Breed records were well and truly smashed at the Suffolk Society Sale staged at Lawrie and Symington’s Lanark centre, when a Salopian ram lamb left the ring at a 200,000gns bid.

Sale leader came from father and son duo, Philip and Russell Poole, Beaconsfield, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, and smashed the previous Suffolk record of 90,000gns for a ram lamb back in 2004.

This December born ram lamb is a son of Solwaybank Rock Solid and out of a Stockton ewe, which goes back to Irongray Black Magic.

Forking out the cash for this record breaker was Charlie Boden of the Sportsmans flock and R Jenkinson of the Dunnfell Flock.

Next best for the same home was 24,000gns for another bred the same way, this time being sold in a three way split to Iain Barbour, Beechgrove, Annan; DP Delves, The View, Powys and S Craft, Glenrothes, Fife. 

It was a flyer of a sale all round for all Suffolk breeders with the 143 ram lambs cashing in at £4761.71. 

That wasn’t the only record to be smashed on the day, there was also a new Northern Ireland record achieved for Mark Priestely’s January born Limestone ram lamb, when selling for 48,000gns in a four-way split to George Stuart, Birness; J Lathangie of Pyeston, Fife; RH Black, Newton of Collessie, Fife and A Wallace, Claycrop, Newton Stewart.

This is the first crop of sons of Forkins McCoy with this one being out of a home-bred ewe by Limestone Aston Martin.

Two ram lambs hit the 40,000gns price tag, with the first being a Lakeview lamb from Stewart and Callum Craft, Glenrothes.

He is sired by the 30,000gns Salopian Scuderia, out of Rookery Rodeo sired-dam, and was purchased by Dennis Taylor, Macousquin, Coleraine, and Iain Barbour, Beechgrove, Annan.

After Charlie Boden’s big purchase, it was his time in the limelight achieving a best of 40,000gns for a home-bred ram lamb.

He is sired by Strathbogie Ace and out of a Stockton ewe which was purchased as a ewe lamb at the dispersal sale for 4500gns.

Achieving their top price to date were John Gibb and his daughter, Sophia, from the Cairnton flock, Techmuiry, Fraserburgh, when their best ram lamb realised 30,000gns.

A son of Cairnton Prince, out of a home-bred dam by Millhouse Remarkable, this one sold in a two way split to D McMenamin, Mullingar; J Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness; with Cairnton retaining a third share.

It was worth the trip up from Wales for Dafydd G Jones of the Frongoy flock when he achieved a best of 25,000gns.

This ram lamb is by the Strathbogie Rock On Tommy, and out of a home-bred dam by Ballynacannon Black Diamond, and sold to WM Rutchinson, Redgate, Cumbria.

Taking the champion the previous day was a Birness ram lamb from George Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon, which went on to make 18,000gns. This boy was split four ways selling to Mark Priestley; A Gault, Newtonabbey Co Antrim; A Wilson, Shannagh, Raphoe and P Gurney, Aghadowey, Coleraine.

He is another to be sired by Salopian Scuderia and out of a home-bred dam by Crewelands Megastar.

For the full report grab next week’s The Scottish Farmer.