By Jeremy Hunt

DEMAND for Suffolk in-lamb ewes from the Aberdeenshire-based Muiresk and Cairness flocks was “sensible” according to auctioneer United Auctions.

Prices at Perth reached 2000gns in this annual production sale from two of the countrys leading Suffolk flocks.

Despite foot-and-mouth movement restrictions, several buyers travelled from England to swell a large crowd.

Top call came from David Darling, Berwickshire, for a gimmer from breeder Jimmy Douglas Cairness consignment.

The gimmer is by the 16,000gns tup Cairness The King – a son of 68,000gns breed record holder Cairness King of Diamonds – and out of a ewe by Stockton Almighty.

It is in-lamb to Glenho Genereux.

Foot-and-mouth victims were using the opportunity to snap up stock with the intention of being back in business with a new lamb crop in six weeks time.

Buying new foundation females were Lockerbie breeders W and A Hutchon, who gave 1550gns for another gimmer by Cairness The King to re-establish their Evandale flock.

This one is in-lamb to Cairness Capello, a son of Muiresk Rainbow Quest, which sold to Muiresk at the breed societys mid-summer video ram sale at Perth for 20,000gns.

Averages:

  • Cairness – 17 ewes 453 and 24 gimmers 537
  • Muiresk – 45 gimmers 404