A record number of buyers at the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale at Builth on Monday (22 September) saw a total of 3,505 change hands to gross £2,123,463.
Averages were up £23.44 on the year at £510.45, with a clearance rate of 88%.
Sale leader at 6,800gns was a shearling Texel bred by Andrew Reed, Scolton flock, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, who also made the top price in 2011. The shearling was by Caereinion Rocket. This year his pen of 27 averaged £1,600.
The tup sold in a three-way split to three Lanarkshire flocks led by Allan Wright, Crawford, and will be used within the Midlock, Hartside and Burnhead flocks.
It was another Texel that achieved the day’s second best bid of 4,600gns. This price was paid for the Caereinion Number One son, a yearling, from Cefin Pryce, Llanfair Caereinion, Powys. Altogether Mr Pryce averaged £1,500 for a pen of 10.
Realising the best price of the day outside of the Texel ring was a Charollais shearling bred by Meilir Jones, Trelawynd, Ruthin. This one headed back to Ruthin with Huw Roberts, Rhewl, for 3,200gns.
Julian Rees, Crickhowell, Powys, paid 3,000gns for a Talybont Welsh Mountain tup from Rob and Llinos Jones, Erwood, Builth Wells.
Also selling for 3,000gns was a Bluefaced Leicester ram lamb, bred by Aled Jones, Tal y Cafn, Conwy.
Headline figures for other breeds included a 1,850gns bid for a non-MV Suffolk from G Davies and family, Llanfechan, Garth. It was bred DT and SM Owens, Pembridge, Leominster.
Leading the Blue Texels was a ewe from David Alexander’s Millside flock, Galston, Ayrshire, at 1,700gns.