16 January 1998

Dutch genes help push Pentre Texels to 250gns at Ruthin

By Jeremy Hunt

PRICES at Ruthin hit 250gns at a reduction sale from the pedigree Pentre flock of Texels.

E Lloyd Williams and his wife, Joan, established the flock in 1982, since when they have made regular trips to Holland to introduce Dutch breeding into their sheep.

The couple also run a dairy herd alongside pedigree ewes comprising 300 Texels, 160 Poll Dorsets and 150 Lleyns.

"The Dutch influence has introduced superior hindquarter muscling and good, tight fleeces into our Texels," said Mr Williams who was reducing his workload before a hip replacement operation.

Top call was 250gns given by G W and L M Jones, who run the Erw flock at Corwen. They took a two-year-old ewe by Salocin Ambassador, out of a ewe by Coton Scholar. She was carrying lambs to Clun Condor, a ram bought at the NSA ram sale last autumn.

Yearling ewes reached 180gns for one by Callerton Advocate, in-lamb to Pentre Caesar that was placed 10th in the 1996 Elite Sires scheme. Buyer was P W Jones, Llansannan, Denbigh.

Auctioneer, Emyr Lloyd, commented after the sale: "Despite the depressed atmosphere within the sheep sector the sale went well and only seven out of the 60 ewes remained unsold."

Price ranges: five-year-olds, 60-105gns; four-year-olds, 50-160gns; three-year-olds, 70-130gns; two-year-olds, 60-250gns; and yearlings 50-180gns. (Ruthin Farmers Auction Company.) &#42

The Williams with two of their Pentre Texels at Ruthin.