26 September 1997

Record-breaking day

for NSA at Builth

TURNOVER was a record £2.4m at Mondays NSA ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

This was a day when 1000s of farmers packed the 4ha (10-acre) site, where 22 rings were selling more than 9000 sheep from 36 breeds.

The highest price was 3100gns, paid for a six-month-old Texel ram lamb from Robert Sutton, Kendal. Buyer was Huw Williams, Pontlynfi.

Among the breeds which saw record prices for this sale were South Country Cheviots, which made to 2100gns and Welsh Mountain sheep, which topped at 2050gns. Top bid in the Kerry Hill section was 1800gns.

NSA ram sale – selection of prices*


TopAveChange in aves

(gns)(£)on 1996 (£)

Suffolks MV


Ram lambs800265+1


Shearling rams1550423+73

Ram lambs3100224+15

Aged rams1000383+43


Shearling rams920450+78

Ram lambs1200337+42

Aged rams475392-65

Blue-faced Leicester

Shearling rams1300463-41

Ram lambs2600369-69

Aged rams560382-197

Border Leicester


Ram lambs480272+5

*Provisional figures.

A glimpse of the action at Mondays NSA sale. For those parading stock, its always a tense time waiting for the judges verdict. And there was no shortage of smiles from the Davies family – dad Gareth and daughters Rhian and Beulah – who consigned the champion Rouge de lQuest (left).