AT the Farmers Guardian supported multi-breed ram sale at Welshpool, one of the first lots into the sale ring saw the highest bidding of the day at 3,900gns, for Clun Achilles, a Texel shearling ram from Rodger, Anthony and Maggie Williams, Craven Arms.
The homebred ram which took the Texel championship in the pre-sale show is by Blore View Winger, a stock ram which was bought from Shrewsbury in 2016.
It was knocked down to Will and Jackie Forrester, Whitchurch, who also bred and sold the next highest priced ram, Doonguile Asher which made 2,600gns. The homebred Texel shearling ram is by Loosebeare Visionary and out of a Proctors Single Malt ewe. It went home with P.J. Evans, Talgarth.
Topping the Charollais and also realising the next highest price at 1,000gns was a shearling ram from Jeremy and Ala Price’s, 100-strong, Hereford-based Oakchurch flock. It is by Banwy Ripper, the flock’s stock ram which was bought at Builth Wells in 2016 as a ram lamb. Out of a homebred ewe by the AI sire, Southam Exotic. It sold to R.A. Owen, Foel, Powys.
Next for the Charollais at 750gns was a shearling ram from Gareth Bickerton, Oswestry. This was Mr Bickerton’s first ram sale as a Charollais breeder and the homebred ram by Cwm Dunrig Motivator is out of a homebred Lleiriog ewe by Tymaen Knobby, it went home with D.J. and E.G.V. Jones and Son, Llansilin, Shropshire.
Two further Charollais shearling rams realised 750gns, from N. Oughton, Montgomerey and T.H. Roberts, Rhewl. They sold to E.L.L. Jones, Llangadfan and D.G. Weston, Staffordshire respectively.
Bluefaced Leicesters peaked at 950gns for a shearling ram from D.W.P. Davies and family, Four Crosses. Bred from a long line of homebred animals, the ram sold to T.G. Evans, Bettws. Mr Davies also consigned several other lots with the following three reaching 820, 750 and 720gns.
Next for the Bluefaced Leicesters at 920gns was another shearling ram, this time consigned by Phil May, Four Crosses. The Mayland ram, bred by R. Peart, was bought from Carlisle in 2017 and is by a Rossiebank ram, and out of a Walton Rigg-bred ewe. It went home with E.J. Ashley, Craigllwyn.
Leading the way for the Suffolks at 900gns was the breed champion, a shearling from John Pryce’s, Horton flock, Meifod. By a Sitlow-bred Horton ram out of a three-year-old ewe, it went home with Alan Shinton, Ellesmere, Shropshire.
Following at 700gns was a shearling ram consigned by T.S. Cox, Church Eaton. The Tomcroft-bred ram was placed third in its class at the pre-sale show and was knocked down to J.E. Griffiths, Hereford.
Berrichons topped at 600gns for the last to sell and breed champion, a homebred ram lamb, Janos Tommy from B. Evans, Trefeglwys. The ram lamb is by Goitre Pocket Rocket, a stock ram which was bought in Builth Wells in 2016 for the top price. Its dam, Henallt Kelly was bought in 2017 from the dispersal of the Henallt flock. It went home with G. Williams, Derwen.
Making the same money were, two shearling rams consigned by John Powell, Churchstoke. Retaining the title of top-priced seller for another year, Mr Powell has been selling rams for 40 years and his Camlad flock is one of the largest Berrichon flocks in the country, comprising of 100 ewes. One is out of a Strathallan-bred ram bought in Builth Wells in 2015 and both are backed by several generations of homebred animals. They sold to W.S. Jones, Bryn Crug and D.S. Griffiths, Staylittle.
In the Charmois Hill ring, sales topped at 600gns for the breed champion, a shearling ram from the 45-strong, Garn flock. Consigned by Rob, Ben and Carol Moseley, Llanon, the ram is by a stock ram bought from Welshpool in 2016 and out of a homebred ewe. It was knocked down to Mr Powell.
Realising 550gns was the Charmoise Hill second top price, a shearling ram from Anna and Milton Jones’ Min-Y-Ffordd flock, Adfa. It went home with S. Jones, St Martins.
Topping the Border Leicesters at 700gns was Richard Evans, Wrexham with the breed champion, a shearling ram from his Halton flock, by Kininmonth Welsh Lad. It sold to J.J. Livestock, Cottingtons Hill.