Mortimer flock tops NSA Builth Main sale at 3800gns

A strong run of shearling rams from the Probert family’s Mortimer flock dominated the headlines at this week’s NSA Main Builth sale as they won the overall pen of shearlings and then went on to top the sale. 

The sale highlight from the Worcester-based flock was their first lot in the ring, Mortimer 21HH06823, a son of Oakchurch Ultimate and out of a homebred female by Galtres Never Say Never Again. This one caught the eye of D H and M W Williams, Fron Heulog, Anglesey. 

Mortimer, 3800gns

Another from their pen, Mortimer 21HH06635, then sold for 2000gns. Having stood second in the pre-sale show the day before, this Thackwood Topflight son was knocked down to R J Rowe, Minehead, Somerset. 

Mortimer, 2000gns

Next up in the run of shearlings was one from Hereford-based Jeremy Price. Oakchurch 21WKW00871 is by Lowerye Ronnie and out of a homebred female by Banwy Ripper. Taking this one at 1450gns was E Mills, Taunton, Somerset. 

Two shearlings then met a call of 1000gns, the first being Robleston 21WGN05294 from RG and RA Jones and Son, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. By Skyefall Virgil Van Dijk and out of a Rhaeadr Real Deal homebred daughter, this one was knocked down to GC and GY Jones, for their Springfield flock based at Chepstow, Gwent. 

The other at that same money was another from the Probert family’s pen. Mortimer 21HH06563 is by Bachymbyd Untouchable out of a Cannahars Oscar daughter and caught the eye of R and B Smith, Northampton, Northants. 

Ram lamb trade 

Topping the ram lamb offering at 2000gns was Dai and Paul Curran, Talgarth, Powys, with Wernfawr Awesome. By Logie Durno Wall St and out of a Dalby-bred female by Edstaston Tulloch, this one was reserve male champion and reserve interbreed ram lamb at the Royal Welsh Show this year. Securing him for his Glastonbury, Somerset-based Prestleigh flock was Tom Newth. 

Wernfawr, 2000gns

Just shy of that at 1900gns was another from the Curran family in the form of Wernfawr Apache. Again, by Wall St, this one is out of a homebred female by Glyn Coch Night To remember whose progeny has topped at 3200gns for Wernfawr Vinnie. Securing this one was P Rossiter, Newtown, Co Wexford, Eire. 

Wernfawr, 1900gns

Having secured the pre-sale show championship under judge Jim Neil of the Runningburn flock, Ben Radley, Georgetown, Dumfries, then sold his champion for 1150gns to J Moore, Holsworthy, Devon. Loaningfoot 22XZR01388 is by the multi award winning Foxhill Va Va Voom and is out of a homebred female by Oakchurch Royal Ryan. Joining him in the trailer home to Devon with the same buyer at the same money was his ET-bred brother, Loaningfoot 22XZR013391. 

Loaningfoot, 1150gns

Averages: 151 shearling rams £692.30; 108 rm lambs £521.50 (Hereford Market Auctioneers).

Below are some images from the show. Images can be purchased from Country Girl Media.