AT the Farmers Guardian-supported multi-breed ram sale at Welshpool the Texels dominated the top prices with Ryders Bootylicious selling for 4,600gns. Hannah Noble reports from the ringside.
Consigned by Tom Ryder, Welshpool, the shearling ram was by Easterseat Wayout, a ram bought from Carlisle in 2017. It was out of a home-bred ewe by Brackenridge Strongbow which Mr Ryder said was the best ewe in the flock. It went home with G.W. Jones, Gwyddelwern.
The second top price for the breed was 1,700gns, this was for the third prized shearling ram from M. and S. Jones, Oswestry. Saron Bacardi is by Ellen Valley Yankee and out of a ewe by Arkle Vegas Star. D.T.A. Williams, Abermule made the winning bid.
Leading the Border Leicesters at 350gns was the breed champion from Eleanor Stokeld, Stokesley, North Yorkshire. The shearling tup by Lytham Thor is out of a homebred ewe by home-bred tup, Doulton Gentleman Jim. Doulton Border Leicesters is the biggest flock of Border Leicesters in the UK with 200 pedigree ewes, and tups are sold at Welshpool, Kelso and privately from the farm. It was knocked down to Phil Jones, Llangollen who farms Welsh and cross-bred ewes.
320gns was enough to buy the next highest priced Border Leicester, a shearling ram from D.J. and G.A. Watkins, Hereford. This was a ram by Clola Prince Charming which sold to C.H. Jones, Cwmmaethlon.
It was neck and neck for the top spot in the Suffolks, with two tups realising 600gns. The first was a shearling ram from John Pryce and daughter Helen Roberts, Meifod. The tup was bought as a lamb from Dafydd Roberts’ Llwyn flock, North Wales and sold to D.J. and E.G.V. Jones and Son, Llansilin. Mr Pryce runs 30 pedigree ewes but will be reducing the Horton flock this year after 52 years of breeding.
Making the same money was a ram lamb from George Powell, Shrewsbury. The lamb is by Strathbogie I’m Invincible and is out of a ewe which was bought in-lamb from the Burnview Flock, Northern Ireland last November. It sold to J.K. Smith, Chesterton and was one of 10 brought to the sale from the Myddle flock, all of which went on to find new homes.
Charmoise Hill rams topped at 950gns for a shearling from Anna and Milton Jones, Adfa. The ram which was also the breed champion in the pre-sale show was Min-Y-Fford Caine and was one of nine rams which sold for the couple averaging £592.66/head. The ram was by a ram from the Garn flock which was bought at Welshpool in 2017 for 1,000gns, and was a breed record price at the time. Its dam was bought from the Cybi flock on Anglesey. This was their first time taking the championship and top price at Welshpool during their five years in the breed.
Next, at 920gns was another shearling ram from the same home, also by the same sire, which sold to D.J. Williams, Myddfon.
The top price in the Berrichon ring was 620gns and went to John and Richard Powell, Churchstoke who also had the next two highest bids of 550gns and 520gns. The top bid was for a shearling ram from their Camlad flock. By a home-bred ram and out of a Shirnock-bred ewe, it was knocked down to G. Jones, Llanfyllin.
The champion Berrichon was the fourth highest price for the breed and made 520gns, selling to S. Crawshaw and Son, Denbighshire. The shearling ram, Glyncoch Tyson from Adrian Bowen, Carmarthen is by home-bred ram, Glyncoch Popeye. Popeye also bred the male and female Berrichon champions at the royal Welsh Show this year and sired the top priced yearling at Worcester in July. It is out of a ewe from the Shakespeare family from the Inkerman flock and was one of Mr Bowen’s foundation ewes.
Bluefaced Leicesters peaked at 950gns for a shearling ram from the Gornal flock of Philip Davis and daughter Claire, Llanymynech, Powys. The ram by Logie Durno Blue Knight sold to T.A. Owen, Rhayader. Out of a home-bred ewe by a Cernyw ram, it is one of about 50 rams sold from the flock each year at Welshpool, Builth Wells and through private sales.
Following this at 880gns was a shearling ram from H. and R.E.E. Jones, Llanidloes. This was a home-bred ram by a Greenaton-bred ram and out of a home-bred ewe. It sold to C.J. Thomas, Rhayader.
A shearling ram from Huw Roberts, Ruthin led the day for the Charollais at 750gns. This was the reserve champion in the pre-sale show and was by Oakchurch Rocky, a ram bought at Builth Wells in 2017. It is out of a home-bred ewe by Mortimer Kingpin, which was also bought at Builth Wells in 2011. It was knocked down to G.E. Davies and Sons, Llanrheadr.
Next top price for the Charollais was 600gns, this was for a ram lamb from C. Crowther, Chirbury. Dudston Ulysses is by Knockin Rum Lad and out of a home-bred ewe by Edaston Normandy. It went home with J.R. Evans, Trefeglwys.