There was a buoyant trade at most of the 19 rings operating at the NSA’s annual Builth Wells sale, resulting in a 92% clearance of the 5115 rams and ewes entered.

Trading was topped by a shearling Texel from builder Cefin Pryce’s 40-ewe Caereinion flock, based at Llanfair Caereinion in north Powys. The February-born home bred tup, by Caereinion Main Man and out of a home bred ewe, was sold to E L Evans, Green Farm, Pant y Dwr, for 3500gns. Just over 800 Texel shearling rams were sold for an average of £334.96/head.

North Yorkshire Lleyn breeder Charles Sackville Hamilton had a good day. His best was a shearling, knocked down for 2900gns to Simon Kavanagh, Bingley, and John Geldard and Sons, Gilpin Bridge, Levens.

As usual there was strong demand for Charollais sires with a top price of 2600gns given for one from Einion Probert and Sons, Leominster. This sold in a two-way split to Neil Oughton and Robert Hopper. A total of 505 changed hands for an average of £494. Welsh Mule breeders were keen to bid on the 555 Bluefaced Leicester tups forward. Entries averaged almost £500/head, with the breed champion entered by Myrfyn and Jane Roberts from Gaerwen on Anglesey selling for 1500gns.

Robert Graham made the long trip from Stirling with seven Berrichon du Cher ram lambs and picked up the breed championship and the section’s top price when one changed hands for 1250gns. Overall the breed averaged £419.

A total entry of 237 MV accredited Suffolk sires produced a top price of 1020gns and averaged £432/head. A strong entry of 97 Border Leicester tups peaked at 650gns and averaged £310/head compared with £211/head in 2008.

The Dorper breed appeared for the first time at the event and the five head forward produced a top price of 470gn and averaged £373.

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