Celebrating 50 Years of the Lleyn Sheep Society in 2020

Exeter Sale 2020

Quality was high and so was demand at the annual Lleyn sale with six pens of shearling ewes over £200, ewe lambs to £140 and three rams over £1000.   A positive start to the 2020 Sale Season mirroring the punchy breeding sheep trade across the country.

Two great runs of flock aged ewes started the sale off well with RHS Turner of Payhembury selling two year old ewes at £136/head, closely followed by S Redwood of Lifton with the same age at £135/head as well as three year olds at £128/head and four year olds at £115/head as Messrs Turner received £112/head for his four year olds and both vendors made £92/head of 5 year old ewes. The 42 older ewes averaged £117, up £24 on the year.

Some absolutely fantastic shearlings were well rewarded with a strong trade from a wide ranging array of new and regular, local and travelled buyers. Six pens selling in excess of £200 to a top of £215/head for regular consignors of quality E & D Jones of Machynlleth, Powys.  These were bought by AP James, Bridgenorth.  Their next pen at £210/head sold to JR Williams & Daughter, Nympton.  AW Hughes of Gwynedd brought quality that returned a pen of six at £208/head to AP James.  Followed by a pen at £195/head to T Hall, Marazion. Local consignor Sue Redwood sold a pen of five at £205/head to BJ Gruett, Wrangaton.  Twose Farms of Carmarthen sold their best at £202/head to AP James. Ashton Selway of Stalbridge, Dorset rang the bell at £200/head also to AP James. Plenty of better end shearlings from £170/head to £195/head, straight farming sorts from £145/head to £168/head and a few showing signs of the desert like conditions of the South East back from that to give an overall average of £167.23, up £25 on 2019.

Ewe lambs followed in the same vein with Cornish breeders JM & GC Adams of Truro taking the top spot at £140/head to A Parker, Cullompton.  Twose Farms sold eight at £128/head to R Irwin, Umberleigh.  WJ & DJ Williams of Pwllheli, Gwynedd sold his five at £126/head to R Irwin.  AW Davies also of Pwllheli sold his best at £124/head to the same buyer.  Very little under £100 and an overall average of £107.78 is some £28 better on the year.

A tight entry of rams provided a strong trade throughout with all but one finding a new home and levelling at £660.03, which is up £68 on last year. The top five prices all came from Wales with the Lluest flock of E & D Jones having bragging rights for the section when the pick of their pen made 1050gns.  A Lluest Ram (00599/1910839) sired by Forts Gold Card was purchased by WG Smythe & Son, Barnstable. WJ & DJ Williams sold Tacho Infinity (00350/195232) sired by a Derek Steen ram for 1000gns to Messrs Grant Bros, Kilcoo.  Twose Farms sold a Maenhir Ram (00552/1903143) by a homebred stock ram also for 1000gns to R Gove, Faringdon.  AW Hughes claimed 900gns for Cae Rhos Invictus (00287/1902746) by a MH Miller ram when bought by D Shellard, Westbury-Sub-Mendip.  DW & CF Morris, Carmarthen sold a Penywern Ram (00873/1901140) by Rowelen Francis.  This ram had stood champion in the Society Virtual Show this summer.  He went home with Waters Investments Ltd, Gillingham.

Four rams at 800gns, two from vendors already mentioned but also for Westcountry vendors relatively new to selling Lleyn rams at this fixture being Harpers Holdings of Holsworthy and DJ Searle of Helston with a late ballot. Majority of rams selling between 500 and 750gns including the best of the aged rams which hit 700gns twice, firstly for RHS Turner with a five year old ram and also for AW Davies with a two year old. 

Averages

Senior Ewes to £136 av. £117 (+24) 100% clearance

Shearling Ewes to £215 av. £167 (+25) 93% clearance

Ewe Lambs to £140 av. £108 (+28) 97% clearance

Rams to 1050gns av. £660 (+68) 98% clearance

Top Prices

Senior Ewes

RHS Turner £136

S Redwood £135 (x2)

S Redwood £128

S Redwood £115

RHS Turner £112

Shearling Ewes

E & D Jones £215

E & D Jones £210

AW Hughes £208

S Redwood £205

Twose Farms £202

AG Selway £200

AW Hughes £195

S Redwood £192

AW Hughes £190

SE Hughes £190

S Redwood £190

AW Hughes £188

E & D Jones £188

S Redwood £188

AW Davies £188

Ewe Lambs

JM & GC Adams £140

Twose Farms £128

WJ & DJ Williams £126

AW Davies £124

JM & GC Adams £118

R & M Hicks £114

C & J Price £110

Twose Farms £110

Manor Farms East Marden £110

WJ & DJ Williams £108

AW Davies £106

CM Crudge £106

Manor Farm East Marden £106

CM Crudge £105

CM Crudge £102

Rams

E & D Jones (37) 1050gns

WJ & DJ Williams (31) 1000gns

Twose Fars (33) 1000gns

AW Hughes (27) 900gns

DW & CF Morris (18) 850gns

Twose Farms (35) 800gns

E & D Jones (38) 800gns

DJ Searle (49) 800gns

Harpers Holding Ltd (15) 800gns

Twose Farms (34) 750gns

E & D Jones (36) 750gns

AW Davies (45) 750gns

RHS Turner (22) 700gns

AW Davies (43) 700gns

WJ & DJ Williams (30) 700gns

 

Auctioneers: Kivells

 

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