ONE THOUSAND extra rams were sold at the Wales and Borders National Sheep Association ram sale at Builth Wells on Mon, Sept 20.
The sales total hit £2.2m and a new record was set with a 5000gns deal for a Charollais ram lamb. The sale produced 88% clearance with 6137 rams averaging £348.
The record-breaking champion Charollais ram lamb was by Southfield Northernstar and had taken the reserve championship at the Royal Welsh Show.
Sale chairman George Hughes said: “The number of record prices paid proves sheep producers are committed to investing in quality sires.
“Scrapie genotyping was also a factor and Group One rams were earning a premium.”
Huw Francis‘ Bluefaced Leicester tup made the day‘s second highest price of 3600gns and took the breed championship title.
Beltex tups were in demand and it was a ram from Hay-on-Wye breeder Steve Gibbons that topped the section at 3360gns.
Texels peaked at 3000gns, Suffolks at 1000gns, Beulah Speckledface rams sold to 2050gns and two Badgerfaced ram lambs achieved a new breed record of 1150gns.