A 94% clearance rate and a top call of 5200gns saw Texel breeders enjoy a solid days’s trading for Texel shearling rams at the Main NSA Ram Sale, Builth Wells, with 675 shearling rams levelling the day at £682.16.
Other sections also saw strong clearance rates, with 78% of the ram lambs forward finding new homes, while 90% of the gimmers and 96% of the ewe lambs offered sold to new owners.
Heading the trade at 5200gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, Canllefaes All Rounder from W T Davies and Co, Cardigan. This powerful son of Talcoed You Know is out of a dam by Young Venture Vantastic and was knocked down after spiriting bidding to W G Davies and Son, Hirwaun, Mid Glamorgan.
Second top call of 4000gns came from the Caereinion pen of Cefyn Pryce and family, Welshpool. Their pen leader was Caereinion Ace of Diamonds, a son of Kimbolton Venturer out of a dam by the homebred Caereionion Number One. He sold with an index of 417 and was taken by E Davies, Llwyncwtta, Rhayader.
Another prize winner from the pre-sale show, Lodge Aramis from G Stringer then sold away at 3800gns having been second in the recorded class on Sunday afternoon. This son of Cambwell Trademark is out of a Mellor Vale Reyna daughter and sold with an index of 478. He was taken by Llion Jones for the Pant flock, Llanegryn.
Next best at 3000gns was a shearling from Jonathan Watson’s Brijon flock, Northumberland. This was Brijon Ace, a son of the 18,000gns Pant Wolf and out of a dam by Brackenridge Strongbow. He was the pick of D E and G Davies and Son, Garth, Powys.
Messrs Davies, Canllefaes, then sold another from their well fancied pen at 2700gns. This was Canllefaes Ace II, a Brackenridge Yonder son out of a dam by Vale Ultra. He found a new home in Abderdeenshire with the Ingram family, Logie Durno.
And the same buyers then bought another from the same home at 2400gns, this was Canllefaes Athletic, a Scolton Uranium son. He’s out of a dam by Scrogtonhead Pioneer.
The Davies family continued their good run, with a 2100gns sale for Canllefaes Amigo. Another one sired by Scolton Uranium, he is out of a dam by Vale Ultra and was taken by E G Morgan, Sennybridge, for the Blaencar flock.
Earlier in the day Esmor Evans had taken 2500gns for Maerdy Aberdovey. This son of Cornmore Yeovil is out of a dam by Brackenridge Strongbow, with the buyers of this one being E L Evans and Co, Pantydwr, Powys.
Two then followed at 2000gns, with the first being the best of the strong pen from Nicola and Jim Hartwright’s Whitehart flock. This was Whitehart Aerosmith, a Strawfrank Wild Thing son out of a dam by Cherryvale Shergar. He went home with W J T Powell, Penybont, Powys.
The other at this price was Caereinion Active from Cefyn Pryce. He’s by Kimbolton Venturer and out of a dam by Crailloch True Blue and sold with an index of 408 to the Gibbs family, Betton Strange, Shropshire, for the Bettonfield flock.
Close behind that at 1950gns was Canllefaes Asset from the Davies family. Sired by Brackenridge Yonder, he’s out of a ewe by Tycam Smart and was taken by M A Jones, Craven Arms, Shropshire.
After that came a brace of shearlings at 1900gns apiece, the first of which came from the Maerdy pen of Esmor Evans. Maerdy Abergavenny is by Seiont Unigolyn and out of a dam by Loosebeare Saviour, with this one bought by A J Meredith, Stotteston, Worcestershire.
Second to make this money was Whitehart All Star II from the Hartwright’s pen. He’s by Loosebeare Yahoo and out of a dam by Milnbank Vorderman and sold to D T Richards and Son, Llangynwyd, Mid Glamorgan.
Leading the ram lambs at 2800gns was Blaencar Bruiser from E G Morgan, Sennybridge. By the popular sire Brackenridge Strongbow he is out of a dam by Auldhouseburn Umbro and heads north to Berwick On Tweed with Jonathan Watson for the Brijon flock.
