Over 2,600 sheep were for sale at the recent Llanidloes Sheep Sale organised by auctioneers and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole.
The livestock on offer at the Kennel Fields were been bred to the highest standard and are a real credit to producers, according to the auctioneers.
The sale was sponsored by Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Famers (CCF). CCF is a farmer owned co-operative trading across Wales and borders, providing a substantial range of farming products together with technical information and advice to customers.
They awarded prizes to the winners as follows: Speckled, Beulah and Crossbred Ewes, G Bound & Son, Cefn Bach; Welsh and Improved Welsh Ewes, J O Evans, Llidiart y Carnau; Theave Lambs, E L Evans & Co. Green Farm; Rams (of all breeds), H & S Watkin, Cammen Uchaf.
Beulah, Speckled Face and Crossbred Ewes.
A brisk and vibrant trade was seen this year in the Beulah, Speckled Face and Crossbred ewe department with 684 being entered. Purchasers travelled from across the country together with local farmers to source the high quality of stock on offer.
A staggering, record price of £290 per head for a pen of 10 two year old Beulah ewes boasting size and colour was achieved by G Bound & Son, Cefn Bach. They formed part of an impressive consignment of 160 ewes. This pen was purchased by Mr Eric Hughes of High Park Farm, Stoke on Trent together with another pen realizing £280.
Other pens from this home sold from £160 to £220. Other top prices include yearling ewes from J O Evans, Llidiart y Carnau selling to £165, a run of two year old ewes from P Jones & Son, Dolgwenith selling from £145 to £160 and a consignment from H G Rees, Hiraeth consistently selling from £152 to £160.
Welsh and Improved Welsh Ewes
A firm demand was seen on the entry of 1,519 Welsh and Improved Welsh Ewes with purchasers again travelling far and wide to source the quality stock on offer. Top price of £165 per head was achieved for a pen of 12 yearlings from J O Evans of Llidiart y Carnau with other pens from this home selling to £160 and £152.
An impressive consignment of 643 Improved Welsh ewes from D S Jerman, Gwernau met a firm demand with a pen of three year old ewes selling to a top of £128.
Other pens from this home sold to £125 and £118 respectively. J M & A Jones, Wig also sold two pens of three year old ewes realising £125 who found a new home in Caernarfon, North Wales.
A slightly reduced entry of 278 theave lambs entering the ring with E L Evans & Co, Green Farm taking the limelight realising the section’s top price of £88 for a pen of Beulah lambs. Welsh lambs from S F Jones, Malgwyn sold to £84 while A Evans, Brynperffaith Farm showed a strong consignment of 172 Welsh Mule theave lambs meeting a consistent trade and selling to a top of £74.
Another strong entry of 216 breeding tups in the multi-breed ram ring. Top call went to H & S Watkins of Cammen Uchaf realising 720 guineas for a Hardy Speckle Face yearling farm purchased by Messrs Richards, Maesteg.
Welsh tups received a steady and consistent trade with J M & A Jones, Wig presenting the stop price yearling ram achieving 520 guineas. An increased entry of 48 continental rams were seen this year. F & M J Williams, Cefngwilgy Fach once again presented a strong run of Texel yearling rams achieving a top of 600 guineas.