Great year for Suffolk breeder

Jim Cannon, Redbrae.
Jim Cannon, Redbrae.

Suffolk sheep breeder Jim Cannon from Redbrae Farm near Wigtown has had an “unbelievable” year after his flock won eight trophies in total.

The 52-year-old farmer specialised in the breed famous for their high quality meat and docile nature.

At the end of last month the Redbrae flock was named the west and central Scotland Suffolk Club’s best medium flock, best overall flock and best stock ram at an awards ceremony in Hollybank, Lanarkshire.

This honour follow hot on the heels of Jim’s three-year-old ewe winning the Suffolk championships and overall championships at Stranraer Show and then the Suffolk championships both Wigtown Show and Dumfries Show.

Jim said: “It’s been an unbelievable year and I dare say I’ll never be lucky enough to do it again. There are a lot of excellent Suffolk breeders in west and central Scotland so to be judged the best is indeed an honour.”

Another Wigtownshire sheep farmer celebrating success for his flock is Angus McColm from Crailloch near Port William. His Texels have just won the The Solway and Tyne flock competition for the second year running.

This annual competition is held in October each year and covers the areas of Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and Northumberland.

The judge visits each entrant to judge the total flock including ewe lambs that will go into the flock the following year.

Angus was also second this year in the ewe lamb competition and in 2010 won the stock tup for the Solway and Tyne area with ‘Crailloch McCoist’.