Details of in-lamb Suffolks and Texels for sale now available

Full details and records of the pedigree in-lamb Suffolk and Texel ewes and shearlings are now available. Contact –  hansporksen@btinternet.com for further information about the sheep for sale. The details of these females including EBVs, scanning results and sires (including Rugley and Sandyknowe rams) are found in the pdfs:

Suffolk inlamb ewes

Texel inlamb ewes

The ewes for sale produced a fantastic crop of lambs in 2019 – some of the ewe lambs can be seen below. The 2019 rams will be available for sale at the usual time in late summer / early autumn 2020.

 

 

Sale of in-lamb Suffolk and Texel Females

Up at the farm today sorting out the shearlings (gimmers) and ewes that are for sale and should have details and results of scanning ready in a day or to. Let me know if you are interested in these high index females and I’ll send details of them when they are ready. My Christmas dose of pneumonia is clearing up now but is still slowing me down. The doctor says rest. He obviously does not understand farming.

 

2020 Reduction Sale of in-lamb Female Suffolks and Texels, all ages.

As we are now both well into our seventies (we know we don’t look it) we are having to face up to reducing our pedigree flocks of high indexed Suffolks and Texels. When you try to turn one of these heavyweights over in front of television cameras and fail, you know its time to admit they have won. So we are now offering in-lamb scanned gimmers and ewes for sale. We have been well known over the years since establishing our Suffolk flock in 1983 and Texel flock in 2008 for developing through careful selection, using all the latest developments in technology available, a strain of both breeds that is producing fast growing lambs finishing early off grass on our marginal farm in Northumberland. Frequently topping the country in national surveys of carcass quality and always very high in national index ratings we have enjoyed a steady flow of repeat customers for our rams.
We have also considered other qualities in our selection such as small heads. While many tup buyers would fall to the charms of a tup with a big macho head. We would avoid it like the plague. It is sure to cause lambing problems. A small heads and narrow shoulders mean easier lambing. We cannot remember the last time we had to get the vet in for a caesarean. Sound feet, longevity and general health also feature in our decision making. Whether you fancy just one or a whole bunch of them get in touch and come to look at what we have on offer.
For details phone Hans on 01669 620032 or 07807663391 or 07875625640
or email – hansporksen@btinternet.com

 

Hans Fokker 95 is UK Top Meat producer

 

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 2013Fokker 95 AFokker 95 B

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.

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CT scan of Fokker’s gigot

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CT scan of Fokker’s loin

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CT an of Fokker’s shoulder

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.

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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.

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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.

20170825_173042Picture 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.

 

New Rams for Gallowshill

We have purchased three rams for the current mating season.

Suffolk: Rugley Shooting Star 10P:16: 06309   basco_logo[1]http://www.basco.org/sheep/animalmanager/animaldetails/id/10024669

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABought 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.

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Suffolk: Rugley Northern Light 10P:16:06235  basco_logo[1]

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABought 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.

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Texel Ram: IGM 1615676 From Bruce and Gregor Ingrams Granite flock

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On Farm Sale of High Index Rams 2017

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.