For the second week in a row Suffolk breeders saw good demand for ram lambs sold at the Stirling Suffolk Sheep Society sale.
The Scottish area show and sale saw 139 ram lambs sold, as trade peaked at 20,000gns and 13 lambs made 5,000gns or more with an overall average of £2,131, an increase of £418 on last year.
Top price of 20,000gns was paid for Denis Taylor’s third prize open lamb from his Ballynacanon flock, Coleraine, Co Londonderry.
This Ballynacanon Discovery son sold in a three-way split to S. Sufferin, Maghera, Co Londonderry; J. Grant, Cookstown, Co Down; and P. Grant, Newry, Co Down.
There were two at 16,000gns. The first was a lamb from James C. Innes’ Strathbogie flock, Aberdeenshire. This Castleisle Knockout son was bought by Iain Barbour for his Solwaybank flock, Dumfreisshire; and D.P. and R. Delves for the Bridgeview flock, Powys.
The other at 16,000gns was a Baileys Rock Solid son from John A. Gibb, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. It sold to the Cairness flock of Jimmy Douglas, Aberdeenshire.
At 13,000gns was Andrew Wilson’s Birness Murray-sired lamb from Andrew Wilson, Co Donegal. He is out of a dam by the sire Limestone To-Tal. Buying this lamb were James Young and J.G.S. Duncan, both from Aberdeenshire.
William Tait, Lislap, Co Tyrone, sold six lambs in total from his Burnview pen, with a Birness Murray-sired ram lamb selling at 11,000gns to T. Irwin, Devon, for the Kings flock. This lamb had won the first prize ram lamb and reserve male champion at the Northern Irish championships.
Another from the same pen, and again by Birness Murray, took the reserve male championship in the pre-sale show before selling for 8,000gns to Mrs Cornish, Devon.
The male champion, a Cairness Ignition son, from Norman Robinson, Downpatrick, Co Down, sold for 10,000gns to M.L. Evans, Keighley.
Averages: 139 ram lambs, £2,131
Auctioneers: United Auctions.