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Use your stockjudging skills and be in with a chance of winning £250

The Suffolk Sheep Society brings you the 2018 sheep stockjudging comp etition. Pit your skills against a professional livestock judge to be in with a chance of winning £250, plus a selection of Suffolk merchandise. Five run ners-up will also receive Suffolk merchandise.

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The Farmers Guardian annual Sheep Stockjudging competition is back for 2018 and again sponsored by the Suffolk Sheep Society.

 

To enter the competition, simply place the four units pictured in the same order as our professional livestock judge and complete the online entry form.

 

The first correct entry drawn at random will receive £250, plus a selection of Suffolk merchandise. Five runners-up will also receive Suffolk merchandise.

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Animal A
Aminal B
Animal X
Animal Y

The Units

The four pictures are of Suffolk cross lambs out of cross-bred ewes.
SHEEP A Suffolk-sired lambs out of a Scotch Half Bred ewe
SHEEP B Suffolk-sired lambs out of a Cheviot Mule ewe
SHEEP X Suffolk-sired lambs out of Texel cross Mule ewe
SHEEP Y Suffolk-sired lambs out of Scotch Mule ewe

Note From The Sponsor

Robin McIlrath, chief executive of the society, says: “As the leading domestic terminal sire breed in the UK and Ireland, we are delighted to once again partner Farmers Guardian in this excellent competition.

 

“With more than 130 years of breeding excellence, numerous independent scientific studies, backed up by the initial findings of the RamCompare project*, have identified that the Suffolk remains number one for growth rate. This ability to grow means Suffolk cross commercial lambs are either ready for market earlier resulting in reduced input costs, or can be taken to heavier carcase weights.

 

“A clinical study carried out by the University of Ulster this year shows Suffolk-sired lamb delivers the best overall taste experience for consumers when compared to other leading terminal sire breeds.”

 

The breed is recognised as having high milk output, hard hooves and wide pelvic dimensions for easy lambing. As a result, introducing Suffolk genetics to a commercial ewe flock can be an excellent counter to the all too prevalent problems experienced with some breeds.

 

Initial findings of the recent Ramcompare* project show Suffolks:

  • Remain the number one terminal sire for maximising growth rates, hitting early market prices and reducing the cost of extra days on-farm.
  • Consistently outperform other terminal sires in muscle depths across the loin, highlighting the natural carcase balance of the Suffolk is weighted towards the higher valued cuts.
  • Have higher fat levels compared to continental breeds tested. This demonstrates Suffolk-sired lambs will finish faster than other terminal sire breeds.
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