to ensure it does not get into their flocks. These steps include buying MV accredited breeding sheep and testing any non-accredited sheep while they are held in quarantine. If involved in embryo transfer work ensure that the recipients are MV accredited.

If your flock is free of infection take advantage of this and promote the health status of your flock by joining the MV accreditation scheme operated by SAC Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme ( PSGHS. www.sheepandgoathealth.co.uk ). By following the rules of the scheme it significantly reduces the risk of your flock from becoming infected with MV.

MV positive sheep cannot be exported to countries that are free, such as Ireland. Flocks that have had clinical evidence of MV in the previous three years cannot export to other European countries.

Ian Pritchard PSGHS Manager

Champion at Suffolk County Show, Rutland and Royal Norfolk Show SIRES USED 2015 Castleisle Composer - Purchased Stirling for 2,700gns; Burnview Maverick - Purchased for 2,200gns Stirling 2012; Burnview Bumble - Purchased Kelso 2013 superb carcase and sire of Ewe lamb(below left) and Alloaks Unbeatable (below right) - Champion Suffolk at Suffolk and Norfolk Show (share with Lincs); Cairness Sub Zero - Joint purchase with Lindum, Kelso 2014 for ÂŁ3,800; Burnview Braveheart - Purchased Stirling 2015.

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Low Howgill choose The Suffolk for Traditional Butchers shop John and Jane Taylor with their son, Joe, farm 650 acres in Cumbria. Low Howgill farm is situated at 650 feet where the eastern slopes of Crossfell, the highest fell of the Pennines, fall away to the lush pastures of the Eden Valley. We rear sheep and suckler cows and grow 300 acres of combinable crops; all our lambs and calves are fattened here using our own barley and grass silage. Our suckler herd consisted of mainly Limousin cross cattle bought locally from dairy herds and we ran a fell flock of Swaledale sheep and bred our own North Country Mules for our lowland flock. All that changed in 2001 when we lost all of our stock to the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak. When we decided to restock we thought carefully about the direction to take, the farm is well suited to stock rearing but having lost our precious hefted fell flock it seemed a step too far to try to introduce new sheep onto the common; the ancient tradition of managing sheep in this way was severely affected as all of the flocks on our common were lost. We eventually bought breeding gimmer lambs from the Lazonby sales of North Country Mules as these sheep had always done well for us, both Texel and Suffolk tups were also bought. Our cattle

were re-stocked with Limousin cross heifers bought as locally as we could from remaining herds in Cumbria and we decided to start a closed herd using the Beef Shorthorn bull to produce our breeding heifers. The Shorthorn was chosen for its mothering attributes, temperament and ability to look after itself and we were looking forward to having a traditional breed for our area. When the first steer calves by the shorthorn bull were ready for slaughter we decided to try one ourselves - our youngest daughter is married to a butcher - and we shared that first shorthorn beef with friends and family; it was delicious and we were soon asked for more of the same. That is when the idea came to diversify into butchery; we started with a small cutting plant at the farm with a van selling to surrounding villages and a stall on Appleby market. Of course we needed lamb and pork also and wanted to promote only traditional British breeds. Our neighbour rears outdoor pigs and so the pigs were sourced from there and also from a local

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ARTICLES producer breeding Saddlebacks and one producing Tamworths. The lamb is all produced here on the farm and it was an easy choice to use the Suffolk cross lambs; they are easy to manage and finish quickly on grass only, being ready for slaughter at 40 to 44 Kg in 3 to 4 months. It is important to source quality tups and we don’t have to look far for our stock as our eldest daughter, Katie Brannen, has a successful flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep, the Moorsley Flock, just up the road from us at Scartop. We are lucky enough to have a choice of the tups available (well maybe not THE best). The butchery business began in 2011 and had steadily increased turnover until it began to outgrow the limited space, we were producing home made meat pies by this time and curing our own bacon; we needed the ability to increase production to meet the demand. A shop with enough space for chillers and production and in the right location would be ideal and eventually a suitable premises was available. After a very hectic six weeks of planning and fitting we opened our shop on August 18th 2015 in Appleby, it is run by our daughter, Jennie with her husband, Steve Allison. The floods in Appleby disrupted business for their first winter of trading but fortunately the shop

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itself was not flooded and they are looking forward to the coming year. Business is good and customers, both regular and visitors, enjoy the fact that the meat is local and fully traceable and that they can talk to the staff who are all knowledgeable about the farm and its produce. Steve enjoys finding innovative ways of using all the cuts and his lamb noisettes are very popular as are the lamb grill sticks in summer for the barbecue season. Steve says, ‘’The Suffolk lambs present a superb carcass which bones out well with a great length of loin providing high value meat with a good eye muscle. Customers regularly praise the taste and tenderness of the lamb; running the shop with produce from the farm and local products has proved to be a popular venture and we are looking forward to building the business.’’

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ARTICLES Why not try the new BASCO online system to Birth Notify, Register and Update your flock at www.basco.org Step 1 - Register as a new user (regardless if you have used the old download, you will now need to register as a new user on the online system). This uses your email address to access your flock details. So make sure the email address you are using is the SAME as the one we have saved on BASCO in the office.

Step 2 - Follow the prompts inserting a password etc. Then go into your emails and check your inbox for an email from BASCO with an activation code link embedded. From: BASCO Support To: farmer@yahoo.co.uk Sent: Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 18:06 Subject: BASCO Member Frontend - Registration

Activation Code Link: click here

You have registered with BASCO! This account will automatically have 1 Basco Accounts associated with it.To complete the activation process, please click on the link below, or cut and paste it into your browser and hit the activate button. http://basco.org/user/registration/confirmation/activationCode/e8a954b3d33fb0041ab1820be48de0 If you did not authorise this registration please contact BASCO Member Frontend Administrator

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ARTICLES Use the online system to its full potential and have endless information at your fingertips! You can search for breeders’ telephone numbers and addresses. Look up sheep back pedigrees, find out which service sires flocks have used in previous years, look at EBV’s for pedigree Suffolk’s and check tag numbers on the go, as it’s online you can access the information anywhere! You can even check out these details without logging in, just click on sheep search.

Step 3 - Once you login you will be taken to My Page. You will see your flock code and can now click on it to enter the site to update your flock details.

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1. To birth notify you must first enter the details of the registered rams used (As above) 2. Your registered ewes will then appear in a list for you to enter details. - N.B. This form will be saved automatically so that no work is lost. But don’t submit until all BN’s are added. - When you submit, BASCO will send you an email to tell you how many BN’s and Registrations you have completed (if no email, check to ensure you have submitted) - Remember to send AI and ET certificates into the office for verification.

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As good as our online system is, you will still need the office to transfer animals between flocks and also to register rams. And remember, any problems with the online system, please don’t hesitate to contact the office and we will try to talk you through the system, or see out extensive guide for use at http://www.suffolksheep.org (it’s on the home page) for details on how to add ET’s etc.. SUFFOLK SHEEP SOCIETY 2016 YEAR BOOK

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Case Study

Kathleen Hill’s success with the Sampfordel flock lies with careful selection using EBVs Signet Breeding Services provides genetic evaluations to livestock producers to help them identify sheep and cattle with superior breeding potential. The performance recording and measurement services delivered by Signet enable the industry to capitalise on genetic improvement to improve the efficiency and quality of British livestock production.

focus at Sampfordel and Kathleen has selected heavily for growth and muscling over the past decade, so it is no surprise her flock has made some of the highest rates of genetic gain within the breed (Table 1).

The first across flock evaluations for Suffolk sheep occurred in 1990. Huge improvements in carcase traits have been made since then (Figure 1). The purchase of recorded animals by unrecorded flocks has also improved the genetic potential of unrecorded flocks. Fig 2: Kathleen Hill at the gateway to her Sampfordel ewes

Fig 1: A representation of how the economic index for Suffolk sheep has improved in both the recorded and unrecorded populations.

Kathleen Hill (Figure 2) has recorded the Sampfordel flock of Suffolks since 1997. Carcase attributes have been an important

Kathleen has been able to maintain a closed flock, retaining high health status, with the only new genetics being introduced via AI on an annual basis. The rest of the flock is mated naturally to high index, homebred stock rams, many of which are equivalent genetic merit to the semen purchased. Cockleby Jumping Jack, Ortum Truline and the homebred Sampfordel Hugo, have all been influential sires in recent years. Success brings its challenges and having focussed on only the very best muscled breeding lines, time has to be taken now to monitor inbreeding. In recent years, this has

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Fig 3: A selection of Sampfordel ewes

been carried out using computer software to measure relatedness between potential matings. Kathleen is a tremendous advocate for all that is good about the Suffolk breed in terms of growth and carcase attributes. Only once did she try semen from an unrecorded show ram. He sits at the bottom of the stock ram list as a reminder that EBVs still provide the best guarantee of performance.

Know your breeding lines

 Study pedigrees carefully and use inbreeding software to help avoid close matings  Using semen from proven stock rams reduces the risk of fluctuations in indexes, which makes progeny performance even more predictable To find out more about how Signet can benefit your flock, please email stephen.west@ahdb.org.uk or call 02476 478829.

Tips for success:  Make good use of homebred stock rams. They will perform in their home environment Year

Lambs

8 Week Weight EBV

Scan Weight EBV

Muscle Depth EBV

Fat Depth EBV

Terminal Sire Index

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2.31

5.26

1.48

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£1.33

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5.59

11.18

4.23

0.34

£4.37

3.28

5.92

2.75

0.45

£3.04

Gain

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Ramcompare Project High expectations for top Suffolk rams Ramcompare is a pilot project funded by industry stakeholders including AHDB Beef and Lamb, Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), Quality Meat Scotland and Agrisearch, with support provided by the Sainsbury’s ‘Big Data’ Agriculture R&D Grant Scheme, Randall Parker Foods, Dunbia and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). This pioneering project involves the analysis of commercial performance data of progeny from genetically different rams to enable a comparison to be made, effectively acting as a central progeny test. The two main aims are to investigate the use of commercial data in genetic evaluations and to assist in the validation of the combined breed analysis being produced for terminal sires. The project will compare 67 rams, via AI and single sire matings, from five terminal breeds (Suffolk, Texel, Charollais, Hampshire Down and Meatlinc in Figure 1) over the two year period taken from the top 20 per cent of their respective breeds for carcase traits. The AI sires were selected due to their genetic linkage to established recorded pedigree flocks. The natural service rams were chosen

based on their EBVs, accuracy values, connectedness (number of progeny on existing farms), genetic diversity, health status and age. One natural service ram from each farm is a ‘farm choice’ ram already held on-farm. The six farms involved were chosen based on their experience of using electronic identification and collecting performance records, their ability to dedicate in excess of 320 ewes to the project and the genetic uniformity of the ewes being used on the test. The participating farmers are Sion and Clare Williams (Beili Ficer Farm, Llandeilo), Sion Williams (Bowhill Estate, Selkirk), Philip and Charlie Whitehouse (Bradley Farm, Mitcheldean), Ian Robertson (Chawton Park Farm, Alton), Antony Pearce (Moat Farm, Aylesbury) and Duncan Nelles (Thistleyhaugh, near Morpeth).

Fig 1: The 5 terminal breeds taking part in the Ramcompare project

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Fig 2: EBV charts for Ortum Supersire 05 (78X:F49) and Kersey Nutcracker (C41:N22)

Top performing Suffolk rams Ortum Supersire 05 (78X:F49) and Kersey Nutcracker (C41:N22) will be used as the Suffolk AI rams for the project (see Figure 2), the other Suffolk rams being used by natural service in the project are shown in Table 1. The data recorded for each trial lamb will include sire and dam information, date of birth, birth weight, sex, litter size, fostering, 8 week weight, 90 day weight, sale weight, ultrasound measurements and carcase classification with some dissection and tenderness measurements. A ranking of the tested rams, based on the commercially

important traits, will be generated at the end of the project in 2017. The data generated by the two year project will be used to further validate pedigree performance recording data within Signet. The use of performance recording in breeding decisions is the key to ensuring that Suffolks continue to compete strongly against the other top terminal breeds. For more information on how you could better capture data to improve your breeding decisions, please email stephen.west@ahdb.org.uk or call 02476 478829.

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Flockbook no.

Breeder

Ortum Supersire 05 Kersey Nutcracker Essie 612 Rugley 4080 EasyRams 3934 (NZ) Lavendon 82 Lavendon 68

78X:F49 C41:N22 H6:14:00612 10P:14:04080 NZZ:14:03934 Y51:13:082 Y51:13:068

Richard Garner Chris and Sarah Partridge Irene Fowlie Alan Jackson Robyn Hulme James Barker James Barker

Bentley Olympic Gold 239:11:120 Kersey 812 C41:14:00812

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AI AI Natural Service Natural Service Natural Service Natural Service Natural Service (Farm Choice) Charles Harding Natural Service Chris and Sarah Partridge Natural Service

Table 1: The Suffolk rams being used for the Ramcompare project.

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OBITUARIES

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. January 2014 Audrey Pryce (Wife of Jack Pryce and mother of Helen, Horton,138A) March 2015 Fred Biddulph (Pexhill, 92J) June 2015 Mrs RAF Bryson (Kildarton, N54) August 2015 Eleanor Montgomery (Wife of William Montgomery, Smiddiehill, S38) Jock Allan (Southholm, S62) September 2015 John Hepburn (Past member, breeder, shepherd & judge) October 2015 Con Lynch (Moatfarrell, N43) November 2015 Tom Nicholas (Sutton, Z35) James Christie (Westcarse, 47D)

Con Lynch Con was an active member of the committee of the South of Ireland Branch from 1990 to the time of his untimely death. He had the distinction of serving as Chairman from 2001 to 2003. Con had a genuine love of Suffolk Sheep and this was evidenced by his unselfish efforts to improve and promote the Suffolk Breed. He had a great knowledge of the rules of the Society and our Branch and was a great resource to Chairmen and the Committee over the years. He also served as Chairman of the West of Ireland Sheep Club and indeed was serving as Vice Chairman at the time of his passing. Con was a great stockman and respected judge. He showed sheep at all the major Society Shows and Sales over the years with tremendous success. He was a pivotal part of the Moatfarrell Team that achieved huge success in the 80’s and 90’s. As Con was the family member farming with his late Father Denis, he was very much at the centre of things. During this time he was instrumental in the Moatfarrell Flock winning the Supreme Championship at the Premier Show and Sale on three ocassions, taking the Reserve Championship six times. The Group of three was won ten times in all which includes a run of nine times in a row. Championships were won in Roscommon ten times and Reserve Championships, nine times, with the 1st prize pen of threes having been won on sixteen occasions.

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Con’s untimely passing leaves a huge gap in many lives. His standing within the Suffolk Breed, his work and the local community was evidenced by the massive crowds who gathered to pay their respects at his funeral. His wit, experience and knowledge will be sadly missed.

Fingask, Friarland, Glenisla, Knapps, Ladykirk, Muiresk, Santon, Thrunton, Tuxford and even from Tommy Delday’s Voyburn, then one of the only flocks on Orkney.

May he Rest in Peace.

Tups such as Kinmundy Elite were selected shrewdly, the majority in partnership with and with the support of John Campbell, Thrunton. Bridgestone Bullyboy, Birness Braveheart, Collessie Kelso, Fyvie Falcon, the Fyvie Classic son Fordafourie Lionheart, his grandson Fordafourie Bullseye (Cairness Comrade) and the influential Glenisla Ivanhoe (Kirkton Finale), the latter shared in a three way split with the Aynsley’s.

John Hepburn

11th May 1958 16th September 2015 Founder manager and shepherd of the “FLODDEN” Flock from 1984 - 1997 Son of a shepherd and a staunch, proud Northumbrian, after leaving Kirkley Hall Agricultural College John shepherded in North Northumberland before landing the post in 1984 for new breeder Mr Jonathan Hayward (son of Wolverhampton Wanders’ entrepreneurial owner, ‘Sir Jack’) at East Learmouth, Cornhill-on-Tweed. Here he pioneered the highly successful “FLODDEN” Flock of Suffolks and a fold of Highland Cattle, supported by Lancastrianborn wife Lynda (nee Gardner) and his young sons who were integral to the “Flodden” enterprise. Initially, judicial Female purchases were made from renowned Flocks such as Barrons’, Beechpark, Boothferry, Boreland, Evandale,

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By the mid 1990’s the Flodden Flock had expanded to 114 registered ewes.

Westcarse Waltzer was loaned from near neighbour and great friend Gordon Turnbull, Cookstead. Acquisition of the successful Pankymoor Prelude son Muiresk Moneymaker 78033, who had such an onward influence on Flodden genetics, soon followed. Most unfortunately, in the late 90’s a breakdown of communication between Jonathan Hayward and John also followed, so John took self-employment. Besides livestock contract work he qualified as a Farm Quality Assurance Inspector for the UK’s ‘Red Tractor’ scheme in Beef, Lamb & Combinable Crops, a post which took him all over the UK - and he was an SGHS ‘shows & sales’ MV Inspector.

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John had contested National clipping competitions with his great pal Robert Bradbury, travelling as far as the Royal Bath & West, later putting the experience to good use when contract clipping. He was at his happiest and much in demand when preparing sheep for show and sale; numerous tups of various breeds, plus Highlanders for the prestigious bi-annual Oban Sales. Alongside the Suffolks, the Flodden Fold had achieved major successes including the Highland cattle Championship at the RHAS so John was in his element - and his expertise was called upon locally as a night lamber and calver. John felt privileged to assist with top-class Flock dispersals such as Holme for John Greensit; Ladykirk for the Fleming family; Sycamore for David Thornalley; Santon for Sandy Fraser/County Turf and the Rare Breed flocks of the late Kenneth Stewart, for whose family he was involved with their excellent Highland cattle.

Tragically, ‘young onset’ Dementia then presented apace and, following a heartbreaking period, John was admitted to Specialist Care when only 53. The cause of his illness at such a young age remains under investigation but, the Neuropathology Centre for Brain Sciences, Edinburgh University requested (and have retained) John’s brain for future research. John’s two sons, Alexander (27) and Graeme (24) have both followed their Dad into the agricultural industry and Alex retains an interest in Suffolks, helping John’s partner of fifteen years, Caroline Nelson, when time permits. They will join Caroline who presents special Sheep Young Handler’s rosettes at Kelso’s Border Union Show on John’s behalf, as was his wish.

An appointed Judge of Suffolks, Shropshires and Highlanders, duties he enjoyed immensely, John also undertook workshops, demonstrating and training the art of show & sales preparation. His last judging appointments were in 2008 - Shropshires at the National Rare Breed Championship and Suffolks at Orkney’s East Mainland Show.

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Flock No.

A12

Est. 1979

RHAEADR ROLEX

Sold for 25,000gns at Stirling to Gary Beacom and syndicate.

RHAEADR ROLLS ROYCE

Sold at Shrewsbury for 21,000gns to Mary Julia Cornish

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Scrapie Monitored M.V. Acc

Rhaeadr Suffolks achieved Champion & 1st Prize group of three at National Sale selling up to 21,000gns and top average. 4th prize ‘Single’ and 1st prize ‘Group of Three’ at Stirling, top price of 25,000gns. Top average record price of 11,000gns for Ewe lambs sold at Carlisle. Champion Ewe lamb and top Price at the Western Area Female Sale was also achieved.

SIRES USED 2015 CAIRNESS COGNAC

purchased privately, one of the best lambs to come from Cairness admired by many who have seen him.

RHAEADR SPECTRE

very well bred late born lamb in 2014, sire’d by Rhaeadr The Real McCoy, Dam 4,000gns from Baileys, daughter of the 70,000 gn Rhaeadr Rossi.

Males & females for sale privately and are eligible for export, also semen large or small lots.

MYFYR A EVANS TAN-YR-ACCAR, LLANRHAEADR, DENBIGH, LL16 4PH Tel: 01745 890 232 Mobile: 07974 752 010 Wishing all our customers & friends the very best for 2016 and a big thank you for all who supported us at our second Three Nations Sale at Carlisle.


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ROOKERY SUFFOLKS Est. 1989

ROOKERY HICKSTEAD Three Counties Show Champion 2014.

Sold privately to Meierie flock Claude Vanwijnsberghee. The best lamb to leave Rookery this year.

CREWELANDS MASTERPIECE Our pick at Stirling.

Plenty of flesh great head & very correct. Very much looking forward to his crop of lambs.

STOCK RAMS USED 2015

Rookery Best of the Best Has bred tremendously well in his first year. Shared with the Rhaeadr flock. Haddo High Voltage Still looking great. Plenty of outstanding ewes retained in flock. Crewelands Masterpiece As seen above

C J HOLMES

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

Visitors Welcome


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Royal Ulster Show at Balmoral 13th - 15th May 2015

Judge: J Douglas (Cairness Flock) Aged Ram 1 RC&JC Watson - Burnview Gin and Tonic (T86:13:007) Shearling Ram 1 S&W Tait - Birness Murray (1W:14:01173) by Ballynacanon Commander 2 S Sufferin - Birness Bravado (1W:14:0110) by Ballynacanon Commander 3 P Donnelly - LRT:14:01064 by Birness Bolt Aged Ewe 1 G C Beacom - JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie 2 P Donnelly - LRT:12:012 by Baileys Paddy’s Power 3 AJ&NAJ Robinson 73A:12:062 by Benrafton Right Said Fred

Shearling Ewe 1 L&M Liggett - A12:14:00964 by Ardlea Arbennig 2 AJ&NAJ Robinson - 73A:14:00912 by Cairness Diamond Geezer 3 T&B Robinson - 230:14:00108 by Broomknowes Touch of Class Ram lamb 1 G C Beacom - JFF:15:01673 by Strathbogie Jackpot 2 S&W Tait - T86:15:00820 by Birness Murray 3 PDW Taylor KKW:15:00629 by Mountford Mustang Ewe Lamb 1 AJ&NAJ Robinson - 73A:15:00961 by Cairness Masterstroke II 2 M Priestley - KPC:15:00511 by Muirton One Direction 3 S&W Tait - T86:15:00811 by Birness Bacardi

Supreme Champion Pedigree Cairness Classic Fyvie JFF:13:020 JFF:L41 by Strathisla Shadrach

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SHOWS Group of Three 1 G C Beacom - JFF:13:020, JFF:15:01673 2 AJ & NAJ Robinson - 73A:12:062, 73A:14:00912 & 73A:15:00961 Pair of Lambs 1 S&W Tait T86:15:00820 & T86:15:00811 2 AJ & NAJ Robinson 73A:15:00932 & 73A:15:00961 Overall Championships Female Champion GC Beacom - JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie

Reserve Female Champion L&M Liggett - A12:14:00964 by Ardlea Arbennig Male Champion GC Beacom - JFF:15:01673 by Strathbogie Jackpot Reserve Male Champion S&W Tait - T86:15:0820 by Birness Murray Supreme Champion GC Beacom - JFF:13:020 by Cairness Classic Fyvie Reserve Champion GC Beacom - JFF:15:01673 by Strathbogie Jackpot

1st prize Aged Ewe, Female & Supreme Champion from GC Beacom

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1st Prize Ram Lamb, Male & Reserve Champion from G C Beacom

1st Prize Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female Champion from L Liggett

1st Prize Aged Ram from RC & JC Watson

1st prize Ewe Lamb from AJ & NAJ Robinson

1st Prize Shearling Ram from S&W Tait

1st Prize pair of lambs from S&W Tait

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1st Prize Group of Three from G C Beacom

Gary and Lee Beacom claimed the champion and reserve champion honours at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show. Included NI Branch chairman, Lesley Liggett.

