At Welshpool’s multi-breed ram sale, bids reached 1,700gns.
Topping Welshpool’s Farmers Guardian sponsored multi-breed ram sale and leading the money in the 439 Texels which sold was Canllefaes Yarmouth, a yearling Texel ram from the Davies family, Penparc, Ceredigion, changing hands to D.R. Owen and sons, Tywyn, Gwynedd. It is by Scolton Uranium, a Caereinoion Rocket son and out of ewe by Scrogtonhead Pioneer.
Not far behind it was another yearling from the same home, selling at 1,650gns to J.F. Robinsons and sons, Church Preen, Shropshire. Texel yearlings also twice hit 1,500gns, one sired by Caereinion Viking from Tom Ryder, Croes Llyd, Montgomeryshire and another from Jackie and Will Forrester, Higher Heath, Shropshire.
Among the entries of Bluefaced Leicester males, two were knocked down at 1,000gns. The first was a yearling from Dewi and Dona Williams, Dolwen, Conwy which sold to Emma Corfield, Montgomery, the sister of James Corfield who was tragically lost at this year’s Royal Welsh Show to continue his flock at home. The next at this money was a ram lamb from Gerallt and Lowri Jones, Eglwysbach, Conwy who had last year’s champion at Welshpool. It is by 891/G2 Lower Down, which was acquired at the NSA sale at Builth four years ago, bred by R.P. Williams and Son.
A new breed record was set in the Charmoise ring at 1,000gns for a yearling ram from the Moseley family, Bathania, Ceredigion selling to Milton Jones, Adfa, Mongomeryshire. Also taking the prize for the best consignment in the pre-sale show, this ram from two home-bred parents also stood second its yearling class.
The judge and bidders agreed in the Charollais proceedings with the day’s champion from David Jerman, Llawryglyn, Montgomeryshire going for the top price of 950gns to B.J. Rodenhurst, Farlow, Worcestershire. The Logie Durno King sired yearling ram was bred by G.J. and J.E. Williams, Crai, Breconshire and was bought as a lamb at the NSA’s main sale at Builth last year.
Berrichons reached 700gns for the day’s champion, Camlad WJP/16/3711, from John and Richard Powell who produce a number of breeds at their home in Snead, Montgomeryshire. It was bought by S. Crawshaw and Son, Dolwen, Denbighshire. This yearling is by a Shirnock ram and out of an Arrow ewe, one of the Powells’ foundations females.
For the second year running father-and-daughter-act Jack Pryce and Helen Davies, Trefnanney, Montgomeryshire secured the top Suffolk price, with the hammer going down at 550gns to D.J. and E.G.V. and son, Llansilin, Shropshire for a ram lamb. By Sitlow St Steve, bred by Steve Buckley, Derbyshire, it is out of a Lakeview Rambo sired ewe and stood fourth in its class in the show.
Carol Evans, Knockin, Shropshire took the highest bid for her Border Leicester champion at 550gns, going home with R.G. Roberts, Berwynfa, Denbighshire. The yearling ram is by Knockglass Impluse which was bought in Lanark three years ago as a lamb, and out of a home-bred ewe.
Blue Faced Leicester: 6 aged rams, £546; 192 yearlings, £391.40; 40 ram lambs, £325.50; 18 yearling ewes, £262.19; 5 ewe lambs, £210.
Texel: 4 aged rams, £485.63; 375 yearlings, £545.38; 60 ram lambs, £337.93.
Border Leicester: 26 yearlings, £374.77.
Charollais: 48 yearlings, £456.97; 12 ram lambs, £371.88. Suffolk: 2 aged rams, £378, 40 yearlings, £384.04; 29 ram lambs, £308.48.
Charmoise Hill: 4 aged rams, £393.75; 63 yearlings, £358.33; 4 ram lambs, £283.50; 15 yearling ewes, £360.50; 12 ewe lambs, £208.25.
Berrichon: 4 aged rams, £357; 25 yearling rams, £409.92; 2 ram lambs, £309.75.
Auctioneers – Welshpool Livestock Sales.