Builth early tup sale hits 1500gns high

Today’s Early NSA ram sale at Builth Wells has seen a strong trade through most breeds, with the day’s top call a 1500gns bid for a Texel shearling from  Paul and Anna Johnson, Staffordshire.

Their sale leader was Corriecrave Ringleader one of a batch of seven shearlings on offer in their first visit to the August sale.

Anna Johnson added: “We havealways sold Border Leceisters at the main NSA Wales and Border sale andbefore that at the sale in Builth market. We have come here this time becauseit’s the main sale for selling Texels.”

The Johnsons have been sellingTexels for 25 years and the ram achieved one of the best prices they haveenjoyed. His sire was Cambwell Onich and he sold to S A and V L Morris who likedhis back end and depth.

The top priced Suffolk wasa ram lamb bred by regular vendor Roger Weaver and son Michael of FramptonCotterell, Gloucestershire. He sold to Messrs Reynolds and Lawrence, Pembrokeshire,for 1200gns. A ram lamb  from John Pryce sold for 1100gns and another of the Weavers’ ram lambs went at 1000gns.

In the Charollais on offer a pair sold at the day’s top of 1050gns. The first was a shearling from Adrian Davies, Manordeilo, Llandeilo, which went to Claire Notley and John Rees, St Dogmaels,Cardigan, who liked his confirmation, tight skin and tight wool. The other 1050gns ram wassold by Gerald Burrough, Honiton, Devon.

The Charollais champion, a ramlamb from Wern Fawr flock of David and Paul Curran, Talgarth, Brecon, sold for 1000gns to Roy Morris, Knighton.

Other breeds saw increased top prices too and averages were generally well up on last year. A Berrichon ram sold for a top breed price of 420gns, up by 20gns on last year’s trade, while top in the Hampshire Downs was 450gns, a rise of 80gns on 2010.

Best for the Poll Dorsets on offer was a 550gns bid, nearly double last year’s best, while in the Beltex crosses the best was a 630gns sale.

Ram sale committee chairman Gwynne Daviessaid:”Everything has gone well, with a good buzz around the place and goodsheep fetching good prices. There was a good crowd here and people were clearlylooking for the quality tups that are available at these sales.

“There has been a good steadyprice across the board, as well as the headline prices. The industry is in goodheart because the lambs are selling well and ewes are also fetching goodprices. It looks very promising for the main sale here on 19 September.”

Averages; 122 Charollais shearlings £625.31, 43 Charollais ram lambs £469.08, 136 Texel shearlings £560.15, four Texel older rams £585.38, six Texel shearling ewes £472.50, 21 Suffolk shearling rams £616.89, 31 Suffolk ram lambs £511.87, 11 Berrichon shearling rams £427.88, two Berrichon ram lambs £241.50, three Berrichon ewe lambs £227.50, eight Hampshire Down shearling rams £375.38, nine Poll Dorset shearling rams £369.83, 10 Beltex shearling rams £475.65, 18 Beltex cross rams £514.50.