Ringside at Builth Wells, Powys. The Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders’ Association’s sale on Friday (14 September) saw 10,550 Welsh Mule ewes and ewe lambs go under the hammer.
Well attended by buyers from as far afield as Hampshire and Cornwall, the sale was blessed with a level trade from start to finish, said auctioneer Chris Davies of Brightwells. “The 3,200 yearling ewes met with a very buoyant trade, to average £156.37 – up £11 on the year.” A pen of 30 ewes topped at £205 a head.
“The 7,350 ewe lambs also enjoyed a super trade, to average £107.31 – up £10 on the year,” he added. A pen of 20 ewe lambs reached a peak of £158, with the champion pen selling for £140.