2015-09-02   facebooktwitterrss

Solid Trade at Lleyn Sheep Sale

The 2015 sale season for Lleyn sheep has set off on a solid footing at Exeter. There were plenty of buyers in attendance with the added excitement of telephone bidders on several lots.

Interest was shown from as far as Scotland and Belgium. Clearance rates were also solid with 100% of the older ewes sold, 91% of the shearling ewes cleared and 92% of the rams changing hands. The ewe lambs tailed off towards the end with buyers getting filled up hence the clearance was 87%.

Champion Shearling Ewes - £320

Champion Shearling Ewes - £320

The aged ewes created a sound footing when AW Hughes sold a pen of 4 year olds for £118/head to SD & S Searle, Helston. RHS Turner, Honiton sold a pen of 5 year olds for £115/head to Harpers Holdings, Tamerton.

Shearling ewes topped at £350/head when the first prize ewe from the individual class from AW Hughes sold to J Spray, Tamerton. Mr Hughes’ first prize pen of five shearling ewes sold for £320/head to Highgate Farm Partnership, Lostwithiel. WJ & DJ Williams, Nefyn saw the next best prize with his pen of five selling for £225/head also to Highgate Farms. The same buyer gave £205 for Mr Williams second prize individual shearling ewe. Andrew Parker, Hemyock sold the second prize pen for £182/head to M Rowe, Bridgewater.

Ewe lambs buyers were more selective with prices above £100 for the bigger lambs suitable for tupping, tight skinned lambs were also sort after. WJ & DJ Williams, Nefyn sold his first prize pen of five for the top price of £170/head. This purchase was made over the phone by Jo De Meyst, Belgium. G & A Fort travelled from West Yorkshire and sold two pens of five for £130/head to J & V Grigg, Launceston. AW Hughes, Garndolbenmaen sold a pen which was the same way bred as the champion shearlings for £125/head to A West, Malling.

As well as there being a sound trade for the pedigree type females there was also a sound trade for commercial females with several buyers there to fill their trailers/wagons. The sheep being sold in larger batches i.e. pens of 10 and 15 meant it was easier for these buyers to buyer the numbers they needed. Many shearling ewes could be picked up at £112-£150/head. In the ewe lambs £70-£95/head was able to buy many pens.

The ringside remained busy for the sale of rams with the top price being made by the Champion Ram Tacho Dedwydd, a shearling ram from WJ & DJ Williams. Sired by an E & D Jones ram he is out of a homebred ewe. This classy looking ram sold for 1500gns to the pre-show judge Michael Miller, Dorset.

Next to top was Paul & Sarah Eckett’s shearling, Marlott Dylan. Sired by a Geldard ram out of a Bennett ewe. This ram has been shown successfully, he was breed champion at Bath & West. He won 1st prize in the West Country Club Member class in the earlier show he sold for 1300gns to J Spay, Tamerton.

The first ram through the ring from E & D Jones, Lluest Demonstrator sold for 1200gns to J Shipton, Dorset. Sired by Wraycastle Ben.

The Non MVA section saw confidence with 100% clearance across all pens. Shearlings ewes to £116/head. Ewe lambs to £72/head.

Sale Averages
399 Shearling ewes to £350 av. £129.43
279 Ewe Lambs to £170 av. £89.67
42 Ewes to £118 av. £105.74
Rams to 1500gns av. £583.05

Top Prices
Shearling Ewes
AW Hughes £350
AW Hughes £320
WJ & DJ Williams £225
WJ & DJ Williams £205
A Parker £182
AW Hughes £158
P & S Eckett £158
PJ & MM Hendy £150
G Cullimore £150
RHS Turner £144

Ewe Lambs
WJ & DJ Williams £170
G & A Fort £130 (x2)
AW Hughes £125
WJ & DJ Williams £112
C Price £112
AW Davies £110
Twose Farms Ltd £102
GC & JM Adams £100
C Price £100 (x2)

AW Hughes £118
RHS Turner £115
GC & JM Adams £112
WJ & DJ Williams £110
RHS Turner £105

WJ & DJ Williams 1500gns
P & S Eckett 1300gns
E & D Jones 1200gns
CG & JF Phillips 1050gns
T & B Fort 1000gns
Twose Farms Ltd 950gns
WJ & DJ Williams 950gns
E & D Jones 800gns
CG & JF Phllips 780gns
G & A Fort 750gns
T & B Fort 720gns

Show Results
Judge: Mike Miller, Dorset

Pen of 5 Shearling Ewes
1st AW Hughes
2nd A& D Parker
3rd P & S Eckett

Pen of 5 Ewe Lambs
1st WJ & DJ Williams
2nd T & B Fort
3rd Twose Farms Ltd

Champion Pen of Females – AW Hughes

Aged Ram
1st CM Crudge
2nd P & S Eckett
3rd R & M Hicks

Shearling Ram
1st WJ & DJ Williams
2nd RHS Turner
3rd AW Davies

Recorded Shearling Ram
1st G Cullimore
2nd JM& GC Adams
3rd Manor Farm East Marden

Shearling Ram from a Member of the West Country Club
1st P & S Eckett
2nd Mike Young
3rd CM Crudge

Champion Ram – WJ & DJ Williams

Individual Shearling Ewe
1st AW Hughes
2nd WJ & DJ Williams
3rd A & D Parker


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