15 November 1996

Suffolk gimmer takes top spot at 6200gns

By Jeremy Hunt

A GIMMER made the top price of 6200gns at the 5th production sale of Suffolk sheep from the Crosemanor flock last weekend.

Shropshire-based Stan and Robyn Hulme saw their gimmer – by the breeds record-breaking sire Pankymoor Prelude and out of a ewe by Muiresk Quintus – bought by John Sinnett, Stock-on-Teme, Worcs.

She was in-lamb to Stockton Stardust, a tup lamb bred by Mr Sinnett and bought by the Hulme family at Edinburgh this year in partnership with the Cairness flock for 12,000gns.

The sale drew a crowd of over 500 people and saw many first-time buyers securing foundation stock for new flocks. Belgian interests were also active through a ringside agent.

This years Royal Show interbreed winner, an outstanding gimmer by the 14,000gns 1994 Edinburgh champion Muiresk Marvelle, was keenly bid to 5000gns. Despite strong interest from Eire, she heads for Hereford and Worcester to join Mr and Mrs D W Pennells flock at Snowshill.

The gimmer is out of a Muiresk Treble Choice ewe and was carrying twins to Prelude.

Dumfries-shire breeder Ian Barbours Solwaybank flock continues to snap up some of the seasons best sheep. He paid 4400gns for another Prelude/Quintus blend, one of the winning pen of three at the Royal Show. The outstanding selection of ewe lambs were a feature of the sale.

Lisbane Farms, Downpatrick, Co Down, paid 2200gns for a Prelude gimmer in-lamb to Marvelle. And T A Irwin, Devon gave 1700gns for another from the flocks show team by Cairness Caritas.

Among the new buyers was Mr J Turner, Redditch, Worcs who took nine sheep to a top of 1650gns for a triplet-bred gimmer by Marvelle. And Brian Draper, Shrewsbury, took two ewes paying 1100gns for one by Quintus in-lamb to the Marvelle son Crosemanor Noble, sold at Edinburgh this year for 10,000gns.

Averages: 55 gimmers £897 and 44 ewe lambs £604. Total of 165 females £650. (John Swan and Sons, with J Straker Chadwick and Sons)

This gimmer, a Royal Show interbreed champion, made 5000gns.