TRADE was brisk at the Suffolk Sheep Society national sale at Shrewsbury peaking at 15,000gns with 17 ram lambs selling for more than 2,000gns and a 76 per cent clearance.
The sale leader was the champion ram from the Cairness flock of Jimmy Douglas, Fraserborough, Aberdeenshire. This son of Ballygarvanstud Flashdance’ out of a ewe by Thurston Warrior, was bought by G. Troup and J. A. Gibb, Aberdeenshire.
Chris Holmes, Broadway, Worcestershire, sold a ram lamb by Rookery Best of the Best for 13,000gns to Gary Beacom, Fivemiletown, Fermanagh.
Gerry Killilea from Co Galway, Eire paid 7,500gns for a Lakeview Harbinger sired ram lamb, which is the first son to be sold from twice Royal Highland Show champion, Solwaybank Eva Jane, from Iain and Judith Barbour, Annan.
H. Sinnett, Worcester, sold a ram lamb from his Stockton flock to D. J. Harvey, Powys for 4,400gns. Two ram lambs made 4,200gns each, sold by Mr Beacom and P. W. Poole, Shropshire, to J. C. Innes and Son, Aberdeenshire, and G. Biddulph, Cheshire, respectively.
Three ram lambs sold for 4,000gns each, with two from the Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership, Northumberland, bought by S. and G. Sutherland, Berwickshire, and G. and J. Soulsby, Cumbria. The third from T. A. Irwin and Son, Devon, was bought by D. F. and A. G. Jeffries, Oxford.
Ram lambs, £1,231.651
Shearling rams, £745
Ewe lambs, £639.45
Shearling ewes, £560.70.
Auctioneers: J. Straker Chadwick and Sons with Halls.