Rams bred for carcase conformation and the ability to breed replacement females, with longevity and durability.
Rams selected for good commercial conformation, high EBV’s, birth vigour and hardiness
The top ram in this year's Ram Compare Scheme was sired by Sandyknowe Ettrick 07(shown above), coming top for muscle and second top for carcass weight
Sandyknowe Soul Trader who sold for £1600 at the inaugural on-farm sale at Sandyknowe, also appears in the top ten over all breeds, for overall carcase conformation and carcase merit.
The Sandyknowe Suffolk Flock was established in 1957 by Tom Stewart, and was kept at Sandyknowe, Kelso until 1999 when the flock was moved along the road to Brotherstone, Melrose under the management of Tom’s son Malcolm Stewart.
The flock is run on a very commercial basis, producing shearling rams that we feel are best suited to prime lamb production on grazing based system, producing lambs with tremendous birth vigour and growth rates. The ewes are lambed at grass with no concentrate other than triplets starting at the end of April.
We have been very focused on not only producing outstanding commercial rams for our buyers but also to produce rams, who's Suffolk cross female replacements, are durable and long lasting.