This weekend’s sale of Suffolk ram lambs at Edinburgh was dominated by Irish breeders, both buying and selling.
Leading the way for them were leading lights from both Northern Ireland and Eire, with former breed president Harry Stewart, Castlewellan, topping the spending at a whopping 48,000gns for the first of Robbie Wilson’s Strathisla entry.
This January born lamb is by homebred tup Strathisla Schumacher and out for a homebred dam which is by Glenhead the McCoy. This dam is full sister to noted sire Strathisla Rock of McCoy who has sold sons to 24,000gns and grandsons to 32,000gns.
Next up on the spending was Jimmy Douglas, Cairness, who had the final bid on Eire breeders Tom and Jeff Bailey’s first Baileys entry. This one, by last year’s sale topper Rhaedr Rossi, is out of a Glenho dam by Cairness Tremendous and traded at 40,000gns early in the sale.
Mr Douglas later recouped his outlay, selling a Thurston Chieftan sired lamb at 20,00gns to Mr Bailey. Other leading prices from his Cairness pen were 10,000gns (twice), 8000gns and 5000gns.
More prices and pictures to follow………………….