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RamCompare Preliminary Results November 2017
Our interest in this trial was that current homebred Suffolk ram Hans Fokker 95 is one of the 67 rams of the 5 different breeds ( Suffolk, Texel, Charollais, Hampshire and Meatlinc ) that were compared with each other and their relative merits evaluated. Details are available on AHDB’s website.
Fokker was born 20th March 2013 Pictured at CT scanning in July 2013
AHDB RamCompare Preliminary Results November 2017
These results were presented by Sam Boon, head of AHDB Signet at the Sheep Breeders Round table conference 17-19 November 2017.
We had nominated our homebred Suffolk stock ram Hans Fokker 95 ( T79:13:095) who is a son of Sandyknowe Ettrick 07-1.
Ettrick was purchased at Kelso ram sale for £3000 ( at the time a record for a Suffolk shearling at Kelso) who has done extremely well in a number of flocks since.
Ettrick 07-1 with Malcolm Steward, Sandyknowe Suffolk flock
12 of Ettrick gimmers were selected by eye in 2010 by the Logie Durno flock to form the foundation of their Suffolk flock. When filling out the paper work they were all in the top 1% of the Signet analysis.
Picture of Logie Durno gimmers.
Fokker has produced ram lambs with actual muscle depth over 46mm at ultra sound scanning and muscle EBV’s over 8mm. His own muscle EBV is currently 7.8mm with an accuracy of 98%. Sons have sold up to £2600 at our On-Farm Sale.
Picture of Lot1 2017 sale with Hans and Andrew Elliott.
4 AI sons were sold at the Kelso 2016 ram sale in the ESSIE flock pen and averaged £ 975.
Fokkers dam is T79:K14 and still alive. She is a daughter of Drinkstone Horatio who was purchased in July 2006 for £500 when seen grazing in a field at Drinkstone. He had a great skin and conformation, fine bones and a small head. The deal was that Arnold Park kept him until October by which time he had grown into the largest Suffolk ram lamb on the farm.
Horatio sire was Ortum Supersire 05 (78X:F49), also used in this ram compare trial and his dam was Drinkstone Z25 who was also the mother of Drinkstone Supersire 04.
Horatio was an incredibly active ram who bent a metal gate to get into the next field to tup 20 ewes that night that were not supposed to be mated by him. We collected some semen for future use and I sold him for £750 to a farmer in Cumbria where he tupped 30 pure Suffolks followed by 120 mule gimmers in his first season. He worked a total of 7 seasons.
The main reason why commercial farmers are purchasing our sleak small headed and fine boned sheep was confirmed by two Northumberland farmers who purchased rams.
Stephen Smith from Greenridge Haydonbridge purchased 10 rams last year and 10 this year for the many thousands of ewes he farms. “ for the first time in my life I didn’t lamb a single ewe in=lamb to the Suffolks and I have had enough of these big headed heavy boned types.” He said when he picked up his rams this year.
Geoffrey Robson who farms at Whittonstone near Longwitton, Morpeth said: “ We bought some older in-lamb Mule draft ewes from you a few years ago, their lambs were finished weeks earlier than our usual continental cross lambs and weighed a lot more than what we produced before. They were all in-lamb to your Suffolks. It’s a no brainer.
These are comments that really meant something to me us a breeder of rams, says Hans Pörksen, as that does make an incredible difference at lambing time and to the bottom line.
We have purchased three rams for the current mating season.
Suffolk: Rugley Shooting Star 10P:16: 06309 http://www.basco.org/sheep/animalmanager/animaldetails/id/10024669
Bought at Kelso ram sale for his outstanding appearance, great conformation and a remarkable set of EBV’s, which put him at the top end of the top 1% of the Suffolk breed. He is currently mating over 30 pedigree ewes and gimmers of which a number will be offered for sale in-lamb.
Suffolk: Rugley Northern Light 10P:16:06235
Bought at Kelso out of the same pen as Shooting Star. He was one of the best conformation ram at Kelso. Outstanding EBV’s with exceptional muscle depth and a very impressive example of the Suffolk breed. He too is with over 30 ewes and gimmers currently and some in-lamb females to this outstanding ram will be for sale in the New Year.
Texel Ram: IGM 1615676 From Bruce and Gregor Ingrams Granite flock
Our sale will be again on the last Friday in August which is the 25th.
Statistics for the rams offered for sale are on the ‘On Farm Sale’ page of this site.
Please come from 1pm to register for the sale on arrival. We hope this will make the administration easier and speed up the invoicing.
Varley’s Feed Company are kindly sponsoring the refreshment stand and will have hot and cold drinks and plenty to eat.
Many of the rams are in the top 1% of the breed and there will be plenty of choice.
We are changing the auction system and will pen the rams into groups according to their reserve price.
This system is becoming very common at an increasing number of high index ram on farm sales.
All our rams are MV accredited, in the HeptavacP system and have been given Dectomax. Please have a look on: www. basco.org.uk for the full pedigrees.
Our stock ram Hans Fokker T79:13:095 has done well in the AHDB Ram compare trial. The muscle EBV’s are exceptional.
ABP are introducing their ABP Alpha Lamb bonus scheme ( launched at the Royal Welsh Show) for prime lambs sired by High Index rams;
The progeny of our rams will all qualify.
We are so impressed with his progeny that Fokker is going to AB Europe again for semen collection as we have very little left in his can.
having had comments from breeders like
” His progeny has doubled my usual muscle EBVs” and
“the lambs are so clean with no wool on their head and below their knees and hocks”
“None of his lambs had twisted toes and their feet are such perfect shape”
” It’s the first time we have had an actual muscle depth back scan over 46mm in depth and a muscle EBV over 8mm, but the best thing is that lambs looks the part.”
Fokker should have well over 400 progeny by next tupping season so keeploking at the Basco website.
Full details of how we manage our ewes and rams to get the best results from Laproscopic AI can be found on the shepherding page