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Three Counties Show 12th - 14th June 2015

Judge: G Beacom (Lakeview Flock) Aged Ram 1 C&A Meredith Stockton That’s the One (72H:12:1704) Shearling Ram 1 WH Sinnett and Sons (72H:14:02601) by Rhaeadr Mint 2 K Thomas - Ballycannon Blaze (KKW:14:00542) by Birness Bacardi 3 WH Sinnett and Sons - (72H:14:02620) by Whitestone Footprint Aged Ewe 1 R Lawrence - NHL:11:012 by Strathisla Speed 2 WH Sinnett and Sons - 72H:11:510 by Stockton Thriller the Second 3 WH Sinnett and Sons - 72H:13:2098 by Stockton Percy T

Shearling Ewe 1 R Lawrence - NHL:14:00122 by Cairness Great Expectations 2 WH Sinnett and Sons - 72H:14:02584 by Rhaeadr Mad Man 3 K Thomas - FNP:14:00238 by Limestone To-Tal Ram Lamb 1 CJ Holmes - DND:15:00442 by Rhaeadr Dynamic 2 WH Sinnett and Sons - 72H:15:03109 by Rookery Barry 3 WH Sinnett and Sons - 72H:15:03120 by Rookery Barry Ewe Lamb 1 Mike Davies and Sons - NLH:15:00589 by Forkins Fagan 2 Mike Davies and Sons - NLH:15:00597 by Forkins Fagan 3 R Lawrence - NHL:15:00142 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rhaeadr Dynamic DND:15:00442 DND:N8 by Rhaeadr Obsession

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SHOWS Female Champion Mike Davies and Sons - NLH:15:00589 by Forkins Fagan

Supreme Champion CJ Holmes - DND:15:00442 by Rhaeadr Dynamic

Reserve Female Champion R Lawrence - NHL:14:00122 by Cairness Great Expectations

Reserve Champion Mike Davies and Sons - NLH:15:00589 by Forkins Fagan

Male Champion C J Holmes - DND:15:00442 by Rhaeadr Dynamic Reserve Male Champion W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:15:03109 by Rookery Barry

Supreme and Male Champion, 1st Prize Ram Lamb from Chris and Sally Holmes

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Reserve Male Champion from WH Sinnett & Sons

1st Prize Ewe lamb and Female Champion from Mike Davies & Sons

1st Prize Shearling Ewe and Reserve Female Champion from R Lawrence

1st Prize Aged Ewe from R Lawrence

1st Prize Aged Ram from C & A Meredith

1st Prize Shearling Ram from WH Sinnett & Sons

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Royal Highland Show 18th - 21st June 2015

Judge: S Buckley (Sitlow Flock) Aged Ram 1 Sandy Fraser - (DHD:13:027) Glenhead Star Command by Cairness Commander 2 Alan MacKinnon - (KKW:13:042) Ballynacanon Bandicoot by Birness Bacardi Shearling Ram 1 WG Troup - A12:14:01014 Rhaeadr High Roller by Baileys BMW 2 Ashley Bothwell - LXX:14:02121 Smithston Soldier Boy by Glenhead Infusion 3 RF Redpath - LHD:14:00058 Westmuir Warrior by Cairness Castello Aged Ewe 1 Stuart G Mair and Sons - NAJ:13:057 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet 2 I&J Barbour - JOD:11:005 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 3 Stewart Lathangie - LVL:11:012 by Rhaeadr Operator 4 James Wallace - NAJ:12:090 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet 5 Caroline Nelson - DYH:12:036 by Middlemuir Camelot

Shearling Ewe 1 I&J Barbour - FHT:14:00831 by Solwaybank Casino Royale 2 James Innes - SUT:14:00843 by Ballynacanon Commander 3 WG Troup - L25:14:00054 by Baileys Rock Solid 4 Stuart Mair and Sons - NAJ:14:000347 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 5 James Innes - SUT:14:00849 by Ballynacanon Commander Ram Lamb 1 WG Troup - L52:15:00859 by Rhaeadr High Roller 2 I& J Barbour - FHT:15:01075 by Solwaybank Solario 3 Stuart G Mair and Sons NAJ:15:00369 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 4 J Innes and Sons - SUT:15:01239 by Muirton One Direction 5 R&K Wilson - THJ:15:02026 by Muirton One Direction

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet NAJ:13:057 NAJ:11:025 by Strathisla Speed

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SHOWS Ewe Lamb 1 Angus and Sue Howie - SNF:15:00433 by Miiddlemuir Maserati 2 R&K Wilson - THJ:15:02025 by Muirton One Direction 3 Jill Tooze - DYX:15:00192 by Errigal Enterprise 4 G Christie - PDW:15:00564 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 5 Stuart G Mair and Sons NAJ:15:00386 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

Male Champion W G Troup - A12:14:01014 Rhaeadr High Roller by Baileys BMW

Supreme Champion Stuart G Mair and Sons - NAJ:13:057 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet

Female Champion Stuart G Mair and Sons NAJ:13:057 by Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet

Reserve Champion WG Troup - A12:14:01014 Rhaeadr High Roller by Baileys BMW

Reserve Male Champion W G Troup - L52:15:00859 by Rhaeadr High Roller

Reserve Female Champion I&J Barbour - FHT:14:00831 by Solwaybank Casino Royale

1st Prize Aged Ewe, Female and Overall Champion from Stuart G Mair and Sons

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1st Prize Shearling Ram and Male and Reserve Overall Champion from W G Troup

1st Prize Ram Lamb and Reserve Male Champion from WG Troup

1st Prize Shearling Ewe and Reserve Female Champion from I&J Barbour

1st Prize Aged Ram from Sandy Fraser

1st Prize Ewe lamb from Angus and Sue Howie

Hugh Gordon, Stonehaven

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Winner of Group of Three - I and J Barbour's FHT:15:00175, FHT:14:00831 and JOD:11:005

J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons 2016 SALES Fri/Sat 22nd & 23rd July National Show & Sale, Shrewsbury (with Halls) Monday 1st August

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

Monday 19th Sept

NSA Main Ram Sale, Builth Wells

Sat 29th October

37th 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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Great Yorkshire Show 14th - 16th July 2015

Judge: R Holmes (Willmar Flock) Shearling Ram 1 Lilburn Estates - 583:14:00392 Drimmie Upstart by Forkins Bold Lad 2 D Aconleys- SNH:14:02675 Pennyholme Prospect by Ballynacanon Big Den 3 Lilburn Estates - DND:14:00385 Rookery Union Jack by Cairness Great Expectations Aged Ewe 1 Lilburn Estates - G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall 2 S Ryder - PUS:13:001 by Cairness Stirling 3 R Denby - A58:13:012 by Carony Cool Cat Shearling Ewe 1 Lilburn Estates - G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend 2 R Denby - A58:14:00235 by Carony Cool Cat 3 P Lupton - KXL:14:00241 by Safaddon Smarty Pants

Ram Lamb - Trimmed 1 A Glaves - M17:15:03038 by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher 2 R Hiddleston - PWS:15:00091 by Muirton One Direction 3 Mrs Tooze - DYX:15:00193 by Errigal Enterprise Ram Lamb - Untrimmed 1 S Ryder - PUS:15:01101 by Rhaeadr Ring a Ding 2 P Lupton - KXL:15:00284 by Rhaeadr Skyfall Ewe Lamb 1 S Ryder - PUS:14:01102 by Rhaeadr Ring a Ding 2 R Hiddleston - PWS:15:00086 by Ballynacanon Big Den 3 Mrs Tooze - DYX:15:00192 by Errigal Enterprise Group of Three 1 Lilburn Estates 2 Mrs Tooze 3 Mr P Brannen

Supreme Champion Pedigree Deveronside Pall-Mall G34:12:071 G34:K47 by Baileys Jetset

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Reserve Male Champion Mrs S Ryder - PUS:15:01101 by Rhaeadr Ring a Ding

Reserve Female Champion Lilburn Estates - G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend

Supreme Champion Mr and Mrs A Glaves - G34:12:071 by Deveronside Pall-Mall

Male Champion Mr and Mrs A Glaves - M17:15:03038 by Solwaybank Pound Stretcher

Reserve Champion Lilburn Estates - G34:14:18396 by Claddagh Special Blend

1st Prize Aged Ewe & Female & Overall Champion from Lilburn Estates

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1st prize Shearling Ewe, Reserve Female & Reserve Overall Champion from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Ram lamb - trimmed & Male champion from Mr and Mrs A Glaves

1st Prize Ram Lamb - untrimmed & Reserve Male Champion by Mrs S Ryder

1st Prize Shearling Ram from Lilburn Estates

1st Prize Ewe Lamb from Mrs S Ryder

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Royal Welsh Show 20th - 23rd July 2015

Judge: H Sleigh Ram Shearling or over 1 W H Sinnett - NAT:14:01628 by Burnview Balls of Fire 2 Dafydd Jones - NAT:14:01651 by Burnview Balls of Fire 3 John and Llinos Griffiths - 33H:N2 by Cairness Coalition by Cairness Achievement Shearling Ewe 1 W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:14:02670 by Rhaeadr Mad Man 2 Dafydd Jones - NAT:14:01635 by Fronfraith Magnum 3 W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:14:02584 by Rhaeadr Mad Man Ram lamb - Trimmed 1 W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:15:03193 by Rhaeadr Mint 2 Dafydd Roberts - J99:15:01038 by Fronfraith Magnum 3 D J Harvey - FFA:15:00189 by Rookery Riverman

Ram lamb - Untrimmed 1 John and Llinos Griffiths BAX:15:00152 by Cairness Coalition 2 D J Harvey - FFA:15:00192 by Rookery Riverman Ewe lamb 1 Dafydd Jones - NAT:15:01887 by Stockton Barbarian 2 John and Llinos Griffiths BAX:15:001550 3 W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:15:03244 by Rookery Barry Group of Three 1 W H Sinnett and Sons 2 Dafydd Jones Female Champion W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:14:02670 by Rhaeadr Mad Man Reserve Female Champion Dafydd Jones - NAT:15:01887 by Stockton Barbarian

Supreme Champion Pedigree Rhaeadr Mad Man 72H:14:02670 72H:L109 by Rhaeadr Radar

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SHOWS Male Champion W H Sinnett and Sons NAT:14:01628 by Burnview Balls of Fire

Supreme Champion W H Sinnett and Sons - 72H:14:02670 by Rhaeadr Mad Man

Reserve Male Champion Dafydd Jones - NAT:14:01651 by Burnview Balls of Fire

Reserve Champion Dafydd Jones - NAT:15:01887 by Stockton Barbarian

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

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1st Prize Ewe Lamb , Reserve Female & Reserve Overall Champion from Dafydd Jones’

1st Prize Shearling Ram & Male Champion from WH Sinnett and Sons

Reserve Male Champion from Dafydd Jones

1st Prize Trimmed Ram Lamb from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

1st Prize Untrimmed Ram Lamb from John and Llinos Griffiths

1st Prize Group of Three from Messrs W H Sinnett and Sons

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Irish National Championships, Athenry 5th July 2015 Judge: Steven Govin The South of Ireland Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society held their National Sheep Championships at Sheep 2015 in the Teagasc Centre Athenry on Saturday 20th June 2015. The event was well attended. In selecting his Supreme Champion of the Show he tapped forward Cleagh El Dorado, a shearling ram owned jointly by Eric Campbell and Trevor Burke of Tuam, Co. Galway. This exceptional Ram was purchased in 2013 at the Donegal Premier Sale were he captured overall Champion and Male Champion on

the day. He is sired by Hardy Frankel out of a ewe by Glenagh Tommy. Reserve Champion went the O’Keeffe family from Cork. This year Arthur O’Keeffe’s trimmed ewe lamb sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Cairness Gala Star took the Reserve Champion slot and the Female Champion Red Rosette. Arthur’s Shearling Ewe was placed as Reserve Female Champion as well as 1st prize winner in the Shearling Ewe Class. This shearling was sired by

Ram and Supreme Champion, NDB:13:001 (Cleagh El Dorado) sired by Hardy Frankel out of a ewe by Glenagh Tommy

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Female and Reserve Overall Champion, R15:15:04767 sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Cairness Gala Star

Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Solway Bank Super Sensation.

Class 2 Shearling Ram One Year & upwards 1 Eric Campbell

Philp Lynch of the “Glyde” flock from Castlebellingham Co Louth was the proud owner of the Reserve Male Champion when his stylish ram lamb, sired by a homebred ram Glyde Goldbar. His mother was purchased at the Conveth dispersal in Scotland. Goldbar was Champion Suffolk at last year’s North Eastern Breeders club show and was sold at the Premier Sale in Roscrea for €1,750gns. He was sired by the 10,000gns Cairnton the Cracker.

Class 3 Aged Ewe 1 Susan O’Keeffe 2 Jimmy Rooney 3 Thomas Kenny

Results

Class 4 Shearling Ewe 1 Arthur O’ Keeffe 2 Patrick O’Keeffe 3 Seamus Browne Class 5 Novice Ram Lamb 1 Sean O’Connor 2 Gabriel Conroy 3 Anne Quirke O’Mahony

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SHOWS Class 6 Ram Lamb sired by Irish Bred Ram 1 Philip Lynch 2 Susan O’Keeffe 3 Seamus Browne Class 7 Open Ram Lamb 1 Philip Lynch 2 Seamus Browne 3 Sean O’Connor Class 8 Novice Ewe Lamb 1 Jack & Podge Bolger 2 Eric Campbell 3 Sean O’Connor Class 9 Untrimmed Ewe Lamb 1 Susan O’Keeffe 2 Philip Lynch 3 Arthur O’Keeffe Class 10 Trimmed Ewe Lamb 1 Arthur O’Keeffe 2 Jack & Podge Bolger 3 Philip Lynch Class 11 Group of Three Mixed 1 Philip Lynch 2 Arthur O’Keeffe 3 Sean O’Connor Shearling Ram and Supreme Champion NDB:13:001 (Cleagh El Dorado) sired by Hardy Frankel out of a ewe by Glenagh Tommy Female and Reserve Overall Champion Trimmed Ewe Lamb from Arthur O’Keeffe R15:15:04767 sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Cairness Gala Star

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National Flock Competition 2015 National Flock Competition Results Judge: Liz Needham (Norman Flock)

Bristol Gold Cup

Overall Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Overall Reserve: RH Goldie (Harpercroft)

John Long Cup (Up to 30 ewes)

Winner: G & J Soulsby (Williamsgill) Reserve: Patrick McVerry (Tullywinney) Certificate of Merit: Emma Robinson & Michael Radford (Underhurth) & Aimee Mogford (Mogford)

WE Lloyd Cup (31-60 ewes)

Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: RH Goldie (Harpercroft) Certificate of Merit: James T Cannon (Redbrae) & Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills)

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

Brooks Cup (>100 ewes)

Winner: EA & L Jackson (Rugley)

Bonnington Salver (Best Flock of Ewes)

Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: RH Goldie (Harpercroft) Certificate of Merit: Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills), James T Cannon (Redbrae), G & J Soulsby (Williamsgill) & D&J Inman (Lindum)

The Sainsbury Cup (Best Ewe Lambs)

Winner: Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) Reserve: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Certificate of Merit: William T Borthwick (Ballochmyle) & RH Goldie (Harpercroft)

The Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams)

Winner: CJ Holmes (Rookery) Reserve: RH Goldie (Harpercroft) Certificate of Merit: G & J Soulsby (Williamsgill), Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) & Rodger K Denby (Carnforth)

Chebsey Cup (Progeny Group)

Winner: Tom Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) - (Rhaeadr Top Man) - (95704) Reserve: G & J Soulsby (Williamsgill) - (Strathisla HRH) - (96412) Certificate of Merit: CJ Holmes (Rookery) - (Haddo High Voltage) - (94816) D&J Inman (Lindum) - (Castleisle Cashew) - (91990)

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SHOWS 2015 Sire of the Year Winner: M Evans (Rhaeadr) (Ardlea Arbennig) - (96027) Sons sold to 25,000gns, 21,000gns & 850gns

Sire of the Year Trophy Awarded to M Evans Rhaeadr Flock. Three sons out of Ardlea Arbennig averaged ÂŁ16,398. Presented by Society President Michael Weaver.

Ardlea Arbennig

Liz Needham and William Montgomery

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Tom Fitzsimon Sunnyhill flock wins the Sainsbury Cup for the Best Ewe Lambs and the Chebsey Cup for the Best Progeny Group

Glynis and Jane Soulsby with the J Long Cup along with Liz Needham, Judge and Katriona Ross, Norbrook the main Sponsor

The Holmes Family Receive Silverware from Judge Liz Needham

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Best Flock Ewes belonging to CJ Holmes, Rookery Flock

Haddo High Voltage

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Suffolk Breed Points Head

Hornless: Face black and long; muzzle moderately fine in Ewes. (A small quantity of clean white wool on the forehead not objected to.) Ears, a medium length, black and fine texture. Eyes, bright and full.

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Neck

Moderate length and well set (in Rams stronger, with a good crest).

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Shoulder

Broad and oblique.

5

Chest

Deep and wide.

5

Back and Loin

Long, level and well covered with meat and muscle; tail well set up, the ribs long and well sprung, with a full flank.

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Legs and Feet

Straight and black, with flat bones of good quality, wooled to the knees and hocks, clean below. Forelegs set well apart. Hind legs well filled with meat.

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Belly

Well covered with wool.

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Fleece

Moderately short; close fine fibre without tendency to matt or felt together and well defined, i.e. not shading off into dark wool or hair.

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Skin

Fine, soft and pink colour.

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Shrewsbury

Judge: S. Fraser Sponsor: Norbrook Suffolks sell to 21,000gns top at Shrewbury with 21 per cent increase in numbers sold The Suffolk Society National Sale at Shrewsbury saw a strong demand for lambs of all classes, with breeders lambs well bid for by a large crowd. Commercial buyers, meanwhile, were willing to pay well for the lambs they wanted although current prime lamb prices noticeably affected their willingness to buy in volume said Society chief executive Dr Lewis McClinton. “With prime lamb prices under pressure and store lamb sales yet to get underway in any number buyers were understandably cautious. It was pleasing to see 24 more ram lambs sold this year compared to last year, an increase of 21 per cent on the year.

“Pedigree buyers were looking for tight skinned, evenly fleshed rams with that bit of sparkle and crucially good back ends and loins to produce rams suited to the modern commercial demand,” added Dr McClinton. Taking the day’s top price of 21,000gns was the best of the day from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr pen, with this being A12:15:01299, a son of the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig. Having stood second in the open lamb ram class, this lamb sold to Mary-Julia Cornish, Devon for the Mardle flock. His dam is a Thurston Calzaghe sired ewe that has previously bred lambs to 2,000gns.

Lot 69 Rhaeadr A12:15:01299 sold for 21,000gns

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Lot 68 - 1st Prize Pen of 3 Ramb Lambs, Gippeswyk Plate Perpetual Trophy & Male Champion, The Society's Perpetual Trophy & Breed Champion, The Walton Perpetual Trophy sold for 6,500gns

Following that at 6,500gns was another from the same pen, the pre-sale champion A12:15:01298. This one is a Rookery Best of the Best son and was part of the winning pen of three from Myfyr Evans. He sold to Pamela Lupton, for the Kexbeck flock, Ripon. Then making 4,000gns was the best of the day from Chris Holmes and family’s Rookery pen. This was DND:15:00455, a Rhaeadr Dynamic son out of a homebred dam by Rhaeadr Obsession. Buying this one were Roger and Michael Weaver, for the Perrinpit flock. John Sinnett was next in the money at 3,600gns for 72H:15:03148. This Rookery Barry son was one of the second prize pen of three. His dam is a Stockton Thriller The Second son. Taking this one home was Gordon Troup, Sauchen, for the Whitestone flock.

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Taking a 3,400gns call was the lead lamb of the day from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock. This was 33H:15:02190, an Annakisha Apache son out of the Cairness New Approach sired dam that also bred the 21,000gns Cairness Great Expectations. He was the choice of Angus and Sue Howie, Meeth, Devon. A pair of lambs then traded at 3,000gns, with the first of these being BLN:15:00009 from the Delves family’s Bridgeview pen. He is a Solwaybank Black Series and out of a Solwaybank bred dam by Solwaybank Skyfall and was bought by Iain and Judith Barbour for the Solwaybank flock, Annan. Next at the same money was CAL:15:01378, a Cairness Great Expectations son from Messrs Robin Irwin and family’s Kings pen. His dam is a homebred Cairness Carbon daughter, with this one heading back to his home county with the Elsworthy family, Monkleigh, Devon.

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Lot 50 - Rookery DND:15:00455 sold for 4,000gns

Lot 114 - Cairness 33H:15:02190 sold for 3,400gns

Lot 60 - Kings CAL:15:01378 sold for 3,000gns

Lot 20 - Bridgeview BLN:15:00009 sold for 3,000gns

Lot 131 - 1st Prize Ram Lamb, Venning Cup & Reserve Male and Breed Champion sold for 2,600gns

Lot 1 - 1st Prize Shearling Ewe & Female Champion sold for 2,100gns

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SALES Myfyr Evans was back in the money at 2,800gns when he sold A12:15:001262, a Rookery Best of the Best son at 2,800gns. He is out of a dam by the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig and was knocked down to Sheila Eggleston and family for the Seagrave flock, Walton on the Wold. Stephanie and William Tait’s first prize open ram lamb and reserve overall champion T86:15:0848 then sold at 2,600gns. Sired by the 5,500gns Birness Murray who was reserve male champion at Balmoral Show he is out of a Burnview Performer sired dam and his full brother to the second prize ram lamb at Balmoral. This one was bought by Keith Thomas, Hiddlestone, Staffordshire.

Lot 51 - Rookery DND:15:00434 sold for 2,000gns

At 2,400gns was another Rhaeadr lamb by Rookery Best of the Best, this time A12:15:01269. His dam is a Thurston Calzaghe daughter that has bred lambs to 4,500gns and he sold to Northern Ireland with H Stewart, Castlederg, Co Tyrone. Another member of the winning pen of three from Myfyr Evans traded at 2,100gns. This one, A12:15:01295, is a Rookery Best of the Best son out of a dam by Baileys BMW, his maternal brother sold last year at Stirling for 5,200gns and went on to be male champion at reserve overall at the Royal Highland Show 2015. Buying him were the Ligget family, Carony, Co Down.

Lot 97 - Stockton 72H:15:03109 sold for 2,000gns

Females trade up to 2100gns

Females traded up to 2,100gns for John Sinnett’s female champion 72H:14:0258. This shearling ewe is by Rhaeadr Mad Man and out of a Stockton Thriller the Second daughter and was bought by Stephen Ovenden, Littlestone, Kent, for the Beckets flock.

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SALES Next in and making 2,000gns was 72H:14:02632, a Whitestone Footprint sired shearling gimmer that stood second in the show, with this one selling to the same buyer as the female leader.

Lot 18 - 1st Prize Shearling Ram sold for 750gns

Best price for ewe lambs was 1,300gns for the first prize winner from Jill Tooze. This was DYX:15:00186, a Davishill Decision daughter out of a Plasllewelyn Panache sired ewe. Buying her was Stephen Cobbald, who is reestablishing a flock of Suffolks at Acton, Suffolk.

Sales Averages

135 ram lambs £1,143.10, four shearling rams £826.88, five shearling ewes £1,155, eight ewe lambs £784.88 (Halls with J Straker Chadwick).

Results

Class 1 Shearling Ewe 1 Lot 1 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:0258 by Rhaeadr Mad Man 2 Lot 2 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:02632 by Whitestone Footprint Lots 68, 70 & 71- 1st Prize Pen of 3 Ram Lambs, Gippeswyk Plate Perpetual Trophy

Sandy Fraser judging at the Shrewsbury Ram Sale

Class 2 Ewe Lamb 1 Lot 7 - Mrs J J Tooze DYX:15:00186 by Davishill Decision 2 Lot 8 - Mrs J J Tooze DYX:15:00183 by Davishill Decision 3 Lot 6 - Messrs T C & C A Harding 239:15:01591 by Donbraid Dubonnet 4 Lot 13 - Mrs C M Nelson CJO:15:00018 by Cairness Solid Footprint Class 3 Shearling Ram 1 Lot 18 - Messrs T C & C A Harding 239:14:1267 by Stockton Turbine 2 Lot 15 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:02620 by Whitestone Footprint 3 Lot 16 - Messrs R B & G M Morgan & Partners K52:14:00949 by Strathisla Jubilee

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Jane Soulsby presenting The Gippeswyk Plate Perpetual Trophy to Myfyr Evans

Jane Soulsby presenting The Venning Cup to William Tait

Sandy Fraser, judge presenting The Society's Perpetual Trophy & The Walton Perpetual Trophy to Myfyr Evans

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SALES Class 4 Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1 Lot 132 - S&W Tait T86:15:0841 by Burness Murray 2 Lot 118 - S J Buckley 45Z:15:01960 by Stockton Turbine 3 Lot 29 - Messrs T C & C A Harding 239:15:01589 by Bentley Sapphire 4 Lot 200 - John Key L20:15:00869 by Hans Fokker 95 Class 5 Open Ram Lamb 1 Lot 131 - S&W Tait T86:15:0848 by Birness Murray 2 Lot 69 - Myfyr A Evans A12:15:01299 by Ardela Arbennig 3 Lot 24 - Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:15:00388 by Rhaedr Red Devil 4 Lot 86 - L&M Liggett DBB:15:00540 by Carony Bugatti 5 Lot 80 - George L Stuart 1W:15:01479 by Ballynacanon Commander

Female Champion Lot 1- Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 72H:14:0258 by Rhaedr Mad Man Male Champion and Overall Champion Lot 68 - Myfyr A Evans A12:15:01298 by Rookery Best of the Best Reserve Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion Lot 131 - S&W Tait T86:15:0848 by Birness Murray Champion - A12:15:01298 Sire - Rookery Best of the Best Dam - A12:11:095 by Baileys B.M.W (94597) G. Dam - A12:L66 by Thurston Calzaghe (93056)

Class 6 Pen of Three Ram Lambs 1 Myfyr A Evans 2 Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons 3 Stuart G Mair & Sons 4 S & W Tait 5 George L Stuart Class 7 Ram Lamb with Best Gigot 1 Lot 79- Myfyr A Evans - A12:15:01207 by Rookery Best of the Best 2 Lot 101 - Messrs W H Sinnett & Sons: 72H:15:03170 by Rookery Barry 3 Lot 143 - Aled & Nia Williams: NCY:15:00437 by Dol-lys Mario 4 Lot 178 - P D W Taylor KKW:15:00654 by Mountford Mustang 5 Lot 136- S&W Tait - T86:15:0852 by Birness Murray

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Scottish Branch - Stirling

Judge: W. Tait & A. Pate Sponsor: Carrs Billington More sold as Suffolks hit 25,000gns at Stirling For the second week in a row Suffolk breeders saw demand on the rise, with more ram lambs sold at a Suffolk Sheep Society sale. The Scottish Area Show and Sale at Stirling recording 166 ram lambs sold, a rise of 21 on the year, as trade peaked at 25,000gns and eight lambs made 10,000gns on a 68 per cent clearance. The successful day at Stirling followed a strong trade at Shrewsbury which saw a 21 per cent increase in numbers sold. Commenting on the sale auctioneer George Purves from United Auctions said: “This year’s sale offered the best quality show of lambs seen here. Stud sheep were keenly bid for throughout the sale and strong bidding on

the top sheep carried on right to the end of the sale. The number of lambs sold was very encouraging.” Meanwhile, Suffolk Sheep Society chief executive Dr Lewis McClinton said the increasing demand was testament to the work breeders had done in paying attention to the needs of commercial buyers. “Good square lambs with good loins, tops and ends were clearly in demand from commercial men and the increase in the number sold is a reflection of this. Breeders presented a great show of lambs well suited to both pedigree and commercial use and are to be commended for the quality on offer.”

Sale topper at 25,000gns from Myfyr and Ian Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, by Ardlea Arbennig

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SALES The top price of 25,000gns was paid for Myfyr Evans’ fourth prize open lamb A12:15:01287. This Ardlea Arbennig son is out of FZJ:L63, a Strathisla Speed daughter. He sold in a three way split to Gary Beacom, Lakeview, Highfield Farming, Knockem, and Pat Machray, Middlemuir. The reserve champion lamb from Dennis Taylor’s Ballynacanon flock sold for the second top price of 18,000gns. This Mountford Mustang son, KKW:15:00629, stood champion ram lamb at Ballymena Show and his dam is a Birness Bacardi daughter. Gary McAdoo purchased this lamb for his Knockadoo flock in Northern Ireland.

Reserve Champion Lamb Lot 170 from Taylor's Ballynacanon flock, sold for 18,000gns

At 14,000gns was Andrew Wilson’s champion lamb from the pre-sale show DDX:15:00933. Sired by Birness Murray he is out of a dam by the former sire of the year Cairness Liam. Buying this lamb were Mark Priestley, Limestone, James Innes, Strathbogie, and Joe Stewart, Gransha. Stephen Sufferin sold two lambs at 13,000gns from his Crewelands pen, with the first being PWN:15:00468. This Birness Bravado son is out of a Burnview bred dam by Sannagh Resolve that was purchased for 3,000gns. He stood first in the novice lamb class and went on to sell to Chris Holmes, Rookery. Then PWN:15:00460 made the same money, also by Birness Bravado he is out of a dam by Forkins Ferrari II. He was second at the Northern Ireland championships and fourth ram lamb at Balmoral Show. He sold in a three way split to Messrs Campbell, Thrunton, Harry Annett, Widdrington, and Helen Goldie, Harpercoft.

