The sale turnover was well up on last year at £2, 225,138, with 87 per cent sold and averages up on last year.
Leading the bids at the NSA Wales and Border ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells was a call of 9,500gns for a Blue Faced Leicester ram lamb from the Gray family, Morpeth, Northumberland. Selling to the Ingram family, Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire, it was breed champion in the pre-sale show, and its full brother topped last year’s top Blue Faced trade at 7,800gns. It is now the breeders’ own personal record price.
Blue Faced bids also reached 5,000gns from Derek Henderson, Hexham for a ram lamb which sold to the Ingram family, Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire and a yearling ram from the Ingram family which sold at 4,200gns to Aled Jones, Conwy.
A Blue Faced Leicester ram lamb from the Gray family, Morpeth, Northumberland which sold to the Ingram family, Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire for 9,500gns.
Second highest call of the sale, and top price in the Texel rings, was 8,600gns which topped a solid run from locals Michael and Ella James, Maesmynis, Builth Wells with Meinspride Usain siring the highest earners in the consignment. Usain stood champion male in 2015’s Royal Welsh and was the South Wales Texel Club champion stock ram of 2017.
Taking the top money was Duhonw You Belter which also stood first prize in its recorded yearling ram class at the pre-sale show, selling to Robert Rennie, Sydenham, Kelso, for the Robex flock, and is the Dunhonw flock’s new sale record.
Dunhow You Belter from Michael and Ella James, Maesmynis, Builth Wells sold for 8,600gns to Robert Rennie, Sydenham, Kelso.
The couple also took the pre-sale champion, Dunhow You’re The One which sold at 8,000gns to a syndicate of John Elliot, Kelso; Paul Phillips, Kimbolton and Ed Page, Beedale.
The Dunhow run also saw two calls to 5,200gns, one at 3,100gns and 2,900gns among others.
Dunhow You're The One from Michael and Ella James, Maesmynis changed hands to a syndicate for 8,000gns.
Intercepting the James’ hold of the top priced Texels was a yearling from the Scolton pen of the Reed family, Haverford West. Sired by Caereinion Rocket and out of a Caereinion Monarch daughter it was bought by Stephen Williams, Wollascott, Shropshire for 7,600gns.
A yearling ram from the Reed family, Haverford West made 7,600gns, selling to S. Williams, Woollascott.
Elsewhere on the showground, Lleyn’s topped at 3,500gns for a yearling ram from Derek and Cindy Steen, Moffat, Scotland, going home with Simon Kavanagh, Skipton. Mr Steen judged the pre-sale show and has made the trip to Builth for almost 30 years. It was sired by a Tacho ram which was purchased from Will Williams at a society sale at Ruthin in 2013 for 6,000gns.
Top price in the Charollais ring was 2,850gns for a yearling ram from Jeremy Price, Hereford on only his second trip to the sale, going home with Joe Powell, Welshpool. It is by Banwy Oh What a Boy which is a paternal grandsire to Knockin Shockin, the current breed record price holder.
Border Leicesters saw the trade top at 2,500gns for a yearling ram from Roddy and Libby Jones, Dorstone, Herefordshire, selling to the Richards family, Crasswell, Hereford. It was this year’s Royal Welsh champion and its sire Llan Lucky Strike 30260, bred by Geraint Roberts, Pwllheli, was stud ram of the year in the 2015 and 2017 national flock competitions.
Meanwhile, North Country Cheviots sold to 1,800gns, Beltex to 1,600gns and Balwens reached 880gns.
Texel, aged rams, n/a (2016- £670); yearling rams, £736.57 (£716.67); ram lambs £414.87 (£367.26); ewes £491.17 (£478.06); ewe lambs, £338.30 (£329.70).
Bluefaced Leicester, aged rams, £662.08 (£656.29); yearling rams, £557.07 (£635.06); ram lambs £644.51 (£716.99); ewes, £331.23 (£277.99); ewe lambs, £298.04 (£290.77).
Charollais, aged rams, £525 (£406.88); yearling rams, £605.15 (£536.88); ram lambs, £460.38 (£474.63); unregistered ram lambs, £420 (£255).
Suffolk, MV ram lambs, £375.82 (£403.36); non-MV rams, £522.94 (£566.62).
Beltex, rams, £483.54 (£733.57). Cross-bred Beltex, rams, £604.14 (£562.70); ram lambs, £274.91 (£240.19).
Berrichon, aged rams, n/a (£343); yearling rams, £318.24 (£366.89); ram lambs, £328.13 (£404.17); ewes, £273.93 (£356.05); ewe lambs, £231 (£306.17)
Blue Texel, aged rams, £393 (£342.86); ram lambs, £377.33 (£403.98); ewes, £764.75 (£707.58); ewe lambs, £585 (£417.38).
Beulah Speckled Face, rams, £273 (£230.19).
Border Leicester, rams, £522.06 (£595.65); ram lambs, £525 (n/a); ewes, £441 (£525); ewe lambs, £510.56 (£339).
Cambridge, rams, £333.38 (£231).
Charmoise, rams, £356.34 (£365.73).
Derbyshire Gritstone, rams, £105 (£199.50)
Hampshire Down, rams, £380.25 (£353.63); ram lambs, £262.50 (£259).
Lleyn, aged rams, £275.63 (£367.50); rams, £512.15 (£399.11); unregistered rams, n/a (£124.09); non-MV rams, £99.75 (n/a).
North Country Cheviot, rams, £454.62 (£418.65); ewes, £196.88 (£174.67); ewe lambs, £126.25 (£189).
Oxford Down, rams, £199.50 (£404.73).
Roussin, rams, £255.50 (£282); ram lambs, £213.50 (£142.75); ewes, £208.69 (£120.75).
Scottish Blackface, rams, £147 (£298.20).
Southdown, rams, £276.50.
South Country Cheviots, rams, £424.54 (£327.89).
Welsh Mountain, rams, £509.26 (£573.54)
Badger Faced, aged rams, £346.50 (£527.25); yearling rams, £271.69 (£332.50); ram lambs, £322.46 (£303.39); ewes, £186.55 (£149.19); ewe lambs, £162.09 (£144.31).
Balwen, aged rams, £122.22 (£217.35); yearling rams, £353.06 (£379.50); ram lambs, £313.25 (£192.50); ewes, £83.13 (£117.41); ewe lambs, £106.64 (£174.59).
Herdwick, rams, (£220.50); ewes (£83.13).
Poll Dorset, ram lambs, £327.60 (£300.30); ewe lambs, £213.94 (£249.38).
Auctioneers: Brightwells; Brightwells/Sunderlands; Clee, Tompkinson and Francis; Harrison and Hetherington; Jones Peckover; Dai Lewis; McCartneys; Ruthin Farmers Auction Co; J. Straker Chadwick and Sons; Michael Walton.