Texels took the top money, with two changing hands for 1,400gns. The pre-sale show champion from Roger and Anthony Williams, Newcastle-on-Clun, was one of the matching top prices with the father and son duo having now topped this sale for the third consecutive year and bought by Scottish buyers the Mussburnford Farm Partnership, Jedbrough.
This time it was the March-2015 born Clun Wilson, a Tatham Hall Ur the One son, a sire which was bought from Carlisle’s society sale in 2014 as a yearling for 5,000gns.
Roger and Anthony passed the same money to Will and Jackie Forrester for the appropriately named Doonguile Welshpool yearling. It was sired by Llegodig Shotgun, which was purchased in 2012 for 2,000gns from Builth’s ram sale from the late David Orrels, Abermule.
This young ram will now go home to run with the Williams’ 350 pedigree Texel ewes.
The Blue Faced Leicester ring was busy, with an entry of 1190 to get through, and leading the way at 1,100gns was a February-2015 shearling from Phil May, Llanymynech, which also took first place in the yearling class and reserve male in the pre-sale show.
The hammer went down to Brian Dallyn, Barnstaple in a 50:50 joint purchase with Richard Turner, Cullompton and will head to Devon to serve ewes from both of their pedigree flocks.
Bred from two home-bred parents, its paternal sister was female champion at this year’s Royal Welsh, while its sire had won the breed champion there for two years in a row.
Border Leicesters reached similar peaks at 1,000gns, with the day’s champion a yearling ram from Ellie Stokeld, Cleveland selling to Matthew Prince, Derbyshire.
The March-2015 born male come from Doulton flock, the largest flock of Border Leicester’s in the UK, running 180 ewes. The same breeder took the breed’s highest price at last year’s sale.
Joe Powell, Berriew took the highest price in the Charollais sale at 850gns with his first prize untrimmed yearling selling to Esmor Evans, Flintshire who runs Charollais sheep, Charolais cattle, Texels and Limousins, as well as a veterinary practice.
Also an auctioneer at the market and Harper Adams student, Mr Powell has topped the Charollais trade at this sale now for three years.
Sired by Banwy Magicman, it is out of a home-bred Emrell ewe, part of his 30 ewe flock, which he says he runs to a commercial policy.
Suffolks reached a high of 850gns for an April-2015 born yearling from John Pryce and Helen Davies, Welshpool, going to Alan Shinton, Ellesmere to join his 15 ewes.
Sired by Lakeview Rambo, purchased from the society sale at Shrewbsury in 2012 for 750gns, and out of a home-bred ewe, it was inter-breed champion at Llanfair Caereinion show, and was also in the winning group of three.
Charmoise Hills topped at 800gns paid by George Denson, Holywell, for a January-born yearling from Emyr Roberts, Lon Wynne, a breeder who has won the Royal Welsh breed championship in 2010, 12 and 13.
Its sire took second top price today and Mr Denson will use the ram for crossing with Welsh Mules and Texel crosses.
In the run of Berrichons, Mick Williams, Ross-on-Wye attracted the highest bids, with the hammer going down at 460gns for the yearling Tregwynt Pistacchio, selling to Mike Crawshaw, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog.
Blue Faced Leicester: 16 aged rams, £412.78; 240 yearlings, £413.88; 64 ram lambs, £338.79; 11 aged ewes, £304.50. Texel: 3 aged rams, £427; 324 yearlings, £518.79; 80 ram lambs, £326.03. Border Leicester: 1 aged ram, £315; 29 yearlings, £463.81; 2 ram lambs, £446.25. Charollais: 3 aged rams, £490; 78 yearlings, £462.27; 28 ram lambs, £326.63. Suffolk: 3 aged rams, £430.50, 49 yearlings £423.21; 35 ram lambs, £324.30. Charmoise Hill: 9 aged rams, £343; 82 yearlings, £397.98; 5 ram lambs, £203.70; 7 aged ewes, £201; 49 yearling ewes, £273.43; 3 ewe lambs, £231. Berrichon: 24 yearling rams, £341.69; 1 ram lamb, £262.50.
Auctioneers – Welshpool Livestock Sales.