SUFFOLKS were in high de-mand at the recent Ballymena sale organised by the Suffolk Sheep Society NI Branch, generously sponsored by Ani-max Veterinary Technology.
Commercial breeders from near and far were at the ringside looking to source Suffolk rams for the forthcoming breeding season.
Sale prices peaked at 4100gns when Crewelands flock owner Stephen Sufferin from Maghera topped the sale with his Solwaybank Champion bred ram which, after frenzied bidding, was knocked down in a three-way split to fellow Suffolk breeders Rodney Blair, John McKay and Stephen Toye.
Jack Smyth of the Bessiebell flock, County Tyrone, had a successful evening when four of his lambs took top prices at the sale.
Smyth’s Theviews V6 bred ram went on to sell to N Walsh, Rathfriland, for 2800gns. His other three sold for 2450gns to W Crawford, Newtownstewart, 1900gns sold to W Rankin, Drumquin, and 1800gns to S Illingworth, Drumfrieshire.
Shearlings were also in strong demand when Elizabeth and James Gould’s Carrowmoney Bandit sired shearling topped at 1350gns, selling to S Hunter, Bushmills.
The sale had an 85 per cent clearance. Ram lambs averaged £714. Shearlings averaged £789.
Further NI Suffolk Branch Sales take place at Rathfriland on Friday, September 17, and Omagh on Sat-urday, October 2.
Shearling leading prices: E&J Gould sold for 1350gns to S Hunter, Bushmills; JF Savage sold for 920gns to E Conway, County Tyrone; B Gardiner sold for 840gns to D Gibson, Newtownabbey; S&W Tait sold for 800gns to C Conway, Omagh.
S&W Tait sold for 740gns to W McConaghy, Ballycastle; B Gardiner sold for 600gns x 2 to A Montgomery, Ballymena, and P Mur-phy, Londonderry; JF Savage sold for 500gns to B McNally, Eglinton; A Moses sold for 420gns to C McGeough, County Down.
Ram Lamb leading prices: S Sufferin sold for 4100gns in a three-way split to R Blair, S Toye and J McKay, County Antrim; J Smyth sold for 2800gns to N Walsh, Rathfriland; J Smyth sold for 2450gns to W Crawford, Newtownstewart.
J Smyth sold for 1900gns to W Rankin, Drumquin; J Smyth sold for 1800gns to S Illingworth, Drumfrieshire; AJ&NAJ Robinson sold for 1750gns to S Bradley, Plumbridge.
P Donnelly sold for 1450gns to S Bradley, Plumbridge; P Donnelly sold for 1400gns to P Gallen, Castlederg; P Donnelly sold for 1400gns to L McGarry, County Down; P Donnelly sold for 1350gns to P Gallen, Castlederg.
C Maybin sold for 1300gns to W O’Neill, County Tyrone; A Barkley sold for 1150gns to H Crawford, Glenarm, Ballymena; AJ & NAJ Robinson sold for 1050gns to P Gallen, Castlederg; P Donnelly sold for 950gns to L McGarry, County Down.
S Turkington sold for 940gns to P Brown, Ballycastle; E&J Gould sold for 900gns to R Weatherup, Larne; S Sufferin sold for 900gns to SH Stewart, County Tyrone; J McClurg sold for 860gns to M&S Conway, County Ty-rone.
C Maybin sold for 850gns to J Kissack, County Antrim; P Thompson sold for 820gns to N Caldwell, Omagh; S McCloskey sold for 800gns to P O’Neill, Plumbridge.
P McVerry sold for 800gns to D Johnston, Coleraine; S Sufferin sold for 800gns x 2 to T Sousa, Portugal, and T Feeney, County Monaghan; G McAdoo sold for 800gns to H Small, County Antrim.