Judge Dylan Jones, Pwllheli backed his decision and bought his choice of champion for 1700gns at the Lleyn society sale of males and female at Ruthin.
Trade proved extremely sticky throughout the day’s ram sale with only 52 of the 97 rams forward exchanging hands to level at £553.88, however, the sale leader (00599/2214463), from Emrys and Dylan Jones' Lluest flock from Machynlleth attracted the top price of the trade. He is out of a ram by Plas Ucha Forget Me Not.
Two further Lluest rams hit the four-figure price, the first being the pre-sale show reserve champion (00599/2214454) which went under the hammer at 1000gns and headed home with K Thomas, Llechwedd, Newcastle Emlyn.
Moments later, lot 50 (00599/2214276) from the Jones’ hit 1600gns and was purchased by JA & R Geldard & Sons, Low Foulshaw Farm, Kendal. He is sired by the flock’s stock ram, Borrins Jester.
On the credit side, the Geldard family earned back some of their spendings when selling their pen leader (00621/2322475) to 1400gns. Sired by Southam Investment, this boy headed home with HM Wells, Glaneri, Cardigan.
Another Southam Investment son from the same pen (00621/2222257) attracted 900gns when selling to R Jones, Gaerwen.
Making the long journey down from Over Whitlaw Farm, Selkirk, Farmstock Genetics attained a top price of 1000gns for their best ram (00983/2218749). This boy is sired by Mullamore Jake, out of the flock’s show ewe and stood reserve male champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show as a lamb. He was snapped up by AG Selway.
Two rams from G & A Fort, Brighton House Farm, Keighley reached 900gns each, with the first being Lord Commmander (01299/2223951) which is sired by the 9000gns Lluest Juggernaut which stood champion at Carlilse in 2021. He sold to JG & EV Roberts.
The second 900gns ram came in the form of Lord Epic (01299/2224771) which headed home with EY Davies & Son, Bronallt, Pwllheli. He is out of the same sire which bred the 2021 Ruthin Pre-Sale Show champion.
It was a similar story across in the females with the champion pen going on to top the yearling and overall female sale followed by many notable prices.
The pre-sale show champion pen of five yearlings from Hamish Goldie, Southbower Houses, Dumfries landed the top price of £240 per head when selling to Roos Farm Partners. Hamish also sold a pen at £210 to C Mullard-Davies, Pool Cottage.
Close behind and matching that £210 price was the second prize pen of 10 yearling ewes from A Wynne Davies, Pwllheli which was bought by JA Williams, 52 Blaenddol Y Bala Gwynedd.
The reserve champion pen from JA & R Geldard & Sons went on to reach a top of £205 per head and were knocked down to EY Davies & Son, Denbigh. Moments later, the same buyer purchased another pen from the same home for £195 per head.
Three pens attained £190, two of which derived from Manor Farm, East Marden, West Sussex which were both purchased by Roos Farm Partners.
E & D Jones managed to bag the third £190 price tag for their yearling ewes, which went under the hammer to EY Davies & Son, with the section cashing in at £165.13.
The sale of ewe lambs averaged £113.72, up £2 on the consecutive year, with a top price of £175 being achieved for the first prize pen from A Wynne Davies. He sold is best to JA Williams.
A pen from IO & AL Jones, Conwy sold for £130 to GP & DM Jones, Llanymynech, whilst Farmstock Genetics reached £130 on two occasions when selling to JA Hulme, Oakenholt Farm.
A top price of £128 was attained on three occasions for Twose Farms, Whitlands which headed home with AW Hughes, Garndolbenmaen.
5-year-old ewes – £130.63
4-year-old ewes – £133.61
3-year-old ewes – £138
2-year-old ewes – £145.14
Yearling ewes – £165.13
Ewe lambs – £113.72
52 rams – £553.88
WJ & DJ Williams (2YO) £148
A Wynne Davies (2YO) £145
DT Jones (4YO) £145
WJ & DJ Williams (2YO) £142
WJ & DJ Williams (5YO) £140
WJ & DJ Williams (3YO) £138 (X2)
WJ & DJ Williams (4YO) £130
WJ & DJ Williams (4YO) £128 (X2)
WJ & DJ Williams (5YO) £125
H Goldie £240
A Wynne Davies £210
H Goldie £210
JA & R Geldard & Sons £205
JA & R Geldard & Sons £195
E & D Jones £ 190
Manor Farm £190
Manor Farm £190
DT Jones £185
AW Hughes £185 (X2)
DW Ellis £180 (X3)
E & D Jones £180
H Goldie £180
A Wynne Davies £175
IO & AL Jones £130
Farmstock Genetics £130 (X2)
Twose Farms £128 (X3)
Farmstock Genetics £125
R & G Davies £122
Manor Farm £120 (X2)
CP Jenkins £115
G & A Fort £110
RG & ME Davies £110
K Thomas £110
Dutton & Dooley £108
E & D Jones (49) 1700gns
E & D Jones (50) 1600gns
JA & R Geldard & Sons (41) 1400gns
Farmstock Genetics (98) 1000gns
E & D Jones (48) 1000gns
G & A Fort (4) 900gns
G & A Fort (36) 900gns
JA & R Geldard & Sons (44) 900gns