Sire of the Year 2013

Sire of the Year 2013
STRATHBOGIE TERMINATOR - IJS1200069

 

Congratulations go to Messrs James Innes & Sons (Strathbogie flock), who has won the 1st season Sire of the Year 2013 award via the Texel Sheep Society National Sales with the three top sons of their home bred sire Strathbogie Terminator - IJS1200069.


Strathbogie Terminator - IJS1200069

Society Chairman, Henry Gamble presenting the Sire of the Year Trophy to James Innes

Terminator is jointly owned with Graham Morrison (Deveronvale flock), who endorsed Jim Innes’s very high opinion of the ram by paying £30,000 privately for a share of Terminator in June 2012. Jim Innes confirmed that he has since developed into a well balanced outstanding mature ram, and his semen has been widely used. He will therefore have a widespread beneficial impact within the Texel breed this year.

The three sons which contributed to the 64,800gn winning aggregate included the 48,000gn Strathbogie Untouchable (IJS1300280), who won 1st prize ram lamb and overall male Champion at the 2013 Royal Highland Show. Following his sale at Lanark, Jim Innes decided to retain a ¼ share, so he has since been used heavily across the four flocks of his co-owners via ET work, namely.... Auldhouseburn - Castlecairn - Milnbank and Strathbogie flocks respectively. Jim Innes stated that he purchased the dam of Untouchable at Carlisle three years ago from Keith Jamieson, (Annan flock), for 3,500gns. The remaining two ram lambs in the winning trio included Strathbogie Unforgettable -IJS1300310, a full ET brother to Untouchable, which topped the Worcester sale, selling at 6,800gns to Messrs Bradley-Farmer, Hampshire. The final member of the winning trio was Strathbogie Uno - IJS13300258, sold for 10,000gns to John Greene & Co, Donegal, EIRE.

The Scholars flock of William McCaffrey claimed the honour of second place with Scholars Twenty Twelve, YWM1200040. Scholars Twenty Twelve was also instrumental in ensuring that Messrs Innes’s consignments were the star attractions at the three main sales which they attended, namely Lanark, Worcester and Carlisle. His top bred son in his 3rd places trio was the 32,000gn Strathbogie Upgrade which joined the Parkhill flock of Robin Kellet, Northants.

Teiglum Tornado, CFT12010701, came in third. Tornado’s three Milnbank bred sons included the 40,000gn Ur the Boy, (Lanark Reserve Champion), purchased jointly by the Cowal & Sportsmans flocks. Keith Campbell (Cowal flock), confirmed that he followed up Ur-the Boy’s progress since spotting him at the Royal Highland Show and has since used him across his entire flock, including ET work.

Scholars Twenty Twelve and Teiglum Tornado have also been used widely this season across many flocks. The Irish bred stud ram in the Sportsmans flock, Tullylagan Tonka also did well, being the only sire whose three leading sons all surpassed the 10,000gn barrier, confirming Charlie Boden’s confidence in the ram when he purchased him last year at Lanark for 42,000gns.

The common factor with the five leading sires was that they all sold for 20,000gns + as lambs, and they were all involved in comprehensive ET programmes within their respective owners’ flocks. I questioned several breeders as to their views on the positive and possible negative effects of ET work on the future of the breed; they were unanimously of the opinion that provided top quality females are involved it will continue to have a beneficial effect towards improving the breed. However in the long term it will inevitably lead to a narrowing of the bloodlines. Jim Innes also pointed out that the use of ET work has greatly enhanced the value of top quality gimmers, as was evident at the recent Lanark Premier sale. Gordon Gray, although acknowledging that the general standard of the breed has greatly improved in recent years, stated that the really outstanding individuals are still ‘few & far’ between, thus ensuring fierce competition between breeder syndicates to acquire such individuals Finally, Keith Campbell stated that the Blackface Breed is one step ahead of us with no fewer than six leading flocks joining forces to acquire the top ram lamb of their 2013 generation at Lanark.

First Season Sire of the year 2013
1st - Strathbogie Terminator
2nd - Scholars Twenty Twelve
3rd - Teiglum Tornado

Position

Breeder

Sheep ID

Qualifying Sons

Price Gns 

Aggregate
Price Gns 

1st

James Innes & Son

Strathbogie Terminator

IJS1200069

Strathbogie Untouchable

IJS1300280

48,000

64,800

Strathbogie Uno

IJS1300258

10,000

Strathbogie Unforgettable

IJS1300310

6,800

2nd

William McCaffrey

Scholars Twenty Twelve

YWM1200040

Strathbogie Upgrade

IJS1300200

32,000

53,200

Strathbogie U2

IJS1300233

16,000

Strathbogie Ultra Boy

IJS1300326

5,200

3rd

Clark Farms

Teiglum Tornado

CFT1201701

Milnbank Ur The Boy

LYM01019

42,000

53,400

Milnbank Uranium

LYM01079

6,200

Milnbank Underbelly

LYM1301046

5,200

4th

P J & S Hammond

Tullylagan Tonka

HPY1200404

Sportsmans Empire

BGS1300783

20,000

48,000

Sportsmans Unbeatable

BGS1300814

18,000

Sportsmans United II

BGS1300852

10,000

5th

Boden & Davis Ltd

Sportsmans Trojan ii

BGS1200587

Knock Ursus

HAK1300523

34,000

39,900

Knock Uragi

HAK1300525

3,500

Hilltop Uncle Buck

PKH1300856

2,400