Breeders across Donegal, Down, Derry and Tyrone were active across the waters at the Scottish Area Branch Show and Sale of Suffolk Sheep, handled by Lawrie and Symington Limited, Auction Mart last week on Thursday, July 20th and Friday, July 21st, 2023.
At Lanark Agricultural Centre, 147 ram lambs levelled at £3363.93 (177 forward) with an 84% clearance rate and 11-five figure prices realised.
Headlining the sale was Stewart Craft’s Lakeview flock based in Fife, with a 52,000gns lamb selling in a two-way split to Paul and Georgia Delves, Bridgeview flock and Charlie and Tom Boden of the Sportsmans flock.
He is a son of the 40,000gns Strathbogie Stallone, out of a home-bred daughter of Limestone Limited Edition.
Next best and hailing from Co Donegal, from the Castleisle flock of Andrew Wilson was a Kells-T-Rex sired lamb at 28,000gns.
His dam is homebred and by the Lakeview Armani and he sold in a three-way share with half acquired by Messrs Hutchison for his Howgillfoot flock, with a quarter share selling to Ross Lawerence of the Roundacre flock and the final quarter to Finn Christie for his Maidenstone flock.
The overall sale champion hailed from the Solwaybank flock of Iain and Judith Barbour and came next on the price table at 22,000gns when selling to MacCauley Suffolks, Pennsylvania, USA.
This entry is a son of the 60,000gns Sportsmans Golden Moments whilst the dam is a Crewelands Champion homebred daughter.
Closely behind at 20,000gns was Jeremy Sharp’s, Hawshill/Sharps Flock which sold to Shrewsbury-based breeders, Philip, and Russell Poole for their Salopian flock. A son of Sportsmans Striker, he is by the homebred sire, Hawshill Harrier.
Another at 20,000gns came from Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr Suffolks for his Dunfell Dynamite bred lamb, out of a Lakeview dam sired by Limestone Limited Edition.
He now heads to work with four different flocks, all taking a quarter share: Lesley Liggett of the Carony flock, Mark Priestly of the Limestone flock in Co Down, Allen Short from Strabane, Co Tyrone, along with Williams Suffolks in Portugal, were the final bidders.
The Sharp family were back in the five-figure bracket, this time receiving 18,000gns for their reserve overall champion.
Selling to Aberdeenshire, he heads to the Birness flock of Messrs Stuart and is a Rhaeadr Warrior son with a cross on the dam’s side Bendyglen Black Caviar and a Redbrae dam.
This was closely followed at 17,000gns, from the same home flock’s first lot sold to Iain and Judith Barbour, Solwaybank and Stewart Craft, Lakeview. Another Rhaeadr Warrior son, his dam is homebred and sired by Frongoy Firenze.
New consigners to the Lanark Sale, were father and son duo Philip and Ryan Gurney of Oakbridge Suffolks, Coleraine.
Their top made 16,000gns, selling to Shropshire breeders, Holly, and Richard Bowdler for their Tombridge flock.
He is sired by the privately purchased £10,000 Forkins Masterplan (which the breeder has retained a share) and out of a Crewelands Ewe sired by Birness Playboy.
Mark Priestley also clinched 16,000gns for a son of Castleisle A Kingsman, out of a home-bred dam by Lakeview No Limits.
The final five-figure price late in the day came from their Tyrone-based flock, when they sold their second lamb for 12,000gns to Stewart Craft, Lakeview.
A Cairnton Chaos son, he comes out of a Crewelands ewe who is sired by the Birness Playboy.
The Scottish Reserve Champion from the Stuart family at Birness realised 13,000gns, and sold in a two-way share to Stewart Lathangie, Pyeston and Mike Black, Collessie.
He is a son of Rookery the King and out of a home-bred dam sired by Limestone Legacy.
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