14 November 1997

Suffolk ewe tops £9000 at Edinburgh

DRAFT Suffolk ewes from the Foradfourie, Glenisla, Muiresk and Strathisla flocks were offered in Edinburgh last weekend where the top price was 9000gns.

This was paid for a gimmer in-lamb to this summers 54,000gns Edinburgh ram lamb, Stockton Storm.

The gimmer, from the Mair familys Muiresk consignment, is by the Pankymoor Prelude son Muiresk Dancing Brave and out of a ewe by Cairness Cristar whose daughters have consistently "clicked" so well with Prelude. Buyer was S J Buckley who runs the Sitlow flock in Derbyshire.

Another Muiresk gimmer by Prelude and in-lamb to Cairness The Best, a son of the 68,000gns Muiresk King of Diamonds, made 5200gns to W Walker for his City flock in West Lothian.

Worcestershire breeder Mrs D Pennell paid 4800gns for a Muiresk gimmer by Cairness Caravelle in-lamb to Stockton Storm.

Gordon Wilsons Glenisla flock topped at 3500gns for a Fordafourie Braveheart gimmer in-lamb to the 10,000gns 1996 Edinburgh champion Kirkton Finale. Buyer was A J Benzie of the Meikleson flock in Turriff.

Sandy Lee offered 15 straws of semen from Cairness Comrade. The semen realised £110 a straw – thought to be a record. Buyer was David Walker, Galcantray, Nairn.

AVERAGES: Muiresk – 66 gimmers £1258; Fordafourie – 32 females (including 23 gimmers) £663; Glenisla – 42 females (including 32 gimmers) £1004; Strathisla – 12 gimmers £759. (John Swan and Sons)