The annual Brecknock Hill Cheviot sale at Sennybridge saw some
very good top prices and a more even trade benefiting the commercial
produce, with the largest attendance ever seen. And the Scottish
judge returned to Kelso having learned a great deal about the
Welsh type of the Cheviot breed!
Brecknock Hill Cheviot Rams
Yearlings averaged £538 and a top price of 9,000 guineas
was paid for a yearling ram bred by Geraint Davies of Pantglas,
Trecastle. It was sold to the Havard Brothers of Cwmbrynich Farms,
The Havard Brothers bred the Champion yearling ram which sold
to the Tay Brothers of Ystradfellte for 1200 guineas. They also
produced the best group of three yearling rams.
Geraint Davies sold ten rams with the highest average on the
day of £2,500. And J T L Davies of Blaenclyn, Libanus,
had the second highest price of the day with 5,000 guineas for
a yearling ram, sold to Geraint Davies.
Auctioneer and Society secretary, Peter Francis, described the
day's trading as 'very even'. He said there had been some excellent
top prices, but there was also a very good trade in quality sheep
at an affordable price for the commercial producer.
There was more interest in the breed than ever before and tups
had been sold to farmers from as far away as Snowdonia and Exmoor.
Judge Charles Symons of Yetholm, Kelso, praised the standard
of sheep as being very high. He also expressed surprise at how
different the Brecknock Hill Cheviots were from the Scottish
"I was extremely surprised at how different they are from
our own at home", he said. "And that's an observation
not a criticism.
"It's astonishing. The sheep here are much taller and have
a narrower face. I suppose it's the influence of the Welsh Mountain.
"It obviously suits the countryside for your sheep to be
taller and longer. I knew the standard would be good but I am
surprised that the type is so different".
Brecknock Hill Cheviot Society Annual Ewe Sale 2006
Record price for day of strong trading at Builth NSA Ram Sale
Last Load for NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale