Texels led the way at yesterday’s NSA Early Ram Sale, Builth Wells, securing both the top two prices at the first major multi-breed ram sale of the season.
On a day when current lamb prices provided confidence to both pedigree and commercial ram buyers it was a shearling tup from Dewi Williams’ Bryn Dansi flock which secured the leading bid of 3350gns. This one is by Garngour Upperclass and sold to local breeders Michael and Ella James, Maes Mynis, Builth Wells.
Michael James said the top priced ram was just the type of shearling he was looking for. “He has a lot of length, muscle and a leg on each corner.”
Second best among the Texels, and indeed all breeds, was a 2100gns bid for the champion from the pre-sale show. A shearling tup from Barbara Smith and family’s Slapton flock. This one sold to Graham and Mary Jones.
In ring two 104 of 132 shearling rams forward sold to level at £548.73, a rise of £36.33 on the year and delivering a 78% clearance, while in ring four 26 of the 26 shearlings forward found new homes to average £720.06, a lift of £161.06 on 2015.