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Overall Champion Lot 270 from the Castleisle flock sold for 14,000gns

13,000gns seller from Stephen Sufferin, Crewelands, by Birness Bravado, sold to Chris Holmes’ Rookery flock

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SALES Following that three lambs traded at 10,000gns, with the first to reach this price being A12:15:01270 from Myfyr Evans. By Rookery Best of the Best he is out of a Thurston Calzaghe sired ewe and was part of the winning pen of three. Patrick Donnelly bought this lamb for his Donrho flock, Ballymena.

Also from Stephen Sufferin and selling at 13,000gns, another by Birness Bravado, which went to Thrunton, Harpercroft and Harry Annett, Morpeth

Also making 10,000gns was the Mair family’s NAJ:15:00385, a Rhaeadr Red Devil son that was purchased by James Young, Muirton, Graeme Christie, Balquhain, Ross Lawrence, Roundacre, and Mary-Julia Cornish, Mardle. His dam is a Forkins Figo daughter and his grand dam was sold at the Deveronside reduction sale for 4,300gns to Strathisla. James Cannon had the third lamb at this price, JKA:15:02297 is an Ardlea Atomic son out of a Lakeview Empire Strikes Back sired dam. He joins George Stuart’s Birness flock.

From the Rhaeadr flock, this son of Rookery Best of the Best sold at 10,000gns to P Donnelly, Donrho flock

At 5,500gns was Iain and Judith Barbour’s FHT:15:00994, a Solwaybank Solario son out of an Ewebank Cartier sired dam. He sold to Stewart Lathangie, Pyeston, and Ronald Black, Collessie. Gordon Troup’s Scottish Area champion L25:15:00859 then sold at 5,000gns to Jimmy Douglas, Cairness. This lamb stood third in the open class and was first and reserve male champion at the Royal Highland Show. Sired by Rhaeadr High Roller he is out of a dam by Cairness Diamond Jubilee.

Jim Cannon, Redbrae, sold this one, by Ardlea Atomic, at 10,000gns to George Stuart, Birness

Trading at 4,500gns was FHT:15:01075, a Solwaybank Solario daughter from Iain and Judith Barbour and selling to Rob Holmes, Dunchideock, Exeter. He stood champion at the West and Central Club Show as well as

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SALES second ram lamb at the Royal Highland Show. His dam is a Rhaeadr Rastafari daughter. And James Young sold one of his Muirton lambs at 3,800gns. This was K14:15:01217, a Solwaybank Pound Stretcher son out of a Deveronside Mountroyal sired dam. Buying him were Mike Davies and Sons, Safaddan.

Other leading prices:

 3,200gns - John Gibb’s KLR:15:00014 sold to J B McVicker, Bushmills, Co Antrim

Best from Barclay and Kenny Mair, Deveronside, was this son of Rhaeadr Red Devil at 10,000gns

 3,200gns - Angus Wilson’s DHD:15:00015 sold to D McCaughan, Ballyrock, Ballymoney  3,000gns - R and K Wilson’s THJ:15:02026 sold to P Murphy, Inch, Co Wexford  3,000gns - G J Christie’s PDN:15:00601 sold to A O’Keefe, Mallow, Co Cork  3,000gns - Gary Beacom’s JFF:15:01840 sold to Jan Roock, Belgium and Messrs Duncan, Arrochar  2,600gns - P D W Taylor’s KKW:15:00605 sold to Stuart Mair and Sons, Deveronside

Lot 71 from Myfyr A Evans, Rhaeadr flock sold for 10,000gns

 2,600gns - S and W Tait’s T86:15:0818 sold to C Watson, Rasharkin, Ballymena  2,500gns - James Innes’ SUT:15:01243 sold to P McVerry, Camlough, Newry

Average

166 ram lambs £1,718 (United Auctions). Lot 135 from James T Cannon, Redbrae flock sold for 10,000gns

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SALES Class 1 - Ram Lamb (Recorded) 1. Lot 179 - Anthony Glaves M17:15:03064 by Strathisla Stifler

Lot 88 from I&J Barbour, Solwaybank flock sold for 5,500gns

Gordon Troup, Whitestone, sold this Rhaeadr High Roller son for 5,000gns to Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness

Class 2 - Novice Class (Carrs Billington Perpetual Cup) 1. Lot 213 - Stephen Sufferin PWN:15:00468 by Birness Bravado 2. Lot 176 - Mark Evans Y31:15:01695 by Strathisla Magician 3. Lot 49 - Grant Brothers PNZ:15:00190 by Birness Bravado 4. Lot 101 - L&M Liggett DBB:15:00532 by Rhaeadr Vodka 5. Lot 120 - R&K Wilson THJ:15:02026 by Muirton One Direction 6. Lot 232 - Ian Donald KSX:15:00350 by Strathbogie Diesel Class 3 - Open Ram Lamb (The Bosomworth Trophy) 1. Lot 270 - Andrew Wilson DDX:15:00933 by Birness Murray 2. Lot 170 - PDW Taylor KKW:15:00629 by Mountford Mustang 3. Lot 44 - WG Troup Ltd L25:15:00859 by Rhaeadr High Roller 4. Lot 67 - Myfyr A Evans A12:15:01287 by Ardlea Arbennig 5. Lot 252 - Mrs JA Lorimer JFF:15:01780 by Strathbogie Jackpot 6. Lot 130 - Mr GJ Christie PDN:15:00572 by Rhaeadr Red Devil

1st in Novice lamb class, Lot 213 from Stephen Sufferin, Crewlands, sold for 3,000gns

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SALES Class 4 - Pen of 3 Ram Lambs (The Oliver Rose Bowl) 1. Lot 66, 70 & 71 by Rookery Best of the Best 2. Lot 1 by Ballynacanon Commander, Lot 3 & Lot 9 by Middlemuir Maserati 3. Lot 168 ,172 & 174 by Mountford Mustang 4. Lot 128, 132 & 133 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 5. Lot 91,92 & 94 by Rhaeadr Red Devil 6. Lot 148 & 149 by Birness Pure Genius & Lot 150 by Burnview Gin and Tonic Class 5 - Elite Commercial Ram Lamb (The Horsburgh Salver) 1. Lot 96 - Stuart G Mair & Sons NAJ:15:00399 by Roundacre Rojo 2. Lot 98 - Angus O Wilson DHD:15:00010 by Muirton Masterclass 3. Lot 164 - Stewart Lathangie LVL:15:00243 by Roundacre Real Deal 4. Lot 210 - David W M Gilmour V18:15:01672 by Deveronside Laddie 5. Lot 204 - Ronald H Black 416:15:01049 by Collessie Cut Above 6. Lot 74 - Myfyr A Evans A12:15:01301 by Rookery Best of the Best

1st Prize Pen of 3 Ram Lambs - Lots 66, 70 & 71 from Myfyr A Evans, Rhaeadr flock

1st Prize in Elite Commercial Ram Lamb, Lot 96 from Stuart G Mair & Sons, Deveronside flock

Best Ram Lamb (bred in Scottish Area) Society Silver Cup 1. Lot 44 - W G Troup L25:15:00859 by Rhaeadr High Roller 2. Lot 1 - George L Stuart 1W:15:01430 by Ballynacanon Commander Class 6 - Young Handlers (8-12yrs) 1. Eoin Butler 2. Finn Christie 3. Lara Reid Winner of QMS recorded Ram Lamb class Lot 179 from Anthony Glaves, Brompton flock

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SALES Class 7 - Young Handlers (13-16yrs) 1. David Moir 2. James Scott 3. Murray Stuart 4 Jenna Reid Breed Championship (The Swan Challenge Cup) Champion Lot 270 - Andrew Wilson DDX:15:00933 by Birness Murray 1st Prize Young Handler, Class 6, Eoin Butler

Reserve Lot 170 - P D W Taylor KKW:15:00629 by Mountford Mustang

1st Prize Young Handler, Class 7, David Moir

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

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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 Fifteen 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. 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 2015 SALE

Overall Champion 2 Crop Ewe from Cairness Exhibited by J G Douglas

Reserve Champion Ewe Lamb from Wharfe Exhibited by Stephen Bolland

If you have quality Sheep to sell, make Beeston your destination, centred in the middle of the country and easily accessible from all directions.

This years Sale date: SATURDAY, 5th NOVEMBER The 16th “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

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Ballymena

Judge: S. Lathangie Sponsor: Danske Bank Trade hits 2,000gns at Ballymena Premier Suffolk Sale Suffolk rams were in high demand at the Premier Suffolk show and sale held at Ballymena Mart on Tuesday 4 August. Prices peaked at 2,000gns and gave an overall average of £547 with a clearance rate of 71 per cent. The highest priced lamb of 2,000gns and overall champion on the day was AOR:15:01401 from Alistair Gault’s, Forkins flock. Sired by Rookery Best of the Best he is bred by a Baileys BMW ewe that was purchased from M Evan’s Rhaeadr flock. The successful bidder was R Laird.

Next highest at 1,900gns was the best lamb forward from BA Dickson. This Strathbogie sired lamb our of a Cairness New Approach dam sold for 1,900gns to M Morton, Newry. An ET brother of this lamb sold for 850gns to J McKay. The Dickson family also sold the highest priced Shearling at 1,150gns to Rodney Blair, Benvale flock. He was sired by Solwaybank Major. The best from A&N Robinson’s Benrafton flock made 1,600gns. This Cairness MasterstrokeII sired lamb out of a Cairness Diamond Geezer ewe had stood fourth in

Overall Champion, 1st Prize Ram lamb and highest priced Lamb, Lot 81 from A Gault, Forkins flock

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SALES the Single ram lamb class. This was the first ram lamb offered for sale out of the 20,000gn Cairness Masterstroke stock ram which is jointly owned with P Donnelly, Donrho flock. The reserve male champion and second in the single ram lamb class came from G Beacom’s Lakeview flock. This Strathbogie Jackpot sired lamb out of a Strathisla Shadrach ewe was eventually sold for 1,000gns. Next highest from the pen also sired by Jackpot was sold for 780gns. Anthony Patton, Carrowmoney flock presented four cracking ram lambs that sold to a top of 1,550gns and average of £787.50. The highest priced lot was sired by Forkins Ferrari II out of a Whitestone Rory ewe. He heads for pedigree use in the flock of James and Ursula Rooney, Co Sligo.

Veteran breeder David Duncan had a good day when his two lambs sold for 1,400 and 1,100gns. Both lambs were sired by Cairness Achievement. The highest priced lot heads for use in the Teeshan flock of Ben and Trevor Robinson. N Lowry purchased the 1,100gn lot for use in his Fourscore flock at Crumlin.

Averages

82 rams sold to average£547.34 (McClellands Livestock Mart @ Ballymena).

Results

Class 1 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 9 - P Donnelly LRT:14:01064 by Birness Bolt 2. Lot 2 -S & W Tait T86:14:00792 by Cairness Sapphire 3. Lot 6 - B & C Dickson PJF:14:028 by Solwaybank Major

Reserve Male Champion and 2nd in Ram Lamb Class from Gary Beacom, Lakeview flock

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SALES Class 2 - Signet Recorded Ram Lamb 1. Lot 40 - S&W Tait T86:15:0863 by Birness Murray 2. Lot 124 - S H Stewart 105:15:00306 by Rhaeadr Red Bull

1st Prize Shearling Ram, Lot 9 from P Donnelly, Donrho flock

Class 3 - Novice Cup 1. Lot 48 - David & Andrew McNeilly HDY:15:00360 by Lakeview Heeza Lord 2. Lot 157 - David Duncan TDT:00099 by Cairness Achievement 3. Lot 62 - Robert & Jonathan Neill NZN:15:00113 by Cairness Masterstroke II Class 4 - Ram Lamb 1. Lot 81 - AR Gault - AOR:15:01401 by Rookery Best of the Best 2. Lot 69 - G C Beacom JFF:15:01714 by Strathbogie Jackpot 3. Lot 25 - Anthony J Patton BSH:15:00416 by Forkins Ferrari II

1st Prize Signet Recorded Ram Lamb, Lot 40 from S & W Tait, Burnview flock

Class 5 - Pen of Three 1. L& M Liggett - Lots 33 & 35 by Glenhead Purely the Best and Lot 36 by Rhaeadr Vodka 2. PDW Taylor - Lots 148, 149 & 150 by Mountford Mustang 3. AJ & NAJ Robinson - Lots 132, 133 & 134 by Cairness Masterstroke II Champion Lot 81 - A R Gault AOR:15:01401 by Rookery Best of the Best Reserve Champion Lot 69 - G Beacom JFF:15:01714 by Strathbogie Jackpot

1st Prize Novice Cup Ram Lamb, Lot 48 from David and Andrew McNeilly, Leitrim flock

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Winner of pen of three ram lambs, lot 33,35 & 36, from L & M Liggett, Carony flock

Judge S Lathangie, Pyeston flock

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SALES

Roscrea

Judge: P. Greaney Sponsor: MSD Suffolk Ram Sells to €31,000gns at Roscrea The South of Ireland Branch held their annual Premier Show & Sale at Roscrea Mart on Saturday 8 August 2015. It was an event to remember for Mr Liam McGonigle from Cloontagh, Clonmany Co. Donegal. Liam’s ram lamb won The Novice Class, the Open, Male and Overall Championships. This show success which had been judged by Mr Pat Greaney was endorsed when he went on to make the top price at the sale of €31,000gns. The final bid came from Mr James Douglas and the ram heads for use in the Cairness flock, Aberdeenshire. The ram was sired by Shannagh Resolve out of a dam by Whitestone Footprint.

Second highest price of €3,500gns went to WJ&R Wilson from Donegal. This Birness Murray sired ram out of a Strathisla Speed ewe was knocked down to well known Suffolk breeder Tommy Wilson, Triplehill flock. Another ram from the same flock was sold for €3,000gns to Mr William Hennessy. This ram was also sired by Birness Murray. The Reserve Male Champion also came from this flock and sold for €2,000gns and sold to Mr John Martin. This ram was sired by Shannagh Resolve out of a Cairness Achievement ewe.

Male Champion, Supreme Champion, 1st prize Novice Ram Lamb & 1st prize Open Ram Lamb, Lot 110, sold for €31,000gns to James Douglas, Cairness flock.

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Reserve Champion, Reserve Male Champion & 1st prize Ram Lamb sired by a SOI Bred Ram, Lot 88, sold for €2,000gns, from Messrs Wm J & R Wilson, Shannagh flock

Gordon Pearson from Boherard Clough Portlaoise brought home the rosette for the Female Champion. Gordon’s Ewe lamb was sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe sired by Castlegrogan Earl. This ewe lamb sold for €1,080gns to Mr Martin Herron. The second highest priced ewe lamb came from Mr Gerry Killilea and sold for €700gns Tom & Jeff Bailey brought forward a strong pen of lambs. Arguably one of the best carcass lambs in the sale sold for €2,400gns to Mr Michael Jennings. This Baileys Rock Solid lamb out of a Cairness Crean ewe had a tremendous top and gigot. The Baileys pen also received €2,100gns and €1,900gns. The first sired by Cairness Achievement and the other by Stockton Almighty. This year’s sale was one of the biggest held by the Branch in recent years and it attracted buyers from as far away as the Netherlands. Patrick Haccou purchased a Shearling Ewe

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Sale Averages

4 gimmers sold to average €669.38 (top price of €900gns) 7 ewe lambs sold to average €589.50 (top price of €1,080gns) 1 shearling ram sold to average €630.00 (top price of €600gns) 82 ram lambs sold to average €1,280.81 (top price of €31,000gns).

Results

Single Shearling Ewe 1 O & G Deane - Lot 2 PBO:14:00568 Sire: Baileys Rock Solid 2 Shaun & Seamus Gahan - Lot 9 HYW:14:02429 Sire: Cairness Hamlet 3 Shaun & Seamus Gahan - Lot 8 HYW:14:02394 Sire: Solwaybank Razzledazzle

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SALES Ewe Lamb 1 Gordon Pearson & Co - Lot 12 SKH:15:00834 Sire: Rookery Classic 2 John Durcan - Lot 14 - PXA:15:00120 Sire: Moatfarrell Magnificent 3 Gerry Killilea - Lot 17 HOL:15:02718 Sire: Baileys Godsend

Female Champion & 1st prize Ewe Lamb, Lot 12, sold for €1,080gns, from Gordon Pearson & Co, Bothar-ard flock

Shearling Ram 1 Messrs James H Jeffery & Sons - Lot 25 900:14:4448B Sire: Barrowlands Phoenix 2 Aidan Collins - Lot 26 SKW:14:0404F Sire: Rookery Classic Novice Class 1 Liam McGonigle - Lot 110 NDF:15:02039 Sire: Shannagh Resolve 2 John & Esther Gahan - Lot 43 SKW:15:00420 Sire: Rookery Classic 3 Doherty Brothers - Lot 60 PAS:15:02377 Sire: Lakeview Major Risk

Reserve Female Champion, Lot 14, from John Durcan, Clonkeen flock

Recorded Class 1 Susan O’Keefe - Lot 70 BYD:15:01917 Sire: Rookery Classic 2 Mrs Mary D & Mark Grealy - Lot 105 88J:15:13844 Sire: Bawnogue Cuchulann 3 John A Doherty - Lot 170 CFN:15:02384 Sire: CFN:15:02384 Open Class 1 Liam McGonigle - Lot 110 NDF:15:02039 Sire: Shannagh Resolve 2 John A Doherty - Lot 91 CFN:15:02401 Sire: Solwaybank Major 3 Seamus Browne - Lot 52 PBH:15:00982 Sire: Cairnton The Cracker

1st prize recorded class, Lot 70, sold for €1,000gns, from Susan O'Keeffe, Clyda flock

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SALES Group of Three 1 Messrs Wm J & R Wilson - Lots 88, 89 & 167 2 Susan O’Keeffe - Lots 70,71 &73 3 Philip Lynch - Lots 119, 120 &193 Supreme Champion & Male Champion: Lot 110 - NDF:15:02039 Sire: Shannagh Resolve Reserve Champion & Reserve Male Champion: Lot 88 - 78A:15:04886 Sire: Shannagh Resolve

1st prize Shearling Ram, Lot 25, sold for €600gns, from Messrs James H Jeffery & Sons, Bawnard flock

Female Champion: Lot 12 - SKH:15:00834 Sire: Rookery Classic Reserve Female: Champion: Lot 14 - PXA:15:00120 Sire: Moatfarrell Magnificent

1st prize Single Shearling Ewe, Lot 2, from O & G Deane, Mountford flock

1st prize winner of Group of Three Ram Lambs, Lots 88, 89 & 167

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SALES

Carlisle

Judge: G. Biddulph Sponsor: Natural Stockcare & Ovibreed The Suffolk Sale held at Carlisle was topped at 1,150gns for a shearling gimmer shown by Yorkshire breeder Pamela Lupton. Her January born entry, a daughter of Rhaeadr Skyfall and out of a Rookery CK One bred mother was bought by AV Bailey of Austwick, Lancaster. A few lots later selling for 1,100gns was the first ewe lamb into the ring from Keith Thomas of Staffordshire. This eye catching daughter of Ballynacanon Blaze and out of a Strathisla Speed sired mother, she went on to win her class and also the reserve female champion rosette. She now joins the Mardle flock of MJ Cornish based in Devon.

Last gimmer to the sale ring from TA Blair of Cleveleys, Lancs, sold for 850gns. This was a triplet born daughter of Harpercroft Lanark and bred out of a Cairness Last Flight sired mother. She was knocked down to new breeders, Millington Limousins of York. In the ram section 3 lambs all topped at 1,100gns. The first came from the Rhaeadr flock of Myfyr Evans, Denbigh. This was a Rookery Best of the Best bred ram out of a very good Ardlea Arbennig sired mother. He now joins the Cliff flock based near Carlisle for TE Irving & Sons. The second 1,100gns bid ram lamb came from David Gilmour of Ayrshire. This was by

Supreme Champion, Male Champion & 1st prize Ram Lamb, Lot 509, from I & J Barbour, Solwaybank flock

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SALES a homebred ram, Broomknowes Royal Boy going back to Broomknowes Nelson on his dams pedigree. He was bought by Lanarkshire breeders J Wight & Sons for their Wights flock. The final 1,100gns bid lamb was shown by Ashley Bothwell of Ayrshire. This was for the 2nd prize winning ram lamb sired by Lochton Jai and was bred out of the best ewe in the Smithson flock, their 2015 show ewe. Successful purchaser was Millington Grange Estate, York. The last entry from the Sunnyhills flock from Tom Fitzsimon sold for 1,000gns. This was a son of Glenhead Crackatinny and came from a dam with Glenhead Glenmorangie and Cairness Strictly Confidential in her pedigree. This March born shearling was sold to the Skippool flock of R Stirzaker, Milnthorpe, Cumbria. The second entry to sell for 1,000gns was the first ram lamb shown by Stephen Bolland of Skipton. This lamb is sired by Rhaeadr

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Rastafari and his mother is an ET sister to Cairness Achievement and Castellao. He sold to an undisclosed buyer from the North West area.

Averages

28 shearling gimmers £486.38, 34 ewe lambs £340.94, 13 shearling rams £545.19, 62 ram lambs £521.44.

Show Results

Class 1 - Shearling Ewe 1. Lot 432 - David W M Gilmour CWC:14:00165 by Harpercroft Lanark 2. Lot 402 - Paula & David Reid JDX:14:00619 by Rhaeadr Neymar 3. Lot 410 - R F Redpath - LHD:14:0036 by Ewebank Frankel Class 2 - Ewe Lamb 1. Lot 433 - Keith R Thomas FNP:15:00284 by Ballynacanon Blaze 2. Lot 467 - Mark Evans - Y31:15:01656 by Strathisla Magician 3. Lot 437 - R F Redpath - LHD:15:00224 by Cairness Castello

Female Champion & 1st prize Shearling Ewe, Lot 432, sold for 850gns, from T A Blair, Thornfleet flock

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SALES Class 3 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 490 - P R Wilkinson SNH:14:02673 by Forkins Figo 2. Lot 488 - Dafydd Pugh Roberts J99:14:00882 by Cairness Barbarian 3. Lot 475 - Mrs P Lupton - KXL:14:00211 by Safaddan Smarty Pants

Female Champion Lot 432 - T A Blair CWC:14:00165 by Harpercroft Lanark

Class 4 - Ram Lamb 1. Lot 509 - I & J Barbour - FHT:15:01085 by Rhaeadr Rastafari 2. Lot 552 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:15:02405 by Lochton Jai 3. Lot 558 - Tom Fitzsimon NCK:15:00740 by Stockton Stirling

Male Champion Lot 509 - I & J Barbour FHT:15:01085 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Class 5 - Pair of Lambs 1. Katie Brannen Lot 630 by Burnview Bounty ,Lot 631 by Strathisla Sea Bird 2. James T Cannon Lot 517 by Ardlea Atomic, Lot 519 by Birness Blockbuster 3. Paula & David Reid Lot 548 by Sitlow Centurion, Lot 550 by Cairness Custom Made

Supreme Champion Lot 509 - I & J Barbour FHT:15:01085 by Rhaeadr Rastafari

Reserve Female Champion & 1st prize Ewe Lamb, Lot 433, sold for 1,100gns, from Keith R Thomas, Manordale flock

Reserve Female Champion Lot 433 - Keith R Thomas FNP:15:00284 by Ballynacanon Blaze

Reserve Male Champion Lot 490 - P R Wilkinson SNH:14:02673 by Forkins Figo

Reserve Champion Lot 490 - P R Wilkinson SNH:14:02673 by Forkins Figo

1st prize Pair of Lambs, Lot 630 & 631, from Katie Brannen, Moorsley flock

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SALES Show Results Class 1 - Shearling Ewe 1. Lot 410 - P Lupton KXL:13:005 by Rhaeadr Razzle Dazzle 2. Lot 413 - Mark Evans Y31:13:063 by Strathisla King of Kings 3. Lot 401 - Scott Bourman SFS:13:007 by Rhaeadr First Choice 4. Lot 415 - R W Percival 91:13:001 by Kings Sceptre Class 2 - Ewe Lamb 1. Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion 2. Lot 420 - R David Williams R88:14:02135 by Rhaeadr Rubicon 3. Lot 422 - P Lupton KXL:14:00231 by Rhaeadr Skyfall 4. Lot 421 - C M Nelson CJO:14:00003 by Glenhead Titanium Class 3 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo 2. Lot 455 - Dafydd Pugh Roberts HOF:13:019 3. Lot 456 - Tom Fitzsimon HJW:13:014 by Baileys Bacchus 4. Lot 438 - Messrs R & A Harrison BBD:13:002 by Redbrae Neptune

Class 5 - Pair of Lambs 1. Paula & David Reid Lot 559 by Kings Romeo Lot 560 by Rhaeadr Neymar 2. S J Buckley Lots 600 & 601 by Stockton Turbine 3. R F Redpath Lot 584 & 587 by Ewebank Frankel Female Champion Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion Reserve Female Champion Lot 410 - P Lupton KXL:13:005 by Rhaeadr Razzle Dazzle Male Champion Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo Reserve Male Champion Lot 458 - Tom Fitzsimon NCK:14:00376 by Landale Dead Lucky Supreme Champion Lot 454 - Lilburn Estates G34:13:143 by Forkins Figo Reserve Champion Lot 431 - Ashley Bothwell LXX:14:02124 by Sitlow Centurion

Class 4 - Ram Lamb 1. Lot 458 - Tom Fitzsimon NCK:14:00376 by Landale Dead Lucky 2. Lot 564 - Paula & David Reid JDX:14:00614 by Cairness Custom Made 3. Lot 551 - I & J Barbour FHT:14:00856 by Solwaybank Casino Royale 4. Lot 550 - I & J Barbour FHT:14:00874 by Rhaeadr Rannoch

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Western Club Show & Sale (Builth)

