Strong trade coupled with plenty of buyers resulted in a superb clearance when Lleyn sheep went under the hammer at Ross on Wye last week (6 September).

The day set off on a high with 100% clearance in both the aged ewe and shearling ewe sections.

D N Bennett and Son of Powys had a very good sale topping the shearling section with £290/head for a pen of nine followed by £285, £255 and £240.  All sold to the same buyer Collacombe Farm Ltd, Devon.

Ross 2012 - D N Bennett and Son sell shlgs to £290Next were Roger and Helen Wells of Cardigan who realised £255/head for their pen of eight shearlings, which sold to T H Jackson, from Malvern.  

The first prize pen from Midlands Club Chairman Paul Andrews of Stourbridge sold for £225/head to Brent Bowdler of Cinderford.  

There were 14 pens sold for £200/head and over.  An exceptional average was seen in the MVA-accredited section of £176/head.

The ewe lambs also saw a strong trade.  

Topping this section was D W and C F Morris, of Carmarthen with their pen of five selling for £140/head to Simon Lewis, from Haverfordwest.  

The first prize pen from W J and D J Williams, Pwllheli was sold as a pen of ten for £128/head to Robin Irwin, of Devon.  

In total 23 pens in the ewe lamb section sold for £100/head and above.

Earlier in the day aged ewes peaked at £145/head when A P Liggins, from Rugby sold his two-year-olds to R Saunders, of Wiltshire.  

Meanwhile D J and G A Watkins, from Hereford sold his two-year-olds for £140/head to G Beedle, of Somerset.

Momentum continued into the ram section with 80 selling out of the 83 forward.  

The top price went to Lionel Organ of Llangeler, who sold his homebred shearling – bred from an A W Davies ram – for 3,100gns to G and A Fort, of West Yorkshire.  

A W Davies was next to top with 2,800gns for his homebred ram, which had been placed first at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows. It sold to the same home of G and A Fort.  

D W and C F Morris had 1,800gns for their ram when selling to J Dufosee, Warminster.  

While the first prize ram from J A and R Geldard and Sons sold for 1,300gns to A G Selway, Dorset.

There was an overall clearance of 97%.