Saturday’s (25 August) Welsh National Texel Sale saw a top call of 6600gns achieved, with averages up in both the shearling rams and ram lambs and 21% more ram lambs sold than at last year’s fixture.
Both breeder and commercial buyers were in action throughout the sale helping lift the shearling ram average by more than £180 and the ram lamb average by more than £80, with quality rams in strong demand.
Selling for the top call was Rhaeadr Braveheart from Myfyr Evans’ Denbigh-based Rhaeadr flock. This one is by the 70,000gns Teigulm Younggun and out of an Auldhouseburn dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid, making him a full brother to Mr Evans’ 125,000gns top seller at Lanark just two days previously. Buying this one was Alun Euros Jones, Gwynfe, Carmarthenshire, for the Ynystoddeb flock, with a half share also taken by the Bwlch Y Gwynt flock of Dafydd Evans
Following was the first of two at 6500gns. This was a shearling tup from Esmor Evans’ Maerdy flock, with this being Maerdy Ace, a son of Seiont Unigolymn and out of a Peacehay-bred dam by Scolton Panther. This one sold to Osain Rhys, breeder of his sire for the Seiont flock, Lon Pant, Gwynedd, with a half share retained by Mr Evans.
Second at 6500gns was another ram lamb, this time from Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal. This was Wilodge Bravo, the reserve male champion from the pre-sale show. He’s by Baltier Thunderbird and out of a Beautry dam by Loosebeare Voldemort. Selling with an index of 426 he was knocked down to the Draper family, Montford Bridge, Shropshire, for their Claybury flock, with this one shared with the Reed family for the Scolton flock.
Then at 3700gns was another of the shearling rams, this time from Cefyn Pryce in the form of Caereinion All Star. This fourth prize winner from the pre-sale show is by the homebred Caereinion Your the Boy and out of a dam by Caereirion Number One and sold with an index of 475 to Davies Vrios, Penparc, Ceredigion.
Two then sold at 2600gns, with the first being a shearling ram from Richard Wilson. This was Eden Valley All Star, the male and reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show. Sired by Knock Yankee, he is out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno and has an index of 297. Buying this one was J Chapman, Wirswall, Shropshire.
The other at this price was a ram lamb from Charlie Boden’s Mellor Vale pen, Mellor Vale Big Brother. Sired by Teiglum Younggun he is out of a dam by the 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid and sold to Roy Hughes, Trefonen, Shropshire, with an index of 275.
A 2500gns call for another of Cefyn Pryce’s shearling tups came after that, with this price paid for Caereinion Action Man, a Kimbolton Venturer son out of the same dam as Mr Pryce’s 3700gns shearling. He was the pick of J Stonall, Red Lane, Powys.
The final call at 2000gns or more came at 2000gns for James Ruggeri’s ram lamb, Ghyros Boris, a Donrho Aristocrac son out of a dam by Eden Valley Wiz Kid. He sold to Nicola Hartwright for the Whitehart flock, Bringsty, Worcestershire.
Going away at 1900gns was Tom Ryder’s shearling ram Ryders Apollo, a Wollascott V.Q son out of a dam by Strathbogie Upgrade. He found a new home with I G Evans and Son, Chirk, Clwyd.
And making 1750gns was the best of the shearlings from Nicola Hartwright, Whitehart Anchor Man, the second prize shearling from the pre-sale show. He is by Loosbeare Voomer and out of a dam by Broomknowes Tyson and sold to Davies Bros, Penparc, Ceredigion.
Topping the gimmers on offer was the female and overall champion from Peter Woof’s Stainton flock at 4000gns. This was WPS1701099, an ET bred daughter of Knock Yankee out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno and with an index of 361. She sold to D and H Alderson, Barrowford.
After that came a 2700gns call for another gimmer, BFE1707061 from Robert Bennett’s Plasucha flock. This is a full sister to Mr Bennett’s 18,000gns sale topper at Lanark, earlier in the week, being a daughter of Eden Valley Wiz Kid out of a dam by Garngour Upperclass and was bought by J Cubbitt, Ballymena.
Next best here was a 1500gns call for another of Peter Woof’s WPS1701077, an ET bred daughter of Knock Yankee out of a dam by Anglezarke Uno and a full sister to the 4000gns gimmer. She was bought by D P Davies, Uffington, Shropshire.
A pair then made 1400gns, with the first being a Sportsmans gimmer from Charlie Boden, BGS1702788, a Clinterty Yogi Bear daughter out of a dam by Milnbank Special One, with this one selling to R S T and S A Morgan, Coton.
Second at this money was the second prize winning gimmer from Usk Vale Pedigrees, UVP1702830, a Strathbogie Ya Belter daughter out of a dam by Deveronvale Perfection, with this one bought by D and J Dunlop, Norbury.
Average;59 shearling ewes £726.10, 21 shearling rams £1302.50 (+183.94), 101 ram lambs £736.98 (+82.50) (Welshpool Livestock Sales).
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