15 September 2000

Lleyn Society backs breed champ

A SHEARLING ram that stood breed champion at this summers Royal Show sold for the top price of 1000gns when the Lleyn Sheep Society staged its first sale of the season at Gaerwen, Anglesey.

The ram was consigned from the Malton, North Yorks, flock of Charles Sackville Hamilton and was bought by mid-Wales breeder Emrys Jones for his pedigree flock at Commins Coch, Powys.

And another shearling from the same vendor achieved the sales second highest bid when the Butcher family Rylstone, Skipton, North Yorks, paid 820gns for a half-brother to the champion.

The Butchers have been steadily increasing their commitment to the Lleyn and have established an strong local demand for prime lambs through the award-winning Angel restaurant at Hetton.

And there was more success for Mr Sackville Hamiltons flock when a pen of gimmer shearlings realised £91 apiece to Pembrokeshire buyer MD Williams.

Top call for ewe lambs was £66 for entries from well known Carmarthenshire sheep breeder Dai Morris. Buyer was P Gyde, Glasgow.

Averages: shearling rams £290; (Morgan Evans). &#42