2017-09-04   facebooktwitterrss

Brisk Trade Expected for Main Ram Sale

Expectations are high for a brisk trade at the 2017 NSA Wales & Border Main Ram Sale, to be held at the Royal Welsh Showground on Monday 25 September.

A good lamb trade and an exceptional early sale augur well for the flagship event, when 5,300 rams will go under the hammer in 21 rings operated by eight firms of auctioneers.

Ram Sale catalogue

Organisers say the season’s ram sales have seen a good trade across the UK and this, coupled with the strength of the lamb trade, sends out the right signals.  The reputation of the NSA Wales & Border Ram sales even draws buyers from mainland Europe.

Executive Director Jane Smith said:
“We find buyers are prepared to pay for the good quality, veterinary inspected rams they find at the Builth sale.  They are happy to travel to a venue that is pretty central for most of the UK and beyond, because they know they will have choice and quality.

“It’s a well tested formula and over nearly forty years it’s the event that flockmasters don’t want to miss.  It’s also an important economic driver in Mid Wales, with people staying overnight for one or more nights often treating it as one of the year’s social highlights.”

Last year there were smiles all round when a Texel achieved a record price of 18,000 guineas at a brisk sale. Turnover was up on the previous year at £2.2 million, with 85% of sheep forward sold and average prices paid held up or increased across the breeds.

This year’s early sale, held in August, grossed a record £256,880, £43,000 more than last year, with a top price of 1750 guineas. The number of rams sold was 426, well up on last year’s 390, with more than 76% of the rams forward sold, compared to last year’s 72%.


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