The Suffolk evolved from the mating of Norfolk Horn ewes with Southdown rams in the Bury St Edmunds area, these sheep were known as Southdown Norfolks, or locally as "Black faces."
Originally renowned as a producer of mutton, the breed has developed over the years to match consumer demand. The exceptional growth rate of the Suffolk contributes to their outstanding performance and popularity as the leading terminal sire in the British Isles.
The 'Stonedge' Suffolk Sheep flock was established in 2004, from the purchase of 20 in lamb ewes and 3 ewe lambs from the 'Bubnell' flock dispersal in late 2003.
Our first ram purchased in 2004 was FOSSE FEARLESS FIGO. He immediately stamped his mark on the flock producing great big fleshy lambs that grew on to produce big ewes. He was used for 2 years before we started to increase the different bloodlines in the flock.
FOSSE FEARLESS FIGO
For 2007 we tried to increase the bloodlines within our flock using 5 different tups. This means we now have some excellent EBV figures in the flock from DRINKSTONE SUPERSIRE 05, and some thriftiness and size from the New Zealand ram SCOTSBURN K66, plus some excellent breeding stock from STRATHISLA SINATRA and PLASLEWELLYN PRINCE OF WALES
We had quite a good show record in 2007 before it was brought to an abrupt end by the dreaded Foot & Mouth outbreak.
LYN:J50 (ewe lamb by DRINKSTONE SUPERSIRE 05) EBV 4.59
The following 3 years to 2010 have seen us concentrate mainly on the EBV traits within the flock using 3 significant rams, DRINKSTONE SUPERSIRE 05, PERRINPIT PEACEMAKER & BENTLEY TRIPLE X. This has helped us to increase the muscle depth within our lambs greatly whilst maintaining our growth rates to produce quality shearling rams & ewes.
We have also continued showing at mainly the local shows with varying degrees of success.
Champion Ewe Lamb @ LEEK SHOW
Supreme Champion @ LEEK SHOW
Res Interbreed @ DERBYSHIRE COUNTY SHOW
2011's crop of lambs will mainly be sired by our new sire, BENTLEY ROYAL STANDARD, jointly purchased with the ORTUM flock.
We choose him because of his massive eye muscle whilst managing to keep fairly lean too.
BENTLEY ROYAL STANDARD (239:N42)
We have also used STOCKTON SLEDGEHAMMER, DRINKSTONE SUPERSIRE 05 & STOCKTON SENTINAL II as sires for our 2011 crop.
If anyone is interested in purchasing any ram lambs, ewe lambs or older females please feel free to get in touch with us.
We also have semen available from the following rams.
ORTUM TOPS 07
FOSSE FEARLESS FIGO
Hopefully later in 2011 we will have some from BENTLEY ROYAL STANDARD too.