Charollais tops early Builth sale at 1600gns

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.