A NOVEMBER 5 coup was accomplished by Welsh sheep farmer Myfyr Evans when one of only two ewes he consigned fetched 3,200gns and the other top price at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of pedigree Suffolk ewes. For the second highest call of 1,800 grams.
Mr Evans, who runs the Rhaeadr flock at Llanrhaeadr in Denbighshire, topped the sale prices at last year’s National Sale with a January-born single lamb sired by Millhouse Magic Touch, which fetched 3,200gns and himself 20,000gns by Clyda Rightmove. The dam has particularly strong credentials, the best ewe in the flock by Stockton Sniper’s Son, bought by Rhaedar for 15,500gns at the National Sale again in 2018.
Sniper’s Son, responsible for Mr Evans’ ewe lamb champion at the Skipton Suffolk female show in 2019, produced 40,000gns sons, 6,500gns daughters. The 2022 Top Price Performer has returned to North Wales and just 16 miles north of its origins with A Oare from Hollywell in Flintshire.
Mr Evans, who established his Rhaeadr flock on the 125ha Tan-Yr-Accar in 1979, won the supreme championship with his December 2021 ewe lamb, a single embryo daughter bought by Irish ram Ardlea Arbennig, his first prize. 90,000gns by Rhaedar in 2011 for the then breed record price. Since then he has produced high value progeny, with sons selling for up to 21,000gns and daughters for up to 7,000gns.
The winner’s dam, a Strathbogie Stradivarius daughter, was purchased as a ewe lamb from Fife-based Stewart Craft’s Lakeview flock two years ago. Title winner Skipton, whose full sister was champion at Carlisle the previous day, joined show judge Kate Crossley in handling the Cobclough herd at Barkisland, Halifax.
The judge said it was extremely difficult to choose from the “fantastic standard” of ewe lambs, which was later reflected in the sale ring when two of his other prize winners sold well into four figures.
Regular runner-up Alan Blair’s Thornfleet flock of Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool, December 2021 twins by Benrafton Barney Boy, is out of a home-bred dam, Irongay Black Magic, this year’s show ewe. He went to North Craven with R Gill from Ingleton.
Local fixer Stephen Bolland, who runs the Wharfe flock at The Arches in Bolton Abbey, finished third in the December 2021 class with Solwaybank Cracker, a single purchased privately from Ian Barber at Annan, who raised ewe lambs two years ago. Up to 8000 grams. Out of a home-bred Stathbogie Supershot daughter he also caught the eye when he sold for 1500gns to JM Robinson & Son in Grimsby. Two other gimmer lambs from the same house gained 1000gns each.
Mr Bolland also won two other show classes, his first prize being overall reserve champion mutton with lamb. He is a December 2021 twin out of a Strathbogie Supershot ewe again by the Crewelands Champion son Solwaybank Cracker. Scanning to Brigeview Maximus, which he acquired at the Shropshire National Sale, he found a new home at 1,750gns with the Fitzsimon family at Shawhead, Dumfries, north of the border.
By Cracker again from Bolland holdings on December 2nd 2020, a Rhaeadr Rastafari ewe and a lamb carrying twins to Maximus made 1500gns when selling locally to Simon Bennett of Silsden. The Wharfe flock’s second red rosette winner in the in-lamb ewe show class was out of a Cairness dam by Rhaeadr Rolex 1 in December 2017 at 25,000gns and Maximusa triplets sold for 1,250gns to LJ Berry of Haslingden. in Rossendale.
Steve Buckley came again with a sold lot from the Sitlow flock at Dove Holes, Buxton, on the northern edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, and topped off his run at 1600gns with a third prize ewe, January 2020 daughter. Among his many show successes, Logiedurno Sonny Bill, reserve male champion and reserve breed champion at the 2019 Royal Welsh and Royal Highland Show – sons sold for 4,400gns.
From a homebred dam and scanned triplets to the 15,000gn Sportsman Black Label, itself a breed record price of 200,000gns, the Salopian Solid Gold – 2022 Suffolk Sheep Society Senior Sire of the Year – also went north of the border. Denny with Morton in Stirlingshire. Sitlow also sold 1300gns, 1200gns, 1100gns and 900gns, with other ewes at the same price and another at 800gns.
Glynis and Jane Soulsby of the Williamsgill herd at Penrith Temple Sowerby returned to pick up two show tickets, finishing second in January 2020 out of the Roseden Endeavour-sired dam, home-bred by Middlemuir Hendricks. -Strathbogie In-lamb to Invictus and sold for 1000gns to Paul Sykes of Holmfirth, also the third prize Red ewe made 900gns with a Hendricks daughter of Invictus in lamb.
Red Rose breeder Geoffrey Richmond of Sullom’s flock in Goosnargh, Preston, was second in the Fringe sheep show class with a January 2020 born ewe by Strathisla Speilburg out of the homebred Rookery Jagerbomb dam. Scanning twins to Sullom Simply The Best, she hit four figures with a sale price of 1000gns. The local buyer was David Towell of Gloucester.
In fact, 16 of the 80 Suffolk women made four-figure prices, a packed ringside eager to provide all classes. Average sales figures were also strong at £715 per head, with 17 ewes averaging £673. 29 (2021 £989), ewe ewes £742 (2021 £1210) and 34 ewe lambs £714 (2021 £697).