There were several volume commercial buyers at the ringside at Welshpool putting a bottom in the trade which helped to maintain a solid sale throughout.


The shearling ewe section was topped early on when the champion pen from D and N Bennett, Powys realised £225/head to RV and GE Jones, Wrexham.


It was JA and R Geldard & Sons next who had travelled all the way from Kendal.  They sold a pen of five for £210/head to DG Jones, Lampeter, and another pen at £200/head to M Reader, Congleton.


The second prize pen from WJ and DJ Williams, Nefyn realised £180/head to P Eckett, Newton.  The third prize pen from Christine Lewis, Trefeglwys sold for £165/head to DM Thomas, Carmarthenshire.


In the ewe lamb section again it was the first prize winners topping the section.  WJ and DJ Williams sold this pen for £148/head to TA Irwin and Son, Devon.  AW Davies, Nefyn, came in next with a pen at £136/head also to TA Irwin and Son.


J and R Twose, Whitland realised £132/head to AG and GM Hughes, Carnarthon.  The second prize pen from John Morton realised £106/head to N Sinden, Banbury whilst he also had another pen at £120/head which were bought by J and R Twose.  The third prize pen from DN Bennett and Son sold for £110/head to I Sevonoaks, Herefordshire.


It was the champion from DN Bennett and Son, Powys which topped at 1,350gns.  Plasucha Bennett, a shearling ram is bred from a John Morton sire out of a homebred ewe.  This ram was purchased by B Jones & Son, Llanybydder.


The reserve champion ram from H and M Dugdale, Settle was Borrins Blizzard, an E & D Jones sired ram from a homebred ewe.  He went on to sell for 1,000gns to S Hope, Aylesbury.  JA and R Geldard sold a Wraycastle shearling ram sired by a Sackville Hamilton for 1,250gns to JF Robinson & Sons, Shropshire.


Averages: 238 ewes, £102; 626 shearlings, £140.25; 322 ewe lambs, £85.48; 36 rams, £541.33; 56 non mva ewes, £83.07; 58 non mva shearlings, £75; 120 non mva ewe lambs, £57.