Lleyn Sheep Society – Sale at Exeter 2015

Thursday 27th August 2015

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%.

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)

Ewes

AW Hughes £118

RHS Turner £115

GC & JM Adams £112

WJ & DJ Williams £110

RHS Turner £105

Rams

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 (Shearling Ewes)

 

Aged Ram

1st CM Crudge (11)

2nd P & S Eckett (50)

3rd R & M Hicks (64)

Shearling Ram

1st WJ & DJ Williams (11)

2nd RHS Turner (57)

3rd AW Davies

Recorded Shearling Ram

1st G Cullimore (39)

2nd JM& GC Adams (49)

3rd Manor Farm East Marden (28)

Shearling Ram from a Member of the West Country Club

1st P & S Eckett(51)

2nd Mike Young (17)

3rd CM Crudge (14)

 

Champion Ram – WJ & DJ Williams (11)

 

Individual Shearling Ewe

1st AW Hughes

2nd WJ & DJ Williams

3rd A & D Parker

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