Leading Suffolk flock going under the hammer

Ireland’s leading Suffolk flock over the last 50 years is to go under the hammer next month.

Ireland’s leading Suffolk flock over the last 50 years is to go under the hammer next month.

Laois farmers Herbert Stanley and his daughter Louise are to sell the adult portion of the flock which will comprise of 50 in-lamb ewes, including 25 flock ewes and 25 gimmers

The females are certified in-lamb to ‘Burnview Topflight’ by Burnview Performer, purchased at Stirling in 2011 for 7000gns. Also to ‘Mountford Bolt’ purchased at Roscrea premier sale 2012, for 2,000gns, sire Cairness Achievement who was Sire of Year, 2011, his mother being by the 68,000gn Muiresk King of Diamonds.

Herbert Stanley said selling up was difficult.

“This has been a very tough decision as we have been so closely involved with the Suffolk breed for so long.

“However there are only so many hours in the day for our increasing dairy herd, plus our other farming commitments and I am not getting any younger, so now seems to be the right time to sell the flock,” she said.

Herbert was National Breed President in 2000 and has served three terms as Chairman of the South of Ireland branch and a long serving member of the Suffolk Society council.

At Bawnogue Farm, Herbert has always been acutely aware of the requirements of the commercial market, breeding for size and carcase quality which the modern Suffolk can offer in terms of rapid weight gain off grass. These factors have been driven with the aid of recording figures and stockman’s eye.

Over the last ten years the Bawnogue flock has won five champion and reserve titles. The flock has also won the performance class five times over the same period.

These successes are a testament to the standard of the flock over a half a century and could not have been achieved without the help of Herbert’s wife, Valerie, and daughters Louise and Ruth; Louise having been involved in the day to day running of the flock for the last 20 years.

The famous Bawnogue flock has uniquely won the championship at the Irish premier sale in every decade, since it was established by Herbert Stanley in 1961. The flock has been virtually self-contained throughout that period, apart from the purchase of stock rams.

The sale will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Bawnogue Farm, Rathdowney, from 1pm. Auctioneers are JP & M Doyle.