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09/3/17

As we approach Easter and the start of our selling period for our prime lambs, at last we seem to have some drier weather forecast.

We have had a very exciting time for the pedigree flock having purchased the “Godwick” flock from John Garner on its dispersal last summer as our tups were going in so it meant we needed a different ram so a quick trip to see Mr Blanchard saw me buy a fine figure of a ram, with performance figures to match of course. Due to time constraints he was straight in to work and work he did, with some good lambs born this January. We had scanned one of our larger Suffolk crops, sadly we were hit by schmallenberg losing around 10% of lambs, which took the gloss off what was otherwise an excellent lambing with strong vigorous lambs, who are now growing well.

Then at the end of January I seized the chance to purchase some 28 in lamb ewes from Hans Porksen’s renowned “Hans” flock, these ewes were scanned at over 200% expecting 58 lambs from 28 ewes, as ever sadly we are not going to tail over 200%, but we do have some strong looking lambs so far with lots of vigour and easy lambing. These ewes were all in lamb to Hans Fokker 95 or sired by him, which is why I was so keen to buy them due to his tremendous performance figures as shown below with already over 270 progeny on the ground across several pedigree flocks.

Name 8 WWt EBV Scan Wt EBV Muscle Depth EBV Fat Depth EBV Index
Fokker 957.0412.667.830.295.56
   
Breed top 1%6.0012.044.380.834.27

As you can see his figures are remarkable with him having the highest Muscle Depth EBV for a Suffolk stock ram in 2016.

We were hoping to push our performance figures this year due to our purchases and to our delight we have won the Most improved flock award for 2017, having been the most improved recorded Suffolk flock in 2016.

09/7/16

July once again, after what has been a very eventful end of June politically for the country, life on the farm is continuing and we are still waiting for the sun to allow us to make some hay, we must stop looking at the weather forecasts about as reliable as political polls!!!

We had a successful lambing season and as we had planned were able to sell 1/3 of the lamb crop before Easter and so hit the top of the market and I have to say the remaining 2/3 sold well after Easter with only one load being at a disappointing price below £5/ kilo.

Although lamb prices have held well this year, generally up from £5-£10 a lamb,we will be holding our prices for the fourth year with rams priced at their index times 100 plus 100 ( so a ram with an index of £3.50 would be £450).

We have 30 shearing rams on offer this year with the majority being in the top 25% and over half in the top 10% nationally, if you would like to see the figures they are shown on the sales list. We also have a handful of two shears available that will be priced competitively to sell.

Having bought three Suffolk rams in the last two years we will be trialling some home grown shearlings this year, but have been and bought two highlander rams to cross over some of our lower index Suffolk ewes to produce crossbred ewes for our commercial flock.