A packed ringside saw records smashed at the North Wales Potential Show and Sale on Saturday (20th February), with a new centre of £7,900.
The record setter, a five-month-old Limousin-cross heifer and champion on the day, was from DH Morgan, Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire. She was bought by E Williams, Sennybridge.
Heifers were the pick of the day, with 24 selling to a new sale record of £2,367.
Next in the money at £6,400 was the reserve champion heifer, a Limousin-cross from DJ Lloyd, Trefeglwys, selling to the judge S Sellers, Lincolnshire.
Mr Lloyd also achieved the third highest bid of 6,000gns for his the reserve champion, a nine-month-old Limousin steer, which saw Mr E Williams back in the bidding.
A British Blue-cross steer from JM and AM Lewis, Cwrt y Cadno, Llanwrda, sold to Marwood and Wilkinson, Leyburn, North Yorkshire for £4,300.
A bumper crowd turned out to see the show for the first time in Ruthin’s new exhibition hall and while numbers were back on the year with 50 entries, the quality was higher, auctioneer Glyn Owens told Farmers Weekly.
This helped support new record average prices of £2,047 as British Blue-cross heifers sold to £3,100 and Blue-cross steers topped at £3,100. Charolais-cross steers sold to £1,500 and one Charolais-cross heifer made £1,150.
The highest ever buyer attendance saw many locals as well as buyers from Ireland, a good number from Yorkshire and Lancashire, across the midlands and Somerset and Devon, added Mr Owens.
“A very good show of cattle made for a tremendous show,” he said. “What was pleasing to see was the amount of new buyers, while the champion and reserve were bought by a long and valued supporter of the sale on the day.
Demand was strong across all breeds, but demand for heifers and particularly Limousins crossed to British or Belgian Blue was notable, with the third place Limousin heifer making £2,050, he added.
“This is often the case, the heifers can of course have a breeding value as a cow and there were other good prices for every breed sold on the day. Charolais steers and heifers also sold well.”
Averages: 50 overall, £2,047; 24 heifers, £2,367; 26 steers, £1,698.
(Ruthin Farmers Auction)