Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

Lleyn Sheep Society Annual Sale at Ruthin Mart 2016

The sun was shining and enthusiasm was in the air at Ruthin this year.  There were plenty of buyers present for females and it set off well with the non MVA section seeing a top of £130/head for shearling ewes from Tudor Mars Jones, Dinbych which were bought by KS & NL Armstrong, Denbigh. 

In the MVA section the older ewes set a very firm trade when a pen of twelve three year olds from WJ & DJ Williams, Pwllheli sold for £154/head to DE Ewart, Brampton.  Messrs Williams also sold two pens of ten four year olds for £152/head and £146/head to ET Pugh, Bala.  The same buyer then purchased ten four year olds from AW Hughes, Garndolbenmaen for £140/head.

Next saw the shearling ewes which initially set off cautiously but trade lifted once it became apparent that some buyers wanted numbers and it remained solid for most of the section.  The highlight came from Dewi Ellis, Pentrefoelas who sold a pen of five for £330/head to C & A Kennedy, Co Antrim who were buying over the phone.  This pen of shearlings had been crowned champion pen at the National Lleyn Sheep Competition held alongside the Livestock Event in July.  Next saw DN Bennett & Son, Meifod sell the second prize pen of ten for £250/head to N Legge, Leominster.  This was followed by JK Goldie, Dumfries selling the third prize pen of five for £230/head to R Lewis, Neath.  The same buyer bought the champion pen of five from JF Robinson & Sons, Church Stretton for £185/head.

The ewe lambs were again helped by buyers looking to fill trailers.  The long journey for B Walling, Selkirk was award by been top price for a pen of five which sold for £134/head to the pre-show junior judge Miss Eleri Messham, Corwen.  Next DW & CF Morris, St Clears sold a pen of five for £132/head to D Jones, Pwllheli.  J & A Barrow & Sons, Appleby had a worthwhile first visit to Ruthin by been awarded 1st prize and then going on to sell for £130/head, these lambs will be travelling to Belgium to join the flock of Jo DeMeyst.  Also travelling to Belgium is a pen of ten lambs from Peter & David Knowles, Kendal, purchased for £110/head.  Tupping lambs were easily commanding £100/head with many pens sold for over.  Many running lambs were been gathered up for £80-95/head.

With plenty of rams to choose form, buyers could be selective on the day.  Christine Lewis, sold a two year old Brynowen ram bred from Brynowen bloodlines for 1500gns to John Morton, Penrith.  The top price of the day went to a shearling ram from John & Gill Adams, Truro.  Roseland Elendil of Kernow is bred from homebred stock selected for breeding excellent milky ewes.  He sold for 3100gns to Hamish Goldie, Dumfries.  Next was Lluest Excel from Emrys & Dylan Jones, Machynlleth.  Sired by Lochar Cosity he sold for 2700gns to Derek & Cindy Steen, Dumfries.  Hamish Goldie sold Lochar Estate bred from a Brightonhouse ram for 2100gns to HE Jones, Machynlleth.  DN Bennett & Son sold a ram for 1800gns to WJ & DJ Williams.  G & A Fort sold a ram at 1700gns to Clive Long, Ireland.

The champion ram Llaethog Edryd by a Wynne Davies ram sold for 1400gns to the pre-show judge Mr Gwynfor Williams, Corwen.  Mr Ellis also had the only ram lamb in the sale Llaethog Fredie, by a Geldard ram, he sold for 400gns to TR Hughes, Amlwch.


Aged Ewes to £154 av. £121

Shearling Ewes to £330 av. £147

Ewe Lambs to £134 av. £92

Rams to 3100gns av. £730

Top prices


WJ & DJ Williams £154

WJ & DJ Williams £152

WJ & DJ Williams £146

AW Hughes £140

RG & ME Davies £138

A & E Davies £126

RE & E Jones £126

AW Hughes £124

AW Davies £122

RG & E Jones £120

AW Hughes £120

Shearling Ewes

DW Ellis £330

DN Bennett & Son £250

JK Goldie £230

DN Bennett & Son £225

JA & R Geldard & Sons £205

H Goldie £205

HM Wells £200

HM Wells £190

JK Goldie £190

JF Robinson & Sons £185

Ewe Lambs

B Walling £134

DW & CF Morris £132

J & A Barrow & Sons £130

P Knowles £110

WJ & DJ Williams £104

JA & GC Adams £104

JA & GC Adams £104

C Price £104

J & A Barrow & Sons £102

AW Hughes £102

Rams (Aged)

C Lewis 1500gns

AW Davies 850gns

JA & R Geldard & Sons 550gns

IO & AL Jones 500gns

AW Hughes 250gns

Rams (Shearling)

JA & GC Adams 3100gns

E & D Jones 2700gns

H Goldie 2100gns

DN Bennett & Sons 1800gns

G & A Fort 1700gns

DW Ellis 1400gns

D & B Henderson 1400gns

H Goldie 1400gns

H Goldie 1200gns

E & D Jones 1150gns

Ram Lamb

DW Ellis 400gns

Pre-Sale Show Results

Judge: Mr Gwynfor Williams, Junior Judge: Miss Eleri Messham

Class 1 – Aged Ram:

  1. JA & R Geldard & Sons (54)
  2. C Lewis (18)
  3. AW Davies (25)

Class 2 – Shearling Ram

  1. WJ & DJ Williams (109)
  2. JA & R Geldard & Sons (55)
  3. AW Davies (26)

Class 3 – Shearling Ram bred and shown by a North Wales Club Member

  1. DW Ellis (131)
  2. AW Davies (27)
  3. AH Hughes (34)

Class 4 – Ram Lamb

  1. DW Ellis (135)

Champion Ram: DW Ellis (131)  Reserve Champion Ram: WJ & DJ Williams (109)

Class 5 – Pen of 5 Shearling Ewes

  1. JF Robinson
  2. JA & R Geldard & Sons
  3. JK Goldie

Class 6 – Pen of 10 Shearling Ewes

  1. AW Davies
  2. DN Bennett & Son
  3. JA & R Geldard & Sons

Class 7 – Pen of 5 Ewe Lambs

  1. J & A Barrow & Sons
  2. AW Davies
  3. AH Hughes

Champion Females: JF Robinson (pen of 5 shlg ewes)

Reserve Champion Females: AW Davies (pen of 10 shlg ewes)