Mortimer Investment. Updated: 23/06/2012
Mortimer Investment (HH8169) was purchased at Builth Wells in September 2009, having seen him and his dam before the sale. He was 1st prize Shearling Ram at the sale and was the top priced Charollais at 2,600gns. He has fantastic fleshing throughout and, although not a tall ram, was the heaviest in the Champion pen of shearlings at 125kg. He had caused quite a stir at the sale, where he stood a mile apart from anything else for hindquarter fleshing, to the extent that he was still being prodded and poked by perspective purchasers at midnight the night before the sale! Poor fella took several days to get over his exhaustion.
Investment is a son of the 5,600gns Galtres Favour, that was Champion at the Premier Sale in 2006. His dam is a daughter of Lowerye Baldrick, a very muscular, tight coated son of Foulrice Lionheart, that I sold to the Mortimer flock in 2001 and has sired several stock rams in pedigree flocks for them. At the time of Favour's purchase, I remember thinking I should keep a look out for a son out of a Baldrick daughter, as I thought it could be a good mating ..... and here he is!
Arriving too late for use in 2009, Investment will be put over 50 ewes next summer, with the exciting prospect of progeny in December 2010. He was purchased jointly with the Robert Hopper of the Cogwell flock.
Robert took him to the Royal Cornwall Show in June 2010 where he won the breed championship, recently shorn (pictured below).
Our first crop of Investment lambs in 2011, are a tight skinned, good shaped group with masculine heads. They have scanned reasonably well, as most have been out of fairly high performing females. All are well developed over the rump with good width across the hindquarter. A son sold at the Worcester Premier Sale in July 2011 for 4,000gns. Lowerye Lucky Lad (ZVY:1100534) was out of the highest index Charollais ewe in 2011, ZVY 8047 (index 494) and had the highest eye muscle ebv in the sale at +5.09mm.
Sire Reference EBV's:
Scrapie Genotype: ARR/ARR.