Time for some catch up as much has happened since my last post of early September 2016.
Our September ram sale at Skipton with CCM Auctions & auctioneer Ted Ogden was successful, as you see from the picture below, we took Champion with a twin born shearling ram by our prolific stock ram Dalby Mount Aloe.This sold to Mr Jim Kelly of Market Harborough Leics.
Champion ram pictured with judge Mr James Huddlestone of Arkholme nr. Lancaster.
Incidentally we sold another son of Dalby Mount Aloe 14DG04690 in 2015 to the National RamCompare project where he has been used in the commercial flock of Duncan Nelless of Thistleyhaugh Northumberland very successfully; & in the preliminary results announced in November 2017 this ram is the highest placed natural service Charollais ram for overall carcase merit.He also produced one of the largest progeny groups for the trial. This follows on from his sire who as a shearling with natural service comfortably served 100 ewes in a three week cycle.
Our top priced Ram lamb Foulrice Rachamin 16DG06107 sold earlier this year to J & J Corbett, in the September 2017 analysis with Signet Breeding is the third highest rated stock ram currently in the Charollais breed with an index of 459 showing exceptional growth & muscle together with a slightly positive fat rating - best for finishing lambs off grass.
Next up came the autumn in-lamb female sale at Skipton & under the eye of judge Dave Roberts of Kenley in Shropshire, Foulrice gimmers took both Champion & reserve. The Champion was purchased by the judge for 800gns carrying twins to Foulrice Osprey.She was surpassed in the sale ring by the reserve Champion which was bought by Edward McCann of Askham-in-Furness, Cumbria for 1100gns, this time carrying twins to our July purchase Bronwydd Ready To Rumble.
Our successful year was rounded off by not only being awarded Champion flock for Yorkshire & Cleveland area, but also becoming Champion Flock for the Northern Region of the BCSS