Premier Suffolk line-up to go under hammer

Danske Bank are sponsoring Tuesday's NI Premier show and sale at Ballymena. Pictured are representatives Ann McCrory and John Henning, right, with NI Branch members Ivan Porter and Gary Beacom.
Danske Bank are sponsoring Tuesday's NI Premier show and sale at Ballymena. Pictured are representatives Ann McCrory and John Henning, right, with NI Branch members Ivan Porter and Gary Beacom.

An outstanding line-up of ram lambs and shearlings are set to go under the hammer at the Northern Ireland Branch Suffolk Sheep Society Premier show and sale on Tuesday, August 4 at Ballymena Livestock Mart.

Generously sponsored by Danske Bank, this year’s truly impressive offering boasts a grand total of 154 ram lambs and 10 shearlings bred by many of the Suffolk flocks regarded among the elite in the UK and Ireland.

For many years Northern Ireland breeders have led the way in sourcing the very 
best genetics the breed has to offer and have left no stone 
unturned in ensuring the Suffolk remains fit for purpose and a market leader in ultimately producing top quality lamb.

The 2015 offering at Ballymena is sure to suit all tastes with rams bred by some of the most renowned sires in the business and from many outstanding and well-established family bloodlines.

Rams bred by the 36,000gns Solwaybank Major, the 20, 000gns trio of Birness Bolt, Strathbogie Jackpot and Cairness Masterstroke II, the 12,000gns Birness Bacardi, Mountford Mustang, Forkins Ferrari, Rhaeadr Vodka, Threeways Galzaghe, Safaddan Sapphire, Muirton One Direction, Benrafton Maximus Aurelius, Sitlow Sergeant and many many more will be presented for inspection and judging before entering the sale ring.

Superior growth rate, early maturity combined with excellent confirmation has kept the Suffolk breed to the forefront of commercial lamb breeding and production in the modern era.

The numerous desirable traits synonymous with the breed has offered pedigree and commercial flock owners the confidence to stay ahead of the game and competition in the market place.

Leading flocks represented at Tuesday’s eagerly-anticipated show and sale include Newwells, Blackbrae, Lakeview, Hillview, Longbeech, Castlewood, Botera, Islandmoyle, Donrho, Benview, Duncan’s, Greenan, Forkins, Ringsend, Craigdoo, Oakbridge, Fort, Dunhirk, Cavanagrove, Carony, Sammar, Knockadoo, Clunty, Kirkview, Leitrim, Tullywinney, Smiddiehill, Laurelhill, Stonebridge, Gowkstown, Ballygowan, Carrowmoney, Porterhill, Limestone, Benrafton, Teeshan, Windyhill, Theviews, Scarvaghern, Crewelands, Burnview, Ballynacanon, Straidrock, Beechcrest and Bannview.

Looking ahead to the leading event in the Northern Ireland Branch calendar, John Henning, representing lead sponsors Danske Bank, said the Premier sale was a marquee event for Suffolk breeders in Northern Ireland.

“Danske Bank is delighted to be sponsoring the Suffolk Society’s Premier show and sale in Ballymena,” he said.

“This is the third year we have been sponsoring this event which is obviously very important in the calendar for breeders in Northern Ireland.

“We take this opportunity to wish the exhibitors all the best both in the show and more importantly in the sale, which is an important element to Suffolk breeding and in the success of their businesses.”

Judging, which will carried out by Fife breeder Stewart Lathangie of the renowned Pyeston flock, gets under way at 9.30am with the first of the ram lambs scheduled to enter the sales ring at 1pm.

All sheep must be presented for inspection and penning on Monday 8-10pm or Tuesday 6-8am.

Catalogues can be viewed online at www.suffolksheep.org or further details can be obtained by contacting secretray Orla Butler on 07841117252.