WELSH Black bulls doubled their average price compared with a year ago as bidding rocketed to 9000gns at the breed societys Dolgellau fixture.
Although just 500gns short of the breed record, the 9000gns call came for the champion, Iwrch Franck, paraded by Alan Vaughan, Nebo, Llanrwst. Franck is by last years Royal Welsh Show breed champion Neuadd Addewid 68th and weighed 730kg in the sale-yard – a daily gain of 1.19kg over 612 days.
He was bought by the breed society president Robin Price who runs the Rhiwlas Estate at Bala where land rises to 2000ft.
And the days second highest priced bull also goes to the Bala hill country. Machreth Cai 7th, the reserve champion from Lewis Williams, Dolgellau was bought by hill farmers Cefnbodig Partners who paid 6600gns for this son of Pentra Banner. Sale weight: 740kg at 711 days giving a daily gain of 1.04kg.
Completing a trio of high prices was Graig Goch Banner, a son of Neuadd Dafydd Ddu from Emyr Jones herd at Nebo. Buyer was E Jones, Bala.
"We have put a great deal of effort into our breed development work and this sort of trade shows that its paying off," said breed society secretary Mrs Evelyn Jones.
A steady female trade produced a leading bid of 1100gns from D Morgan, Aberystwyth to claim the heifer Neuadd Cati 322nd. Consigned by William Jenkins, this daughter of Iwrch Seraff 2nd was sold suckling a heifer calf.
The female championship went to the in-calf heifer Bro-Waen Nel from Alwyn Morris, Llanrwst. Buyer at 900gns was J G Thomas, Carno, Powys.
AVERAGES: 12 bulls £2617 and 35 females £516. (Farmers Marts R G Jones Ltd). *