We are delighted to be able to welcome our customers on farm again this year for our annual ‘Great from Grass’ breeding sheep sale on Friday 27th August. There’s a great selection of 180 rams and 400 gimmers available.
We will have NZ Suffolks, Texels, Sufftex, Beltex and a larger than usual selection of Aberfield rams as we have decided to sell our entire crop at home this year rather than sending some south to the Stirling sale.
In terms of females we will have 400 Aberfield, Texel and NZ Suffolk cross females available, produced in our commercial flock. These would be a great addition to any breeding flock or ideal as a starter flock.
Last year just wasn’t the same without you all here, we really enjoy the social occasion so bringing that back is key to this year’s sale. The refreshments and food have been ordered and our sponsors are really looking forward to actually speaking to people face to face. (through a mask of course, current Covid-19 regulations will apply)
We won’t however be bringing the sales ring back, last year we found online selling through Yourbid suited us and our buyers better. It was certainly less stress on us and the sheep and also gave those bidding from distance a chance to get involved without spending the day in the car.
It’s testament to our sheep that people have the confidence to buy them without seeing them in the flesh and for those of you that can’t make the viewing day on Friday 20th August or sale day please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
We recently welcomed Redhill Priddy to Fearn, he’s a Beef Shorthorn bull calf and was bred by Brenda Wear who lives in Somerset near the village of Priddy and hence the bulls name.
To be fair to the young fella its been quite an experience for him, separated from his mum at eight months of age before being transported 573 miles north to us but he’s settling in really well. He will spend the next couple of months in our isolation area which is something we always do as part of our health plan when bringing new animals into our herd. This area has a view over the cattle shed and farmyard and catches the winter sun so its not a bad place to spend his early days on the farm.
Seeing as he’s such a handsome young man Jimmy our bull guru will halter train him just in case we need to show him or collect semen from him when he’s older and one of the benefits of that process is that he will become even quieter than he already is.
We have sometimes been asked what do you look for when buying a new bull, we look at many things including health status, estimated breeding values, structure and correctness and of course breeding, who are his parents and will he breed like them?
In this case it was all about the breeding, Priddy has an outstanding pedigree with proven genetics on both sides, his mum has two famous grandfathers in Tofts Romany and Sutherland Bundaberg and his dad is Bemore Fuel Injected V12 and Australian bull born in the year 2000 which had semen sent to the UK.
I first saw progeny from V12 when I visited the Glenisla herd owned by the Gibb family near Glenisla and amongst others saw a tremendous red son named Glenisla Vagabond running with highland cows.
In hindsight I maybe should have tried to buy him but bought semen from his father instead and inseminated a few cows with Fearn Abraham, sold for 5500gns and Fearn Nesta A being the resulting progeny.
Nesta A bred Fearn Elmer possibly the best bull we have bred to date so as you can imagine we are very excited that Priddy has arrived and look forward to sending him out to work next summer. We will of course keep you updated and share photos and information about him as he grows up.
Great from Grass 2020 will be on!
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- Great from Grass 2020 – Rams and breeding females for sale
- Cattle – New stock bulls and bulls for sale
- The Mill at Fearn Farm – Now open for bookings
- Beef boxes and lots more!
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