Ross on Wye 2018 

Today Ross on Wye Auction Centre was a busy place with the Lleyn sale and a dairy sale making for a great atmosphere full of confidence.  The sheep sale ring was busy for most of the day with plenty bidders across all sections including several for large numbers.

The senior ewe section kicked off with W & B Lewis, Ceredigion selling a pen of four year olds for £100/head to D Edwards, Gloucester.  Messrs Lewis sold another two pens for £92 and £90/head to RA Hughes, Anglesey.  

Shearling ewes saw a firm trade throughout with many pens selling comfortably between £140 and £170 for much of the day.  The trade slipped slightly towards the end of the section once buyers for numbers had got their orders filled, although some pens were still realising £160-170 in the last few lots.  DJ Steen, Moffat topped with a pen of six selling for £190/head to D Edwards, Gloucester.  Mr Steen also sold another pen of six for £175/head to S Phillips, Cirencester.  J Hamer, Oswestry sold the 1st prize pen of 5 for £180/head to D Birt, Churcham.  Lionel Organ sold 10 for £178/head to D Edwards.   There were 15 pens sold for £170 and above.  A positive clearance of 97%.

A stronger selection of ewe lambs saw an encouraging demand with a clearance of 81%.  C Price, Brecon topped the section with £142/head for five.  Mr Price then sold a further two pens of ten and seven for £124/head. All were purchased by WG Smyth & Son, Barnstaple.  Wynne Davies, Pwhelli sold the 3rd prize pen of five for £128/head to C Long, Monmouth.  C & R Bowen, Haverfordwest sold the 1st prize pen of ten for £112/head to M Williams, Pwllheli.  Mr Bowen sold a further pen of ten for £110/head to C Long.

A clearance rate of 78% was another positive note to the day.  With plenty of buyers for commercial rams although cautious about price with a few highlights above 700gns and many selling at 300-400gns.  The highlight came once again from E & D Jones, Machynlleth with the 1st prize Lluest ram (00599/1708698), sired by a D Steen ram selling for the days top price of 3800gns to G & A Fort, West Yorkshire.  Next G & A Fort sold the second prize ram, Brightonhouse Gold Card (01299/1714254), sired by a Christine Lewis ram for 2800gns to Dylan Jones.  HM Wells, Cardigion sold Rowelen Glan (00575/1701087), sired by a homebred sire Rowelen Edward for 1150gns to GG & HE Sevenoaks, Abergavenny.

Part of the day (not included in the main averages) saw Phyl & David Hale, Flock 937 auction five ewe lambs with the proceeds donated to Bristol Children’s Hospital after they cared for their son during his recent heart operation.  The lambs sold individually as follows; £205 to John Geldard, £205 to C Elliot, £200 to S & H Morris, £200 to W & J McCurdie, £200 to Graham Fort.  Mr Fort then donated his lamb back and it was re-auctioned selling for £200 to Andrew Bennett, who also re-offered.  It finally sold to CE & GD lamming for £205.  In total £1415 was raised by the auction.  Phyl Hale wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the collection of £529.84.  This makes a grand total of £1944 to be donated to the hospital.

AVERAGES

Senior ewes to £100 av. £94

Shearling Ewes to £190 av. £155

Ewe lambs to £142 av. £99

Rams to 3800gns av. £544

TOP PRICES

Senior Ewes

W & B Lewis £100

W & B Lewis £92

W & B Lewis £90

Shearling Ewes

DJ Steen £190

J Hamer £180

L Organ £178

DJ Steen £175

HM Wells £172

G & A Fort £172

C Lewis £172

E & D Jones £170

HM Wells £170

G & A Fort £170

Moonshine Farms £170

L Organ £170

E& L Thomas £170

A Thomas £170

Ewe Lambs

C Price £142

AW Davies £128

C Price £124 (x2)

C & R Bowen £112

C & R Bowen £110

WJ & DJ Williams £110

T Rees £106

T Rees £100

WJ & DJ Williams £98

ST Morris £95

ST Morris £94

Rams

E & D Jones 3800gns

G & A Fort 2800gns

HM Wells 1150gns

DJ Steen 1020gns

DJ Steen 820gns

E & D Jones 700gns

WJ & DJ Williams 700gns

WJ & DJ Williams 650gns

C Lewis 600gns

SHOW RESULTS

Judges: Females – Robin Bowen, Rams- John Hamer

Pen of 5 Shearling Ewes

  1. J Hamer
  2. 2. C & R Bowen
  3. P Hale

Pen of 10 Shearling Ewes

  1. GG & HE Sevenoaks
  2. G & A Fort
  3. C & R Bowen

Pen of 5 Ewe Lambs

  1. T Rees
  2. WJ & DJ Williams
  3. AW Davies

Pen of 10 Ewe Lambs

  1. C & R Bowen
  2. T Rees
  3. P Hale

Best Shearling Ram

  1. E & D Jones (480)
  2. G & A Fort (441)
  3. WJ & DJ Williams (444)
  4. JA & R Geldard & Sons (448)