On-farm Sales


Julie Pörksen with sale leader Wallington Talisman who was sold for £1,500 to Richard Harle from Brandon Hall Co Durham on the 30th August 2013

In-lamb Females for sale January 2014.

Having scanned our pure Texel and Suffolk ewes we have had exceptional conception rates and would like to offer the following females for sale on the farm. They are MV accredited, vaccinated with Toxovac, in the HeptavacP system and were vaccinated against Schmallenberg last autumn.

If you are interested to come and have a look please phone Hans on 01670 504074 or 07807663391 (Poor reception). Or phone shepherd Dick Hunter on 01670 774303, No calls please after 9pm.. Or email}  hansporksen@btinternet.com

We are offering some very good females, some are in the top 1% of the breed, The very old Suffolk ewes have been outstanding over the years and are in lamb to Hans Fokker 95, one of the first rams with a muscle EBV of 8 mm.

2014 In-lamb Suffolk Gimmers

2014 In-lamb Suffolk female

2014 In-lamb Texel Females

Report of last years Farm Sale:

A large company of buyers assembled at Gallowshill for the 4th annual sale of high index rams and gimmers. Hexham and Northern Marts auctioneer Chris Armstrong set a brisk trade . Nine of the rams on offer made over four figures, The Suffolks averaged £767 with a top price of £1,100 twice, selling to John Longlands of Tone Hall, Birtley and Mr McFarlene of Quixwood,Duns.

Texel’s averaged £804 with a top of £1,500 for Wallington Talisman who stands in 8th place in the Signet list of Top Stock Sires.

Females were not in great demand with an average of £324 and a top of £400 for Suffolks and £380 for Texels

Very pleasing was that several Suffolk rams went to Pedigree flocks including the Welsh University “Bridfa” flock in Aberystwyth.

Not all rams and females on offer were sold and if you are interested in purchasing stock which are all at the top end of Signet genetic breed evaluation please contact Hans by email at hansporksen@btinternet.com or phone 07807663391.

Health treatments: All animals are in the HeptavacP system with latest booster of 2ml given on the 18th  August 2013. All are also in the Footvax system and all feet have been checked over in the last week before the sale. Rams and Texel gimmers, have been given an Agri Min 24/7 Mineral bolus on the 4th of July 2013, the Suffolk gimmers received a Cosecure bolus on the 3rd of July 2013.  All were treated with Ectofly spray on their heads to prevent headfly damage at the same time. The last blood test for the MV scheme was carried out earlier this summer and all passed.

Nutrition: As lambs all our pedigree lambs are fed creep. This does allow us to measure the different measurements like fat and muscle depth and growth rate more accurately. After weaning at ultra sound scanning, lambs are reared on grass and clover alone. During the winter they are housed and fed on silage and Varley’s Grower mixture. After turnout in the spring they are fed on clover and grass alone. None of the animals on offer have been fed any concentrates this summer. We do recommend that rams are fed after purchase before use at a rate of 1 to 1.5 kg of a good quality concentrate. Have a look at the pictures taken this week. We are very happy with their condition.



We have been recording and selecting our stock sheep on the basis of EBV’s since 1984.   When purchasing recorded sheep it is important to study the individual EBV of any sheep you consider purchasing.

If you are not familiar with EBVs the ‘Farmers Weekly’, 9th August 2013 issue has a splendid objective article on the subject  based on data and information from an EBLEX expert, a Signet breeding specialist and Quality Meat Scotland.FWI-HOME[1]

The article is also available on line at  http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/sheep/

Click on ‘full article’.  .Clicking the link on Step Four of the article reveals a very useful chart.


PICTURES - single left click on photo for larger image.  Then single left click on that for an even better close up.

Suffolk Female Shearlings For Sale August 2013

Suffolk Female Shearlings For Sale August 2013

Suffolk Female Shearlings for sale August 2013 B

Suffolk Female Shearlings for sale August 2013 B

Texel female shearlings For Sale 2013 A

Texel Female Shearlings For Sale 2013 A

Texel Female Shearlings For Sale 2013 B

Texel Female Shearlings For Sale 2013 B


Ready for the sale

Ready for the sale




Sale underway with Hexham Mart’s auctioneer Chris Armstrong


The sale was again sponsored by Robson & Prescott, the farm’s vets; fuel supplier Par Petroleum; and animal feed company Varley’s.

Click here for location map of Gallowshill Farm.



 For further information email Hans Porksen at:  hansporksen@btinternet.com



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