Demand for Charollais rams was flying at the NSA Early Ram Sale as it returned to the Royal Welsh Showground. Topping all the day’s trading was the Champion Charollais; a shearling ram from Charles and Stephen Marwood’s Foulrice flock, near York. This son of Foulrice Osprey was knocked down at 1600gns to J G and E V Roberts from Denbigh in North Wales.
Next best was another from the Foulrice pen; this time a high index son of Cavick Up and Away attracted a 1200gns bid from breeder, Neil Oughton from Montgomery, Powys. Their 21 shearling rams all sold to average £711.50.
A super pen of strong, well-fleshed shearling rams from Gwyn and Gail Jones’s Springfield flock in Chepstow had terrific trade all from commercial buyers to finish on an average just short of £900 for seven sold. “We are so pleased with such a great average” stated Gail Jones. Their pen leader was a son of Artnagullion Thunderbolt which sold for 1020gns to D G and S A Rees from Ceredigion.
A large pen of shearling tups from Deborah Whitcher’s Galtres flock, in Yorkshire topped at 1100gns selling to A H J Jones from Brecon, Powys. The flock averaged £726 for 15 sold. The overall average for the 70 shearling rams was £678.90.
The best of the ram lambs also hit the four-figure mark with most trading around the £400-500 figure. Leading this trade was an Arbryn Tonto son from R G and R A Jones, Robleston Flock. Going to 1000gns was R J and B E Kimber for their Beanhill flock in Wiltshire.
G J and J E Williams of the Padest flock had the leading pen of ram lambs. Their 10 performance recorded lambs sold to a top of 780gns to average £638.40.