On the same day the Welsh Black Cattle Society notched up half a century of sales at Dolgellau, the breed society saw a top price of 10,600gns, one of five deals over 4000gns.

Making the fixture at Dolgellau – known as the “capital” of the breed’s sale centres – his own was Iwrch Mr Tee. This 17-month-old bull was one of 21 sold on the day and was consigned by Alun Vaughan from his herd at Nebo, Llanrwst.

Mr Tee is by Gwern-Cynyddion Rhys 30th and out of a cow from the herd’s good Nesta family.

Determined bidding from young farmer Cennydd Eynon secured him as stock bull for his Dyffryn herd established five years ago at Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn.

Mr Vaughan made sure he bought into some more good breeding by holding off the competition to take the bull Gwern-Cynyddion Cai 4th at 10,000gns.

Paraded by his breeder Robert John Evans from Llanbedr, Gwynedd, this son of Machreth Cai 7th is out of the herd’s Carol family and stood reserve champion.

There was no shortage of bidders keen to start off the year with new stock bulls.

Among them was Robert Roberts, Llanegryn, Tywyn, who paid 9000gns for Machreth Banner 4th.

This 22-month-old bull by Hafodesgob Mered was offered by Lewis R Williams, Dolgellau.

Collecting the bull championship was the 22-month-old Gwarcwm Meirion 10th from Huw Jones, Aberystwyth.

By Foel Meirion 4th he joins the Talybont-based herd of Simon Lloyd Williams at 4300gns.

Talybont breeder Dilwyn Bennett Jenkins’ young bull Caran Seraff 3rd took the junior championship at last year’s Royal Welsh Show.

By Rhydygarnedd Seraff 2nd, he realised 4000gns to Betws-y-Coed herd owner Idris Roberts.

Leading the females at 1450gns was Graig-Goch Ceri 15th, a 16-month-old heifer from Emyr Jones, Nebo, Llanrwst, who collected the female title.

She was bought by 14-year-old Angharad Francis, Abergorlech, Carms, who was the day’s assistant judge in the bull section.

Averages: 21 bulls 3245gns and 53 females 653gns. (Farmers Marts R G Jones)

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