Second best among these at 2400gns was Cennen Bossman from H Thomas, with this being another by a Brackenridge sire, this time Brackenridge Yabber. He’s out of an Ettrick Underwriter-sired dam and was the choice of A T Turner, Hatton Derbyshire.
Then making 2200gns was Idris Morris’ Fachell Bobs Worth, a son of Garngour Al Pacino and out of a ewe by Sportsmans Whistle-Blower. He sold with an index of 309 and was taken by G Williams, Llanwnnen, Ceredigion.
After that came a 2000gns call for Owl Valley Blue Star from Joseph Williams, Llanidloes. Sired by Clinterty Yogi Bear, his mother is a Hexel Wildcard daughter and sold to J D P Thomas, White Hill.
Messrs Boden and Davies, Stockport, then sold Sportsmans Briggs at 1700gns. This third prize lamb from the pre-sale show is by Garngour Alabama and out of a dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid and sold to W H Williams and Son, Blackmill, Mid Glamorgan.
Following on were a pace at 1500gns, with the Draper family’s Claybury flock the first to sell at this money for Claybury Bruges. Sired by Strathbogie Youi, his mother is by Stainton Vantage II and has an index of 438, having been the first prize recorded ram lamb in the pre-sale show. This one was bought by J B H Jones, Nantgaredig.
Second to trade at this level was another from the Blaencar pen of E G Morgan. This was Blaencar Bruno. He is by Eden Valley Wiz Kid and out of a Knap ewe by Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold, with this one bought by T A Jones, Dryslwyn.
Topping the day’s female trade at 1800gns was the reserve female champion from the pre-sale show, a gimmer from Usk Vale Pedigrees. This was UVP1702828, an ET daughter of Strathbogie Ya Belter and out of a Glenside Valhalla daughter. This one sold to J B H Jones, Nantgaredig.
Another from the same home, UVP1702826, then sold at 1200gns. She’s also by Ya Belter, with this being out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno and selling to G A Morgan, Pembridge.
And UVP1702825, again from Usk Vale, then sold at 1150gns. She’s another by Ya Belter and is out of a Deveronvale Perfection dam, with this being another bought by J B H Jones.
The Blaencar flock of E G Morgan continued a good day’s trading when selling YME1704703 at 1050gns. She’s by Hollyford Winston and out of a ewe by Auldhouseburn Umbro, being bought by R Powell, Waunarlwydd.
The same vendor then traded two at 1000gns, the first of which was second prize winning YME1704733, a Cambwell Trademark daughter out of a dam by Umbro again. She also sold to R Powell.
And the last gimmer at four figures was YME1704743. This Hollyford Winston daughter is out of a mother by Brackenridge Strongbow. She went home with G A Morgan, Pembridge.
Topping the ewe lamb entry, which saw a 96% clearance and an average up by more £60 on the year, was a Cwmcerrig lamb from D J J Watkins and Co. This lamb, WJJ1801246, had been female champion in the pre-sale show and is by Millar’s Windbrook and out of a dam by Glenside Valhalla. She has an index of 368 and was taken by D G and E A Thomas, Login, Whitland.
The same vendor-buyer combination was responsible for the next best ewe lamb price of 750gns, with this paid for WJJ1801218, a Llangwm YMCA daughter out of a ewe by Knap Vinnie Jones and with an index of 343.
And making 600gns was an Owl Valley lamb from J Williams, Llanidloes. Sired by Clinterty Yogi Bear, this lamb, WPH1802228, had stood second in the pre-sale show and is out of a dam by Hexel Wildcard. She was knocked down to H G Thomas, Trap, Carmarthenshire.
Averages; 675 shearling rams £682.26, 340 ram lambs £373.6158 gimmers £497.12, 24 ewe lambs £399.44 (Clee, Tomkinson and Francis).