8 January 1999

440gns top call

BELTEX ewes made the best prices when Margot Burton dispersed her De Busli multi-breed flock of pedigree sheep at Gloucester.

The top call of 440gns came from an unnamed Shropshire breeder for a February 1997-born Beltex ewe sired by one of the Frazier familys Conningswick rams. The twin sister realised 400gns to Miss R Jones, Raglan, Gwent who also gave 300gns for a Beltex-cross ewe carrying two pedigree embryos.

Welsh interest was maintained when R M Jones, Cardigan, gave 390gns for a 1996-bred ewe which helped to achieve a level of £362 for 12 Beltex females.

AVERAGES: 12 Beltex ewes £362; seven ewes carrying Beltex embryos £171; 31 Bleu du Maine ewes £91; four Rouge de LOuest ewes £94; 12 Beltex-cross ewes £84; three Bleu du Maine-cross ewes £84; five Bleu du Maine ewe lambs £60. (Bruton Knowles) &#42