A record price of 18,000gns was achieved at the NSA Wales and Border ram sale, at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth on Monday (19 September).
Turnover was up on last year at £2.2m, with clearance rates hitting 85% and averages up across all breeds.
Eclipsing the previous 17,000gns record price paid for a Bluefaced Leicester in 2008 was a shearling Texel from Llion Jones Tywyn, Gwynedd.
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The record-breaker came in the form of Pant Wolf, a Loosebeare Unique QEL1302218 (1) son. He sold to Charlie Boden’s Sportsman flock, Stockport.
Mr Jones bought his dam, a Sportsman ewe by Baltier Panther FEB09977 (1), for 2,800gns in 2011 from Charlie Boden, Carlisle, after beginning his flock with foundation stock bought at the NSA Wales and Border sale in 2001.
Making 7,800gns and leading Bluefaced Leicester trade was a ram lamb from M and N Gray, Morpeth, Northumberland. Sired by 234/F2 Ashes, he is out of a dam by 2188/c15 Grugoer.
Buyer was G Smith and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Back in the Texel ring and selling for 5,500gns was the shearling Texel ram Cooilingel Warlord from Danny Creer, Isle of Man.
Sired by Cambwell Urbane LTC1301621 (E) he is out of a dam by Cowal Powerhouse CKC09911 (E). He was the pick of Barbara Smith, Slapton.
Just shy of this at 5,200gns and topping trade in the Welsh Mountain ring was a Talybont shearling ram from Stuart Davies, Bucknell.
He is only in his second year of breeding Welsh rams, having previously bred Suffolks. He has 100 Welsh ewes and 900 cross-bred ewes, as well as 150 suckler cattle.
The buyer was his brother Rob Davies, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society sheep director, who farms at Ty Canol, Llangynidr.
Paying 4,400gns for the shearling Texel Whitehart Woodstock from father and daughter Jim and Nicola Hartwright, Bringsty, Worcestershire, was Jeff Aiken, Procters Farm, Wennington, Lancashire.
Sired by Langside The Gaffer GAL1200638 (3), he is out of a Cherryvale Shergar GCN1100383 (2)-bred ewe.
At the same money was BFL 3750/D30 from Miss SA Harding, Shrewbridge. Sired by 3114/D30 Shrewbridge, he is out of a 1411/A25 Dunhonw daughter.
Leading Beltex trade was Dafydd Lewis’ Cothi Allo Allo, from his farm in Llanwrda. He was purchased by Simon Blandford, Ledbury.
The Millside flock led in the Blue Texel ring, with DSC Alexander, Galston, Ayrshire, taking the day’s top call of 2,200gns with a shearling ewe by Jonsland Xtra.
Averages: Bluefaced Leicesters: £514 Shearling rams, £625 (+£51 on 2015); 102 ram lambs, £717 (+£128 on 2015). Blue Texels: 22 rams, £343 (+£46 on 2015); 23 ram lambs, £404 (same as 2015). Beltex: 44 rams, £734 (+£359). Texel: 681 shearling rams, £717 (+£106); 303 ram lambs, £367 (+£10). Suffolks: 84 Non-MV rams from ring three, £706 (+£193 on 2015); MV-recorded ram lambs, £403 (+£54 on 2015); 250 non-MV-recorded rams from ring four, £567 (+£12 on 2015). Charollais: 205 shearling rams, £537 (+£10 on 2015); 153 ram lambs, £475 (+90p on 2015).