A British Blue-cross heifer from Phil and Owen Watkins, Hay-on-Wye took the money at Brecon’s sale of show potential cattle, where heifer averages were down on the year by £113.20 and steers were up £106.60.
With Brecon’s sale of show potential cattle becoming a go-to destination for commercial cattle showmen, the Farmers Guardian-sponsored event saw some big prices once again. Heifer averages were down on the year by £113.20 and steers were up £106.60, while last year's record still stands.
Lot number one in the catalogue and number one on the day was Little Miss P, a British Blue cross heifer from Phil and Owen Watkins, Hay-on-Wye which sold at £5,000 on their first appearance at the sale.
By British Blue stock-bull Amlely Hastings, and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow, the 10-month haltered animal sold to Aberdeenshire judge, Blair Duffton, who was an avid buyer, having taken the champion title at last year’s Welsh Winter Fair with an animal purchased here last year.
The leading steer money was 4,100gns paid by Colin Harris, Torrington, for the champion steer, Jonnie Walker, a May 2016-born Limousin-cross from the Brute family, Brecon who also took the baby beef championship at the 2016 Welsh Winter Fair.
Mr Duffton gave £3,350 for My Gracie, a Limousin heifer with a black sire from M.T. Jones, Sennybridge. The seven-month-old animal is out of a pedigree Limousin and was second in its class on the day.
Black Ice from Colin and Wendy Phillips, Sarnesfield was next in the money realising 3,100gns to B. Williams, Sennybridge. It is a Powerhouse Elite son, which sired three out of four of the last Welsh Winter Fair champions, with the vendor also breeding the most recent.
Making the same money was a nine-month-old Limousin-cross steer from G. Jones, Builth Wells selling again to Mr Duffton and sired by the Limousin, Lodge Hamlet and out of a Limousin-cross British Blue cow. A pedigree Limousin heifer from the same home sold to Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, again for £3,100.
The day’s reserve champion, Limousin-cross heifer, That’s My Girl from Mansel, Maureen and Dafydd Lewis, Llanwrda, went to Mike Rowlands, Llanidloes for £3,000 and is another Powerhouse Elite daughter.