Over 2,300 sheep were on sale at the Llanidloes Sheep Sale held at Kennel Fields, which attracted interest from a wide area.
The event, a must date in the diary for farmers, once again attracted widespread interest, according to Mid Wales and Shropsnire auctioneers, property surveyors and estate agents, Morris, Marshall and Poole.
The sale was sponsored by Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Famers who awarded prizes for the top priced pens in each section. The winners were:
Speckled, Beulah and Crossbred Ewes, G Bound & Son, Cefn Bach; Welsh and Improved Welsh Ewes, M Rowlands, Tynddol; Theave Lambs, A Evans, Brynperffaith; Rams (All Breeds), J M & A Jones, Wig.
A consistent entry met a consistent trade in the Beulah, Speckled Face and Crossbred ewe section. Purchasers were keen to acquire the quality sheep on offer with G Bound & Son, Cefn Bach once again taking the limelight.
Ring 1 fell silent throughout Mr Bound’s consignment as onlookers were fascinated by the sheep and prices achieved.
A top price of £278 was paid for a pen of two year old Beulah ewes which were purchased by the renowned Welsh Mule producer, Mr Eric Hughes, High Park Farm, Stoke on Trent.
Other pens from this home sold to £260 to Mr W Jones, Maesyderw and £245 to Mr B Davies, Ty Gwyn. New vendor, J O Evans, Llidiart Carnau realized £158 for a pen of Beulah yearlings, while P Jones & Son, Dolgwenith sold two year old Beulah ewes to £140 with H G Rees, Hiriaeth selling two year old ewes to £130.
The Welsh ewe section met a strong trade, particularly for upright and smart headed sheep.
A top price of £198 was paid for a pen of Welsh yearling ewes by Mr M Powell, Defor from Mr M Rowlands, Tynddol.
Two and three year old ewes from the same home sold to £140 and were taken home by Mr H Powell, Llwyngwilym. D S Jerman, Gwernau had a strong and consistent trade. Top price pen from this home was £168 for three year old ewes while other pens from this good home sold from £140 to £160.
The sale saw a similar entry of theave lambs for sale compared to last year. Top price of £84 was achieved by Mr A Evans, Brynperffaith for strong White Faced Mule ewe lambs which formed part of an impressive 150 consignment.
D A Davies & Son, Deildre Fawr and E L Evans & Co, Green Farm sold Beulah ewe lambs to £78 with Jones, Bodychain Uchaf selling Welsh ewe lambs to £76.
In the multi-breed ram ring, a buoyant trade was seen with the top price of the day being 680 guineas for a speckle yearling ram from J M & A Jones, Wig who was purchased by O L Jerman & Sons, Tyhwntirarfon, Carno.
A three year old cross bred ram presented by Mr W Williams, Penllwyn sold to 500 guineas and was taken home by Mr Jones, Glynhafren. Strong Welsh yearlings commanded a premium with R G & G L Peate, Cwmderw selling a ram to 500 guineas.
A strong demand was seen for the entry of Texel yearling tups from F & M J Williams, Cefngwilgy Fach with prices ranging from 400-600 guineas.
Morris Marshall and Poole would like to take this opportunity to thank vendors and purchasers for there continued support with this traditional sale and we look forward to seeing you next year at the Kennel Fields.
Caption: From left to right – Messrs Evans (Brynperffaith), Will Hughes (Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers), Gwyneth Griffiths (Representing M Rowlands, Tynddol), Tudor Bound (Cefn Bach), Arwyn Jones (Wig), Richard Evans, (MMP).