22 November 1996

End of era for Suffolk figure

THE Perth auction ring marked the end of an era last week when Aberdeenshires Sandy Campbell, one of the Suffolk breeds most popular figures, dispersed his Kirkton flock.

The event drew a line under 23 years of breeding for this past Suffolk Sheep Society president, and drew a top price of 13,000gns.

Paying this was Iain Barbour, Dumfries, who waited until bidding was well advanced before staking his interest in the senior stock tup Muiresk Powerpacker.

This Prelude son cost 20,000gns at Edinburgh and his crop of lambs at this years Edinburgh gathering – which included the champion – were rated among the best ever produced by Kirkton.

Powerpacker ewes in-lamb to Muiresk Maverick, bought in July for 40,000gns, were a tempting prospect and drew some of the days highest bids including the top female price of 5500gns from Harry Emslie buying a gimmer for his Kinmundy flock in Aberdeenshire.

Another gimmer by Powerpacker and in-lamb to Maverick went to Muiresk maestros Kenny and Bruce Mair at 4000gns and another at the same price, out of a Muiresk Treble Choice ewe, heads for the Templand flock of K Gill and Co, Ross-shire. A Kirkton Gold Glint gimmer in-lamb to Maverick made 3500gns to Sandy Lees Fordafourie flock.

Other stud rams, Kirkton Gold Glint and Clyda Dazzler, made 1800gns and 2900gns to Philip Savage, Co Down and G E and Mrs C Davies, Kinross respectively.

Averages: 91 ewes £655; 69 gimmers £993 and 62 ewe lambs £566. (United Auctions)n