Having established his Castellau flock of Charollais sheep in 1987, last Friday (26th May) saw Tim Prichard disperse his flock on farm in Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan, to a top price of 2800gns.
Sale leader was the shearling ewe, Castellau 22TZ03828, a Logie Durno Olympian daughter out of a homebred female by Wernfawr Spartacus, himself a former interbreed pairs champion at the Royal Welsh Show. This one caught the eye of Arwyn Thomas for his Arbryn flock, based at Whitland, Carmarthenshire.
The second highest call of the day at 2600gns came for the top priced aged ewe, Dalby 19PEO7800, a 2018-born Dalby Ranieri daughter. Purchased at the Dalby Coral sale, this one is out of a Loanhead female by Bawnard Bolt and she went back home to Meltom Mowbray, Leicestershire, with her breeder Charles Sercombe.
Sticking with the aged ewes, Adrian Davies, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, went to 2100gns to secure the 2019-born Castellau 20TZ2994 for his Glyn-Coch flock. This one is a Knockin Shockin daughter out of a homebred female by Castellau Nockout.
Meanwhile, at 1700gns was another 2019-born Shockin daughter, Castellau 20TZ3045, this time out of one of the most successful ewes in the flock, Castellau Rhianna, a Castellau Powerhouse daughter. Taking this one home to Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, were William and Carole Ingram for the Logie Durno flock.
Also at 1700gns was the shearling ewe, Castellau 22TZ03807, a daughter of Arbryn Tonto and out of a Dalby Ranieri daughter. With three generations of Royal Welsh winners in her pedigree, she was knocked down to C H Rees, Llantwit, Mid Glamorgan.
The same buyer also paid 1500gns for the aged ewe, Castellau 19TX02636. This one is a daughter of 6200gns Ffrwd Tyrone and out of a Castellau Rockafella daughter.
Then at 1400gns was another shearling ewe, this time Castellau 22TZ03853. This ET-bred Arbryn Viper daughter is out of a homebred female by Castellau Powerhouse and caught the eye of A Richardson, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
Ewe lamb trade saw a top price of 2000gns for Castellau 23TZ04232, a Thackwood U Corker daughter out of a homebred Boyo Uncle Ted daughter who won her class at the Vale of Glamorgan Show on her only show outing. This one sold to Dave Roberts for his Boyo flock, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Next up at 1800gns was another Thackwood U Corker daughter, this time Castellau 23TZ04214, out of a Castellau Nockout daughter. She heads up to Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, with H W Sloan for the Rigghead flock.
Her full sister, Castellau 23TZ04213 sold just before her for 1600gns to Robert Gregory, for his Edstaston flock at Shrewsbury, Shropshire and Abbie Mosely for her Knockin flock, Oswestry, Shropshire.
Leading trade for rams at 2100gns was one of the flock’s stock rams, Logie Durno Watchman, a Foxhill Va Va Voom son out of a Rhaeadr Orlando Logie Durno-bred daughter. Heading across the water to Co Kilkenny, Eire, he was knocked down to Frank Jordan.
Ram lambs then peaked at 1000gns for Castellau 23TZ04251, a son of Watchman and out of a Dalby Ranieri daughter. He heads to Barnsley, South Yorkshire with previous buyer A Richardson.
Averages: 32 flock ewes £762.56; 27 shearling ewes £633.88; 27 ewe lambs £674.72; 2 stock rams £1391.25 (McCartneys).