An average up more than £150/head on last year at its final sale of the season has capped a succesful year for the Welsh Black Cattle Society.
Leading the trade at Abervagenny was the female championat the pre-sale show, Radnor Myfi 16, a three year-old in-calf heifer which sold for 1250gns to Helen Fairclough, Aberithon, Newbridge in Wye, Powys. She was bred and sold by Messes R and L Edwards, Foesidoes, Cascob, Presteigne, Powys.
Next best at 1050gns was the champion maiden heifer, Frongaled Lilwen 2, sold by Emily Evans, Tynshettin, Llanwddyn, Oswestry. The heifer was bought by Darren Woodfall, Cilwrgi Farm, Pontypool, Gwent.
Selling at 1000gns was Garth Uchaf Alma 59, a 2 ½ year-old in-calf heifer from Messers G E and S M Williams, Garth Uchaf Farm, Pentyrch, Cardiff. Alma 59 headed home with Ronnie Griffiths, Nanty, Pantmawr, Llanidloes, Powys. In total Messrs Williams sold four in-calf heifers to average 863gns/head.
The highest priced cow with calf at foot was Dyfnant Menna which sold for 980gns. The 5½ year-old cow with her heifer calf – Dyfnant Menna 7th – was bred and sold by D Glyn Thomas, Aberdyfnant, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. Menna was sold having been served recently and the potential package of three was bought by Messrs H J M and B Price, Bailey Gwern, Crai, Sennybridge, Brecon.
Taking a 970gns call was Alltgoch Ruth, bought by Messrs A B Stinchcomb, Graig y Cwm, Llanellyn, Abergavenny. The 2½ year-old in-calf heifer was one of four forward from David Morgan, Alltgoch, Talybont, Ceredigion.
The Reserve Champion Maiden Heifer was Crymlyn Agnes, from Christine Carberry, Maple Crest, New Inn, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. The prize winning heifer was bought for 820gns by Helen Fairclough.
“It was a great sale on which to end the 2007 pedigree sale season and again confirms the demand the Society is experiencing with enquiries for hardy, native beef cattle,” said WBCS Chief Executive, Andrew James.
24 Females averaged £771.75/head (J Straker, Chadwick & Sons, Abergavenny)