Dispersal of Strathisla Suffolk Flock

By Suffolk Sheep Society 6th August, 2013

Press Release from H&H, Tuesday 6th August 2013

One of the most renowned Suffolk breeders in the United Kingdom is to disperse of his entire flock. This is the Strathisla Suffolk Flock of North Dorlaithers near Aberdeen.


Robbie Wilson announced details of his dispersal sale yesterday at Turriff Show where he won Suffolk champion and reserve interbreed with a gimmer by Rookery Rooney.


The sale will be conducted by Harrison and Hetherington at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on Friday 29th November.

The Strathisla Suffolk Flock was founded in 1991 with Muiresk and Glenisla bloodlines and in this short length of time it has become one of the most notable Suffolk Flocks in the breed’s history. The entire flock, 180 head of stock will go under the hammer which will include 70 ewe lambs, 115 ewes and gimmer females plus stock rams.

Giving further background to his decision Robbie said: “I have absolutely loved my involvement with Suffolk Sheep and the Suffolk Sheep Society. This has been a very difficult decision and one which I have been thinking about for a while. However I realise that I am no longer able to put in the commitment that is needed to maintain what is now a sizeable pedigree flock, so I have decided to have a complete dispersal sale.”

”I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and friends for making the past 22 years so successful and memorable.”

Since 2002, Strathisla Suffolkshave won string of championships and achieved some exceptionally high prices. They have won national sales on five occasions (Scottish four times and English once), four Royal Highland Show Championships and four Royal Highland Show Reserve Championships. They have also won the ram lamb class at the Highland Show for the past 7 years in a row. The flock has taken many top prices and averages on numerous occasions, with rams selling to 48,000gns.

The flock has also bred the Sire of the Year three times in the last 7 years. Most notably with Strathisla Dead Lucky, whose sons sold to a top of 45,000gns. Strathisla Schumacher whose sons sold to 48,000gns and Strathisla Speed whose sons sold to 25,000gns.

The flock has won the Bristol Gold cup on four occasions with females from the flock having sold to 12,000gns twice. In recent years forty to fifty females have been sold to average in excess of £1500.

On announcing the date for the sale Scott Donaldson Sales Director for Harrison and Hetherington said:


“We are absolutely delighted to have been invited to complete this dispersal for one of the foremost Suffolk sheep breeders that the industry has ever known. As an Auctioneer, being asked to disperse of a flock when it is the leading flock in the country is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”


“Stock from the Strathisla flock is sought after, so it goes without saying that this sale will be one of the highlights of the year for the sheep industry.”


Robbie will continue to run his renowned Pedigree Texel Flock, Milnbank and farm at the Wilson family farm at North Dorlaithers on the outskirts of Turriff.


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