Charollais Rams solid trade at Builth Wells

Banwy Flock tops Builth Sale at 2,100 gns
90% clearance on shearling rams for an average price of £537.

Arwel Owen’s Banwy flock topped the Charollais section at the NSA main ram sale held at Builth Wells (Monday 19th September 2016).  His ram lamb sired by Aberkinsey Nitrogen was knocked down for 2,100 gns to Herefordshire breeder, Jeremy Price.  The pen of lambs from the Banwy flock were displayed untrimmed and attracted much attention from commercial farmers and breeders alike.  The 10 lambs all sold to average £683.55.

The next best price came from the champion pen of rams, 18 ram lambs all sired by Knockin Pucker Up from Myfyr Evans, Rhaeadr Flock near Denbigh.  These were the choice of pen judges Peter and Robert Whittaker from Jedburgh.  “The pen just stood out a mile; consistent, well-shaped lambs with that extra bit of style.”  The sire was purchased at the Worcester Premier Sale in 2015 for 4,400 gns.  Leading the way was the first lamb in the ring, which sold for 2,050 gns to Marc Davies from Carmarthenshire for his Topstone Flock.  Next best at 1,000 gns was out of a Wernfawr Neo ewe again by Pucker Up which went to G Davies, Ceredigion for his Moelfryn Flock.  The 18 lambs averaged £711.66.

The individual ram lamb champion came from Arwyn Thomas’s Arbryn flock in Carmarthenshire.  His early December born son of Elmwick Mr McGregor sold for 1,400 gns to D T & S M Owen from Leominster.  But his top price was 1,700 gns for the winner of the Royal Welsh Show ram lamb class this year.  Taking this son of Shamrock Northern Star back to Holland was regular visitor to our sales, Harry de Vleigher.   A full embryo brother to the top-price lamb sold for 1,050 gns to Messrs C & C Davies from Aberystwyth.  The flock finished the day with an average of £930 for 7 sold.

The Arbryn flock also had the shearling and overall champion in the individual show classes judged by Charollais chairman, Mr David Mawhinney.  This March born triplet was sired by Shamrock Northern Star out of a Loanhead Liberator ewe.  Mr Mawhinney backed his judgement by going to 1,600 gns to take this smart tup back to Northern Ireland.

Large pens of well-fleshed, shapely shearling rams certainly attracted the buyers.  Huw Roberts’s consignment from his Bachymbyd Flock near Ruthin topped at 1,100 gns for a Maerdy Musketeer son out of a Mortimer Kingpin ewe.  Taking this one was R H Buckley & sons from Llangedwyn, Oswestry.  His group of 15 sold to average £524.30.

Regular vendors Geoff Probert from the Mortimer Flock in Herefordshire sold his pen of 26 shearling tups to average £656.65.  He hit the 1,000 gns mark twice; first time selling a strong and well-muscled son of Galtres Never Say Never Again to Janet Davies from Aberystwyth.  Taking a tup with probably the best gigot in the building was Jonathan Barber who paid this sum for a March born son of Foulrice Notorious.

The Ingram family had two pens of shearling rams at the sale.  Their first pen of 22 sheep averaged £602.80 with a top of 920 gns for a Logie Durno Officer April born quadruplet.

The reserve champion pen of rams was Adrian Davies’s group of very well-grown and smart ram lambs from his Glyn Coch flock in Carmarthenshire.  Their first prize winner from the January born class sold for 1,120 gns to Mr C Parkinson from Fishlake, near Doncaster.  His sire was a Castellau tup out of a Logie Durno Magnum ewe.  Also achieving 4 figure prices was Tim Prichard from Glamorgan.  At 1,100 gns was his red ticket lamb from the Signet Performance class which went to Messrs Morgan-Jones Ltd from Llanrhystud.  By the same sire, Logie Durno Officer was Castellau Roberto which sold for 1,000 gns to Mr A Radcliffe from Penmark, Nr Barry.

Average prices for all sheep sold was on a par with 2015; with buyers showing a clear preference for shearling rams from the larger groups and quality stock.


Older Rams 

Average      £406.88      Top Price Lot 4179         500gns

Forward 6           Sold 4 (66.6%)

Shearling Rams   

Average      £536.88       Top Price Lot 4395       1600gns

Forward 229       Sold 205 (90%)

Ram Lambs           

Average      £474.62      Top Price Lot 4459        2100gns

Forward 196       Sold 153 (78%)