8 November 1996

Suffolk sheep fixture sees 6100gns peak

SUFFOLK sheep breeders saw the seasons in-lamb ewe sales start in Edinburgh last weekend with a top bid of 6100gns, and 148 gimmer shearlings averaging £1040.

Consignments from Fordafourie (Sandy Lee), Glenisla (Gordon Wilson) and Muiresk (S G Mair and Sons) produced a feverish trade for the best on offer, although there were plenty of good sheep to be bought at between 600gns and 800gns.

Iain Barbours Solwaybank flock at Annan, Dumfries paid the days top price for a gimmer from the Mairs by Stockton Slocum out of a Cairness Cristar ewe and in lamb to Pankymoor Prelude.

Other Muiresk gimmers heading for Solwaybank included another Slocum-Cristar combination in lamb to Muiresk Dancing Brave at 48000gns and one by Dancing Brave out of a Cristar ewe, in lamb to the 10,000gns Edinburgh lamb Kirkton Finale, at 4200gns.

Other highlights for Muiresk came with a 5200gns call from Tom Bailey, Co Meath, Eire, to add a gimmer by Prelude out of a Garrowby Greavsey ewe to his Glenho flock. Service sire was Kirkton Finale.

Sandy Lee paid 4200gns for the first of the Muiresk gimmers, by Slocum and in lamb to Dancing Brave, while Cumbria breeder Ronald Walker gave 3400gns for one by Prelude and served by Cairness Sho-Time, a privately bought son of the 68,000gns Muiresk King of Diamonds.

The Mairs 60 gimmers averaged £1421.

Tom Bailey led the Fordafourie bidding at 4200gns to take a gimmer by Labourn Classic and added another by Dancing Brave from one of the flocks best families at 2600gns. The 37 Fordafourie gimmers averaged £755.

Gordon Wilsons Glenisla consignment peaked at 2500gns for a Stockton Ace gimmer served by Fordafourie Braveheart bought at Edinburgh last year for 10,000gns. Buyer was Viv Samuel, St Weonards, Herefordshire. The 51 Glenisla gimmers averaged £798. (John Swan and Sons.)