Rain and wind did nothing to dampen the trade at the Bala Sheepdog Trials Committee’s sale last Saturday which saw record prices achieved.
Staged at the Rhiwlas Estate, Bala, the Farmers Guardian-sponsored sale also attracted buyers from America and Denmark, and was topped at £7,560.
The appearance of Nazareth, Caernarfon breeder Alan Jones’s bitch Tess had been eagerly anticipated. Bred from Mr Jones’s own Bob and Lil, the 17-month-old was eventually knocked down at the day’s top price to A.P. Procter, Cumbria.
Close behind was Jan, from by Doug Lambie, Ystrad Bach, Llangwm. Home-bred by Craig and out of Jaz, this 26-month-old bitch sold for £5,250 to T.A. Temple – also from Cumbria.
Demand was apparent from early in the sale. The second dog to run from Sion Jones, Cefn Eithin, Corwen, made £4,567.50 to an undisclosed buyer. This was Gel, a 20-month-old bitch by A. Owen’s Mac, out of his bitch Gael.
Also making one of the highest prices of the day was Annie from A.D. Powell, Gladestry, Kington. This 22-month-old by Myllin Jim out of Denwyn Jess, was bought by D.G. Owen, Llandrindod Wells, at £4,567.50.
All three of these top priced dogs had been available to view working on the Bala Sheepdog website, which the auctioneers said had proved to be a successful addition to the sale.
Working dogs, £2,096; working bitches, £2,815; youngsters, £619.50
Auctioneers: Ruthin Farmers Auction.