Foot-and-mouth may have made sheep marketing difficult, but that hasn’t prevented a shearling ram which was one half of this year’s Royal Show interbreed pairs champions setting a new Southdown breed record price of £2250.
The tup, Chailebybrook 060002, bred by Farmers Weekly livestock editor and Taking Stock contributor Jonathan Long, was sold to John Aisbitt for his newly founded Lunce’s Hall flock, Wyviesfield, Haywards Heath, Sussex.
As well as standing interbreed pairs champion the tup was also male and reserve breed champion at the Royal and had earlier in the season clinched the interbreed sheep championship at the breed’s home show, the South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex.
The homebred shearling is by a French sire, TC4028, imported from Isabelle Thomas’ flock in September 2005 and is out of a homebred ewe, Chaileybrook A11 which carries some of the flock’s finest bloodlines. He is genotyped ARR/ARR for scrapie resistance.
Following the cancellation of the breed’s premier sale at Maidstone on 4 August due to foot-and-mouth movement restrictions, Mr Aisbitt took delivery of Chaileybrook 060002 after the easing of movement restrictions.
The remainder of the Chaileybrook stock entered for the Maidstone sale have been entered for the breed’s inaugural sale at Worcester on 14 September.