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Congratulations to Philip Poole and family who farm at Upper Battlefield, near Shrewsbury for breeding the 2022 Suffolk Sheep Society Sire of the Year, Salopian Solid Gold.

Congratulations to Philip Poole and family who farm at Upper Battlefield, near Shrewsbury for breeding the 2022 Suffolk Sheep Society Sire of the Year, Salopian Solid Gold. A son of Solwaybank Rock Solid the Sire of the Year for 2021, Solid Gold is now under joint ownership between TJ and CR Boden of Sportsman’s from Mellor near Stockport, and Robert Jenkinson’s Dunfell Flock at Cliburn near Penrith purchased at Lanark in 2021 for the breed record breaking 200,000gns which smashed the previous breed record of 90,000gns by some margin.

His progeny, and pen consigned by the Sportsman’s flock of Charlie Boden taking top honours for the three single ET consignments stood out at the Society Scottish sale in Lanark commanding serious bidding with all three of Salopian Solid Golds top price progeny being sold there for 60,000gns for lot 151, 30,000gns for lot 155 and 15,000gns for lot 152 respectively totalling 105,000 for the three and an average sale price of 35,000gns taking the title of Sire of the Year 2022. A further two lambs in the Boden pen at Lanark by the Sire of the Year, totalled a further 24,000gns delivering a successful sale and a sound return on investment for Sportsman’s.

Sire of the Year 2022 – Salopian Solid Gold.

Runner up in this year’s competition, was Bridgeview Belvenie, bred by DP & RA Delves from Churchstoke in Powys whose sire is Bridgeview The Joker out of a 6500gns Ballynacannon ewe, congratulations to them for their choice of stock.

Belvenie’s qualifying lots were all consigned at Lanark, in the 2022 87th Scottish area show and sale, two lots 143 and 144 John Gibb’s (Cairnton Flock) with 143 leading the sale at 75,000gns,  where the growing demand for the easy fleshing Suffolk breed ensured a buoyant trade, and a further one sired by Belvenie lot number 126 entered by Stuart Duncan’s (Pennan Flock) taking the runner up Sire of the Year for 2022 sale average to 25,553.00gns for the top three priced progeny.

Congratulations go to the breeders of the two sires.