South-West Beltex breeder James Dando snapped up a trio of breeding females at the at the recent breed society sale at Brecon, Wales, including the event’s champion Llwynbrain Harebell, a three-year-old ewe, for £1575.

Exhibited by Messrs S & S Gibbons of Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, Mr Dando continued his spending spree buying two further females, Llwynbrain Kridle and Llwynbrain Jupiter – in-lamb to Calla Juntice, for £1050 apiece.

The event’s reserve champion was Messrs Edwards’ in-lamb yearling ewe that made £525 to R J Matthews of Brecon. Despite a smaller than entry than expected 40 sheep sold with ewe lambs averaging £223, yearling ewes £457. two-year-olds £270 and three-year-olds £588. (McCartneys).