An online map of sheep breeders has been launched to replace the usual auction ring bidding at one of the country’s leading ram sales due to Covid-19.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) has substituted the usual Wales and Border ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, with a free online sales register.
Ram buyers can search a map for breeder locations. Clicking on breeders reveals information on numbers of sheep available and contact information.
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All transactions will be made directly between buyers and vendors, with the website simply facilitating trade, the NSA said.
Sale executive director Jane Smith said the website was simple to use, and photos and videos can be added to show livestock.
She added: “The map on the website shows clearly where sheep are located and a drop-down menu allows purchasers to select their chosen breed.
“If you are a current NSA member, we offer you the opportunity to submit details of sheep you have for sale that would normally be entered for either of our two sales.”
Last year, the early and main sale were held as normal on 5 August and 23 September 2019. The main sale turned over more than £1.82m and averaged £533 a ram.