The Lakeview/Burnview sale of elite Suffolk-in-lamb females has become firmly established as one of the leading events of its kind in the UK and Ireland.
The annual sale at Balmoral Showgrounds is circled on the calendar by Suffolk breeders from all and parts hoping to obtain highly-proven genetics and some of the most sought after family bloodlines the breed has to offer.
And this year is no exception with over 80 outstanding in-lamb females set to go under the hammer at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society grounds (King’s Hall) next Saturday, November 7.
Promoted by auctioneer Richard Beattie, the Lakeview flock of Gary Beacom, Co Fermanagh and Burniew stable of Stephanie and William Tait, Omagh will present a total of 81 females including ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs with ET sisters, mothers and daughters from numerous prize-winning family lines.
The prefixs of Lakeview and Burnview have become synonymous with breeding of quality Suffolks and over the years both owners have invested time, energy and considerable finance into sourcing the best genetics available.
In selecting stock sires both have adopted a philosophy that only the best will do and this has paid dividends in both the show and sale ring over many years. Both Lakeview and Burnview have been instrumental in maintaining the breed’s position at the forefront of commercial lamb production and the quality on offer on Saturday will reflect that.
The Burnview consignment of 40 sheep includes gimmers, first and second crop ewes and a number of outstanding ewe lambs.
The Tait flock has enjoyed another hugely successful year with success at Stirling, Shrewsbury, Kelso and the NI Premier show and sale at Ballymena.
Burnview has won the NI flock competition a record six times, has presented the Premier champion on four occasions and has won the NI Championship five times.
In recent years many buyers at this sale have made good on their investment and that was spectacularly underlined at Stirling earlier this year.
The Crewelands flock of Stephen Sufferin not once but twice achieved 13,000gns for ram lambs that had been bred from gimmers by Shannagh Resolve and Forkins Ferrari purchased at Balmoral in 2012 and 2013.
Furthermore Andrew Wilson’s supreme champion at Stirling was a son of the 14,000gn Birness Murray, now being extensively used by Burnview, while the supreme champion at Roscrea was a Resolve son that sold for 31,000gns.
Burnview lots worth more than a second glance include Lot 15 a Shannagh Resolve daughter in-lamb to the 18,000gns Ballynacanon Attitude, the reserve champion at Stirling.
Lot 17 was bred by Crewelands Crusader and is also in-lamb to Attitude while another Crusader daughter, Lot 19, is confirmed in-lamb to Birness Murray.
The Lakeview consignment of 41 is equally impressive with something to suit every breeder’s taste.
Lakeview boasts arguably the most impressive line-up of service sires including the 26,000gns Cairness Cyclone, who has fathered sons up to 10, 000gns, Cairness Classic Fyvie, purchased in Edinburgh for 10,000gns, Solwaybank Major, bought in Stirling for 36,000gns, the 20,000gns Strathbogie Jackpot and the latest addition Rhaeadr Rolex, a son of the 90,000gns Ardlea Ardbennig, secured for 25,000gns at Stirling earlier this year.
The offering by the Fermanagh flock is of an exceptional standard. Lots to look out for include number 1, a Solwaybank Major daughter in-lamb to Jackpot and No 29, a Malinhead Ice Cold Gold gimmer in-lamb to Jackpot. This shearling is an ET sister of the 7,000gn Lakeview The Boss.
Lot 54 should also attract considerable interest. The Shannagh Shergar ewe has produced daughters that have been exported to Holland and Germany and in August produced 16 embryos. She has been left open for winter flushing.
All sheep sold are eligible for immediate export to ROI, UK and Europe with free transport offered to the UK mainland.
The first of this outstanding consignment is due in the sale ring at 12.30pm. Viewing from 4pm on Friday. Enquiries William Tait on 07833 968 417 or Gary Beacom 07929 908 510.