The Carlisle and Northern Counties Suffolk Show and Sale held at Carlisle on Friday topped at 2800gns for the Male and Overall Champion from SJ Buckley’s Derbyshire based Sitlow flock. This ram lamb was sired by Salopian He’s The Boy and out of a Sitlow ewe sired by Jubilee Legacy. After winning his class and going on to take the Championship at the pre-sale show this lamb attracted much interest around the ring and was eventually knocked down to Messrs Annett of the Widdrington flock, Morpeth.
The next animal into the ring commanded the next best price of 2300gns. This was another Sitlow bred ram lamb this time sired by Sitlow Concept – a son of Salopian He’s The Boy – and out of a Starthisla Sinatra sired gimmer. He has been a member of the 1st prize winning pair of lambs and was knocked down to Messrs Hiddleston’s Irongray flock, Dumfries.
The 2016 born ram Strathbogie Samurai was the next best in the price ranking at 2200gns. Consigned by James Wallace of the Claycrop flock, this ram was purchased as a lamb for 6000gns and has bred some outstanding females for the flock. He was sold to Messrs Illingworth, Glenrock Flock.
Also selling for 2200gns was the other member of the 1st prize pair of ram lambs who finished off an excellent run of lambs from Messrs Buckley. This lamb was also sired by Sitlow Concept and this time out of a Haddo High Voltage sired ewe. He was purchased by Messrs Skidmore of Cleveland.
Hazel Martindale was the consigner of the next best in the price rankings when she sold her 3rd prize winning lamb ram for 2000gns. Sired by the Rhaeadr Royal son Dol-llys Dynamo I this lamb was out of a homebred ewe by Drimmie Senatia and purchased on the day by Messrs Alexander from Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Topping the female section was the 1st prize winning ewe lamb and Female Champion from Elizabeth Needham’s Kendal based Norman flock. Sired by the 2017 Great Yorkshire Show Champion, Stonehills Great Yorkshire, this lamb was out of a show winning ewe by Pexhill Spinter Sacre. She was purchased for 1150gns by Messrs Thomas from Staffordshire.
The best of the shearling gimmers was R & A Harrison’s Hazelhead gimmer by Sunnyhills Empire and out a Redbrae Neptune sired ewe. The successful bidder on this occasion was Messrs Neale from Maryport who paid 750gns.
G & FJ Soulsby’s second ewe lamb from their Williamsgill flock sold for the next best female price of 700gns, this lamb was sired by Roseden Endeavour who also sired the Champion at this sale last year. This ewe lamb was purchased by Messrs Williamson for their Murkbeck flock base near Whitby.
Averages: 20 shearling gimmers £425.78; 12 ewe lambs £585.38; 2 aged rams £1837.50; 6 shearling rams £915.25; 62 lamb rams £704.18