Sale at Ruthin – Monday 7th September
A firm trade describes the sale at Ruthin this year with buyers prepared to pay a premium for the quality. Commercial buyers for the females were also present at the ringside and also selecting for quality. There was once again a strong number of rams forward hence buyers were able to pick and choose.
The older ewes peaked at £140/head twice. Firstly for WJ & DJ Williams, Nefyn with his pen of 11 three year olds which sold to Plumgarth, Cumbria. The next at this price was shown by Hamish Goldie, Dumfries which was a pen of two year olds which sold to DA & TJ Pyke, Whitchurch. AW Davies, Nefyn sold his pen of seven three year olds for £135/head to HG Williams, Conwy.
It was the Goldie Family from Dumfries who dominated the prices in the shearling ewe section. The second prize pen of five from Hamish sold for £300/head to S Lewis, Haverfordwest. A pen of five from James Goldie sold for £260/head to Edward Collins, Leominster. The second prize pen of five from JF Robinson, Church Stretton sold for the next top of £220/head to KA & EA James-Evans, Lampeter. DN Bennett & Son, Meifod sold for £215/head to R Hollingshead, Stafford. The champion pen of five from Dewi Ellis, Betws-y-Coed sold at £200/head to S Penberthy, Cornwall. The same buyer also bought Mr Ellis’s pen of five which had been champion at the National Lleyn Sheep Competition at the Livestock Event in the summer, he paid the same price of £200/head.
With only one pen unsold in this section those picked out pens of quality were easily selling for £185/head and above. For the commercial buyer there was much choice with many pens easily picked up for £135 - £160/head. The trade did seem firmer toward the end of the section as numbers were needed to complete the loads.
The Ewe lambs set off reluctantly but trade picked up with stronger prices seen in the second half of the sale. It was the first prize pen from WJ & DJ Williams, Nefyn which topped at £210/head selling to Jo De’Meyst, Belgium. The same buyer also bought the second prize pen from AW Hughes, Garndolbenmaen for £152/head. WJ & DJ Williams sold his other pen at £145/head to E Jones, Pwllheli. AW Davies, Nefyn sold a pen for £140/head to Machynlleth. The third prize pen from IO & A Jones, Abergele sold for £135/head to PE Parrish, Chester.
Once momentum had built the well grown tupping lambs could be bought for bids of £100 and over. In the early part of the sale running lambs were being sold for £70 -£85 with this increasing to £80-£95 in the later stages of the section.
Purchasers were very selective with the rams having plenty to choose from. DN Bennett & Son, Mefod topped the day and created a new centre record when selling Plasucha Dependable for 11,000gns. He was purchased by Christine Lewis, Caersws jointly with Messrs Bennett. Sired by Plasucha Copy Cat he is out of a homebred ewe.
Next to top was JA & R Geldard & Sons, Kendal with their Champion from this year’s Royal Welsh Show. Wray Castle Diamond Geezer, sired by a Johnston ram out of a homebred ewe sold for 2400gns to Dewi Ellis, Betws-y-Coed. WJ & DJ Williams, Nefyn sold Tacho Dynamite for 2200gns to HE Jones, Machynlleth. This ram is bred from a Hamish Goldie ram. At the same price Christine Williams, Caersws sold a Brynowen ram, sired by Plasucha Archie to G & A Fort, Keighley.
The champion rams Tacho Draig from WJ & DJ Williams was sired by an E & D Jones ram. He sold for 2000gns to Pre Show Junior Judge Sian Jones, Wrexham. The reserve champion Preenbank Dicky from JF Robinson, Church Stretton was sired by a Wray Castle ram. He sold for 2000gns to G & A Fort, Keighley.
Away from the top prices many rams were selling for 400-600gns. There were nearly 20 rams sold for 1000gns and over.
In the Non MVA section at the start of the day, two year old ewes topped at £104/head from Kevin Davies, Dolgellau, purchased by EA Hughes & Son, Ynys Mon. Shearling ewes topped at £130/head for Tudar Mars Jones, Dinbych when bought by H Rhys, Bangor. Ewe Lambs saw RE & A Jones, Ynys Mon top with £86/head to H & M Williams, Pwllheli.
Older Ewes to £140 av. £92.05 (-£8.95)
Shearling Ewes to £300 av. £147.60 (-£2.40)
Ewe Lambs to £210 av. £99.90 (+£19.90)
Shearling Rams to 11,000gns av. £907.31 (+96.66)
Ram lambs to 350gns
Older Rams to 550gns av. £389.38
Non MVA Section
Older Ewes to £ 104 av. £80.20 (+£7)
Shearling Ewes to £130 av. £107.85 (-£10)
Ewe Lambs to £86 av. £70.96 (-£16.22)
Rams to 250gns (-£73.50)
WJ & DJ Williams £140
H Goldie £140
AW Davies £135
AW Davies £125
RW Wynne £120
AW Hughes £115
RE Jones £115
H Goldie £300
JK Goldie £260
JF Robinson & Son £220
DN Bennett & Son £215
JA & R Geldard & Sons £210
WJ & DJ Williams £205
AW Davies £200
DW Ellis £200 (x 2)
Gwyn Evans £185
WJ & DJ Williams £210
AW Hughes £152
WJ & DJ Williams £145
AW Davies £140
IO & A Jones £135
AW Hughes £ 130
DW Ellis £120
CP Jenkins £115
G & A Fort £112
AW Davies £110
DN Bennett & Son 11,000gns
JA & R Geldard & Sons 2400gns
C Lewis 2200gns
WJ & DJ Williams 2200gns
JF Robinson & Son 2000gns
WJ & DJ Williams 2000gns
G & A Fort 1800gns
Lionel Organ 1450gns
DN Bennett & Son 1400gns
AW Hughes 1400gns
Judge: David Knowles
Junior Judge: Sian Jones
Pen of five Shearling Ewes
Pen of ten Shearling Ewes
Pen of five Ewe Lambs
Champion pen of Females – DW Ellis – Pen of five Shearling Ewes
Reserve Champion Females – H Goldie – Pen of five Shearling Ewes
Shearling Ram from a North Wales Club Member
Champion Ram – WJ & DJ Williams (51)
Reserve Ram – JF Robinson (124)