STOCKTON DISPERSAL 27th OCTOBER – A Message from John Sinnett

By Suffolk Sheep Society 12th October, 2018

The Stockton flock was founded in 1973 with the purchase of 13 ewes from the Earl of St Aldwyn. It was extended in 1975 by the purchase of 20 ewes from Perrinpit and again in 1980 with the purchase of a further 25 ewes from the Cressage Dispersal Sale. Additions have since been made from many of the country's top flocks. 

Stud rams have always been carefully selected either from our own production lines or from well-known flocks. 

Production sales of both males and females have been made on an annual basis either from home or through Society Sales and at Builth Wells. 

We have achieved some at-the-time world record prices selling Stockton Almighty for 75,000gns (to Glenho) and a ewe lamb for 23,000gns (to Cairness), still the record price for a ewe lamb. 

Over the years, the flock has had unique success in the National Flock competition having won the coveted Bristol Gold Cup on 5 occasions in 1991; 1993; 1994; 2004 and 2017. 

Historically in the show ring, including this year's season, we have enjoyed considerable and occasionally unique success – usually we have chosen to take only one or two carefully selected individuals out to represent each age in the flock and we have not been stuck for choice as it could have been any one of several! We have won the Breed and Overall Supreme Interbreed Championships over many years at all of the major shows [Three Counties, The Royal; RHAS and RWAS]. 

The whole flock is being offered for sale as the farm has been sold and the partnership is being dissolved. We believe that the day affords an ideal opportunity for buyers to purchase foundation or replacement stock.

Service rams bought this time are probably the best selection that we have ever used because we believe that our ewes are the best bunch we've ever had. This year's ewe lambs are quite exceptional and their counterpart ram lambs were also very good – one of them taking top price of 15,500gns (to Rhaeadr) at the National Sale in Shrewsbury. 

There are 204 lots on offer today and they will be presented not in a traditional by-age manner but in runs which we hope will hold and spark interest . 

There are no notes to individual sheep other than to the three show winners as I believe that they all have potential to be show and sale winners of the future, they just never had the chance here!! They certainly have the potential to produce winners. 

John Sinnett

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