Judge: Chris Holmes

Class 1 - Shearling Ram 1. Lot 340 - Geoff Biddulph 92J:14:00974 by Cairness See The Stars 2. Lot 341 - T C & C A Harding 239:14:1281 by Stockton Turbine Class 2 - Recorded Single Ram Lamb 1. Lot 364 - T C & C A Harding – 239:15:01562 by Bentley Sapphire Class 3 - Single Ram Lamb (trimmed/untrimmed) 1. Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons NLH: 15:00583 by Deveronside Dancing Brave 2. Lot 347 - Jack Pryce 138A:15:00219 by Sitlow Saint Steve 3. Lot 374 - Geoff Biddulph 92J:15:01249 by Cairness Great Expectations

Class 4 - Pair of Ram Lambs 1. Lots 375, by Pexhill Real Lucky & 376, by Cairness Great Expectations - Geoff Biddulph 2. Lots 359, by Seagrave Century & 361, by Birness Presidential - Hallam & Eggleston 3. Lots 365 & 366, by Bentley Sapphire T C & C A Harding Male Champion 1. Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons NLH: 15:00583 by Deveronside Dancing Brave Reserve Male Champion 1. Lot 376 - Geoff Biddulph 92J:15:01257 by Cairness Great Expectations

Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons

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Kelso The Suffolk breed still continues to be a major market player with about a quarter of the Kelso market share. With increasing input costs commercial farmers are looking for fast growth and heavy carcasses to reduce production costs and increase profit margin. 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 2014 2015

26.2% 27.4% 28.4% 28.6% 24.7% 23.5%

Of the 5,679 entered for the 2015 Kelso sale 23.5 per cent of the sheep entered was a Suffolk. 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 a ring were all members must be in the MV scheme and Non Registered refers to a ring were breeders that are NOT in the MV scheme can sell their stock. To make matter more confusing some members that are MV accredited sell in the Non Registered ring! The sale highlights and averages were as follows:

Table 1: Ring 10 - Ram Lambs fron Society Members Name

J Douglas, Cairness S&W Tait, Burnview ML Evans, Jubilee GL Stuart, Birness Lilburn Estates, Roseden S&G Brown, Capielaw Mrs RH Goldie, Harpercroft RF Redpath, Westmuir

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Highest Price

£7,500 £3,200 £1,000 £900 £700 £2,000 £850 £820

No. Sheep

7 4 6 11 3 8 8 12

Average

£1,414.29 £1,055.00 £661.67 £641.82 £566.67 £561.25 £517.50 £498.33

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SALES Table 2: Ring 8 - Shearling Rams fron Society Members Name

Redhead and Watson, Brijon Lilburn Estates, Roseden JS Dun & Partners, Catcune A Gray & Son, Langside Mrs IM Fowlie, Essie P Gray, Scrogton EA & L Jackson, Rugley JHC Campbell & Sons, Thrunton S&G Sutherland, New Channelkirk Dere Street Farming, Easton JS & JB Mauchlan, Spotsmains H Annett, Widdrington RJL Park, Drinkstone

Highest Price

£2,200 £2,000 £2,000 £1,200 £1,000 £1,200 £2,000 £1,000 £1,300 £950 £1,100 £700 £1,500

No. Sheep

33 17 18 13 22 12 27 21 22 8 16 13 20

Average

£928.18 £834.12 £785.56 £750.77 £738.18 £720.83 £678.15 £657.62 £615.91 £607.50 £539.38 £526.92 £489.00

Table 3: Ring 14 - Shearling Rams fron Society Members Name

J Elliot, Roxburgh Mains Mrs FJ Wight, Carwood WN Douglas, Catslackburn Mrs JS Laing, Oxmuir JF Stott & Sons, Elilaw WD Mundle, Meigle

Highest Price

£1,200 £1,000 £900 £1,650 £480 £900

No. Sheep

38 13 21 29 1 7

Average

£865.00 £606.92 £565.71 £544.14 £480.00 £448.57

New for 2016 The Society, with kind permission of Border Union Agricultural Society will launch a new Suffolk judging event at Kelso ram sales in 2016. The aim of this competition is to find the best commercial carcass ram. Exhibitors will be allowed to enter one ram each from MV Accredited Rings 8 and 10. Class 1 will be Shearlings and Class 2 will be Ram Lambs. First and second prize winners

from these classes will compete for the overall championship and reserve. This event is kindly sponsored by Natural Stockcare and the Scottish Branch will provide a trophy. Judging will be held at the end of the marquee the evening before the sale. Exact details will be provided closer to the time.

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2015 Sale Averages Minimum 3 Sold - N=National, S=Stirling, R=Roscrea, B=Ballymena, C=Carlisle Flock Castleisle Rhaeadr Crewelands Ballynacanon Rhaeadr Redbrae Deveronside Solwaybank Shannagh Whitestone Rookery Cairnton Kings Baileys Balquhain Mountford Stockton Burnview Muirton Cairness Birness Burnview Craigdoo Lakeview Glyde Strathbogie Errigal Bentley Malinhead Cairness Sitlow Hallhill Donrho Newwells Ballynacanon Alloaks 108

Sale

Entry

No Sold

Top gns

Avg £

S S S S N S S S R S N S N R S S N N S N S S S S R S R N R S N S S S N N

4 10 8 8 12 5 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 7 7 4 14 6 7 4 9 6 4 10 3 6 5 4 7 6 6 5 6 3 8 6

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

14,000 25,000 13,000 18,000 21,000 10,000 10,000 5,500 3,500 5,000 4,000 3,200 3,000 2,400 3,000 2,000 3,600 2,600 3,800 3,400 2,000 2,600 2,000 3,000 1,350 2,500 1,250 1,300 1,600 1,400 2,000 1,100 1,500 1,400 1,800 1,500

£5,390.00 £5,022.50 £4,687.50 £3,955.00 £3,547.25 £3,005.63 £2,856.00 £2,231.25 € 2,152.50 £2,030.00 £1,911.00 £1,680.00 £1,548.75 € 1,548.75 £1,373.75 £1,365.00 £1,360.80 £1,344.00 £1,342.50 £1,330.88 £1,312.50 £1,312.50 £1,299.38 £1,207.50 € 1,207.50 £1,181.25 € 1,120.00 £1,050.00 € 993.30 £971.25 £951.30 £945.00 £945.00 £910.00 £888.30 £840.00

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SALES Flock Limestone Clyda Safaddan Bannview Carrowmoney Solwaybank Birness Knockem Pennan Rhaeadr Annaskisha Kells Deveronside Forkins Pexhill Barrowlands Sunnyhills Frongoy Freighduff Tullywinney Blackbrae Broomknowes Lakeview Botera Dollys Sunnyhills Cragroe Solwaybank Lakeview

Sale

Entry

No Sold

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

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

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

Top gns

Avg £

1,000 1,000 2,000 1,000 1,550 1,300 1,100 1,100 1,200 1,100 700 820 750 1,000 1,000 700 800 850 1,100 650 600 1,100 1,000 950 700 700 580 900 700

£840.00 € 840.00 £829.50 £787.50 £787.50 £775.25 £752.50 £748.25 £721.88 £710.50 € 693.00 € 686.70 £669.38 £661.50 £640.50 € 637.00 £622.13 £619.50 € 616.00 £612.50 £612.50 £609.00 £606.38 £577.50 £572.25 £560.00 € 551.25 £520.80 £511.00

Top 5 Prices Flock

Sale

Breeder

Purchaser

Lot

gns

£/€

J Douglas G Beacom, B Nicholson & P Machray MJ Cornish G McAdoo M Priestley

110 67

31,000 25,000

€32,550.00 £26,250.00

69 170 270

21,000 18,000 14,000

£22,050.00 £18,900.00 £14,700.00

Cloontagh Rhaeadr

R S

L McGonigle M Evans

Rhaeadr Ballynacanon Castleisle

N S S

M Evans D Taylor W&R Wilson

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ROSCREA NOVICE CHAMPION 2014 SIRES USED IN 2015: Limestone Tom • Limestone Mr Muscle Deburca Lewis • Rhaeadr Rhonn • Birness Murray Castleisle Mc Beth • Rookery Classic Enquires Welcome Eamonn Duffy, Ethelstown, Kells, Co. Meath M: 086 1506785 Email: eamonnduffykells@gmail.com Wishing our customers, friends and fellow breeders every success in the coming year. ANNUAL RAM LAMB SALE: Tuesday 6th September 2016 at Carnaross Livestock Mart. Sale 1.00pm. ALL STAR SUFFOLK SALE: Saturday 26th November 2016 at Blessington Livestock Mart. Sale 12.30pm. A consigment of in lamb Suffolk females.


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Female Sales Abergavenny

Saturday 24th October 2015 A tremendous catalogued entry of 198 sheep was the largest for many years at this long established sale. Although trade was selective a selling rate of some 83 per cent was achieved, with strong demand for the best quality sheep. The sale topper was the 1st prize ewe lamb & overall Champion judged in the morning by Mr John Sherratt of Shropshire. The lamb was bred by leading North Wales Flockmaster Myfyr Evans in his Rhaeadr Flock and was sired by Rookery Best of the Best. She sold at 1,150gns to Breconshire Breeders, Mike Davies & Sons, to join their Safaddan Flock. Myfyr Evans sold other ewe lambs to 500gns to C Love, Yeovil, and 450gns to TJ GrifďŹ ths, Kidwelly. The Reserve Championship awarded by John Sherratt went to the 1st prize Shearling Ewe which was shown by Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon. The homebred ewe was by Conveth Cobra and out of a Meikleson Impression ewe, she sold at 650gns to R Richards, Craswall, Hereford, who also took the next in this pen at 440gns. The 1st prize Flock Ewe came from RF Holmes, Exeter, this was a 2013 born daughter of Limestone To-Tal, inlamb to Solwaybank Rooster, which sold at 400gns to D Stephens, Holsworthy. Messrs TC & CA Hardley, Bentley sold to a top of 460gns for a 2013 born ewe by

Champion (Lot 146) Myfyr Evans

Llangeview Discovery, inlamb to Pexhill Coalition, taken by EI Davies, Llanddeusant, Carms. Mike Davies & Sons maintained their strong trade with others at 420gns, 410gns & 400gns. A strong team from GM Owen, Anglesey saw a peak of 520gns for a shearling ewe by Glenhead Titanium and inlamb to Conveth Cobra, she was taken by D Thomas, Llandeilo. Next best at 500gns was a 2013 ewe by Tir Untrimmed, inlamb to Dol llys Django and purchased by D Nelmes, Dorset. Ewe lambs from the Morris Flock peaked at 360gns for a smart daughter of Conveth Cobra. Messrs Hallam & Eggleston, Seagrave sold shearlings to 350gns, purchased by Messrs Littlehales, Shropshire. WH Sinnett & Son, Stockton showed a powerful pen selling to a top of 580gns for a Stockton Percy T sired 2013 born ewe, inlamb to Frongoy Welsh Champion which was taken by D Nelmes. John Sinnett sold another three ewes at 500gns apiece, with

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SALES a ewe lamb by Rhaeadr Mad Man at 420gns which was taken by Paul Fletcher & Family, Kidderminster. KR Thomas, Stone, sold the 2nd prize Shearling Ewe at 310gns to local breeders SJ & CA Walford, Cardiff. Averages  52 Flock Ewes, 580gns, £294.00  67 Shearling Ewes, 650gns, £245.03  23 Ewe Lambs, 1,150 gns, £326.18 Prizewinners Class 1 - Flock Ewe 1st Rob Holmes (Lot 163) 2nd Gary Owen (Lot 70) 3rd Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 58)

Class 2 - Shearling Ewe 1st Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 66) 2nd KR Thomas (Lot 187) 3rd Hallam & Eggleston (Lot 124) Class 3 - Ewe Lamb 1st Myfyr Evans (Lot 146) 2nd Myfyr Evans (Lot 147) 3rd Jack Pryce (Lot 113) Champion Myfyr Evans (Lot 146) Reserve Champion Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 66) Auctioneers: J. Straker, Chadwick & Sons

Blessington

Saturday 14th November 2015

The 6th Annual Production Sale of In Lamb Suffolk’s for Annakisha/Clyda, Barrowlands, Shannagh/Castleisle Flocks was held in Blessington Mart on Saturday 14th November 2015. This sale was an ideal opportunity for both new and established breeders to purchase some of the best and modern bloodlines within the breed today. The excellent quality of stock on offer attracted breeders from both the North & South and it was no surprise that there was an excellent clearance of 97 per cent and average of 785gns. Bidding was brisk and there was plenty of trade for all the sheep on offer. Selling for 4,000gns, the top price of the sale went Lot 30 from Richard Wilson “Shannagh Flock” home of many champions and

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continually featuring amongst the top prizes and prices at Suffolk Premier Sales. An outstanding gimmer by Shannagh Resolve and in lamb to Birness Murray – sire of Stirling Champion 2015 who sold for 14,000gns. This excellent gimmer has future flushing potential and was one of the best ewes offered for sale from this flock. This ewe was purchased in partnership by upcoming young breeders, John Oakman, Athlone and Aeron Myles Donegal. Second highest price went to Lot 38 from Arthur O’Keeffe “Annakisha Flock” for a stylish gimmer by Rookery Classic and in lamb to Balquhain Red Star selling for 2,500gns. This ewe was part of Annakisha’s very successful show team 2015 including winning Champion Shearling Ewe at National Championships 2015, Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Female of the Year and also Supreme Champion at National

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SALES Livestock Show. This ewe found a new home at John Redmonds “ Redstone Flock” Co Carlow Garth Graham from “Kirriemuir Flock” purchased Lot 20 for 1,400gns from S & S Gahan’s Barrowlands Flock , this was a stylish ewe by Barrowlands Hurricane and in lamb to Shannagh Benteke who is ET brother to Stirling Champion 2015.

Cairness Champion Leads Beeston Suffolks At 1,750gns Saturday 7th November 2015 The 14th Annual Sale of Suffolk females took place at Beeston Castle Auction on Saturday 7th November and the judge was Myfyr Evans of the well known Rhaeadr Flock. The show was sponsored once again by the ‘Farmers Guardian’. The judge had some really good competitive classes put in front of him which were full of quality sheep. In the end it was a homebred two crop ewe sired by Cairness Classic Fyvie from Jimmy Douglas’ well known Cairness Flock based at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire that came out on top. In reserve was a ewe lamb sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari out of Muiresk Kings Champion ewe from Stephen Bolland’s Wharfe Flock based at Bolton Abbey, Nr. Skipton. The winner of the in-lamb gimmer class was a sheep sired by Rhaeadr Mad Man from WH Sinnett & Son’s Stockton Flock. A very good crowd were present for the sale with buyers travelling long distances. Buyers were recorded from Northern Ireland, Aberdeenshire, Bedfordshire, Northampton-

Buyers at the sale were from a wide geographical area including NI, Donegal, Meath, Westmeath, Sligo, Limerick, Cork, Kildare Dublin, Longford, Monaghan, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Mayo and Louth. While some of the purchasers were established breeders, a lot of purchases were made by new breeders and potential breeders. Prices ranged from 500gns to 4,000gns.

shire, Somerset, Devon, Worcestershire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Gwynedd, as well as Cheshire and its surrounding counties. The top seller of the day was the Champion ewe who sold carrying twins to the privately purchased Rhaeadr Best of the Best. She sold to the vendor’s shepherd, David Moir of Fraserburgh for 1,750gns. Next in the price list was the overall Reserve Champion, the ewe lamb from Stephen Bolland, which now joins Mark Priestley’s Limestone Flock at Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Stephen Bolland had a great pen of lambs and another, also by Rastafari, sold for 850gns to DG Davies of Coed Talon, Mold. Selling for 1,000gns was a five crop ewe bred by John Gibb but consigned by Jimmy Douglas; this daughter of Deveronside Speedway was scanned carrying twins to the £3,000 Kelso purchase, Conchar Crusader. Selling at 800gns was the second prize ewe from WH Sinnett & Sons; this one crop ewe by Conchar PR was sold carrying a single to

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SALES Frongoy Welsh Champion and purchased by Laura-Jane Berry of Bacup. Generally trade was pretty good throughout the sale with plenty of spirited bidding from start to finish. Although prices were back on last year reflecting the current uncertainty in the sheep industry prices were far better, on the whole, than vendor expectations.

Harrison & Hetherington Limited, Carlisle Friday 6th November 2015

The reserve overall champion from TA Blair, Thornton Cleveleys, Lancs, secured the top price of 680gns for a lamb CWC:15:00191. This was a daughter of Limestone Sole Power and was out of a Cairness Last Flight sired mother. This lamb sold to RG Comish, Grassy Creek, Ballabeg, Isle of Man. A substitute entry from Paula & David Reid was next in the price ratings. JDX:12:008 an in-lamb ewe stood 1st in her class and went on to take overall championship. Sired by Rhaeadr Roberto and out of a Conchar Contender dam, she sold in lamb to Conchar Carat to C Kelly, Whitehaven, Cumbria. Northumberland breeders Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership sold his in-lamb shearling gimmer to Millington Grange Estate, Millington, York for 590gns. G34:14:18407 by Deveronside Pall-Mall and out of a Roseden Houdini bred dam sold in lamb to Rookery Union Jack.

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Averages:  23 Gimmers £330.52  35 Ewes £440.40  12 Ewe Lambs £460.25  70 HEAD £407.70 Wright Marshall of Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire were the Auctioneers.

Millington Grange Estate also purchased the next in the price ratings for 550gns from the same stable as the last. G34:14:18359 by Claddagh Special Blend and out of a Baileys Jetset bred dam sold in-lamb to Rookery Union Jack. She stood 1st in the shearling gimmer class. Also from the Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership pen, and also on 550gns was another shearling gimmer. This Rookery Top Shot sired daughter sold in lamb to Drimmie Upstart who won reserve interbreed pairs GYS 2015, and champion Suffolk Border Union Show 2015. The successful bid came from Messrs Walker, Cammerlaws Farm, Gordon, Berwickshire. Averages:  4 Ewes £362.25  40 Gimmers £314.21  12 Ewe Lambs £254.63

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SALES Burnview & Lakeview In Lam Ewe Sale

Flock Averages Burnview gimmers £955.62 for 18 sold; Burnview flock ewes £420.00 for 4 sold; Burnview ewe lambs £794.00 for 7 sold.

Burnview females met a very strong trade. Lot 15, a massive gimmer by Shannagh Resolve in lamb to the 18,000gns Ballynacanon Attitude, sold to Stephen Sufferin of Crewelands for 3,800gns. Stephen also purchased Lot 19, another Burnview gimmer, by Crewelands Crusader II in lamb to Birness Murray for 1,900gns.

Lakeview Sold 35 ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs to average 700gns.

Saturday 7th November 2015

Below are two ET sisters sired by Solwaybank Major 36,000gns, and in lamb to 2014 Stirling champion, Strathbogie Jackpot 20,000gns.

Lot 17, a Crusader gimmer in lamb to Attitude sold for the 3rd top gimmer price of 1,750gns to the Beechcrest flock of Shaun and Ruth Turkington. Beechcrest also purchased another gimmer this one by Whitestone Hitman in lamb to Murray for 900gns. Grant Bros Craigdoo flock bid to 1,450gns to secure Lot 43 an ET sister to the 1,900gns gimmer in lamb to Attitude. Top sale price in the ewe lambs was Lot 71 from Burnview selling at 2,600gns. A Birness Murray daughter going back to a ewe purchased at the Ardlea dispersal for 2,300gns she sold to Richard Fitton of the Maestro flock. 3,800gns – S. Sufferin (Crewelands) 2,600gns - R. Fitton (Maestro) 1,900gns – S. Sufferin (Crewelands) 1,750gns – S. &. R. Turkington (Beechcrest) Lot 43 1,450gns – Grant Bros. (Craigdoo) Lot 50 900gns – S. & R. Turkington (Beechcrest)

Lot 1 sold for 4,200gns to Convoy flock, Donegal

Lot 15 Lot 71 Lot 19 Lot 17

Lot 10 sold for 1,900gns to Islandmore flock, Kerry

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SALES Stirling Female Sale

Saturday 14th November 2015 Stirling, United Auctions, had a catalogued entry of 61 Suffolks and 31 Zwartbles females at their annual sale. The Sale was topped at 2,100gns for a Cairness Great Expectations gimmer, in lamb to Whitestone Royal Star. Top Prices and Averages Flock

Cairness Cairness West Carse Hallhill Maulcastle Maulcastle Heylipol Heylipol Roadside Towergate

No. Sold

ewes gimmers gimmers gimmers ewes gimmers ewes gimmers ewes ewe lambs

2 13 6 4 2 2 3 3 3 5

Top (gns)

600 2,100 400 300 320 210 150 180 200 400

Average (£)

£567.00 £714.00 £365.00 £236.00 £273.00 £220.50 £122.00 £168.00 £185.00 £336.00

Northern Ireland Branch In Lamb Suffolk Female Sale Monday 16th November 2015

Donrho flock owner Patrick Donnelly had plenty to celebrate at the annual show and sale of Suffolk females organised by the Northern Ireland Branch at Ballymena Livestock Mart. The Co Antrim breeder secured a first, second and third in the gimmer class and presented the first prizewinning ewe lamb. That impressive double climaxed in the former UK flock winner walking off with the reserve and overall champion honours. Second, third and fourth places in the ewe lamb class went to Benrafton flock owner Norman Robinson. 118

Lot 46 1st Prize Gimmer & Champion from P Donnelly with Sponsors SJS Group

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Lot 102 1st Prize Ewe Lamb and Reserve Champion from P Donnelly

Lot 47 2nd Prize Gimmer from P Donnelly

The event itself included a dispersal sale by County Tyrone breeder Ian Donald and some of the Donbraid offering featured among the highest prices on the evening.

Three lots changed hands for 1,400gns including the champion, a Birness Bolt gimmer in-lamb to Rhaeadr Rhonn.

The top price went to Downpatrick’s Norman Robinson whose second prize-winning ewe lamb, a daughter of Cairness Masterstroke II, was secured by Kildare breeder Oliver Deane for 1,500gns.

Lot 94 2nd Prize Ewe Lamb from AJ & NAJ Robinson

The reserve champion, out of Cairness Masterstroke II, was snapped up by H O’Kane for similar money as was a Strathbogie Diesel bred ewe lamb belonging to Ian Donald which was knocked down to Antrim breeder T Lamont.

Lot 86 from Ian Donald sold to T Lamont for 1,400gns

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SALES The Newtownstewart flock owner sold two more ewe lambs for 850 and 500gns to fellow Northern Ireland breeders Jason and Campbell Watson and Wesley Cousins respectively. Donbraid gimmers were also much in demand. An eye-catching Lakeview Dancer bred shearling in-lamb to Kirkton Finale was knocked down to Scottish breeder Claire Ann Anderson while Kilrea’s James McCullough paid the big note for a Kings and Aces ewe in-lamb to Shannagh Resolve.

Similar offerings found new homes with M Killilea, Galway and Wesley Cousins, Omagh for 700 and 600gns respectively. The show and sale was generously sponsored by Humin Tech and the SJS Group. Judge was Andrew Wilson, Castleisle. Results Gimmers: 1st, 2nd and 3rd - P Donnelly 4th - A McNeilly. Ewe lambs: 1st - P Donnelly 2nd, 3rd 4th - AJ and NAJ Robinson. Champion and Reserve - P Donnelly.

Three Nations Suffolk Sale Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Carlisle Friday 20th November 2015

The 3 Nations Suffolk sale once again attracted great interest which included consignments from regular flocks Rhaeadr (Myfyr Evans), Limestone (Mark Priestley), Ballynacannon (Dennis Taylor) and Solwaybank (Ian & Judith Barbour), along with guest consignments from Cairness (jimmy Douglas) and Saffaden (Mike Davies). It was a ewe lamb (A12:15:01286) from the Rhaeadr flock that topped the sale at 11,000gns. This eye catching entry, a daughter of Rookery Best of the Best and out of a Baileys BMW sired mother, is arguably one of the best ewe lambs ever to be sold from the flock. She is maternal sister to the noted Rhaeadr Dynamic and sold to Richard Fitton for his Maestro flock based near Bolton, Lancashire.

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The next entry to the sale ring was also a ewe lamb from the Rhaeadr flock (A12:15:01285). This was another Rookery Best of the Best daughter and out of a ewe by Ardlea Arbennig. The dam line also carries Castlewellan Cruz breeding. She was purchased for 7,000gns by Julia Cornish for her Mardle flock, Buckfastleigh, Devon. The gimmers on offer from Rhaeadr were lead by a trio selling for 3,200gns. The first (A12:14:01025) was a Rhaeadr The Real

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SALES McCoy daughter out of a Rhaeadr Rossi sired mother and sold in lamb to Rookery Best of the Best. She is from the same family as the 21,000gns lamb ram sold at the Engiish National Sale this year. She was knocked down to A Barclay of Ballymena, Co.Antrim, N.Ireland.

The Solwaybank flock was headed up with the first of their gimmers to be offered (FHT:14:00830). Selling for 4,200gns, this Sowlaybank Casion Royale daughter, is the twin sister to the flocks show gimmer who won 1st prize and Reserve Female Champion Royal Highland Show earlier this year.

The second Rhaeadr gimmer to sell at 3,200gns was another Real McCoy daughter (A12:14:00942). Her mother is by Baileys Brigadier The Second and she sold in lamb to Rookery Best of the Best. She joins the Salopian flock for Philip Poole, Shrewsbury.

Selling in lamb to Lakeview Harbinger, she was purchased by P Delves for the Bridgeview flock, Churchstoke, Powys.

The third entry in this line up was an Ardlea Arbennig gimmer (A12:14:00952). Her dam line carries Baileys Brigadier The Second and Thurston Calzghe breeding and her gdam is also gdam of the great Rhaeadr The Real McCoy. Selling in lamb to the Best of the Best ram she goes to Dumfriesshire breeders W & M Haining of the Highdrum flock near Dunscore. Heading up the Limestone flock at 5,500gns was a Rhaeadr Ring-A-Ding sired gimmer (KPC:14:00426). Out of a homebred mother by Clunty Mackenzie she sold in lamb to Castleisle Knockout. Also with this gimmer was 5 grade 1 embryos by the 10,000gn Limestone Brigadier. Successful purchaser was M McNally of Draperstown, N.Ireland. Leading the ewes on offer from Limestone was a Limestone To-tal daughter (KPC:12:021). Her pedigree carries Kings Theatre and Crosemanor Jubilee King bloodlines and she sold in lamb to Limestone Saracen. This ewe is mother of the 10,000gn Brigadier and 6,000gn Roxy and she was successfully flushed earlier this year. She was purchased was Julia Cornish for her Mardle flock.

