The Taking Stock team has now hit Edinburgh and arrived in time to take a look at the Suffolk tup lambs penned for sale tomorrow before hitting the bar. Suffice to say after the drive from Builth to Carlisle last night and on here today we feel we’ve earned a beer and will be making sure we sample a full range in the interests of quality assurance!

I can report that Robbie Wilson of Strathisla took the championship with the same tup lamb he won the Highland with. To my mind the lamb is a touch short in the loin and lacks some flesh on top, but it’s only my opinion and the general concensus is that he’s the best lamb in the shed. I’m not going to try and predict a price, but the mood up at the showground was bouyant and I sense all is set well for a fair sale tomorrow.

The champion is by homebred sire Strathisla Speed, a son of the top breeding Stathisla ewe FNV X48, and is out of a homebred dam by Glenho Gurka who’s ET brother was sold at Edinburgh in 2006 for 9000gns.

Standing reserve was a lamb from Willie Tait’s Burnview flock from Northern Ireland and I’m probably less keen on this sheep than I am the champion, but again I’m sure the big money spenders will be in action fighting for him tomorrow. This lamb is by Eire-bred sire Baileys Invincible and out of a ewe by Sitlow Sensation. He carries an index of 1.52.

I’m minded to say that Conveth have a strong entry of lambs and being the first pen in the sale they may not be too dear either. A lot of their entry are by Strathisla Schumacher, so they have good lines behind them and were I in the market I may just be tempted, now where did I leave that cheque book?!

We’ll be live at the ringside tomorrow to bring you all the action, so check in once selling starts at 10am.