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Texels lead Builth at 7,000gns

Confidence appeared to prevail at the National Sheep Association Wales and Border main ram sale, with a 4.5 per cent increase in averages on the year and a clearance of 86 per cent. A total of 3,425 sheep were sold and turnover totalled £1.87 million.

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Sale leader, Brijon Blitz, from Jonathan Watson which sold for 7,000gns.
Sale leader, Brijon Blitz, from Jonathan Watson which sold for 7,000gns.

Leading the trade at 7,000gns was the ring 15 champion, Brijon Blitz, a shearling from Jonathan Watson’s Brijon flock, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

 

The home-bred ram by £23,000 Midlock You’re the One, bought from Kelso as a shearling in 2017 in a three-way-split between Mr Watson, John Elliot, Kelso, and Mike and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, is out of a home-bred ewe by Brackenridge Strongbow.

 

It sold to Eifion Morgan, of the Blaencar flock, Sennybridge.

 

Next at 6,000gns was another Texel, Logie Durno Braveheart, the ring 12 champion from W. and C. Ingram, Aberdeenshire.

 

Its sire, Caereinion Ace, was bought privately from Kevin Price, Welshpool, as a lamb, and its dam is by Livery Ultimatum. The buyers were J.M. and S.M. Priestly, Brampton.

 

At 5,000gns was another from the Texel rings, Scolton Bespoke, consigned by W.O.J. Reed and Co., Haverfordwest.

Logie Durno Braveheart from W. and C. Ingram, Aberdeenshire, which sold for 6,000gns.
Logie Durno Braveheart from W. and C. Ingram, Aberdeenshire, which sold for 6,000gns.

By Caereinion Rocket and out of a ewe by Caereinion Valuable, it sold in a two-way-split to A.T. Turner, Derbyshire, and C.D. Tinn, Yorkshire.

 

Next at 4,200gns and topping the Bluefaced Leicester rings was an Ashes ram lamb from Frank Johnson, County Durham.

 

The home-bred Burndale-sired ram out of a ewe by a Bonvilston tup, is a full brother to the top priced pair Mr Johnson sold for 3,900gns and 3,000gns in a Bluefaced Leicester society sale in Carlisle in October 2018.

Bluefaced Leicester sale topper from Frank Johnson (Ashes), County Durham, which sold for 4,200gns.
Bluefaced Leicester sale topper from Frank Johnson (Ashes), County Durham, which sold for 4,200gns.
Scolton Bespoke from W.O. and P. E. Reed, which sold for 5,000gns.
Scolton Bespoke from W.O. and P. E. Reed, which sold for 5,000gns.

The buyer was Tudor Harris, for his Bonvilston flock in Cardiff.

 

At 3,100gns was the Bluefaced Leicester pre-sale champion, a ram lamb from Alan McClymont’s Kirkstead flock, Yarrow.

 

Sired by a Burndale tup and out of a ewe by a Shewbridge ram, the buyers were D.L. Jones, Llanbadarn Fynydd.

 

Making 3,400gns and topping the Lleyn rings was a shearling ram from Derek Steen of the Whitecastles flock, Dumfriesshire, which sold to Dylan and Anwen, Jones, Machynlleth.

 

At 3,200gns and topping the Charollais rings was a shearling from Jonathan Wales’ Thackwood flock, Carlisle, which sold to David Robert.

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Charollais section leader, a shearling from Jonathan Wales’ Thackwood flock, Carlisle, which sold for 3,200gns.

Other notable sales

  • Beltex crosses sold to 2,600gns for T.C. Whiteford, Brampton, Cumbria
  • Blue Texels sold to 2,200gns for Nina Smith, Gloucestershire
  • South Country Cheviots sold to 2,000gns for Norman Douglas, Selkirk
  • Suffolks sold to 1,650gns for Lorna Campbell, Carmarthen
  • Welsh Mountains sold to 1,400gns for A. and M. Jones, Builth Wells