The first ewe from the Solwaybank flock sold for 3,000gns (JOD:11:005). Sired by Rhaeadr Rastafari and out of a Solwaybank Special One bred mother, this ewe is no stranger to the show ring as she won 2nd prize at this years Royal Highland Show and has won the red ticket at four other shows during the show season. She also sold in lamb to the Lakeview Harbinger and was purchased by G Killilea of Co. Galway, Eire. The Cairness flock also topped at 4,200gns for a gimmer (33H:14:0193). This eye catching lady is a daughter of Glenhead Titanium and out of a Deveronside Speedway sired mother and sold in lamb to Morris The Genius. She was sold to D Duncan of Co. Antrim, N.Ireland. The first gimmer to be sold from the Ballynacannon flock (KKW:14:00535), was knocked down for 1,800gns. This was a Birness Bacardi daughter out of a Strathisla Shadrach bred mother and in lamb to Mountford Mustang. Her dam is a triplet sister to the noted Commanders mother and is also dam of Blaze, Braveheart and M&M. She was purchased by RF Holmes of Exeter. The Saffaden flock sold to a leading price of 750gns for the last gimmer of their consignment (NLH:14:00543). This was a

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SALES Forkins Fagan sired entry out of a Strathisla Stoner sired dam and in lamb to Muirton Mercedes. She sold to A Currie of Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Averages Rhaeadr flock  10 shearling gimmers £2,110.50  8 ewe lambs £3,609.30 Ballynacannon flock  14 shearling gimmers £873.75 Limestone flock

 3 ewes £2,012.50  5 shearling gimmers £1,953.00  6 ewe lambs £1,190.00 Solwaybank flock  4 ewes £1,194.30  6 shearling gimmers £1,715.00 Cairness flock  10 shearling gimmers £1,275.70 Saffaden flock  2 ewes £367.50  7 shearling gimmers £622.50

Dark Diamonds Sale Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Friday 4th December 2015

The new sale of Dark Diamonds Suffolks was made up to nine noted breeders, namely Lakeview flock (GC Beacom), Forkins flock (Alistair R Gault), Birness flock (George L Stuart), Strathbogie flock (James C Innes), Deveronside flock (Stuart G Mair & Sons), Carony flock (L & M Liggett), Roundacre flock (Ross Lawrence), Kings flock (TA Irwin & Son) and the Balquhain flock (Graeme J Christie). Heading up the sale at 9000gns was a gimmer from the Lakeview flock (JFF:14:01281). This was a daughter of the 36,000gn Solwaybank Major out a Strathisla Shadrach bred mother and sold in lamb to the 25,000gn Rhaeadr Rolex. She is maternal sister to the RUAS supreme champion of 2014 and 2015 and is ET sister to the flocks show gimmer of 2015. She is also maternal sister to the noted show winning ram Lakeview Harbinger. She sold to join the Rookery flock for Chris Holmes of Worcestershire. 122

Gimmer from the Lakeview flock sold for 4,000gns

Also from the Lakeview flock was the first gimmer to the sale ring which sold for 4,000gns (JFF:14:01293). This was another daughter of Solwaybank Major and her dam was by Garryhinch Empire. She sold in lamb to the 20,000gn Strathbogie Jackpot. This entry is one of Lakeview flocks best gimmers this year and her maternal lines include the Supreme Champion RUAS 2011 and 2013. A half share sold to Ashley Bothwell for his Smithson flock based in Ayrshire with a half share being retained by Gary Beacom.

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SALES Selling for 2,300gns from Lakeview was another Solwaybank Major yearling daughter also out of a Garryhinch Empire sired mother and in lamb to Strathbogie Jackpot. She is ET sister to Lakeview Fusion and Lakeview Major Tom, also maternal sister to Lakeview Hammer Time. She was purchased by Shaun Dickson of Co.Down, N.Ireland for his Islandmoyle flock.

twice. First to sell at this price was a Birness Bacardi sired gimmer out of a Baileys and Ice daugher (AOR:14:01225).

A further three entries from Lakeview all sold for 2,000gns or above. The first was the gimmer (JFF:14:01367) sired by Major and the dam by Lakeview Leeroy. She sold in lamb to Rhaeadr Rolex. Her maternal line is related to many noted rams including Tornado, Great Expectations and Bargain Hunt. She was knocked down at 2200gns to John Sinnett for his Stockton flock, Worcester.

The next lot into the sale ring from Forkins also sold for 3,200gns (AOR:14:01218). This was another Bacardi daughter and out of a Cairness Kanine sired mother who is one of the best ewes in the flock. She was purchased by Stephen Cobbald of Sudbury, Suffolk.

Leading the prices in the ewe section at 2,000gns was a Lakeview four crop entry (JFF:11:009). This was a daughter of Garryhinch Empire and carries Strathisla Lift T’the Stars and Burnview Rising Star through her mothers pedigree. Her dam is mother of several registered rams and noted leading priced gimmers from the Lakeview flock. She had been flushed successfully this year and sold being left open to allow the option for winter flushing. She was purchased by an undisclosed buyer. Also selling at 2,000gns from Lakeview was a Major sired gimmer (JFF:14:01194) who is out of a Shannagh Shergar bred mother and sold in lamb to Strathbogie Jackpot. Her dam is ET sister to the 15,000gn Lakeview Leeroy. She sold to join the Forkins flock for Alistair Gault based in Co.Antrim, N.Ireland. The next leading priced consignment was the Forkins flock which led at 3,200gns paid

She sold in lamb to the 10,000gn Mountford Mustang ram and is maternal sister to the noted Forkins Ferrai. She was purchased by Garth Graham of Sligo, Eire for his Kirriemuir flock.

The top price from the Birness flock was the first gimmer to sell at 3,000gns (1W:14:01254). This was a Lakeview Gold Rush daughter out of a Meikleson Square Up bred dam and in lamb to the 10,000gn Redbrae Rambo ram. Sold was purchased by Gary Beacom for his Lakeview flock. The Strathbogie flock was led by a gimmer (SUT:14:00849) selling for 2,800gns. This was a Ballynacannon Commander sired gimmer and bred from a Strathbeg Stan The Man mother. She sold in lamb to the 14,000gn Castleisle Knockout ram and was knocked down to Mark Priestley for his Limestone flock based in Co.Down, N.Ireland. Two gimmers both sold for 2,000gns each heading up the consignment from the Deveronside flock. First at this price was a Rhaeadr Red Devil sired gimmer (NAJ:14:00333) and out of a Strathisla Speed bred mother. She sold in lamb to Roundacre Rojo and goes to the Irongray flock of R & S Hiddleston, Dumfries.

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SALES Also at 2,000gns from the Deveronside flock was a Deveronside Dennis The Menace daughter (NAJ:14:00348) and out of a ewe by Strathbeg Stan The Man. She sold in lamb to Rhaeadr Red Devil and was purchased by Brandon Roth for his Tolgus flock based in Cornwall. The Carony flock was led at 1,700gns for a triplet born gimmer by Rhaeadr Vodka (DBB:14:00416) and out of a Cairness Achievement sired mother. She sold in lamb to Rhaeadr Readymix and also travels to Eire to join the Kirriemuir flock for Garth Graham. It was a substitute ewe lamb entry that led the Balquhain flock consignment selling for 1,800gns (PDN:15:00598). This lamb is by Strathisla Stifler and her mother is by Strathbeg Stan The Man. She sold to Clare Ann Anderson of Forfar for her Creagbhalg flock. A ewe from the Roundacre flock headed up this consignment selling for 1,500gns (NHL:12:007). This powerful lady is by Cairness Kaos and her mother is by Strathbeg Stan The Man. She sold in lamb to Forkins Fire Starter and was purchased by Julia Cornish for her Mardle flock based in Devon. The Kings flock was led at 1,100gns for a four crop ewe (CAL:11:090). She is sired by Cariness Carbon and out of a Strathisla Schumacher bred mother and sold in lamb to Cairness Great Expectations.

Averages Lakeview flock  5 ewes £1,365.00  32 gimmers £1,274.77 Forkins flock  6 gimmers £1,758.75 Birness flock  8 gimmers £1,063.13 Strathbogie flock  4 gimmers £1,391.25 Deveronside flock  5 gimmers £1,260.00 Carony flock  3 gimmers £1,295.00 Roundacre flock  4 ewes £997.50  2 gimmers £682.50  2 ewe lambs £1,050.00 Kings flock  3 ewes £805.00  3 recipients £682.50 Balquhain flock  8 gimmers £459.38  1 ewe lamb £1,890.00.

She was sold to Scott & Gavin Brown for their Capielaw flock near Gorebridge, Mid Lothian.

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Midland & Eastern Branch 2015 has proved a difficult year for all aspects of farming, however in a successful attempt to dispel the gloom 38 Breeders & friends from the area & also further afield descended on Northern Ireland in May for our biannual flock tour. Despite a fraught start for some with a cancelled flight, & some rather mixed weather throughout, we all enjoyed the usual marvellous hospitality & craic & saw some great sheep. Our thanks are due to the flockowners, Willie & Stephanie Tait, Gary & Linda Beacom, Lesley Liggett & family, Stephen & Stephanie Sufferin, Dennis & Kathryn Taylor ( & Noah) Patrick Donnelly & Alistair Gault. I notice several lambs seen on our visit seem to have found new homes in our area, so hopefully we will be welcomed back next time!

Breed Champion M & J Pinny Shearling ewe

Branch show

Our show seems to get greater support each year & despite a cold, wet, day strong classes both numerically – with 19 ewe lambs only just fitting in the ring, - & also in quality were forward for our judge Rob Holmes. Rob found his champion in the shearling ewe class; from the Alloaks flock, she was a very correct gimmer by Harpercroft Henry. Reserve Champion went to David & Julie Inmans strong typey tup lamb by Solwaybank Ranger. Because of the weather the communal picnic was squashed into Sheila Egglestons lorry, but nevertheless seemed to be enjoyed by all! The 2016 show will be held on Sunday 5th June & all are welcome.

Reserve Breed Champion D&J Inman Ram Lamb

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BRANCHES Results:

Ram, shearling or older 1st I Bradshaw 2nd TC & CA Harding 3rd TC & CA Harding

Shearling ewe 1. MJ & JA Pinny 2. D & J Inman 3. Sam Sharp

Group of three 1. D & J Inman 2. MJ & JA Pinny 3. TC & CA Harding

Ram Lamb 1st MR D & J Inman 2nd MJ & JA Pinny 3rd Hallam & Eggleston

Ewe Lamb 1. Liz Needham 2. TC & CA Harding 3. DF & AG Jeffries

Champion M & J Pinny Shearling Ewe

Pair of ram Lambs 1.70 TC & CA Harding 2. D & J Inman 3. G & E Beddie

Flock Ewe 1. Hallam & Eggleston 2. TC & CA Harding 3. D & J Inman

Flock Competition

A great turnout of 16 flocks from all corners of our area gave our judge Viv Samuel plenty to think about. It was particularly pleasing to see several new flocks getting involved this year. Ably assisted by Bridget, Viv found his champion at the Lindum Flock of David & Julie Inman. A good crowd of members & friends were, as always, well entertained by the Inman family at their view day, the sheep were in good form & David even managed to sort the weather! Our thanks to Viv & Bridget for taking the time to judge for us, & congratulations to David & Julie Inman winning not only our Flock competition for the fourth time but also for their success in the National Flock competition, taking the Keeble cup also for a fourth time.

Results

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Reserve Champion D & J Inman Ram Lamb

Best stock ram: Ardlea Arbennig, Stephen Cobbald Reserve stock rams: Muirton Moneymaker, Ray Woolway Castleisle Composer, Freddie Pinny Best ram lamb: Harley He’s a Cracker, Harley Turner Reserve ram lamb: Cadgerford Colossus David & Julie Inman Best ewe lambs: Lindum D & J Inman Reserve ewe lambs: Manordale Keith Thomas Best new flock: Freddie Pinny Small Flock 1st Liz Needham Norman flock 2nd Freddie Pinnys’ flock 3rd Stephen Cobbald, Lavenham flock & Harley Turner, Harley flock

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BRANCHES Medium Flock 1st Ray Woolway, Woolways flock 2nd Keith Thomas, Manordale flock 3rd Matthew Prince, Stonedge flock Large Flock 1st D & J Inman, Lindum flock 2nd Hallam & Eggleston, Seagrave Flock

Branch Flock Competition Trophy Winners

The Branch was greatly saddened that Fred Biddulph passed away earlier this year. He was a founder member of the Midland & the then, Southern Area, establishing the

Signet Recorded

Gawsworth flock in 1961. He was a true gentleman & was held in great respect by the Branch. His legacy is very apparent in the hugely successful Pexhill flock run by his son Geoff.

Flock No: G34

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Stock and Semen always available for sale Enquiries to:

Michael Walton Mobile: 07833 053048

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Northern Counties of England Branch As usual I have left writing my report to the last minute! We are now towards the end of the in lamb sales. These sales like the ram sales started very tentatively and flock masters were very selective. The later sales in November and early December certainly have hit the headlines for the Suffolk breed, with many flocks investing in the best of genetics on offer. Please remember that every duckling born does not always turn in to a swan!! To keep the breed going forward we still must cull heavily, and only present the best rams for the commercial farmer to use.

North Sheep

The bi-annual North Sheep event this year arrived back in Cumbria. The event was very well supported by the many sheep farmers within the region. Thank you to John & Julie Brough, The Clappers; and to Harry & Grace Fisher, The Beeches for supplying the excellent Suffolk bred exhibits.

Great Yorkshire Show

The hospitality at the Great Yorkshire Show once again was a success; thank you to Keith & Marion Denby, along with Mark Bulmer for arranging the hospitality. The gathering was well attended and hopefully helps new members feel welcome within our breed.

Thank you to all our area members that find the time to show their Suffolk’s at the many local and county shows within the region. I have said it many times, but it is so important to keep our breed in the commercial farmer’s eyes. Hopefully the sheep on show convinces them that the Suffolk offers them the tools to make their businesses more profitable.

The show again was well supported by breeders throughout the UK. The ‘Lilburn & Roseden’ flock was awarded champion & reserve. The champion female then teamed up with the first prize shearling ram – again from Lilburn, to be awarded reserve interbreed pairs. Both the ‘Bulmer Trophies’ were awarded to ‘Lilburn & Roseden’.

Again it has been a difficult year for selling rams, but the enthusiasm that all our members have for Suffolk’s will stand the breed well in the future.

Thank you to all breeders that supported our area sale, resulting in a near record entry. Please see the sale report section.

Area Sale

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BRANCHES At our 2014 AGM the committee was asked to investigate ways to promote Suffolk Sheep for the benefit of our members. With the help of Steph Ryder, we as an area invested heavily in an advertising campaign. This campaign was inspiring, and was very well received from other areas about the way we were approaching the challenge. It would be great if we could afford to do the same again, and hopefully the investment would help our members. An example of the material used:-

Flock Competition

Best Stock Ram 1st E A & L Jackson – ‘Rugley Terrific’ 2nd Keith Denby – ‘Carnforth Patriot’ 3rd Jimmy & Anne Irving – ‘Ballynacannon Ram’

Congratulations to Paul & Katie Brannen on winning; the view day was very well attended with in excess of sixty members and friends present.

Best Ewe Lambs 1st Katie & Paul Brannen – (Moorsley) 2nd James & Caroline Airey (Urswick) 3rd= Emma Robinson & Michael Radford (Underhurth) 3rs= Keith Denby ‘Carnforth’

Our year again finished off with the area view day and AGM. Thank you to Andrew Walton for judging, and thank you to the fourteen flocks for entering.

Results as below:Large Flock 1st E A & L Jackson (Rugley) 2nd Howard Dowson (Castlegrove) 3rd A E Glaves (Brompton) Medium Flock 1st Katie & Paul Brannen (Moorsley) 2nd J M Robinson (Crusoe) 3rd Geoff Riby (Stonehills) Small Flock 1st Emma Robinson & Michael Radford – (Underhurth) 2nd Steph Ryder (Ryden) 3rd Michael & Helen Armstrong (Lime)

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Champion Flock Katie & Paul Brannen - (Moorsley) Reserve Champion Flock J M Robinson (Crusoe) The AGM followed the view day; Jimmy Irving was elected as Chairperson. Thank you to Geoff Riby on being the Chair for the last two years and for his tremendous enthusiasm. We welcome two new committee members James Airey and Katie Brannen.

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Scottish Area Branch Events for the year began on 9th June at Fearn Farm, Tain where the Society had a stand at the NSA event which was kindly hosted by Mr J Scott and family. The event was well attended and thanks to everyone who both helped on the day and organised prior to the event making it a success for the Suffolk breed, especially to Evelyn Young and her helpers who provided the hospitality!

Royal Highland Show

Taking the overall championship on a very chilly Thursday at this year’s Royal Highland Show was the Mair family’s aged ewe. Sired by the 8,000gns Rhaeadr Roger Ram Jet this tremendous ewe was first choice for Judge Steve Buckley. Reserve champion was Gordon Troup’s male champion Rhaeadr High Roller. This shearling tup was purchased as a lamb in Stirling last year for 4,200gns. The classes were well supported with the largest class being the ewe lambs when a fantastic entry of 25 turned out in front of the judge! Well done and thank you to all the exhibitors who continually make the show such a wonderful showcase for our breed! Mr Jim Fleming, Hallhill kindly placed the classes for our annual stockjudging competition which was as always very well supported. Thank you to our sponsors United Auctions, Mr Jim Fleming, our stewards and scorers results were as follows: Individual up to 21 years: 1st Gregor Hiddleston 2nd Sarah Mowat 3rd Sally Mair and William Moir

Individual over 21 Years 1st Kenny Mair and Jimmy Douglas 2nd Barclay Mair 3rd Jimmy Young Teams up to 21 Years 1st Rebecca Rainnie, Erica Mathers, Sarah Mowat 2nd David Moir, Murray Stuart, James Scott 3rd Sally Mair, Judy Mair, Melissa Buchan Teams over 21 Years 1st Kenny Mair, Jimmy Douglas, Ronnie Wilkie 2nd Alison Dalgarno, Barclay Mair, Ron Greig 3rd Jimmy Young, George & Melvin Stuart This year after the stockjudging took place, hot beef rolls were enjoyed by almost 80 people at a social gathering at the sheep lines, the event was hailed a success and will hopefully become an annual event. The committee had made a decision prior to the event that proceeds would be donated to RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust). Thank you to Paula Reid who supplied delicious home baking which was enjoyed by everyone after their rolls!

Stirling Show And Sale

Overall the sale averaged £1,718 for 166 lambs sold and a clearance of 68 per cent for 21 more lambs sold than last year’s sale. Top price of 25,000gns went to Myfyr Evans’ fourth prize open lamb an Ardlea Arbennig son out of a Strathisla Speed daughter. He sold in a three way split to Gary Beacom, Lakeview, Highfield Farming, Knockem, and Pat Machray, Middlemuir.

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BRANCHES The reserve champion lamb from Dennis Taylor’s Ballynacanon flock produced the second top price of 18,000gns and sold to Gary McAdoo for his Knockadoo flock in Northern Ireland. Three lambs traded at 10,000gns, of which two were from Scottish Area Branch members, the Mair family sold a Rhaeadr Red Devil son and James Cannon Redbrae flock sold his Ardlea Atomic son to the Birness flock.

Charity Presentation

The branch were very proud to present a cheque to Katrina Barclay from RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust) for the sum of £500, the proceeds which were made from this year’s social event which was held at the Royal Highland Show. Pictured are Paula Reid Chairperson of the Branch and Katrina Barclay RHET.

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At this year’s AGM Paula Reid remained as Chairperson, Stewart Lathangie as Vice Chairperson, Gordon Troup was elected onto the committee also. A dinner and presentation of prizes was enjoyed by almost 100 people following the AGM in the mart restaurant.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Judith Barbour Solwaybank flock and Adam Nelson who got married on 22nd August, best wishes for your future together!

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Northern Ireland Branch NI Branch members again put their best forward in 2015 Not only did they continue to promote and champion the breed on the home front but they made their mark when mixing it with the very best on the mainland. Nowhere was that more evident than at the show and sale in Stirling when Crewelands flock owner Stephen Sufferin won the novice class before selling his first prizewinner and a second Birness Bravado son for 13,000gns apiece.

Young Master Butler, along with sister Eimear, Ben Robinson, Bobby Porter and Kirsty Magennis, also took centre stage in the young handlers competition at the Northern Ireland Championship which were again held in the picturesque surroundings of Gosford Park, the setting for the annual Armagh Show.

Denis Taylor, Ballynacanon, went one better when his reserve champion – a Mountford Mustang son - was knocked down for 18,000gns to fellow Northern Ireland breeder Gary McAdoo, Knockadoo.

However when the big boys came out to play it was an exceptional Ardlea Arbennig shearling ewe belonging to the Carony flock of Lesley and Mervyn Liggett that stole the show by claiming the champion and interbreed honours. Denis Taylor’s first prizewinning ram lamb scooped the reserve accolade.

And the success didn’t end there. Little Eoin Butler was top dog in the 8-12 year old young handlers class.

Next up was the Premier show and sale held at Ballymena mart at the beginning of August.

Gary and Lee Beacom claimed the champion and reserve champion honours at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show. Included NI Branch chairman, Lesley Liggett.

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BRANCHES On this occasion the Forkins flock came out top when Alistair Gault’s champion ram lamb out of Rookery Best of the Best sold to the highest price of 2,000gns. A Strathbogie lamb out of a dam by Cairness New Approach and offered by BA Dickson attracted considerable interest before being knocked down at the second highest price of 1,900gns. Earlier in the year at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Show held at the Maze Lakeview flock owner Gary Beacom ruled the roost by claiming the champion – with an exceptional Cairness Classic Fyvie daughter -, reserve champion and group of three honours while the best pair went to Omagh breeders Stephanie and William Tait. In the annual Spring Lamb competition, sponsored and judged by David Millar, Choice Cut Meats, commercial producer Martin Denver, Randalstown for the second successive year presented the champion pen while J Steele, Ballyclare scooped the pedigree accolade.

Meanwhile in the annual flock competition it was hats off to Co Down breeder Patrick McVerry, who pipped Stephen Sufferin and Andrew McNeilly in the small flock category before capturing the overall award. In the large flock section, Patrick Donnelly clinched first prize with Geoffrey Douglas second and William Montgomery, whose wife Eleanor sadly passed away during the year, third. The year ended with the annual ewe sale in Ballymena mart. The 2015 show and sale ran in conjunction with a dispersal sale on behalf of Ian Donald, Newtownstewart. Donrho flock owner Patrick Donnelly claimed the main prizes although top price of the evening was secured by Norman Robinson, who sold a Cairness Masterstroke II ewe lamb for 1,500gns. Patrick Donnelly’s champion, a Birness Bolt gimmer in-lamb to Rhaeadr Rhonn, changed hands for 1,400gns. The Branch once again did its bit for charity. In June members held a very successful

Oscar Clingen, Britmilk and judge William Montgomery with young handlers Ben Robinson, Eimear Butler and Bobby Porter at the NI Championships.

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Winner of the NI Branch Flock competition Patrick McVerry is congratulated by chairman and vice-chairman of the NI Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society Lesley Liggett (right) and Geoffrey Douglas respectively.

The award winners at the NI Branch dinner dance held in the Tannery, Moira.

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South East Branch The South East members continued to make their mark this year in the show ring, flying the flag for our branch. Sheep were well presented this year at a very high standard and are a true credit to the breed. The first major outing for our members in 2015 was in May, which saw our annual flock visit. This year we were all warmly welcomed by Mr John Coultrip to his Wingfield farm in Faversham, Kent. 20 members of the South East branch travelled far and wide to view and admire Mr John Coultrip’s flock of commercial Suffolk crosses and his famous Wingfield pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd. The branch ram show and sale was once again held in conjunction with the Dolphin Sheep Fair in September, judged by Mr Tester. Overall champion went to Diana Lindon’s shearling ram and reserve went to her ram lamb. This year saw the branches first female show and sale held at the Wilton Sheep Fair in October, judged by Mr Rossiter. There were some goods prices seen for some quality Suffolk’s. Overall Female champion went to Diana Lindon’s older ewe and reserve went to Diana Lindon’s shearling ewe. Our flock competition was kindly judged by Mrs Shelia Eggleston this year, who found

her champion flock at Matthew Osmonds, Wallop flock and reserve champion when to Allan King’s, Alljohn flock. Our thanks must go to Shelia and her husband for driving round the South East area with flocks ranging from Kent, Bedfordshire and to the Isle of Wight. Our AGM and annual lunch took place in November, alongside the flock competition and point’s competition prizes. Champion Flock Matthew Osmond, Wallop Flock Reserve Champion Allan King, Alljohn Flock Small Flock Matthew Osmond, Wallop Flock Large Flock Allan King, Alljohn Flock Best Flock of Ewes Matthew Osmond, Wallop Flock Best Ewe Lambs Matthew Osmond, Wallop Flock Best Senior Ram Allan King, Carony Ugaine Mor Best Stock Ram Lamb Tom Blunt, Stockton lamb Best Homebred Ram Lamb Diana Lindon, Wymbleton ram Best Novice Flock Graham Tosdevine

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BRANCHES The point’s competition now is in its second year was first designed to award our flocks who have achieved great success in the show ring, by collecting points at selected shows in the South East region. Notable success this year has been with Diana Lindon’s Wymbleton flock, who have clocked up a massive 840 points in the show ring. This year alone the flock has achieved reserve Breed champion at Surrey County Show, Breed champion at the South of England,

Breed champion at Kent County, Interbreed, Breed champion and reserve breed champion at The New forest Show. Well done Diana! Show Points Competition Champion Miss Diana Lindon’s Wymbleton Flock Show Points Competition Reserve Champion Mr A J King and Miss A Smith’s, Alljohn Flock

Diana Lindon’s champion Suffolk’s at the New Forest Show

Breed Champion at Surrey County Show Alljohn shearling ewe

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South of Ireland Branch It is always a very good omen to start off the year’s events with a celebration and our First Celebration of the year was the Champion of Champion Awards where Anne O’Keeffe collected a cheque, medallion and trophy on behalf of her spouse Arthur of the Annakisha flock. Arthur captured the Supreme Champion at Roscrea’s 2015 Premier Show. On 3rd May Tom O’ Morchoe was the Branch’s of the Hall of Fame 2015 Awards worthy winner. Tom took over the running of the Kiltra flock in 1983. This flock was established in 1917 by Tom’s Grandfather and it is now enjoying its fourth generation of Suffolk Breeding.

