Monmouthshire Livestock Centre’s second annual breeding sheep sale at Bryngwyn, Raglan, drew an entry of just under 3,000 head.
The judges, W.J. and E.A. Lewis, Neath, awarded the shearling championship to a pen of Suffolk Mules from G.G. Chandler and Son, Abergavenny, and backed their judgement by taking them home at £140 per head.
Flock ewes were in strong demand, not least the four-year-old Texels from S. Waite, Blakeney, which made £118. Three-year-olds sold to £104 from D.T. Jones, Caerphilly.
North Country Mule ewes at three years old reached £95, with a pen from E.D.E. and D.R. Price, Monmouth, while two-year-old Welsh ewes peaked at £81 from J.E. Powell-Jones.
Leading the lamb trade at £90 was the first prize pen from R.T. Watkins, Penyparc, purchased by Glyn Jones, Dovecote. Another pen of these smart Suffolk Mules also made £90, with others from the same home at £86 and £78.
There were 65 breeding rams entered and size and conformation proved to be the key.
Yearling Texels from J.R. Joseph and Co, took the top prices selling to 440gns and 435gns. Smart Beltex cross Texel yearlings from S.J. and E.L. Stables, Aconbury, sold to 425gns and 400gns. Suffolk yearlings from G.W. and F.M. Jones, Llanfabon, sold 350gns, while the best of the Charollais yearlings sold to 300gns from R. Carter, Coedkernew. A few smart ram lambs on offer topped at 360gns for a Texel from E. Fletcher, Abergavenny.
Auctioneers: Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers.