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Signet performance recorded sheep were met with strong demand at May Fair

Dorset May Fair 2023

The Rossiter family claimed over champion female with lot 212, Huish Florence sired by an Australian import ram. This was the highest index female within the sale and ranked within the top 5% of the breed for Terminal Sire Index and Maternal Index. This September born ewe lamb then went on to achieve highest price female at the sale, selling for 1200gns to Jeremy Durrant’s Hydes flock. Another notable price from the Huish flock was lot 213, A26:F24392 which sold for 650gns.

The Hydes flock took reserve champion female with lot 247 ZB22: F02577 this ewe lamb sits within the top 10% of the breed based on Terminal Sire Index and sold for 900gns. Another ewe lamb from the same flock, ZB22:F02824 came second in the Signet recorded class. This ewe lamb ranked in the top 25% of the breed and went on to sell for 750gns.

Across in the ram show Signet sponsored class 4, performance recorded ram lamb or shearling.

1st – Lot 107, Hydes

2nd – Lot 85, Southbank

3rd – Lot 195, Huish

4th – Lot 206, Prospect

5th – Lot 60, Paddock Leach

Lot 107, Hydes Frisbee was the highest index ram based on Terminal Sire Index, with an impressive set of EBVs including a Scan Weight EBV of 10.13 and Muscle Depth EBV of 2.86. This ram attracted a lot of buyers having won his class and sold for 1700gns.

The Rossiter family also sold a ram lamb, lot 195 Huish Frenzi for 700gns, with a Terminal Sire Index in the top 10% of the breed and performing well for carcase trait EBVs.

Furthermore, lot 85 from A & J James's Southbank flock, was awarded second prize in the Signet class and ranked in the top 25% sold for 650gns.



About the author

Laura Eyles

Laura Eyles

Laura has joined the Signet team as a breeding specialist, she comes from an agricultural background having grown up on a sheep farm in Cornwall, where they keep commercial ewes and run a small flock of pedigree Charollais sheep.

Laura has a strong interest in animal breeding and genetics having studied Animal Science (BSc Hons) at Harper Adams University. During her time at Harper, she spent an industrial placement in Cumbria working for a sheep breeding company and some of our clients may recognise her from this role. Since graduating she has worked for a large cattle breeding company before joining us at Signet to lead on a number of Signet’s sheep breeding projects.