National Championships 2015

The Branch held their National Sheep Championships at Sheep 2015 in the Teagasc Centre Athenry on Saturday 20th June. Both the event and venue was an excellent choice for the Championships attracting a huge volume of interest in the Judging. Stephen Govin was the selected judge for the day and he choose his Champions with caution, expertise and skill. In selecting his Supreme Champion of the Show he tapped forward Cleagh El Dorado, a shearling ram owned jointly by Eric Campbell and Trevor Burke of Tuam, Co. Galway. This exceptional Ram was purchased in 2013 at the Donegal Premier Sale where he captured overall Champion and Male Champion on the day. Sired by Hardy Frankel out of a ewe by Cairness Charles.

Reserve Champion went South again to the O’Keeffe Family. This year Arthur O’Keeffe’s trimmed ewe lamb sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Cairness Gala Star took the Reserve Champion slot and the Female Champion Red Rosette. Arthur’s Shearling Ewe was placed as Reserve Female Champion as well as 1st prize winner in the Shearling Ewe Class. This shearling was sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe by Solway Bank Super Sensation. Philp Lynch of the “Glyde” flock from Castlebellingham Co Louth was the proud owner of the Reserve Male Champion when his stylish ram lamb, sired by a ram bred in the South of Ireland Glyde Goldbar, who was also bred by the Co. Louth based breeder. His mother was purchased at the Conveth Dispersal in Scotland. Goldbar was Champion Suffolk at last year’s North Eastern Breeders club show and was sold at the Premier Sale, Roscrea for €1,750gns; he was sired by the £10,000gns Cairnton the Cracker.

Prem Show & Sale Roscrea 2015

Endorsement was demonstrated at our Premier Sale in Roscrea Mart when judge Pat Greaney’s choice of Champion realized €31,000gns. He was purchased by Jimmy Douglass from Aberdeen; Jimmy is no stranger to Roscrea Sales and has purchased extensively from the Suffolk breeders for many years. This outstanding animal confirmed Judge Pat Greanay’s choice as being the cream of the flocks for 2015. Gordon Pearson from Boherard Clough Portlaoise brought home the Rosette for the Female Champion of the Show. Gordons Ewe

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BRANCHES lamb born 28th December was sired by Rookery Classic out of a ewe sired by Castlegrogan Earl. This ewe lamb sold for €1,080gns to a Donegal flock owner. Reserve Female Champion was also from Co Laois owned by Joh Durcan from Clonkeen Portlaoise. John January born lamb sired by Moatfarrell Magnificent out of a ewe sired by Cairness Colby. Reserve Male Champion & Reserve Overall Champion was captured by Wm. J & R. Wilson also from Donegal. This January born ram lamb sired by Shannagh Resolve out of a dam sired by Cairness Achievement sold for €2,000gns to a Wexford Breeder. This year sale was one of the biggest sales held by the Branch in recent years and it attracted buyers from as far away as the Netherlands; Patrick Haccou came to expand his flock and introduce new blood lines with the purchase of a Shearling Ewe from the flock of Marie Ennett from Enniscorthy and a ewe lamb from the flock of Shaun & Seamus Gahan Co. Carlow. Shearling ewes averaged €637gns Ewe Lambs averaged €562 gns Shearling Rams averaged €600.00 gns Ram lambs averaged €1220gns. The Branch held their second Show & Sale at Roscrea mart on 2nd September; a 70 per cent clearance was enjoyed. The Champion was won by Aidan Collins for a mid-January born lamb sired by Freighduff Grand Slam out of a ewe by Cairness Andrew. He sold for €880euro gns to a well-known commercial farmer from Co. Mayo. Moving on to a bumper Tullamore Show and Sale in midSeptember where demand matched supply.

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Champion went to Clare this time; Michael & James O’Connell’s end of January born lamb sired by Castleisle chief out of a ewe by Aughnakeeragh Captain sold for €600 euro gns to a Westmeath Commercial Breeder. The last Ram Sale of the season held at Roscrea Mart had a 50 per cent clearance. The Branch held its first Female Show & Sale for a number of years at Blessington Mart at the end of November. This sale ws reintroduced by the branch to give a chance to the smaller breeder. Fourteen breeders, from Donegal to Cork took up the offer and over 50 females were offered for sale. The National Ploughing Championships were held again in Ratheniska for the third year in succession. The stand was exceptionally turned out by the Eastern Club members and sheep were sourced fed and groomed to perfection. It was with the greatest of shock and sadness the Branch learnt of the sudden and untimely death of Con Lynch of the “Moatfarrell” Flock on the 30th October. Con was a stalwart of the Branch and the Society; a past Chairman and long standing Committee member. He spoke from the heart at meetings and earned the respect of all. A man of exceptional knowledge when it came to Suffolks, a cheerful personality and a great sense of humour. His passing is great loss to the Society but most of all to his beloved spouse Theresa his daughters Maire, Catherine and Anna and to his extended family. We, Suffolk Breeders are all proud of and are enriched by our association with Con. Ni beid a leithead ann aris.

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BRANCHES The sheep numbers and flocks are still on the increase in the country as is the size of the flocks. All this is a very positive sign for the sheep sector. As always, members are encouraged to organise and participate in any sheep event in their area that will promote the breed. Attending branch

activities is a means of education and widening the horizons of new entrants to the breed as well as to the established breeders. We must all remain enthuastic about our breed in the clear knowledge that it is the best product on the market.

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Western Area Branch Western Club Show And Sale

The Western Club Show & Sale took place at the NSA Ram Sale Builth Wells in August, the Judge Mr Chris Holmes, Rookery Flock awarded the prizes as follows: Class 1 - Shearling Ram 1st Lot 340 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill 2nd Lot 341 - T C & C A Harding, Bentley Class 2 - Recorded Single Ram Lamb 1st Lot 364 - T C & C A Harding, Bentley Class 3 - Single Ram Lamb (trimmed/untrimmed) 1st Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan 2nd Lot 347 - Jack Pryce, Horton 3rd Lot 374 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill Class 4 - Pair of Ram Lambs 1st Lots 375 & 376 Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill 2nd Lots 359 & 361 Hallam & Eggleston, Seagrave 3rd Lots 365 & 366 T C & C A Harding, Bentley Male Champion Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons, Safaddan Reserve Male Champion Lot 376 - Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill

36th Annual Show & Sale

A tremendous catalogued entry of 198 sheep was the largest for many years at this long established sale. Although trade was selective a selling rate of some 83 per cent was achieved, with strong demand for the best quality sheep.

Lot 372 - Mike Davies & Sons

The sale topper was the 1st prize ewe lamb & overall Champion judged in the morning by Mr John Sherratt of Shropshire. The lamb was bred by leading North Wales Flockmaster Myfyr Evans in his Rhaeadr Flock and was sired by Rookery Best of the Best. She sold at 1,150gns to Breconshire Breeders, Mike Davies & Sons, to join their Safaddan Flock. Myfyr Evans sold other ewe lambs to 500gns to C Love, Yeovil, and 450gns to TJ Griffiths, Kidwelly. The Reserve Championship awarded by John Sherratt went to the 1st prize Shearling Ewe which was shown by Mike Davies & Sons, Brecon. The homebred ewe was by Conveth Cobra and out of a Meikleson Impression ewe, she sold at 650gns to R Richards, Craswall, Hereford, who also took the next in this pen at 440gns. The 1st prize Flock Ewe came from RF Holmes, Exeter, this was a 2013 born daughter of Limestone To-Tal, inlamb to Solwaybank Rooster, which sold at 400gns to D Stephens, Holsworthy.

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BRANCHES Messrs TC & CA Hardley, Bentley sold to a top of 460gns for a 2013 born ewe by Llangeview Discovery, inlamb to Pexhill Coalition, taken by EI Davies, Llanddeusant, Carms. Mike Davies & Sons maintained their strong trade with others at 420gns, 410gns & 400gns. A strong team from GM Owen, Anglesey saw a peak of 520gns for a shearling ewe by Glenhead Titanium and inlamb to Conveth Cobra, she was taken by D Thomas, Llandeilo. Next best at 500gns was a 2013 ewe by Tir Untrimmed, inlamb to Dol llys Django and purchased by D Nelmes, Dorset. Ewe lambs from the Morris Flock peaked at 360gns for a smart daughter of Conveth Cobra. Messrs Hallam & Eggleston, Seagrave sold shearlings to 350gns, purchased by Messrs Littlehales, Shropshire. WH Sinnett & Son, Stockton showed a powerful pen selling to a top of 580gns for a Stockton Percy T sired 2013 born ewe, inlamb to Frongoy Welsh Champion which was taken by D Nelmes. John Sinnett sold another three ewes at 500gns apiece, with a ewe lamb by Rhaeadr Mad Man at 420gns which was taken by Paul Fletcher & Family, Kidderminster. KR Thomas, Stone, sold the

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2nd prize Shearling Ewe at 310gns to local breeders SJ & CA Walford, Cardiff.

Averages

 52 Flock Ewes - 580 gns - £294.00  67 Shearling Ewes - 650 gns - £245.03  23 Ewe Lambs - 1150 gns - £326.18

Prizewinners

Class 1 - Flock Ewe 1st Rob Holmes (Lot 163) 2nd Gary Owen (Lot 70) 3rd Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 58) Class 2 - Shearling Ewe 1st Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 66) 2nd KR Thomas (Lot 187) 3rd Hallam & Eggleston (Lot 124) Class 3 - Ewe Lamb 1st Myfyr Evans (Lot 146) 2nd Myfyr Evans (Lot 147) 3rd Jack Pryce (Lot 113) Champion Myfyr Evans (Lot 146) Reserve Champion Mike Davies & Sons (Lot 66)

Res Champion (Lot 66) Mike Davies & Sons

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Border Suffolk Club The Border Suffolk Club held its show on 5th June in the sale ring at Wooler Mart, historically for the last time under the banner of John Swan Ltd. The Club is indebted for the continued support from John Swan, who now form part of Harrison & Hetherington. We are very hopeful that our Annual Club Show may continue at this very suitable venue. Although entries from members were limited due to other commitments, those present produced excellent sheep. Doyen breeder and showman Sandy Fraser, judging, was impressed with the calibre and throughout the classes, Sandy kept us entertained with his informative commentary, outlining the reasons for his placings. Two of the oldest and most respected flocks in the Society Flock Book reside in the Borders; the Laing’s Oxmuir (F48, established 1935) and Roseden (G34, est. 1937). This year the latter, winning with a typically classy, feminine gimmer, conceded to the former, who enjoyed a superb show to secure the Female title and the Supreme Champion Sash (a new, popular Club innovation!) with their classic two-crop ewe F48 12.0310 by Glenhead Hernandez (Cairness Carbon ex DHD H32 by Glenhead Glaramara). Oxmuir also took the Reserve Male Championship with a Bridgepark sired shearling, who later sold at Kelso for 1,650gns. However, he gave way to a very smart Thrunton tup lamb 76L 15:02635 (Solwaybank Champion ex a Glenhead

Infusion granddaughter by Williamsgill Spitfire) brought out by dedicated Club member and supporter of very longstanding, John Campbell. This lamb must have made a big impression on the Laing family as they subsequently purchased him, naming him Thrunton Thor! Following judging and the AGM, an enjoyable social evening took place in the mart’s Canteen which was rounded off with a surprise Suffolk Sheep themed Birthday Cake to mark a significant milestone for Club Chairman Mickey Walton. We were delighted that Scottish Branch Vice Chairman, William Fleming (Hallhill) and his son James travelled down from Lanark especially to attend the event - and the Club was again indebted to Tom Robinson and “Natural Stockcare Ltd” who most generously supported the Show with numerous prizes in kind, of the Company’s excellent Product. Special thanks, too, to the Breed’s most loyal (and best known) supporter, Kelso-born Billy Hislop. When helping us to set up the show and needing to access the locked sale Rostrum, with the agility of a monkey, Billy blithely climbed up the front of it. The look on John Park’s face was priceless! Promotion: In conjunction with John Swan Ltd, the Club again financially supported two important autumn Suffolk Cross pre-Sale shows at both St Boswells and Wooler Marts, continuously and vitally endorsing the Breed’s position in the commercial market place.

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CLUBS Borders Breeders have done extremely well competing, both at local and National level. Specifically, Roseden & Lilburn Estates again enjoyed a fantastic Great Yorkshire Show which, aside from retaining the Breed Championship and taking Reserve with stunning females, won Best Pen of Three and Reserve Champion Interbreed Pair. Their winning Male here, stock tup Drimmie Upstart, went on to secure the Breed Championship at Kelso’s Border Union Show. Roseden’s Great Yorkshire Champion Ewe, the two-crop G34 12:071 by Deveronside Pall Mall had previously lifted the Breed Championship at Northumberland County, where Borders ‘Small Flock’ trophy winner for the third year, Club secretary Caroline Nelson (Rosepark) stood 2nd to her with the successful home-bred Glenhead Golden Phoenix sired CJO 13.003. Previously she had crossed the Forth back in May to lift the Championship at Fife with “Gamble”, her Conveth ewe DYH 12:036 by Whitestone Footprint, later selling a ewe lamb at Shrewsbury for 680gns.

And, their outstanding home-bred Rugley Terrific 97322 was judged best Stock Tup in the Northern Counties of England Flock Competition; the ewes again taking Best Large Flock award. Terrific is a grandson of Fourdafourie Rio with predominantly Drinkstone blood on his dam’s side. Considering the slow trade at Kelso Tup sales, together with fellow local breeders Brijon (top of 3,000gns), Roseden & Lilburn Estates, Catclune and Capilaw, the Rugley Flock topped at 2,000gns, with a healthy average which greatly helped to dispel the depressing Scottish Farmer’s Kelso Tup Sales report (19/09/15) headed “Suffolks struggle”. We wish good luck to long-time Borders Club member and former Chairman Jimmy Irving (Glenreiver), who has acceded to the Chair of the North of England Branch. With little time for showing, the Irving family were justifiably delighted to take the Reserve Female Championship with their winning ewe lamb at Northumberland County.

Many congratulations to Mr & Mrs Alan Jackson from Alnwick, who’s Rugley flock 10P (est. 1976) won the ‘Brookes Perpetual Trophy’ for the ‘Over 101 ewes’ section of the National Flock Competition.

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Central and West Scotland Club The AGM was held in early March at the Hollandbush Golf Club, Lesinahagow. The evening commenced with a most enjoyable buffet supper followed by our guest speaker Mr Donald Harvey (Galloway and MacLeod). Donald had done his homework on the Suffolk breed and quizzed the members about the Breed. The AGM saw Fiona Wight (Wights) step up to the position of Chairperson and Alec Gray (Langside) was nominated ViceChairman. I remained in my position as Secretary.

Champion Flock

Jim and Christine Cannon hosted a very successful Flock view day in June 2015 after the Redbrae Flock won the 2014 Flock Competition. A large turnout of members and friends viewed the well presented ock followed by our usual stock judging competition. Our master judge was Mr Lester Peel (Silton). A lovely barbecue was enjoyed by all before departing Redbrae.

Club Show

The Show was held in Lanark Market in June and our judge was Darren Jones (Thurston). The ďŹ rst prize ram lamb reigned supreme from Iain Barbour and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank). Reserve and Best opposite sex to the Champion was awarded to a ewe lamb from Tom Fitzsimons (Sunnyhiils). Best Gigot was awarded to a ewe lamb from Paula and David Reid (Conchar). Best Wool was also awarded to Tom Fitzsimons (Sunnyhills)

Prime Lamb Competition

Stirling (Caledonian Marts) Champion - G Haddow, Redburn Farm, Torrance Lanark (Lawrie and Symington) Champion - T Laird, Sunnyside, Cumnock Stirling (United Auctions) Champion - Messrs Arnott, Butterdean Ayr (Craig Wilson) Champion - W and R Baird, Dalhowan, Crossbill

Royal Highland Show

Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) won reserve female champion with a Gimmer sired by Solwaybank Casino Royale.

Great Yorkshire Show

Gregor Hiddleston (Irongray) won overall Young Handler.

National Sale - Shrewsbury

Club members Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) had a top price of 1,300gns for a ram Iamb by Solwaybank Thunderball.

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Jim Cannon (Redbrae) acliieved his best price to date for a ram lamb by Ardlea Atomic which sold to George L Stewart (Birness) for 10,000gns. Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) sold their top ram lamb by Solwaybank Solario to S Lathangie (Pyestou) and R Black (Collessie) for 5,500 gns. Another Solario son made 4,500gns to R Holmes (Wiknar).

Carlisle Sale

Club members Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) were Champion with a ram lamb by Rhaeadr Rastafari which went on to sell to Paul Delves (Bridgeview) for 900gns. Fellow club members David Gilmour (Broomknowes) and Ashley Bothwell (Smithston) both sold ram lambs to 1,1OOgns.

Kelso Ram Sales

Members Scott and Gavin Brown (Capielaw) had a top price of £2,000 for a ram lamb.

Club Show And Sale Lanark Market

Judge Malcolm Thornborough placed the 1st prize Ram Lamb from D Gilmour (Broomknowes) Champion and Scott Bourman (Middlehouse) 1st prize Shearling Reserve Champion. The Hamish Stoddart Shield for the highest average for 3 lambs or more was awarded to J Buchanan (Prettsmill)

Flock Competition

This years judge was Stephen Buckley from the Sitlow Flock.. With 10 flocks entered the most for many years, Stephen had a double challenge ahead not only to select his champion flock but had to contend with 148

attrocious weather. Awards were presented to the following after a Dinner held at Lochside Hotel and Spa, Cumnock. Small Flock - (Wm Henderson Trophy) Ist A Gray (Langside) 2nd W Haining, (High Drum) 3rd A Cume (Quarter) 4th J Miller (Keirhill) Medium Flock - (Netherholm Trophy) 1st P Gray (Scrogton) 2nd S and G Brown (Capielaw) 3nd F Wight (Wights) Large Flock - (Southholm Trophy) 1st T Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) 2nd H Goldie (Harpercroft) 3rd E Dowie (Isiay) Best Female (excluding Ewe Lambs) (Boreland Quaich) T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhiils) NCK 13:025 Best 5 Ewe Lambs - (Evandale Trophy) 1st T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhihs) 2nd H Goldie (Harpercroft) 3rd S and G Brown (Capielaw) Best Stud Ram - (Westend Trophy) Mrs H Goldie (Harpercroft) Crewelands Gladiator (Purchased jointly with J Campbell (Thrunton) and H Annett (Widdrington) Champion Fiock - (Friarland Shield) T Fitzsimon (Sunnyhills) Reserve - (Sunnyhills Trophy) H Goldie (Harpercroft)

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CLUBS (Ballochmyle) also received a certificate of merit in the Sainsbury Cup.

National Flock Competition

Congratulations must go to Helen Goldie (Harpercroft) for overall Reserve for the Bristol Cup. She was also reserve in the WE Lloyd Cup (31 to 60 ewes), reserve in the Bonnington Salver best flock of ewes, reserve in the Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams) and received a certificate of merit in the Sainsbury Cup, Tom Fitzsimons (Sunnyhills) won the Sainsbury Cup for the best Ewe Lambs and also the Chebsey Cup for (Progeny Group - Rhaeadr Top Man 95704) and a certificate of merit in the Howard Peel Cup (Best Stud Rams). Both J Cannon (Redbrae) and T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhills) received certificates of merit for the WE Lloyd Cup (31 to 60 ewes) and in the Bonnington Salver best flock of ewes. W Borthwick

The Trident Show Points Trophy was won by Iain and Judith Barbour (Solwaybank) (now Mrs Nelson Congratulations Judith and Adam) with a total of 77 points. Reserve was T Fitzsimons (Sunnyhills) with 74 points. It was with great sadness that the club recorded the death of their Honorary President Mr Jock Allan (Southholm). Jock was a stalward of the breed and a regular supporter of club events and will be sadly missed by everyone. Many thanks to all who have helped and supported the Club in 2015 and a special thanks to our generous sponsors.

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Dyfed Club 2015 once again proved to be a successful year in the show ring for Dyfed club members with the breed well represented at numerous shows with some notable results. Dafydd Jones won 1st prize at the Royal Welsh show with his ewe lamb and went on to take reserve champion male, reserve champion female and reserve champion Suffolk. John & Llinos Griffiths’s ram lamb won the un-trimmed class. Christine Vaughan’s ewe lamb won breed champion at Cothi Bridge and Pembrokeshire County. Arthur Morgan & Sons ewe took breed champion and Scott Davies won the interbreed group of three at Nevern. Steffan Thomas won champion and supreme champion at Rhandirmwyn. The annual ram show & sale was held at Llanybydder Livestock market on a sunny September evening. The show was judged by Mr Mike Davies. Top prices of £680 were achieved by Huw Thomas’s ram lamb and £580 by Gwyn Thomas’s yearling with others to £440, £430 and £400.

Show results

Yearling & Over 1st Selwyn Richards 2nd Gwyn Thomas 3rd Iolo Roberts. Ram Lamb 1st Gwyn Thomas 2nd Huw Thomas 3rd Iolo Roberts

Champion Gwyn Thomas Reserve Champion Selwyn Richards. Mr Mike Davies also judged the flock competition covering every corner of the county viewing members’ flocks. The Cennen Cup for best novice flock Steffan Thomas Mr & Mrs E Hughes cup for best small flock 1st Huw Thomas 2nd Arthur Morgan & Sons 3rd Steffan Thomas Mr & Mrs J Williams cup for best large flock 1st Christine Vaughan =2nd Selwyn Richards Wyn Morris Champion Flock Christine Vaughan Reserve Champion Flock Huw Thomas Best Yearling Ewes 1st Christine Vaughan =2nd Huw Thomas Selwyn Richards Steffan Thomas 3rd Arthur Morgan & Sons Best Ewe Lambs 1st Wyn Morris 2nd Christine Vaughan 3rd Arthur Morgan & Sons

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CLUBS Best Stock Ram 1st Selwyn Richards 2nd Christine Vaughan 3rd Steffan Thomas Show Points Cup 1st Christine Vaughan 2nd Steffan Thomas 3rd Scott Davies Mr Mike Davies awarded a special prize for best Ewe & Ewe lamb which went to Arthur Morgan & Sons ewe. The year was rounded off with a well attended AGM, dinner and ock competition results & prize-giving at The Roadhouse Restaurant.

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The Dyfed Club would like to extend thanks to all those that have supported the club and the breed over the last 12 months and look forward to another successful year.

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East Down Club 2015 proved to be another busy year for the east down Suffolk club. The year commenced with the spring meeting. The economics of sheep production were shown to us in excellent detail by Ciaran Hamill from Greenmount. Although this was interesting it was somewhat depressing to see what we actually need to be doing to make a profit The east down championships were once again held on farm and combined with the annual BBQ. It was a tremendous success and seemed to be enjoyed by all. William Montgomery very kindly opened his farm to the club for the proceedings and Mr Harry Stewart of Castlewellan fame very kindly judged the championship show. There was a superb turnout of sheep put before the judge and each of the classes had a pleasing number of entries. On this occasion it was Philip Kennedy who reigned supreme with his ewe lamb and Anthony Patton with his ram lamb who stood reserve. The male champion was a ram lamb from Anthony patton and the pair of lambs and group of 3 were also scooped up by Anthony. In the young nhandlers it was ryan grant who picked up the winning ribbons for the second year. The overall show team of the year award was won by Anthony Patton. Well done everyone and thank you for bringing out your sheep it was good to see the event so well supported. After the highlight of the showing the evening was rounded off with a superb BBQ. The steaks were sizzling and the craic was mighty and everyone enjoyed the festivities. There was a stock judging competition and

the 3 categorys were men ladies and under 18. Michael Grant was triumphant in the mens class with Samantha Maginnes leading the ladies and it was Samuel Maginnes who won the under 18 class. The evening rounded off with a trimming demonstration for our younger members, and they got the opportunity to have a go under the eyes of the experts which everyone enjoyed very much along with getting some great tips. The annual trip was a great success this year with a visit to the Ballynacannon and Crewelands flocks. The standard of stock which we seen was excellent and was reflected in the success each flock had at the ram sales. A very enjoyable day out with superb hospitality. The annual show and sale in hilltown was next on the agenda. A smaller than usual entry met with disappointing trade something that seems to be a rising problem

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CLUBS due to the number of rams which are available in the market place. It has been a difficult year but we just have to try harder to promote the breed to its full potential in 2016. Past member Mr Hubert Bowles very kindly agreed to judge the pre sale show and after a good show of sheep being put before him it was a ram lamb out of the Stonebridge flock of R &J Neill who was awarded the champion ribbons with a cavanagrove ram lamb from Philip Kennedy that came a close reserve. The year ended with the annual dinner and prize giving which was once again well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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Eastern Club Inter-Club Quiz

We slipped up at the interclub quiz last year‌ we won! This means that we are responsible for running the 2016 quiz. Seriously, well done to the dream team of Jim and Val Wolton, Ray and Fiona Woolway, Denise Thomas and Sarah and Josie Partridge.

Carcass Competition

Another very successful competition was held this year at CJ Byford, Little Clacton with a total of 30 lambs forward. Sponsored by Chris Meekins Ruminant Nutrition Ltd. 18 pure Suffolk lambs and 12 crossbred lambs were entered in the 4 classes which were judged by Mr George Colwill from Ipswich who commented that in the mid weight range there were a large number of lambs which he would have been very happy to sell in his shop. During the evening Cyril Byford gave an excellent demonstration of how to cut up a lamb, educating us about the different cuts available. After the prize

giving 12 members and friends enjoyed an excellent meal. The class winners were as follows: Pure bred Suffolk lambs - heavy class 20 kg and over 1st RJ Woolway, Woolways Flock Pure bred Suffolk lambs - light class under 20kg 1st MJ & JA Pinny, Alloaks Flock Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram - heavy class 19.5kg and over 1st R Partridge & Son Ltd Crossbred lambs sired by a Suffolk ram - light class under 19.5kg 1st R Partridge & Son Ltd Champion Carcass: Cross bred heavy lamb from R Partridge & Son Ltd Reserve Champion Carcass: Pure Suffolk heavy lamb from RJ Woolway

Carcass Competition Group 2015

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In early May we were delighted to join the Midland Breeders Club on a visit to the Pinny family’s Alloaks Flock. The large group of Suffolk enthusiasts were impressed with the size, flesh and quality of the lambs on view. We were all keen to pick up tips from Merrick on how to turn out quality show stock. A stock judging competition was followed by an excellent meal. Many thanks to Merrick, Julie and family for hosting a great visit.

