Monday’s NSA ram sale at Builth Wells saw a buoyant trade with buyers ready to pay good prices for good sheep saw a top price of 6800gns paid for a Bluefaced Leicester and a total of 152 more rams sold than last year, with the sale turnover rising by more than £92,000. Overall 4663 sheep sold to level at £490.96, a rise of £3.95 on 2010.
The 6800 guineas sale was achieved by Aled Jones of Meddiant Isa, Talycafn, Conwy Valley, for D1 Craig Yr Orsedd, a son of B1 Arkleby out of a dam by T29 Scrainwood. He sold to Myrfyn Roberts, Myfyrian Isaf, Gaerwen, Anglesey. Mr Jones has chosen to retain a half share in the ram.He also had the top price yearling, which sold for 1700gns and the top priced female which sold for 580gns. “The ram lamb was the lamb of a lifetime from the start and was first in the Welsh progeny show in Welshpool in August.”
Headline prices at the sale, Europe’s biggest, hovered around the 5000gns mark, with 5500gns paid for a Lleyn shearling ram bred by Emrys and Dylan Jones, Lluest Wen, Commins Coch, Machynlleth, He sold to Christine Lewis of Caersws in partnership with Alun Bennett, Meifod. This one was by Bronallt Big Daddy and out of a dam by Balliney Action Man.Next best of the day was a 5000gns for a Texel Angela Nairey’s Meainspriede flock, Heys Lane, Blackburn. This one sold to Russell and Gill Watkins of the Millend Flock, Craswell, Herefordshire.And at the same money was a Talybont Welsh Mountain bred by Rob and Llinos Jones, Lower Argoed, Llandeilo Grabham, Erwood. This sold to Rob Davies, Ty Canol, Talybont on Usk.At 3200gns was a Charollais ram lamb bred by Dewi Evans of Tyddyn y Ffrwd,Llangallo, Moelfre, Anglesey. This one was knocked down to Willie and Carole Ingram for their Logie Durno flock, Aberdeenshire.Ram sale chairman Gwynne Davies said that it had been a good sale with the best tups selling exceptionally well. “Both vendors and purchasers have gone home happy. People are willing to pay good money for quality sheep which in the long term will produce the best lambs.
Principle averages; 500 Bluefaced Leicester shearling rams £580.43, 103 Bluefaced Leicester ram lambs £531.93, 427 Suffolk shearling rams £541.25, 69 Berrichon Du Cher shearling rams £404.45, 23 Berrichon Du Cher ram lambs £472.73, 48 Beltex shearling rams £523.41, 179 Beltex cross shearlings £536.90, 744 Texel shearling rams £606.14, 300 Texel ram lambs £343.63, 217 Welsh Mountain shearling rams £482.32, 69 South Country Cheviot shearlings £332.65, 163 North Country Cheviot shearling rams £403.69, 162 Lleyn shearling rams £457.16, 298 Charollais shearling rams £614.60, 244 Charollais ram lambs £490.70.