High index rams to be auctioned off at Gallowshill Farm

High index rams are going under the hammer at a Northumberland farm at the end of the month in the annual Gallowshill sale

Hans Pörksen
Hans Pörksen

On August 30, in keeping with tradition, Pedigree Suffolk and Texel sheep from Hans and Audrey Pörksen’s renowned flock will be put up for sale at Gallowshill Farm, Cambo.

It is 30 years since Hans established his Suffolk flock, which has been recorded by Signet from the start and is one of the leading flocks in the UK.

Membership of the Suffolk Sire Reference Scheme, extensive use of ultra-sound, CT scanning and modern breeding techniques like AI have all contributed to the advances made in terms of faster weight gains and increased muscularity.

The senior Suffolk stock ram is Sandyknowe Ettrick 07-1 who is still going strong as a six shear. His muscularity score in the loin remains exceptional and has doubled the muscularity score in a flock in Devon when they used him by AI.

Hans has also been careful to select sound sheep with tight skins and clean fine hair - essential when using Suffolk rams to cross with mule ewes, producing the increasingly popular Suffolk cross female ewes.

The Wallington Texel flock established five years ago from the dispersal sale of the Lumbylaw flock has been the highest indexed flock in the UK since it’s foundation. Most of the rams on offer are in the top 1% of the breed and have outstanding growth rates and lean meat yield.

Seven sons of last years £3000 sale leader Wallington Special Blend, all in the top 1% of the Texel breed, are also included in the sale, as is Wallington Talisman, a shearling, who is currently the 8th highest ranked Texel Stock Sire in the UK.

Wallington Talisman is the son of Wallington Pioneer who topped the Gallowshill sale when sold as a shearling. and is known for having sired some outstanding progeny.

Talismans EBV’s are exceptional with +14.03 kg for 20 week weight, +6.00mm for muscle depth, +0.23mm for fat depth, a gigot score of +8.33 and an overall index of 458 with an accuracy rating 88%.

The sale, beginning at 4pm, will for the first time will include female Texels as well as female Suffolks.

Hans said: “The chance of purchasing shearling females from a flock of such high indices will give other sheep breeders the opportunity to breed superior rams on their own farms.

“Having rams brought up in the farm’s own environment has many benefits.”

A total of 99 home-bred shearling rams and females are being auctioned by Chris Armstrong of Hexham and Northern Marts and a full catalogue can be found at www.highindexrams.com.

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