A record price of 6,200 guineas was achieved during a day of
strong trading at the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale at Builth
Wells. There was a definite buzz on the Royal Welsh Showground
from early on as buyers arrived early to select from more than
8,000 rams of 40 different breeds in 20 different marquees.
Turnover was slightly up on last year at £1.85 million,
with a very high 82% clearance. Averages across the breeds were
also up at £309.33. A dozen rams made four figure sums.
Chairman George Hughes said he had been pleased to note that many
buyers were out early looking at pens in order to select a purchase.
It had been a good sign.
“It was a strong trade with an exceptional choice of quality
rams with many high prices”, he added. “After a difficult
summer the way sheep have sold here has demonstrated the confidence
buyers have in the sheep we offer for sale here.
"The sale has become a real attraction for sheep people and
it's amazing how far they have come from. They are here from Scotland
and a fair number from Ireland and they've come both to buy and
The champion Texel, a shearling jointly owned by Cefin Pryce and
Gwyndaf Watkins, sold for 6,200 guineas. . It went to Simon Lorman,
who runs the Ora Flock at Oranges Farm, Sherbourne, Cheltenham.
and was a great boost for Cefin, a builder and part time farmer
from Llanfair Caereinion as it follows his achievement earlier
in the month when he had 4,000 guineas for the highest priced Texel
at the Welsh National sale
Also celebrating were Charollais breeders Arwyn and Jane Thomas,
of Fferm Bryn Gwyn, Whitland. They achieved a price of 1,800 guineas
for the breed champion. The ram lamb had been one of the winning
interbreed group of three at the Royal Welsh this year. It sold
to Elizabeth Gore of T W Gore Farms Ltd, Radley Farm, Hungerford
Another Charollais ram lamb went for 2,800 guineas. It was owned
by Adrian Mansel Davies of Manordeilo. He’s an animal health
officer with the state veterinary service in Carmarthen. It went
to F H and M Kennedy of Western Parkgate Farm, Parkgate, Dumfries.
Other high prices included 2,500 guineas paid for a Beltex ram
lamb owned by Michael and Heulwen Owens of Glantre Farm, Llandysul.
The couple sell regularly at the NSA Wales and Border Ram sale
and were ecstatic as they ‘knew he had star quality’.
It went to Richard Pilkington of Shordley Hall, Hope, Wrexham.
A Blue Faced Leicester shearling, second in its class sold for
1,700 guineas to Mr Harris, Hope Farm, Llandeilo. It was bought
as a ram lamb at Carlisle by Dewi Jones of Plas Pigot, Llansannan,
Tim Pritchard who had last year’s highest price of 5,000
guineas had a top price of 1,550 guineas for one of fourteen Charollais
ram lambs he brought. And the Kerry Hill champion sold for 1150
guineas to a consortium of four buyers, led by J & P Owens
of Woodhouse, Shobdon, one of them being sale sponsor Alan Symonds
of Symtag. Alan Symonds went on to buy a 2 year old ewe to accompany
it from Pam Chilman.
“I’ve been bitten by the bug after twenty very enjoyable
years here”, he said before going off to buy a 2 year old
ewe to accompany it from Pam Chilman.of Presteigne.
A Lleyn ram sold by D N Bennett and Son, Tyn y Coed, Pontrobert,
Meifod, Powys, made 2,550 guineas and was sold to D W Lillyman,
Pound Farm, Buckland Monocoram, Devon.
Another Lleyn sold by Mr and Mrs T Rees and Son, Foel Fach, Manordeilo,
Carmarthenshire, made 700 guineas. A North Country Cheviot sold
by R and T Dun of Heriot Midlothian, Scotland, made 900 guineas
and went to R L Roberts of Bryn Mellon, Gwynedd.
The Balwens had a good day with an older ram sold by K & S
Lewis of Tynewydd Farm, Seven Sisters, Neath, making 1120 guineas.
It went to K Earle, Llwyncrwn, Penybont, Carmarthen. A ewe sold
by the Lewis family made 780 guineas and also went to K Earle.
George Hughes was particularly impressed by the trade enjoyed
by both the Balwens and the Badger Face. “It seemed to be
well up on last year”, he said. I’ve never seen the
Balwen prices as high. There were prices of six hundred, seven
hundred, eight hundred guineas ……”
It was an indication of the buoyant trade enjoyed by most breeds
at the sale. Quality sold well.
And enjoying the quality was American Robert Swift and his wife
Mary. The couple keep Suffolks and Southdowns and encourage children
at Robert's local 4H club to show. They came to Wales especially
to look at the huge range of breeds on show.
Last Load for NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale
Opening Skipton NEMSA mule gimmers show
Beltex-cross ‘trialists’ prove