Ram buyers at Ruthin were prepared to pay a premium for quality stock at the weekend setting a new centre record at the Welsh fixture, with almost 20 rams selling for in excess of 1,000gns.
Leading trade was the Lleyn ram Plasucha Dependable, which sold for the centre record 11,000gns to joint buyers Christine Lewis, Caersws, and Messrs Bennett.
Forward by DN Bennett and Son, Mefod, he is by Plasucha Copy Cat and out of a homebred ewe.
Next to top the sale was JA and R Geldard and Sons, Kendal, with their champion from this year’s Royal Welsh Show Wray Castle Diamond Geezer. Sired by a Johnston ram and out of a homebred ewe, he sold for 2,400gns to Dewi Ellis, Betws-y-Coed.
WJ and DJ Williams, Nefyn sold Tacho Dynamite for 2,200gns to HE Jones, Machynlleth. This ram is bred from a Hamish Goldie ram. At the same price Christine Williams, Caersws, sold a Brynowen ram, sired by Plasucha Archie to G and A Fort, Keighley.
Going under the hammer at 2,000gns was the champion ram Tacho Draig from WJ and DJ Williams. He sold to the pre-show junior judge Sian Jones, Wrexham. Also at the same money was the reserve champion Preenbank Dicky from JF Robinson, Church Stretton, who was sired by a Wray Castle ram. He sold to G and A Fort, Keighley.
Demand was also present for breeding ewes with commercial buyers seeking quality. The Goldie family from Dumfries dominated prices in the shearing ewe section with their prize pen five selling for £300/head to S Lewis, Haverfordwest. They also sold a further pen of five for £260/head to Edward Collins, Leominster.
The second prize pen of five from JF Robinson, Church Stretton sold for the next top of £220/head to KA and EA James-Evans, Lampeter.
Although ewe lamb trade got off to a reluctant start trade picked up with the first prize pen from WJ and DJ Williams, Nefyn, which topped at £210/head selling to Jo De’Meyst, Belgium. The same buyer also bought the second prize pen from AW Hughes, Garndolbenmaen for £152/head.