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Suffolk rams

The Midhope flock of Suffolk sheep was formed in 1982 with ewes derived from T Tomlinsons Lightash flock.The aim then and now is to produce ram lambs and shearling rams which when used in commercial flocks produce lambs which are easy fleshing and of good confirmation.

The shearlings and ram lambs are sold privately or at Bakewell,Skipton and various other livestock markets.

The use of signet recording and ( Since joining the Suffolk Sire Reference Scheme, now PSB ) AI has meant that we have been able to use sires to both improve the EBV's for growth rate and carcass quality and at the same time improving confirmation and breed character.

In 2005 a ram lamb was selected for use within the Suffolk Sire Reference Scheme and this sire, together with the following proven sires were used for the 2008 lamb crop, ie this years group of shearlings;

  • Tomcroft Original EBV 4.96 RR
  • Muiresk Adrenaline EBV 3.41 RR
  • Muiresk Powerpacker EBV 88
  • Midhope Supersire 05 EBV 3.44 RR
  • Cragroe Craftsman EBV 1.58 RR
  • Castlewellan Nutcracker EBV 2.68 RR

These sires were chosen for their length,superb confirmation and growth rate.

Below is a selection of shearlings rams, the progeny of the above sires.

ID Sire Age(Days) Type Actual
Muscle
Actual
Fat
8 Wk
EBV
Scan Wt
EBV
Musc dp
EBV
Fat dpEBV Index
K89 Tomcroft Original 123 2:2 32.5 3.6 5.54 9.62 2.66 0.88 3.06
K6 Castlewellan Nutcracker 138 2:1 35.3 2.6 4.94 9.60 2.44 -0.10 2.96
K82 Midhope Supersire 05 133 2:2 33.1 5.3 5.38 10.04 2.26 0.89 2.77
K15 Castlewellan Nutcracker 137 2:2 34.9 5.5 4.88 9.05 2.34 0.71 2.72
K37 Muiresk Adrenaline 136 1:1 33.4 3.2 5.04 9.22 1.46 0.13 2.71
K75 Muiresk Adrenaline 144 1:1 32.5 4.1 5.2 9.36 0.49 0.06 2.56
K63 Muiresk Adrenaline 133 2:2 29.8 2.6 5.46 10.38 0.30 -0.17 2.43
K62 Muiresk Adrenaline 133 2:2 35.5 1.6 5.79 10.38 1.58 -0.39 2.42
K14 Castlewellan Nutcracker 137 2:2 29.4 2.1 3.53 7.23 1.29 0.02 2.15
K94 Midhope Supersire 05 106 3:2 30.4 1.0 3.82 5.91 1.83 0.47 1.91
K84 Muiresk Powerpacker 133 2:2 33.6 2.4 3.88 5.99 2.18 -0.13 1.96
K72 Muiresk Powerpacker 135 2:2 34.4 4.9 4.21 6.83 1.72 0.73 1.72

For any enquiries please telephone John on mobile: 07876745090