30 August 1996

Roussins NSA debut at Exeter

WEST Country breeders staged the ninth NSA annual ram sale at Exeter where Texels and Suffolks dominated the trade. But the day also saw Roussin in the ring here for the first time.

A Suffolk shearling ram from Glos breeder Roger Weavers Perrinpit flock realised the top price of 860gns while the leading bid for Texels was 650gns for the aged ram Chargol Yokel from M Yeo, Barnstaple, and bought by M Blake, Gunnislake.

Shearling Texel rams reached 600gns for one from Bill Quick and Sons, Crediton.

The Rouge de lOuest continues to find favour with the regions commercial sheep producers, many enjoying success with Rouge cross breeding females. There was 81% clearance of the Rouge on offer with a shearling ram from the Quick family making 500gns while their ram lambs sold to 440gns.

A Bleu du Maine shearling ram from &#42 Jones, Umberleigh, made 270gns and Berrichon du Cher – achieving 91% clearance – peaked at 560gns for a shearling ram from M Yeo.

A ram lamb from J R Fairbanks, Welshpool, was among the first Roussin to be offered at this fixture and sold for 140gns. Shearling ewes of this hardy breed made 80gns. (Stags and Rendells.) &#42


Shearling rams*

selection of average prices

£Change

on 95

Berrichon357+120

Suffolk354+58

Charollais366+82

Texel252-36

Rouge279+56

Ile de France229+14

Bleu du Maine213+45

*Registered and accredited.