Monday was one of the busiest days of the year at Bryncir auction centre, Garndolbenmaen, Gwynedd, for the Farmers Guardian-sponsored sale of store cattle and sheep.
Vendors expectations were exceeded for the 542 store cattle and all changed hands.
Top call of the day for steers was £1,450 for a 17-month old Limousin from G. and D. Hughes, Sarn Bach, Abersoch, while heifers peaked at £1,390 for a 25-month-old Charolais from H. L. Williams, Dinas, Pwllheli.
Other notable prices from the steer pens were achieved by D.G. Williams, Garndolbenmaen, who sold at £1,435 twice, and Messrs Williams, Penmorfa, making the same price. G. Puw, Porthmadog, and I. H. Jones, Caernarfon, both sold at £1,350 while A.W. Jones, Llanllyfni; G. and D. Hughes, Abersoch, and Messrs Jones, Nantlle all sold at £1,340 and above.
Among the heifers, H.L. Williams and Co, Dina, had heifers at £1,390 and £1,320 three times. A.W. Jones, Llanllyfni, also sold at £1,320, and E. Williams, Tudweiliog at £1,270.
The overall average for steers was £1,154 and heifers, £1,063.
In the sheep section, buyers were willing to pay a premium for quality and the 1,000 ewe lambs peaked at £86 for Texel Mules from W.R. Evans, Penygroes.
Scotch Mules reached £83, Texel crosses, £77; Aberfields £75.40, Suffolk crosses and Berrichons, £74; Lleyns, £70, and Welsh £52.
Breeding ewes were a good trade, selling to £101 for Texel cross yearlings from B. Fon, Nazareth, and £100 for cross-bred yearlings. The dearest three-year-olds were cross-breds at £98 and Mules at £94. Welsh ewes sold from £64 for three- and four-year-olds, up to £80 for yearlings. Cheviot three-year-olds topped at £90.
Mules from J. Harris, Llanbedrog, topped the store lambs at £58, which sold down to £47 for Welsh.
A yearling Texel ram from D. T. Jones, Edern topped the male trade at 450gns, with older Texels at 400gns, and ram lambs, 200gns. Suffolk ram lambs sold to 380gns, Charollais yearlings made 300gns and Bluefaced, 180gns.
Auctioneers: Bryncir Auction Centre.