John Jiggens Trophy

This trophy is presented by the Club to the member with the most successful show team at our two local County shows in Suffolk and Norfolk, both of these county shows were

well supported by Suffolk Breeders in 2015 and the worthy winner of the Jiggens Trophy were Merrick & Julie Pinny. Gordon & Bettie Beddie with their Breckland Flock were runners up.

Winter Meeting

A good turnout of members gathered to hear a presentation from Signet manager Sam Boon who, fresh from the Sheep Breeders Round Table, outlined the work of AHDB and Signet in performance recording and breed improvement. He then proceeded to tell us about the Ramcompare project and future developments within sheep recording including rebasing the indexes.

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Gloucester and Adjacent Counties Club After lambing had been completed by all members both pedigree and commercial our first event in the club year was again ten pin bowling at Worcester. This was an enjoyable evening and after two rounds some of us still needed more practice. In early May we held our AGM where the officers remained the same for this year. Our secretary Jane Whitehouse kindly agreed to host the meeting and it was our first chance of the year to view someone else’s lambs. After a marvellous barbecue we had the meeting followed by an “ intellectual “ quiz with Sally Taylor proving to be the brains of the evening. Also in May the Midland branch invited us to join them on their trip to Northern Ireland. Six of our members joined the tour and with the excellent sheep on view and with good company this was a very entertaining few days. Thanks to Liz Needham for inviting us and once again so efficiently organizing such a wonderful trip. Our flock visit was held in early July and Sheila Eggleston kindly agreed for us to view her flock. We met first in a local pub for lunch and then on to Sheila’s . Firstly we saw a marvellous and consistent flock of ewes and then onto a trailer and a trip around the farm to view the rest of the excellent stock. Finally it was back for

lovely refreshments. Thanks to Sheila and family for allowing us to come and for the wonderful hospitality . Our next event was a skittles match where we again challenged the Midland Charollais sheep club. After a fun evening they appeared to take revenge on us from last year. Our club year again ended with our Christmas meal. So with full bellies and fun memories it will be back to the business of lambing.

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Midland Suffolk Club 2015 was the first year at the helm of the Midland Suffolk Club for Mr John Gent as the new chairman, taking over from Mr Pete Burgess who finished his two years in charge in April. The club wishes Pete Burgess and Sarah Ford all the best for the future following their move to Northumberland. This year’s carcass competition was again held at Joseph Morris Butchers Ltd in South Kilworth and it turned out to be an expensive evening for the new Chairman, as pre results he stated that if he won he would buy everybody a drink - well needless to say he won!!! Champion carcass was the first prize lightweight, with reserve champion going to the Pinny’s with their second prize lightweight. Our thanks to the Morris family for kindly hosting the competition. This year’s Branch show was judged by Mr Rob Holmes who was impressed with the quality of the stock forward and presented the championship to Merrick and Julie Pinny, with David and Julie Inman in reserve. Thanks to everyone who provided food and drink which rounded off the day nicely despite the weather. A welcome return to the Club calendar this year was the stockjudging event held at the Pinny’s and despite the weather being poor in the morning, there was a good turnout of members. Thank you to the Pinny family for their hospitality and those business’ that kindly sponsored the event. The stockjudging classes were made of Charolais, Texel and Suffolks, with the continentals causing more than a few headaches.

This year saw the addition of a new event to the club calendar - Go Karting!! Based around teams of two racing for an hour on an indoor track, there was, some interesting manoeuvres, hilarious hand gestures but most of all lots of smiles at the end. The Club year finished perfectly with friends and members alike enjoying Christmas dinner at The Golden Lion in Easenhall. Best wishes to all members for 2016.

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North Antrim & East Londonderry Suffolk Sheep Club Our club has had another busy year with many club members on the front foot promoting the breed at local shows and club events. The club year started with our AGM in November when John Hegarty was elected Chariman. We moved into the new season with a very well supported Spring Lamb competition at Kilrea Market in early May, the event was sponsored and Judged by Paul Sloan who runs a successful butchers shop in nearby Ballymoney. Martin Denver from Randalstown took the champion pen for his 23kg lambs selling to £92, RC & JC Watson reserve champion pen weighed 22.5kg and sold to £88.

Summer Show and BBQ Charity Auction

We returned to the North Antrim Coast in mid may to be hosted at Brian & Martina McVickers Causeway coast farm. A super

venue backed with an outstanding show of suffolk sheep was put on display by club members. Master Judge William Tate placed Patrick Donnelly’s aged ewe overall champion with RC & JC Watsons ram lamb taking reserve champion. The auction conducted by local auctioneer Danny McAlister raised over £2,000 for the Pituitary Foundation at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast. All in attendance were treated to a terrific BBQ prepared by the Lamont family from Cullybackey.

Summer Show Team

Our dedicated show team members continue to put the breed at the fore front during the local show circuit. RC & JC Watsons Bannview flock took the show team of the year award with Packie Donnellys Donrho flock taking reserve.

Trip

Club members travelled to the South of Ireland in mid June to take in the South of Ireland suffolk championships in Galway. The hospitality paid to us by Jimmy Screen and Anne Mitchell made this trip a very enjoyable experience and one which will last long in the memory.

Ram Sale

Packie Donnelly’s first placed aged ewe and overall champion

The Clubs first ram sale was held at Kilrea Livestock Market in early Sept. The judge for the evening was Mr Ian Donald who selected Philip Gurneys Oakbridge ram lamb as his overall champion with reserve going to the RC & JC Watsons Bannview Shearling ram.

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CLUBS Our final ram sale was held in Armoy livestock market at the end September with Judge Hunter Stewart adjudicating at the pre sale show. Hunter selected H & D McCaughans Ballyrock shearling ram as his overall champion with the same flock taking the reserve award with their ram lamb.

Club Flock Competition

The club flock competition sponsored by Fane Valley Stores was held in late October several days before our annual dinner dance at the Bushtown House Hotel in Coleraine. This competition was judged by Mr Packie Donnelly. Champion Winner of the Club Rose bowl Martin Butler - Castlewood, Ewe lambs 1st H & D McCaughan, Ballyrock 2nd Geoffrey Douglas, Benview 3rd Martin Butler, Castlewood

Flock Ewes 1st Martin Butler, Castlewood 2nd H & D McCaughan, Ballyrock 3rd Geoffrey Douglas, Benview Stock ram 1st Martin Butler, Donrho Del Boy 2nd Geoffrey Douglas, Malinhead Captain 3rd H & D McCaughan, Glenhead Hotpoint Our dinner dance and awards evening at the end of October brought the curtain down on another very busy year. We wish all our fellow Suffolk breeders a successful lambing and look forward to meeting you all again at events in 2016. The club wish to record their sincere thanks to the many sponsors who continue to support the club at all its events and to everyone who supported the club in 2015.

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North East Scotland Club Our year’s activities got under way in March when we welcomed Dave Green of Muirden Energy Turriff and Katrina Ritchie a member of the Strichen Vets Group. Both gave interesting and informative Talks on their subjects. This was followed by a welcome cup of tea and a question and answer session. Winners of competitions over the summer were: Lambing % Jimmy Young, Muirton Prime Lamb George Stuart, Birness Carcase Comp Jimmy Young, Muirton Summer Shows Judith Lorimer, Cadgerford

North Sheep, Tain

Several members travelled up North to man the Suffolk Stand, sheep were supplied by Andy & Susie Simpson of the Speyside Flock.

Highland Show

Moving on to the Highland show the North East was on top with Kenny and Lucy Mair taking the Championship and Gordon Troup in reserve spot. The annual Stock Judging group competition was won by Kenny Mair Snr, Jimmy Douglas and Ronnie Wilkie, with Kenny Mair and Jimmy Douglas placing joint highest Individuals.

Carcase Competition - Jimmy Young

Summer Trip

This year we were once again off on our travels where we visited the flocks of Arthur O’Keefe, Ann O Mahoney. Edward Jeffries, Jim Jeffries, Jim Gahan and Oliver Deane in Southern Ireland. As always we saw a lot of good sheep and the hospitality was superb. possible photo

Tup Tour

Our pre-Stirling tup tour took us to Alfie Stuart, Davishill, George Stuart, Birness, Jimmy Douglas and finally to Stewart Duncan at Pennan where we held our BBQ. The standard of sheep was very high as normal and of course we were spoilt with the hospitality at each visit. June Trip

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March Meeting Speakers, Chairman & Vice

Scott Brown judging Flock Competition

The stock judging was kindly judged by Kenny Mair Snr and the winners were: Juniors (1st Equal) Jenna Reid & Kenny Mair Ladies Christine Croa Gents Jimmy Young

where the following office bearers were elected: Chairman Doug Donald Vice Rory Machray Sec / Treasurer Evelyn Young PR Lynda Young

Our trophies for most points in 2 out of 3 stock judging competition, this year held at the Highland Show, Tup Tour and New Deer Show were won by: Juniors Kenny Mair, Deveronside Seniors Jimmy Young, Muirton

Flock Competition

This year judge Scott Brown of the Capielaw Flock spend two days travelling around the North East. The final results where: Champion Flock Jimmy Young, Muirton Reserve Pat Machray, Middlemuir Under 15 Ewes Doug Donald, Scotran 15 - 30 Ewes John Henderson, Bullers 31 - 60 Ewes Pat Machray, Middlemuir Over 60 Ewes Jimmy Young, Muirton Best Flock of Ewes Pat Machray Best Ewe Lambs Jimmy Young Best Stock Tup Nan Moir & Doug Donald, Mountford Kingsman Best Ram Lamb Jimmy Young, Muirton Stanley Following our dinner at the Porterhouse and presentation of prizes we held our AGM 164

In Lamb Gimmer Sale

Our in lamb gimmer event was kindly sponsored by East Coast Viners and judged by Judith and Stuart Lorimer of the Cadgerford Flock Single Gimmers 1st J C Innes, Strathbogie 2nd A Stuart, Davishill 3rd G Stuart, Birness Pair of Gimmers 1st J C Inness, Strathbogie 2nd G Stuart, Birness 3rd A Stuart, Davishill Ewe Lambs 1st G Christie, Balquhain 2nd G Stuart, Birness 3rd A Dalgarno, Cairnorrie Champion J C Innes 1st prize single - 1,600gns Reserve 2nd prize single - 650gns

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North West Suffolk Breeders’ Club Flock Visit

Our annual activities got underway in May when we were kindly welcomed by the Fitzsimon and Barbour families at both the Sunnyhills and Solwaybank flocks on a beautiful sunny day. We were shown fantastic hospitality along with some high quality sheep, the club had a marvellous day out although the coach journey was an adventure! Many thanks to both families for organising a great day and for their generous hospitality which was greatly appreciated.

Auction and our judge, Mark Evans was presented with an excellent turn out of sheep. The quality of the sheep on display made judging hard but he chose Keith Denby’s Shearling Ewe from the Carnforth flock (A58:14:00235) sired by Carony Cool Cat as his Overall Champion. The Denbys were on fire … Literally but thankfully despite the car catching fire on the way down to the show, they were all unharmed and went on to do tremendously so well done! Reserve Champion was a Ewe Lamb (CWC:15:00196) from Alan Blairs Thornfleet flock and new member Robert Lee won the Young Shepherds Cup. Prizegiving and a Jacobs Join lunch concluded a great day out for all members.

BBQ & Stockjudging

Sunnyhills Tup Lambs (Flock Visit)

Solwaybank Tup Lambs (Flock Visit)

Club Show

The following week saw the return of the Club Show, held courtesy of Lancaster

We were kindly welcomed by the Airey family, Urswick flock on a wet July evening for our annual BBQ and Stockjudging event. Guest Master Judge Michael Barker was unable to stay for the whole event but he obviously appreciated sheep the same way that young member Owen Airey did as not only did he win the Junior points prize he also won the Club Cup. Many thanks to the Airey family for allowing us to judge your fine sheep and for your generous hospitality, and to Craig Kelly for sharing your 30th Birthday cake with us all, an excellent evening held in a great sheep building.

Shows Roundup and Other News

Many of the Clubs members have been busy promoting the breed at both county and local shows and we are proud of their commitment, enthusiasm and achievements.

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CLUBS It was great to see Geoffrey Richmond, Sullom flock win Overall Champion at the Cheshire Show with his Shearling Gimmer which has stood well at many other shows, also Stephanie Ryder, Ryden flock remarkably winning with a pair of twin lambs (ewe lamb and untrimmed tup lamb) at the Great Yorkshire Show as well as Keith Denbys Club Show Champion winning her class at several shows, including the Northumberland and Westmorland County Shows so well done to all members that have represented the breed with great distinction.

learning along the way. I would also like to thank Mary Pearson for all her hard work over the past 22 years as Club Secretary and for guiding me through my first year.

The club still has a few other events to look forward to before the year end, the first being the AGM in November where we will partake in a fun quiz and hot pot supper closely followed by the In-Lamb Female Sale in conjunction with North West Auctions a week later.

Club Show Results

The final event will be the Christmas Dinner in December where many sheep stories will be shared no doubt whilst we tuck into a 5 course meal and begin contemplating the outcomes of lambing time and whether or not it will interfere with Christmas Day! The Club has a Facebook page now displaying photos, show results and planned events so please have a look and ‘like’ the page to enable us to continue promoting the breed and get in touch if you wish to share any information on there. I would like to finish by wishing everyone a successful lambing time and to thank the Committee for their effort and support through the year and also thank the members for bearing with me in my first year as Secretary, I am not as organised as the previous secretary but I am trying hard and

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New members, both new starters and more experienced breeders are always welcome at our events and both young and old are welcome to join the NWSBC. For further information please contact Nicola Gornall on 07702 244067/01200 422346 or niknak78@hotmail.co.uk

Class 1 - Aged and Shearling Tup 1st Keith Denby 2nd Alan Blair 3rd E Robinson & M Radford Class 2 - Tup Lamb 1st Alan Blair 2nd Geoff Richmond 3rd George Riley Class 3 - Best Gigot 1st Alan Blair 2nd Alan Blair 3rd Alan Blair

Shearling Ewe Judging (Club Show)

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Young Handlers 1st Robert Lee 2nd Owen Airey 3rd Robert Denby

Class 5 - Shearling Ewe 1st Keith Denby 2nd Geoff Richmond 3rd Alan Blair

Best Male Keith Denby, shearling tup, A58:14:00243 (Carnforth Patriot)

Class 6 - Ewe Lamb 1st Alan Blair 2nd Alan Blair 3rd Jack & Lisa English Class 7 - Group of 3 1st Keith Denby 2nd Alan Blair 3rd Geoff Richmond

Best Female Keith Denby, shearling ewe, A58:14:00235 Champion Keith Denby, shearling ewe, A58:14:00235 Reserve Champion Alan Blair, ewe lamb, CWC:15:00196

Champion, Cheshire County Show (Sullom Flock)

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Shropshire & Montgomery Club The AGM took place in the spring and Graeme Hardman was elected Chairman with Jack Pryce taking the role of Vice Chairman, the committee remained unchanged. 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 evening was arranged in conjunction with the Marches NSA event at the home of Robyn Hulme and family. The Hulme family had put on a super event and members and friends enjoyed the hospitality. The joint winners of the Ensdon Salver were Clare Hardman & Sue Morgan. Many thanks to Robyn and Murray Rohloff who acted master judges. The event also raised £63 for Macmillan Nurses. Shows and sales then took over with breeders enjoying success both in the show and sale ring.

Ram Show & Sale

Annual Show and Sale on behalf of the Shropshire & Montgomery Area Suffolk Club took place at Welshpool Livestock Sales on Thursday 1st October with an entry of 135 in the catalogue. 123 were forward with 80 sold with Ram lambs been the hardest to cash in on the day, this trend has been reflected at a lot of the sales during the season, with buyers only willing to bid on the best rams forward. The Show was very kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian, Maelor Feeds, Osmonds and Bibbys. The

overall average was down £90 on the year with the 80 rams selling to an average of £350.96. A top price of 1,000gns was achieved for a Ram Lamb, from D P Delves, Bridgeview flock selling to Patrick Haccou. Other notable ram lamb prices were 420gns, 380gns, 340gns from Jack Pryce, Horton Flock, 400gns D P Delves 360gns GA & A W Wood, Whitchurch Flock. The Yearling Rams topped at 520gns from G V & J A Hardman, Masbury Flock they also had three at 500gns. A Davies Hugmore Flock sold to 510gns. Mr P Smith, Burlton judged and placed the rams as follows:Aged Ram 1st P Poole, Salopian Flock 2nd Annabelle Farmer, Chatford Flock 3rd Annabelle Farmer, Chatford Flock Yearling Ram 1st D P Delves, Bridgeview Flock - Champion 2nd A Davies, Hugmore Flock 3rd J Pryce, Horton Flock Ram Lamb 1st T H Nicholas & Son, Sutton Flock - Reserve Champion 2nd T S Cox, Tomcroft Flock 3rd P W Poole, Salopian Flock The flock competition did not take place this year due to lack of entries.

Social Events

A trip to ABP had been planned for the autumn but was cancelled at the last minute and will be re arranged for 2016. The year

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CLUBS was rounded off with a successful dinner at the Sweeney Hall Hotel, Oswestry. The M Gatt cup for the most points gained at the shows and sales went once again to Jack Pryce - Horton. It is noted that Tom Nicholas passed away in November, Tom was a past president of the Society and our thoughts are with his family.

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Tayside Club The year started with the 20th AGM in March with a meal that was attended by 18 members. Russell Allison came along from Galloway MacLeod and gave members an interesting and informative talk on sheep nutrition and answered questions. We once again held our Prime Lamb Competition at Forfar Market by kind permission of Lawrie & Symington in May. The overall champion went to Tom Howden, Stanley with a pair of pure Suffolk lambs weighing 47.5kgs and selling to Scott Brothers, Dundee for £135 each. Tom also won reserve champion with his pair of light pure Suffolk lambs which weighed 43.5kgs and sold to Fleming, Arbroath for £90 each. Tom Sands, Southfield, Abernyte was first in the class for a pair of cross lambs sired by a Suffolk. Christine Croal, Hollycroft, Blairgowrie won the class for a single lamb pure or sired by a Suffolk, sponsored by The Horn Milk Bar, with a pure Suffolk lamb weighing 56kg. A new class this year for a single ewe was both sponsored by and won by Tommy Macpherson, Pitsundry, Bankfoot. We are grateful to all our sponsors for this event - East Coast Viners, Lawrie & Symington, The Horn Milk Bar (Jim & Norma Farquharson) and Tommy Macpherson. We had two summer trips out this year! The first in early June was to Downfield Farm, Cupar by kind permission of Bob & Jane Prentice. We saw live deer both in the fields and inside, had a tour of their new abattoir and saw deer carcasses hanging up. Fortunately we did not have any stockjudging to do as I don’t think we would have been very good at it, especially if we

had a class of ‘hoof then hook’, as the carcasses looked very different to what we expected they would. It was a very interesting visit, even if we had to dress up in white coats to go into the abattoir!

How does this fasten?

We then headed to Adziel Farm, Fraserburgh by kind permission of Jim & Irene Fowlie in late June. We had a few stockjudging classes and viewed the tups and then once the rain had stopped we had a tour of Adziel Farm, seeing the ewes in their fields. A very enjoyable Sunday trip! Our annual flock and ewe lamb competition was judged by Mr Robert Bryce, Chalmerstone who judged 9 flocks over two days. The prizes were handed out at the autumn meeting on Tuesday 10th November. Results were Small flocks Ewes - Tom Howden, Stanley Ewe lambs - Tom Howden Large flocks Ewes - Ronnie & Mike Black, Collessie Ewe lambs - Stewart Lathangie, Pyeston The winner of the stock tup, was Roundacre Rascal owned by Tom Sands, Southfield (Kingston Flock).

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CLUBS The tup lamb class went to Jim Farquharson, The Horn (Amma Flock) with a Middlemuir lamb.

Five members who had attended 3 or more local shows received a ÂŁ20 Suffolk Society voucher.

Ronnie & Mike Black won the award for the best ewes overall. Stewart Lathangie took the trophy for the champion ewe lambs and the overall championship.

We are very grateful to Starlyne who sponsor our flock and ewe lamb competition.

The Fingask Show Points Shield was once again won by Gordon Mackie, Drimmie with Tom Sands, Southfield runner up.

Our speaker for the evening was Mr Ed Hill, Vet with Thrums Veterinary Group who spoke about the quarantine process that we should go through when buying in sheep, and answered any questions.

Left to Right: Tom Howden, Roy Nicol from Starlyne, sponsors of competition, Tom Sands, Stewart Lathangie and Jim Farquharson.

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Welsh Border Counties Club A quiet year for the Welsh Border Suffolk Club. We held our AGM in the spring and we thoroughly enjoyed a demonstration in the art of rope halter making, kindly provided by Brian McDurmont. Brian’s products are much sought after by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society members for shows and sales.

on behalf of the Western Area branch, put on a buffet at the Royal Welsh Show. Friends and Society members attending the show please feel free to come along and join us at the Suffolk stand in the NSA Building following the Suffolk judging. A big “Thank You” to all the ladies who kindly provide the food and help on the day.

We intended, following the meeting, to hold a social afternoon at the Chairman’s home. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We rounded off the year with our annual Christmas Dinner, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

It would be nice if we had more members, preferably some young blood! We always look to encourage the younger generation in our club activities. Hopefully in 2016 we can try to arrange more activities. Any ideas or suggestion for new or interclub activities would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to give me a call.

For a club with a small membership we usually manage to do ourselves proud at major shows and the main sales. The club,

Dai Harvey Chairman

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West Country Club The West Country Club now unbelievably in its 30th year remains strong with new Suffolk breeders joining on a regular basis. The club continues to support 6 prime lamb competitions throughout the area and are grateful to our sponsors’ J V Richards and Bray accountants for their continued sponsorship in what has been a challenging year for any prime lamb producers. The first social event was a competitive game of skittles against the Charollais followed a month later with our Spring meeting at the Cat & Fiddle with MVF talking on vaccination and nutrition thanks to Rebecca Vallis and Lachlan Maclachlan. Lively debate and questions followed. Show season started with Devon County judged by David Rossiter. Aimee Mogford took champion with a shearling ewe and reserve with a ram lamb. Dai Harvey judged Bath & West and had Rob Holmes’s ewe take champion with Phillip Brooks res with a ram

Tom and Aimee Mogford and family with their Champion and reserve at Devon County Show

lamb. Royal Cornwall’s judge was Julie Pinney and found her champion with Ross Lawrence’s shearling ewe and Julia Phillips reserve with a ewe lamb. The last county show Dorchester in September had Philip Brooks champion with a ram lamb and Paul and Sarah Eckett reserve with a ewe lamb. Well done to all members who supported the one day shows with a few Suffolk’s getting amongst the Interbreeds. Congratulations must go to Logan Irwin at Devon County for winning the 5 -7 year category junior shepherd and George Mogford for coming 4th. Logan then going on to win the coveted Junior Young Shepherd title. However at the Royal Cornwall Jocey Irwin won her class and took the reserve overall young handler. Well done to all the young handlers who took part at the county and one day shows. Mid June saw the Bi-annual sheep event staged at Nichols Nymet, North Tawton, home of Paul Quick and the Loosebeare flock of Texels and Charollais. Thanks to all members who helped Lewis on the impressive Suffolk stand plying potential customers with tea’s and cakes pedigree and commercial stock was supplied by Andrew Reed and Peter Derryman. A very successful day in glorious weather. The club show and sale in July at Exeter had Tom Cleave judging the classes, champion was H C Derryman’s shearling with Rob Holmes lamb reserve. The champion sold for 650 gns however trade was difficult not helped by the very lack lustre prime lamb prices. Brian Keats of Denis Brinicombe again

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CLUBS sponsored this along with Kivells Auctioneers. A few members enjoyed a morning at Martin and David Pipes racing yard organised by the Texel club and also a few enjoyed the NSA organised trip of Dartmoor prison farm on a suitable foggy evening in bleak surroundings. After a tour of the farm in 4 x 4’s Neil Cole a member of the SW Mule group showed off the lambs destined for Tavistock. The evening finished with refreshments provided by Harpers Feeds and some heckling from some of the permanent guests.

Flock Competition

14 entries in the Flock competition this year gave Ron Greig something to think about, after 3 days of touring around the West Country in glorious weather, Peter Derryman and family took the Champion Flock title with the Yarcombe flock and Robert Holmes - Willmar flock reserve. Thanks to the team of drivers but special thanks to everyone for entering, this year we had 4 novice flocks

with Darren Stephens’s Sanctuary flock coming out on top, also winning the best ewe lambs - one to watch. We celebrated our 30th anniversary with new and old members at the Lord Haldon where all the trophies were presented with a new ‘trophy’ for the best flock of ewes kindly given by Vicky Tayler, Petherwin View flock. Thanks to Harpers Feeds for generous sponsorship of this event. The flock view day was held in early November at Mount Pleasant with over 70 members and friends. The AGM followed lunch with Andrew Reed taking on the role of Chairman and Aimee Mogford the new club secretary. Aimee Mogford went on to do well in the National Flock Competition gaining a certificate of merit in the 31 - 60 ewe category.

L - R: Harry Brooks, Richard Holland, Sarah Eckett, Paul Eckett, Brian Gibbins, Julia Phillips, Karen Forrester, Lucy Heard, Mike Waycott, Brandon Roth, Reg Pedrick, Guy Goldring, James Heard, Ben Collings Philip, Cathy and Peter Derryman, Ron Greig, Rob Holmes, Andrew Reed, Phillip Brooks, Mary Carr

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CLUBS As usual, special thanks must go to all our very generous sponsors for their continued support and the club members for all their help and support at events throughout the year.

