Picky trade brings mixed averages at early NSA sale

A selective early National Sheep Association sale saw prices lift to 1,400gns, with firm bidding for rams making the grade at Builth yesterday (5 August).  

An entry of 386 commercial terminal sires – including nine females – saw a clearance of 71.2%, with 275 head across four rings.

This was a marked improvement on the 54% clearance of last year, with sale officials suggesting farms were wanting to restock after holding off from buying for the past two years.

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Texel at 1,400gns

Trade topped with a Texel shearling from the Chave family, Sampford, Somerset, which was bought over the phone by Phil Uglow.

Peacehay Beelzebub (pictured) is a full brother to a Peacehay ram sold for 23,000gns at Worcester in 2017.

Charollais

The day’s highest breed average was £611.19 for maedi visna-accredited Charollais shearling rams, which was £71.22 up on the year. The class topped at 1,080gns, compared with 1,100gns last year.

However, Charollais ram lambs were back to £511.22 (-£41.53), with 32 sold to a top of 1,350gns, compared with last year’s top price of 1,900gns.

Gethin and Eleri Gibbin, Drefach Farms, Whitland, achieved 1,350gns for a ram lamb out of Glyncoch 569, one of the first ewes bought when they established their Llangan flock in 2013.

Suffolks

Close behind were Suffolk rams and Texel shearlings, both slipping back to about the £550 mark, again with top calls short of last year’s highs.

Suffolk ram lamb trade topped at 800gns for an offering from Phil Poole’s Salopian flock, which was knocked down to 12-year-old bidder Guto Price.

This ram lamb’s half brother sold at Stirling last week for 30,000gns and his sire, Solwaybank Rock Solid, was bought in 2017 for 26,000gns.

The Beltex section saw ram lambs back £182 to average at £294, while Beltex-crosses lifted £95 to £591. 

Averages: 71 Charollais shearlings, £611.19 (+£71.22); 39 ram lambs, £511.22 (-£41.53; 125 Texel shearlings, £637.29; (-£87.62); eight Texel shearling ewes, £367.50 (-£36.75); six Suffolk rams, £558.25 (-£5.75); 23 ram lambs, £474.95 (-£22.55); eight non MV Suffolk rams, £520.80 (-£87.45); four Blue Texels, £381.50; (+£136.50); 17 Beltex rams, £294 (-£182); 38 Beltex-cross shearling rams, £591.65 (+£95.65); Three Hampshire Down rams, £192; 10 Charollais-cross rams, £466 (-£76); five Texel rams, £529.20 (+£85.20); 12 Texel-cross rams, £511.36 (+£46.36); six Charmoise Hill, £315. (Brightwells; Clee, Tompkinson and Francis; J Straker Chadwick and Son; McCartneys).