A top call of 1,400gns led the National Sheep Association Wales and Border early ram show and sale at Builth Wells.
Despite the perceived apprehension surrounding an uncertain marketplace, a lack of confidence did not appear to prevail, with entries back only 60-head on the year.
Vendors appeared generally pleased with trade, with buyers out and choice rams selling well.
Turnover totalled £152,929.30, with 282 rams sold and a clearance rate of 71 per cent, up on 2018’s figure of 54 per cent.
Leading the charge was the pre-sale Texel champion, Peachhay Beelzebub, from F.H. Chave and Son, Wellington, Somerset. The home-bred February 2018-born ram is by the Kelso-bought Scrogtonhead U Stoater, out of a ewe by Sheeoch Tardis.
Beelzebub was one half of the inter-breed pairs champions at Devon County Show, where its full sister topped the breed section.
Its full brother, Peacehay Ya Belter, sold for 23,000gns at the society’s English national sale at Worcester two years ago. It sold via telephone bid to Phil Uglow, Launceston.
Next in the Texel ring at 1,000gns was a shearling ram, Canllefaes Brawn, from W.T. Davies and Co, Cardigan. Home-bred by Talcoed You Know, out of a dam by Scrogtonhead Pioneer, the buyers were C. Gittoes and Son, Knighton.
Making 1,350gns and topping the Charollais rings was a ram lamb from Gethin and Eleri Gibbin’s Llangan flock at Drefach Farms.
Home-bred by Wernfawr Stormer, out of a Glyn Coch ewe by Logie Durno Magnum, the December 2018-born ram lamb sold to Gareth Bickerton, Oswestry.
Next, at 1,080gns, was another from the Charollais ring, a shearling ram from Gerald Burrough’s Sheldon flock, Honiton, Devon.
By Dalby Nice One Son, out of a Buckland ewe, Buckland Torpedo was bred by I. Matthews, Brecon, and purchased by Mr Burrough at Worcester last year. The buyers were D.E. and D.M. Jones, Llandeillo.
Topping the Suffolks at 800gns was the pre-sale champion, a ram lamb from Phillip Poole’s Shrewsbury-based Salopian flock.
By Solwaybank Rock Solid, bought at Stirling for 26,000gns two years ago, and out of a Salopian ewe by Strathisla Stifler, the lamb’s half-brother by the same sire sold for 30,000gns at this year’s Scottish area sale of Suffolks at Stirling. It sold to 12-year-old Guto Price, Gwynfe, Carmarthenshire.
Also selling for 800gns was a Beltex cross shearling from Tim Prichard, mid-Glamorgan. Home-bred by a Powerhouse tup and out of one his own Texel ewes, the buyer was R.H. Williams, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
99 Charollais: 67 shearlings, £611.19; 32 ram lambs, £511.22; 92 Texels: 90 shearlings, £549.68; 2 shearling ewes, £367.50; 15 MV Suffolks WS&S: 6 rams, £558.25; 9 ram lambs, 474.95; 7 MV Suffolks: 1 ewe lamb, £367.50; 6 rams, £462; 12 non-MV Suffolks: 5 rams, £520.80; 7 rams, £435; 7 Suffolk cross rams, £435; 3 Blue Texel rams, £381.50; 4 Beltex rams, £294; 23 Beltex cross shearling rams, £591.65; 3 Hampshire Down rams, £192.50, 1 Charollais cross ram, £466; 11 Texel cross rams, £511.36.
Brightwells, Clee, Tompkinson and Francis, McCartneys and J. Straker Chadwick and Sons.