Best Ram - Shearling or Over 1st Ballynacanon Denzil - Rob Holmes 2nd Soutra Sabre - Peter Derryman 3rd Glenhead Noble Lad - Andrew Reed HC Yarcombe Groom - James Heard

2015 Flock Competition Results

Showmans Shield Phillip Brooks, Lyatts

Best Homebred Ram 1st Beaconhill - Andrew Reed 2nd Longridge - Mike Waycott 3rd Hughslade - James Heard HC Lydden - Paul & Sarah Eckett

Novice Flock 1st Darren Stephens, Sanctuary 2nd Brandon Roth, Tolgus 3rd Julia Phillips, Creekside HC Karen Forrester, Butleigh

Best Group of Stock Rams 1st Peter Derryman, Yarcombe 2nd Robert Holmes, Willmar 3rd Mike Waycott, Longridge HC Richard Holland, Anstey

Small Flock 1st Robert Holmes, Willmar 2nd Andrew Reed, Beaconhill 3rd Ben Collings, Benbreed HC Sarah & Paul Eckett, Lydden

Best Group of ram lambs run on as commercial shearlings 1st Andrew Reed, Beaconhill 2nd Peter Derryman, Yarcombe 3rd Mike Waycott, Longridge HC James Heard, Hughslade

Judge: Mr Ron Greig

Large Flock 1st Peter Derryman, Yarcombe 2nd Mike Waycott, Longridge 3rd James Heard, Hughslade HC Richard Holland, Anstey Best Ewe Lambs 1st Darren Stephens, Sanctuary 2nd Robert Holmes, Willmar 3rd Peter Derryman, Yarcombe HC Ben Collings, Benbreed Mike Waycott, Longridge Best Ram Lamb 1st Solwaybank Rooster - Rob Holmes 2nd Ballynacanon Passion - Darren Stephens 3rd Kexbeck Captain - Mike Waycott HC Halhill 622 - Richard Holland

Best Flock of ewes Peter Derryman, Yarcombe Champion Ram Solwaybank Rooster - Rob Holmes Reserve Beaconhill - Andrew Reed Champion Flock Yarcombe - Peter Derryman Reserve Willmar - Rob Holmes

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Annakisha & Clyda

Joint inlamb ewe sale at Blessington on November 12th 2016 Sires of 2016 Lambs

Rookery Classic Balquhain Red Star Carragh Penalty Points Cairness Casper Birness Attitude

Males and Females for sale and are eligible for export

Enquiries and visitors always welcome!

Arthur & Susan O’Keeffe Annaskisha House, Mallow, Co. Cork Tel: (086) 8135804

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Donegal Club Another outstanding year for Donegal Suffolk breeders,culminating in Andrew Wilson winning the Stirling Championship selling for £14,000 and Liam McGonigle securing the Roscrea Champion which realised €31,000. Donegal breeders once again dominated the show and sale ring at the breeds premier sale in Roscrea, winning the Champion, Res., 1st group of 3, and the first 4 places in the open ram lamb class. Liam McGonigles champion sold for €31,000, by Shannagh Resolve this outstanding lamb sold to the Cairness flock of J Douglas.The 2nd an 3rd top prices were secured by Wm J & R Wilson for their Birness Murray sired lambs selling at €3,500 an €3,000, whilst their Res Champion sold for €2,000, Seamus Brownes lamb realised €1,800, and Doherty Bros received €1,600, whilst their 2nd prize open lamb sold later for €3,000 to Geoffrey Douglas.

Raphoe Premier

Stephen Sufferein kindly agreed to judge our Premier Sale and awarded Andrew Wilsons ram lamb overall champion with J A Doherty strong ram lamb Res.Wm J & R Wilson secured the pairs and J &R Thornton had the Female Champion. Trade was more selective than recent years but quality rams were selling in the €600-€800 range.

2nd Sale

sold for €750. The pairs were won by Doherty bros selling at €800 an €780.The Novice was won by Martin McDermott and the Shearling ram class by

3rd Sale

The late Con Lynch judged our third sale and chose Tommy Cavanaghs classy ram lamb as his Champion, which sold for €900, in Reserve was Robert Taits strong ram lamb which later sold for €860. The pairs were won by Wm J & R Wilsonand the Shearling ram by Scott bros.

4th Sale

Club member Martin McGlinchey judged our last sale and awarded the Champion to Tommy Cavanaghs lamb which sold for €650,with Robert Taits ram standing Reserve. Trade was once again strong for quality sheep. Top price was €920 achieved by J A Doherty, whilst the Wilsons received €750.

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Eastern Suffolk Breeders Club Thanks to the very generous sponsorship of Suffolk Sheep Society we were once again able to sponsor vouchers towards purchase of Suffolk ram at any of our sales for Suffolk/ Cheviot Ewe Lamb Class at Tullow Ewe Breeders Club Competition. This proves a good opportunity to meet commercial farmers who will be our customers at forthcoming ram sales. It was particularly pleasing to see some of our newest club members flying the flag for Suffolks at Local Agricultural Shows. At Premier Show & Sale Roscrea 2015, Gordon Pearson had Female Champion with another Club Member Sean Durkin having Reserve Female Champion. Other prizewinners on the day were Oliver & Geoff Deane winning 1st prize for Shearling Ewe with S & S Gahan taking 2nd & 3rd prizes in this class. Taking home rosettes in Ram classes were Tom Bailey, S & S Gahan with John & Esther Gahan having 2nd prize ram lamb in Novice Class. Club members were active at the sale both selling and buying. At our club Premier Show & Sale in Tullow Judge Jonathan Lucas from Finnvale Flock awarded Champion Sheep to a very strong ram lamb bred by S & S Gahan’s This ram sired by Middlemuir Maserati earlier won the Recorded Class and was sold to new breeder James Walsh from Cork. Reserve Champion went to John Stacey for his ram lamb by Castlegrogan Earl winner of open

class. Prices for this sale were up on 2014 figures and highest price of the day €1,000 went to John & Esther Gahan for a big ram by Rookery Classic. Our 2nd Show & Sale was judged by Niall Walsh. Champion Sheep went to Alan Staney’s Recorded Class winner a strong lamb by Freighduff Camolot. Reserve Champion was awarded to Irene Sands for her Open Class winner sired by Kells Northern Lights. All of our sales in 2015 saw a strong demand for Suffolks with a lot of the rams achieving higher prices than previous years. Many thanks to our customers for their continued support and congratulations to all our exhibitors for excellent standard of sheep presented at all our sales. Also a big thank you to Manager and Staff of Tullow Mart.

Champion at Clubs Premier Sale. Champion S&S Gahan with Judge Jonathan Lucas

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CLUBS December 2015 saw the dispersal of the famous Baileys Flock. Tom has been a member of our club for many years. We will greatly miss Tom at our sales, not just for his exceptional sheep but all for his wit and humour. We will him well for the future.

Clubs Second Show & Sale Champion Alan Stanley, Reserve Champion Irene Sands with Judge Niall Walsh

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Flanders Club For the third year running the Suffolk club Flanders is making an entry for the year book. The Suffolk breed is doing very well in Belgium and both the quality and number of Suffolks has grown over the last few years. This hasn’t gone unnoticed with many Belgian breeders buying and importing a lot of top UK pedigrees at society sales as well as private sales. But also a lot of Belgian pedigree sheep have been sold and exported all over Europe. All of this makes that Belgium is one of the absolute top Suffolk countries on the mainland. Every year we have 4 main national shows and all the organisers invited a foreign judge for their expertise. The first one traditionally takes place in Herne at the end of May and is a big show with over a 100 Suffolk sheep participating. This year the show was judged by Gary Beacom from the Lakeview flock, Ireland. He did a great job and made a

ewelamb (Sire: Ardlea Allrounder) from Claude Vanwijnsberghe’s Meierie flock breed champion, with a shearling ram (Sire: Solwaybank Major) from Y. Bran being the reserve breed champion. The second big show took place in Tongeren at the end of June and was judged by mr. Eamon Duffy from the Kells flock, Ireland. A lot of good quality sheep were shown there as well, with Sven Roels winning the ewelamb class (Sire: Solwaybank Major), Jonathan Dufrane winning both the gimmer class (Sire: Roundacre Romeo) and the ram lamb class (Sire: Forkins Ferrari II), and Danny Waillez winning the shearling ram class (Sire: Errigal Simply the best). The third show was organised in Strijtem and always takes place on our national holiday, the 21st of July. This year’s show was judged by mr Gerard Aardema from the Kroonstee

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CLUBS flock, Holland. He did a fine job and it was a very close call with eventually a ewelamb (sire: Pennan Prelude) from R. Amand taking the breed championship, with a ramlamb (Sire: Solwaybank Extra Effort) from Paul and Bert Laeremans standing as the reserve breed Champion. The fourth and last big show of the year was held in Bevere-Leie in the middle of August. The judging this year was done by James T. Wilson from the former, well known, Bridgestone flock. He chose a ewe lamb (Sire: Birness Albaran) from Claude Vanwijnsberghe as breed champion, with a ramlamb (Sire: Meire Fiston) being reserve breed champion.

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We would like to thank all the judges for their expertise and hope we can continue to work with them in the forthcoming years. At the end of the year there was also a dispersal from a very well-known Belgian flock. The Decock family dispersed their flock after 28 years of successfully keeping Suffolks. They had a top price of â‚Ź1,150 for a gimmer by Saffaden Special Blend in lamb to Rhaeadr Red Bull We like to thank all the UK breeders and the Suffolk Sheep Society for the collaboration. We hope this can continue for many more years to come so we can maintain and even improve our level of Suffolks here in Belgium.

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY FLOCK CODE NAME 91 R W Percival 239 696 12D 33W 70T 91X 92J A94 C18 C93 DBO DJW F5 FFX FND FZL G86 HHY HRH

ENGLAND

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 Norman D Howl Glebe Farm, Lowick, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3BA. Tel: 01832 733 200 David K Timm West End Farm, Appleton, Roebulk, York, YO42 4NN. Tel: 01430 440 707 / 01430 448 730 M E Osmond Gastons Farm Five Bells Lane, Nether Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8EN. Tel: 01264 781 439 / 782 462 Messrs F A & J Stockdale Crosshow Farm, Dearham, Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 7JQ. Tel: 01900 812 674 Mr & Mrs S J V Faux Culleys Farm, Clench Common, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 4NZ. Tel: 01672 513 102 G Biddulph Dalehouse Farm, Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9QJ. Tel: 01625 424 284 B E D Skinner & Mrs E Cameron 23 Crown Way, Banham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 2EY. Tel: 01953 888 197 JB & RL Cook Lower Fields Farm, Brickyard Road, Napton, Warwickshire, CV47 8NT. Tel: 01926 812 316 Messrs W R Garner & Son Godwick Hall, Tittleshall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2RJ. Tel: 01328 700 277 Clive Richards Lower Hope, Ullingswick, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 3JF. Tel: 01432 820 218 C Kniestedt Bush Farm, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4DL. Tel: 01825 722 157 Messrs Philip Hill & Co Longfurlong Farm, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8HN. Tel: 01283 761 445 D & T Richards Bettonwood Farm, Bromlow, Minsterley, Shrewsbury, SY5 0DU. Tel: 01743 891 809 Ian Lill Bunkers Hill Farm, Cold Ashby, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 6EP. Tel: 01604 740 262 G L Riby Low Stonehills Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QR. Tel: 01262 673 043 Mr JW Hallam & Mrs SM Eggleston Top Farm, Walton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8JF. Tel: 01509 880 562 Miss Elizabeth Needham Forge Cottage, Belvoir, Grantham, Leicestershire, NG32 1PF. Tel: 01476 870 223 Mrs K A Hill Sampford Farm, Sampford Arundel, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9QN. Tel: 01823 672 377

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY JJZ

Mrs V Wolton

K23

Howard C Dowson

KAX John Creeper KJY

R J Woolway

KRZ A J & W J Reed KXL

Mrs P Lupton

LAS

T S Cox

NKX Barry C Stonard NLB Thomas Blunt NLS

Phillip Brooks

NXX HMP Wymott PLY

Tina Baseley

PSN Mr Nicholas Charles Stirling PUS Stephanie Ryder R76

Jane Walker

R86

H C Derryman & Sons

SDH J M Robinson & Son Ltd SLN Mr R Fitton SNH P R Wilkinson

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J&C Airey

SXA

Mark Jones

TCC

Peter MacLean

Fish Pond Cottage, Cemetery Lane, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6SA. Tel: 01206 298 844 Castlehouse Farm, Little Broughton, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5JE. Tel: 01642 712 347 A M Creeper & Son, Higher Tregunnon Altarnun, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7SX. Tel: 01566 864 50 College Farm, Somersham, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 3ER. Tel: 01487 840 256 France Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2HQ. Tel: 01884 266 366 Greenholme Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 324 Manor Farm, Marston, Church Eaton, Staffordshire, ST20 0AS. Tel: 01785 840 024 Holme Grange Farm, Galphay, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3NJ. Tel: 01765 658 718 36 Shelsmore, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5HU. Tel: 01908 617 282 Brooksfield Lyatts, Hardington Mandeville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9NR. Tel: 01935 862 900 Andrew Caunce Farms & Gardens Dept, Ulnes Walton, Leyland Preston, Lancashire, PR26 8LW. Tel: 01772 442 056 Landway Farm, Basted Lane, Crouch Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 8PY. Tel: 01732 886 002 Farmington Close, Farmington, Nr. Northleach, Cheltenham, GL54 3NQ. Tel: 01434 682 530 / 01451 860 327 Holme House, The Dale, Ainstable, Cumbria, CA4 9RH. Tel: 01228 675 223 / 1768870523 New Nook Farm, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9HX. Tel: 01433 620 413 Mount Pleasant Farm, Stockland, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9DQ. Tel: 01404 881 398 Greenlands Farm, Great Limber, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 8LY. Tel: 01469 560 235 Ryders Farm, Manchester Road, Kearsley, Bolton, BL4 8RU Old Pennyholme, Fadmoor, York, Yorkshire, YO62 7JG. Tel: 01751 430 552 5 Reeds Gardens, Little Urswick, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0US. Tel: 01229 868088 4 Devonshire Close, Boughton, Northampton, NN2 8RY. Oaklands Estate, East Chelborough, Dorset, DT2 0QA. Tel: 01935 83022

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Darren Stephens

TDZ

John Neil & Judy Richardson

TFP

Chloe Shaw

V39

Mrs Mary-Julia Cornish

V88

G Riley

Y12

Messrs J & R Whitehouse

Y83

R W & A Pedrick

Z43

R F Holmes

FLOCK CODE NAME 249 Mrs R H Goldie 968 1W

C & M Bruce George L Stuart

22K

Rigfoot Suffolks

35N James Fleming 46N Messrs J & M Buchanan 47D Messrs J H Christie & Son AAZ P Machray CBK Mrs Nan Moir CFF

Mrs M E Petherbridge

CJO

Mrs C M Nelson

Sanctuary Lodge, Bridgerule, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7EA. Tel: 01288 381 550 Thorville Cottage, Carthorpe, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LF. Tel: 01845 567 813 Midlene Nursery, Tibberton Road, Bolas Heath, Shropshire, TF6 6QA. Tel: 01952 541 314 Parkridge, 116 Oaklands Park, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 OBW. Tel: 01364 642 563 5 Madison Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 8JN. Tel: 01524 823 709 Weston Park Farm, Dovers Hill, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6UW. Tel: 01386 840 835 Stoneleigh Dolbeare, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7LB. Tel: 01364 652 743 Home Farm, Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7YD. Tel: 01392 832 281

SCOTLAND CONTACT DETAILS Harpercroft, Old Loans Road Dundonald, By Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA2 9DD. Tel: 01292 317 222 Tillyeve, Udny, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6SJ. Tel: 01651 842 616 Milltown of Birness, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 8EJ. Tel: 01358 711 204 Rigfoot Farm, Uplawmoor, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, G78 4BL. Tel: 01505 850 272 Hallhill, Crossford, Carluke, Lanarkshire, ML8 5QH. Tel: 01555 860 209 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 The Rectory, Cairness Lonmay, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8SL. Tel: 01346 532 349 11 Kirkfield, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2GL. Tel: 01995 613 18 Trows Cottage, Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8LX. Tel: 01573 450 733

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY F48

Messrs R G Laing & Sons

F92

Andrew McKay

FJY

John B Mauchlen

H37 Messrs P & A Wilson H6

Mrs Irene Fowlie

JKA

James T Cannon

JTO

Scott & Gavin Brown

K14

James Young

KLY

John Harrison

LPH

W & M Haining

NCK Tom Fitzsimon NFH John Lundy NVY James & Liam Scott NWZ A & S Simpson PDN Mr GJ Christie PNJ

John A. Henderson

PWS Roy Hiddleston THN Caroline Roots V18

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Oxmuir, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, TD10 6UW. Tel: 01573 470 235 Broughton Mains Farm, Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, DG8 8HD. Tel: 01988 850 258 Spotsmains, Kelso, Scottish Borders, TD5 7RT. Tel: 01573 460 226 Spoutwells Farm, Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8LX. Tel: 01776 704 086 Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6TB. Tel: 01771 637 263 Redbrae Farm, Wigtown, Wigtown, Newton Stewart, DG8 9DJ. Tel: 01988 403 239 Woodhead Farm, Dewarton, Gorebridge, Midlothian, EH23 4NY. Tel: 01875 320 143 Muirton, Corse, Alford, Aberdeenshire, AB33 8JN. Tel: 01339 883 443 25 Brunt Court, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1RP. Tel: 01368 864 256 High Drum, Dunscore, Dumfries, DG2 0UF. Tel: 01387 820 325 Sunnyhill Farm, Holywood Road, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, DG2 0SD. Tel: 01387 720 217 Mid Upper Priestside, Cummertrees, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, DG12 5PX. Tel: 01387 870 334 The Rothes Market Street, Maud, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 4NH. Tel: 01771 613 847 Wester Coxton Farm, Elgin, Morayshire, IV30 8QS. Tel: 01343 843 324 Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HD. Tel: 01467 681 233 West Teuchan, Crudenbay, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 0PN. Tel: 01779 841 242 Rigghead Farm, Shawhead, Irongray, Dumfries, DG2 9SH. Tel: 01387 730 420 Kilnford Croft, Castle Douglas Road, Dumfries, DG2 8PT. Tel: 01387 262 986 Broomknowes, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8HF. Tel: 01655 883 184

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY FLOCK CODE NAME 17X G G Lewis 348

R G & R A Jones & Son

82N A W Evans DVJ

James & Edward Thomas

NAT Dafydd G Jones NKY D F & A E Callan PLH

Christine Vaughan

SLC

Vicky Owen

TJA

Dirk van Rensburg

WALES CONTACT DETAILS Wigfa Farm, Cilybebyll Pontardawe, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA8 3JH. Tel: 01792 863 985 Robleston Hall, Camrose, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6HQ. Tel: 01437 710 242 Dol-llys Farm, Trefeglwys, Llanidloes, Powys, SY18 6JA. Tel: 01686 412 694 Bachygwreiddyn Farm, Pontlliw, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA4 9EP. Tel: 01792 892 750 Frongoy, Pennant Llanon, Nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 5PD. Tel: 01974 272 246 Lower Broadmoor House, Talbenny, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3XD. Tel: 01437 781 219 Penlan, Crumych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3SG. Tel: 01239 831 512 Pentre, Llanddewi, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6SD. Tel: 01597 851 215 Tan y Coed, Eyarth, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 2EL. Tel: 01824 707 462

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 / 02840 650 492 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 BOA Messrs Cyril Watters & Sons Bohard Mills, 23A Tullybleety Road, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, BT69 6HG. Tel: 028 8555 7436 BSH Anthony J Patton 36 New Road, Carrowdore, Newtownards, Co Down, BT22 2HB. Tel: 028 9186 1355 E35 Robert A S Barkley 98 Lisboy Road, Dunloy, Ballymena, Co Antrim, BT44 9AY. Tel: 028 2764 1272 FSC Philip Gurney 20 Ruskey Road, Aghadowey, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 4AH. Tel: 028 7086 8435 FXY R A & R J Rea Drumaslaggy, 8 Lisginney Road, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, BT69 6BU. Tel: 028 8556 8286

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY J2

W Rodney Blair

JDF

J M Stewart

KKK

Philip Lamont

KKW P D W Taylor PPL

Oran McConnon

SUJ

Enda & Colm McAleer

T86

S & W Tait

FLOCK CODE NAME 248 N Gibson 962 34F 60P

Patrick D Murphy Padraic Niland Patrick Murphy

88J-E Mrs Mary D & Mark Grealy BFP Aiden & M & P Loftus C46 F56

Eamonn Duffy Coote Geelan

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John Hanly

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND CONTACT DETAILS Allen House, Ballyholey, Raphoe, Co Donegal, Eire. Tel: 074 9145 142 Corstown, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny, Eire. Tel: 056 7769 489 Chessy, Kinvara, Co Galway, Eire. Tel: 091 6351 48 Oaklodge Curragh, Inch, Gorey, Co Wexford, Eire. Tel: 040 2373 57 Middlethird, Oranmore, Co Galway, Eire, Eire Carrowkilleen Upper, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, Eire. Tel: 096 3148 2 Ethelstown, Kells, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9247 031 Cloonagheer, Dromod, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Longford, Eire. Tel: 087 949 0045 Heathview Farm, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Eire. Tel: 050 4339 06 / 050 4339 06 Bolinaspect, Camolin, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Eire. Shepherds Rest, Cappagh, Askeaton, Co Limerick, Eire. Tel: 061 3920 83 Coolyhune, Graiguenananagh, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Eire. Tel: 059 9724 483 Glack, Carndonagh, Co Donegal, Eire. Tel: 074 9373 062 Cross, Menlough, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Eire. Tel: 090 9684 896 Gurtnaderry, Grange, Co Sligo, Eire.

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MEMBERS’ DIRECTORY M96 P R Brady NDB-E William Gill NJA Stephen & Colm Govin NSA Gabriel Conroy & Sons NYT-E Jimmy O’Dea PBO O & G Deane PNI PUU SCP SHU SJK

Rachel & Alan McCormack Peter & Declan Mangan Brian Boland Ryan McClean Podge & Jack Bolger

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John Redmond

X39-E John Humphreys

FLOCK CODE NAME LSJ Allessandro Arena LYT

Claude Vanwijnsberghe

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Otter Island, Tatestown, Navan, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9071 849 Gortaran, Clonmany, Clonmany, Co Donegal, Eire. Mayo Abbey, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo, Eire. Tel: 094 9360 172 Lambay, Trim, Co Meath, Eire. Tel: 046 9432 799 N17 Glenafosha, Corofin, County Galway, Eire. Woodford House, Ballitore, Athy, Co Kildare, Eire. Tel: 059 8623 135 Ardikellan, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Eire. Cloghans Hill, Tuam, Co. Galway, Eire. Tel: 093 477 69 Lisnatubrid, Ballypatrick, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Eire. Finea, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Eire. Springfield Farm, Oylegate, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Eire. Tel: 053 9177 812 Knockendrane, Garryhill, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, Eire. Tel: 059 9727 273 Parkmore, Templemartin, Bandon, Co Cork, Eire.

EUROPE CONTACT DETAILS via Munerait 44, English Frankton, Padova, Italy 35143. Tel: +39 498686912 E-mail: alearena1@hotmail.it Leiestraat 53, B8792 Desselgem, Belgium Tel: 0475 75 87 37 Email: claude@hubert.be ‘t Specop, Zomervreugdweg 9, 7251 NX Vorden (Gld), Netherlands. Tel: 0031 575 559 119 E-mail: haccou@gmail.com Camino De Llavandera, No 2350, Gijon, Asturias 33350, Spain. Tel: (0034) 985 138 708 E-mail: nachoacebal@hotmail.com

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The Society is currently accepting entries for the

2016 National Flock Competition Entries will close on Friday 26th August 2016, 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. Sheep for sale must be included in the showing process.

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CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Conditions Of Entry To The 2016 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. A Pedigree Suffolk Group 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 30th November 2016

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2015 COMPETITION WINNERS

Pedigree Group of Suffolk Sheep

Winner: S. Lorimer

Commercial Flock using Suffolk Genetics

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Winner: Scott Brown 4 Suffolk ewe lambs by Capielaw Rams out of Scotch Mule ewes.

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2015 COMPETITION WINNERS

Growing up with Suffolks

Winner: Cora Kilpatrick

Suffolks and the Seasons

Winner: James Gould

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2016 Events Dates SOCIETY RAM SALES Blessington (R Black) 2nd July National (Shrewsbury) (J Christie) 22nd & 23rd July Scottish (Stirling) (C Vanwijnsberghe) 29th & 30th July Builth, Wales (TBC) 1st August Ballymena (J Gibb) 2nd August Carlisle (D P Roberts) 5th August Roscrea (M Butler) 6th August

KELSO & NSA SALES Wales & Border Early 1st August South West Region 17th August Kelso, Scotland 9th September Eastern Region 16th September Wales & Border Main 19th September

SHOWS Royal Ulster (Balmoral) (Judge: I Barbour) Three Counties Show (Malvern) (Judge: D Rossiter) Royal Highland (Edinburgh) (Judge: M Stuart) NI Championships (Armagh) (Judge: J Young) NSC - Blessington (Judge: R Black) Great Yorkshire (Harrowgate) (Judge: J Christie) Royal Welsh (Builth) (Judge: J Pryce) National Ploughing Championships, Co. Offaly

11th - 13th May 17th - 19th June 23rd - 26th June 11th June 2nd July 12th - 14th July 18th - 21st July 20th - 22nd September

2016 SHEEP PROMOTIONAL EVENTS Eastern Region, Melton Mowbray Society HQ Scot Sheep, Peeblesshire Society HQ South Sheep, Salisbury Society HQ NSC @ Blessington Sol Branch Malvern, Three Counties Showgrounds Society HQ SUFFOLK FEMALE SALES Abergavenny (Monmouthshire Livestock Centre) Carlisle (Harrison & Hetherington) Burnview & Lakeview (Balmoral Showgrounds) Beeston Castle Auction (Wright Marshall) Annakisha, Barrowlands, Castleisle, Clyda & Shannagh (Blessington Mart) Stirling (United Auctions) Northern Ireland Branch (Evening Sale at Ballymena Livestock Market) Three Nations Collective In Lamb Sale (Carlisle) All Star Suffolk Sale (Blessington Mart) Dark Diamonds Sale (Carlisle)

5th February 1st June 7th June 2nd July 27th July 29th October 4th November 5th November 5th November 12th November 12th November 14th November 18th November 26th November 2nd December

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