Suffolk females hit 1250gns at Beeston

An entry of 121 Ewes and Gimmers and 17 Ewe Lambs met a solid trade at last week’s sale of Suffolk females at Beeston. 

The pre sale show was judged by Keith Denby, who owns of the Carnforth Flock based at Longtown, Cumbria. For his champion he selected a Ewe Lamb sired by Thurston Millionaire from Darryl and Gail Jeffries of Banbury, Oxfordshire and in Reserve was another ewe lamb sired by Baileys Tailor Made from Myfyr Evans of Denbigh.

First prize gimmer was awarded to a daughter of Stockton Sentinel II from David Calvert of Skipton and 1st prize ewe was won by a substitute entry by Collessie Cut Above from Jimmy Douglas’ Aberdeenshire based Cairness Flock.


A really good crowd assembled from all over the country and the sheep were dispersed to flocks from Scotland in the north to Devon and Kent in the South as well as West Wales.


The top price was 1250gns and was achieved on two occasions both for entries from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness Flock; the first at this figure was a one crop ewe by Glenhead Grandmaster carrying twins to Cairness Coldplay and she was purchased by John Gould for his Rychmae Flock at Sheen, Buxton. The other at this price was the 1st prize Ewe, a three crop daughter of Collesssie Cut Above and carrying twins to Cairness Almighty due in February who sold to Elfed Williams for his Gweirglodd Flock at Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.

 The only other ewe to break the four figure barrier was a one crop daughter of the 22,000gns Plasllewelyn Prince of Wales from Myfyr Evans; this ewe, who earlier won 2nd prize in the show was sold carrying twins to Cairness First Flight and was purchased by Stephen Cobbald of Acorn Farms, Sudbury, Suffolk


The Champion ewe lamb from the Jeffries’ Dargale Flock created lots of interest and sold for 1100 gns with the hammer being eventually knocked down to Mrs JJ Tooze of Carnwath, Lanarkshire for her Spittal Flock.

The only other to break the four figure barrier was another ewe lamb from the Dargale flock which was also sired by Thurston Millionaire; this one was the choice of Mike Davies & Sons of Brecon who were buying for their Safaddan Flock.

A third ewe lamb from Dargale, sired by Collessie Coldplay out of a Meikleson ewe, sold for 950gns to Michael Waycott of Ashburton, Devon, who was buying for his Longridge Flock.


The top price gimmer was the first prize winner from David Calvert which sold for 680 gns to RJ Shaw of Rugeley, Staffs.


AVERAGES: 43 Ewes £410.97;  43 Gimmers £261.03;  15 Ewe Lambs £439.60; 

101 Head £351.39 WRIGHT MANLEY