Averages

Rings 1 & 2: Bluefaced Leicester – 16 aged rams, £530.91 (+12.47); 290 shearling rams, £573.34 (+70.95); 97 ram lambs, £591.14 (-12.67); 24 ewes, £318.94 (+0.82); 8 ewe lambs, £233.63 (-75.08); Ring 3: Non MV Suffolk – 71 rams, £622.01 (+76.01); Oxford Down – 4 rams, £249.38 (+104.18); Ring 4: Non MV Suffolk - 202 rams, £729.49 (+164.73); Ring 5: MV Suffolk - 74 ram lambs, £454.91 (+57.48); Ring 6A: Berrichon – 1 aged ram, £315; 32 shearling rams, £512.87 (+116.03); 1 ram lamb, £420 (-£271.25); 3 ewes, £308 (-£30.94); 2 ewe lambs, £236.25 (-£114.45); ring 6B: Blue Texel – 21 rams, £554.05 (-£0.63); 18 ram lambs, £414.75 (-£8.57); 18 ewes, £472.50 (-£202.70); 16 ewe lambs, £340.59 (-£166.41); ring 7: Hampshire – 25 rams, £261.38 (-£93.50); 2 ram lambs, £262.50 (+£39); Roussin – 2 rams, £456.75 (+299.25), 3 ewes, £262.50 (+£73.50); Charmoise, 16 rams, £315.66 (-£33.84); Romney – 3 rams, £315 (-£178.50); Bleu Du Maine – 2 rams, £288.75; Rouge, 2 rams, £420, 2 ram lambs, £210; Poll Dorset – 3 rams, £273 (-£55.13), 2 ewe lambs, £210; Dorset Horn – 1 ram, £210 (-£15.75); 2 ewe lambs, £157.50; ring 8: Beltex – 33 rams, £346.02 (-80.03); 8 ram lambs, £275.63; Beltex cross – 208 rams, £505.92 (+70.95); ring 9: Texel – 165 rams, £574.95 (+£76.59); Texel cross – 40 rams, £681.19 (+223.64); Beltex – 2 rams, £420; Beltex cross – 40 rams, £626.59 (-£99.41); Charollais cross – 12 rams, £412.13; Charollais – 4 rams, £372.75 (-£53.55); Southdown – 1 ram, £210 (-26.25); Bluefaced Leicester cross, 61 rams, £408.30 (-£22.84); Cambridge – 6 rams, £259; Millennium Blue – 4 rams, £393.75; Dassenkop – 1 ram, £441; Ring 10: Lleyn MV – 74 rams, £439.30 (+41.19); Unregistered Lleyn MV – 1 ram, £210; 67 Texel ewes, £454.48 (-£42.64); 32 ewe lambs, £258 (-£141.44); Rings 11 & 12: Texel – 551 shearling rams, £766.60 (+£84.43) Ring 13: Texel – 304 ram lambs, £365.32 (-£8.29); Ring 14: Border Leicester – 35 rams, £377.49 (+£77.89) 6 ewes, £377.48 (£126.48); Ring 15: 67 rams, £772.77; 15 ram lambs, £507.50; Rings 16 & 17: Charollais MV, 163 shearling rams, £588.39 (-£18.48); 141 ram lambs, £424.80 (-£45.05); Ring 18: Balwen – 10 shearling rams, £199.50 (-£23.63); 7 ram lambs, £92.54 (-£98.21); 9 ewes, £119.58 (+£55.86); 13 ewe lambs, £140.13 (+£7.03); Ring 19: Welsh Mountain – 80 rams, £444.28 (+6.87); Derbyshire Gritstone – 4 rams, £110.25 (-£78.75); Ring 20: South Country Cheviot – 69 rams, £514.50 (+£96.18); Scottish Blackface – 5 rams, £262.50 (+£64.31); Swaledale – 3 rams, £84; North Country Cheviot hill – 6 rams, £357 (+£30.11); North Country Cheviot park – 102 rams, £433.18; 4 ewes, £257.25 (-£94.50) Ring 21: Badger – 1 aged ram, £430.50 (+£220.50); 14 shearling rams, £422.63 (+£16. 13); 16 ram lambs, £441 (+£168.62); 36 ewes, £154.73 (+£15.38); 42 ewe lambs, £167.50 (+£23.74)

Auctioneers:

Brightwells; Clee, Tompkinson and Francis; Harrison and Hethrington; Hexham and Northern Marts; J. Straker Chadwick and Son; Jones Peckover; McCartneys; Michael Walton; Nock Deighton Agricultural LLP; Ruthin Farmers Auction Company; Sunderlands/Brightwells.

 

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