A markedly better clearance rate and a top price of 26,000gns was reported by the Suffolk Sheep Society at its Scottish Show and sale at Stirling last week (28 July).
A very pleasing trade drew interest from across Europe and from over 425,000 Facebook users, seeing clearance rates lift from 61% to 74% on the year with 20 more sold.
Topping trade at 26,000gns was a Solwaybank consignment by Lakeview Harbinger and out of a Solwaybank Solario dam and a Rhaeadr Rastafari grand dam from I and J Barbour, Annan, Dumfriesshire.
He knocked down to Phil Poole who was buying for the Salopian Flock, Shrewsbury, as the Barbour’s seven rams levelled at £5,895.
The sale leader’s dam is out of two times Royal Highland Show winner, Solwaybank Eva Jane.
Next at 24,000gns was Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Flock, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, knocked to Helen Goldie, Kilmarnock, and Gordon Mackie, Drimmie, Forfar.
This sire is by Strathbogie a Kind of Magic and out of a Strathbeg Stan the Man dam who also bred the 20,000gns Jackpot and 16,000gns Siruis. Meanwhile, the Strathbogie flock also saw 4,500gns, 4,200gns and 3,500gns bid.
Two lambs then made 12,000gns from the Stockton flock and the Cairness flock. John Sinnett saw a Roy Hiddlestone bid secure his top grossing ram lamb for the Irongray flock, Dumfries.
Jimmy Douglas then saw Cairness ram lamb for the same money to Mrs MJ Cornish, Devon, who later bid 8,000gns for another Cairness lamb.
Suffolk Sheep Society chief executive Robin McIlrath said the sale had been pleasing and that achieving a 74% clearance was excellent for the breed.
He added: “This is the first year the Suffolk Sheep Society has broadcast sales live on Facebook and our Facebook feed has been a staggering success this year. At Stirling alone we reached nearly 425,000 Facebook users, and had 21,000 individuals watching our Show and Sale at some stage over the two days.”
Averages: one gimmer, 800gns; one ewe lamb, 1,200gns; 168 ram lambs, £2,119 (-£12)