It was a day for making memories at Ruthin for Dylan and Elen Davies and family of Drefach, Llanybydder, as not only was it the first-time selling calves from their 20-cow suckler herd, but they also took the championship and sold for the day’s top price of £6,000.
The winning heifer which caught the eye of judge, Blair Dufton, Aberdeenshire, was Baby Shark, a Limousin-sired heifer by Mereside Lorenzo and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow. It was knocked down for £6,000 to the Northern Irish commercial show team, JCB Commercials, Newtownards, Co Down.
Next, selling for £5,100 was the steer and reserve overall champion from J. M. and A. M. Lewis, Llanwrda, Carmarthen. By the herd’s pedigree British Blue stock bull, Dragonblues Firefly, this one sold to Donald Morrison, Kinlochbervie, Sutherland.
A call of £4,500 from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, secured the third highest price on the day for Cefnbarrach Oulu, a pedigree Limousin heifer from David John Lloyd and Co, Trefeglwys, Caersws. This one is by Corlea Klassic.
Next best at £3,200 was another from the Lewis family’s string in the form of a Limousin cross heifer. This one stood second to the overall champion and is by a home bred bull out of a former show heifer. Taking this one home for further showing was Aled Roberts, Gaerwen, Anglesey.
The best price for a Charolais cross was £3,050 for one from the Welshpool-based Bowen and Bowen pen, which found a new home with H. Parry, Llangefni, Anglesey.
The reserve heifer champion, another Limousin cross and this time from Dion Hughes, Corwen, sold for £2,700 to R Whitfield, St Helens.
Averages: 18 heifers £2,117.78, 15 steers, £1,596.
Auctioneers: Ruthin Farmers.