Ruthin primestock sale - July 9

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 2,158 prime lambs to 260.5ppk / £99; 362 cull ewes and rams to £113 and three prime cattle to 235ppk / £1,309.38.

New season lambs:

An increased entry averaged 190.0ppk, with the strongest types again selling very well.

Contact Elfor Morris to discuss, or just take your lambs to the auction anytime between 6am and 10am.

Lambs are also required on Fridays.

Top priced:

Light lambs: 200.0ppk by R & E Williams & Son, Hendre and £64 from the same vendor.

Standard lambs: 260.5ppk by I P Jones, Maes Tyddyn and £99 from the same vendor.

Medium lambs: 237.5ppk by D G L Owens and £99 from I P Jones, Maes Tyddyn.

Heavy lambs: 203.2ppk by R Pierce, Ochr Cefn and £96.50 from the same vendor.

Light to 200.0, Average 182.2; Standard to 260.5, Average 190.0; Medium to 237.5, Average 190.5; Heavy to 203.2, Average 186.4; Overall Average 189.4; SQQ 190.0.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

There was a good entry. Big ewes increased in demand again and more are required.

Top priced rams / ewes: £113.00 by E Y Davies & Son, Prion Uchaf; Texel ewes to £113.00; Cross Bred ewes to £96.00; Mule ewes to £91.00; Suffolk ewes to £90.00; Dorset ewes to £87.00; Welsh rams to £50.00; Welsh ewes to £45.00; Overall ewes / rams average £57.56.

Prime cattle:

Cattle forward remained in demand. The auction has buyers waiting, with handy weight cattle in very keen demand.

Heifers sold to 236ppk from T Edwards, Brithdir and the steers to 230ppk from D J & M J Hughes, Ty Cerrig, Prion; Top priced beast £1,309.38; Overall average 223.5ppk.

St Asaph livestock market - July 4

NEW season lambs (2,056):

There was an another seasonal entry with the harvest weather and it was a much better trade then expected, with the best lambs again being very well sold.

Top price Light 222p/kg shown by R Ll Davies, Ty Capel and 71/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Standard 258p/kg shown M & H Roberts, Bryn Glas and £98/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Medium 274p/kg shown by E Jones, Graig Goch and £118/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Heavy 229p/kg shown by G Davies, Bron Llan and £112/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Heavy 196p/kg shown by G P Lloyd, Tyddyn Ucha and £104/head shown by the same vendor; SQQ 198.40.

Light ave 182.84p/kg to 222.00p/kg to £71.00/hd; Standard ave 196.15p/kg to 258.00p/kg to £98.00/hd; Medium ave 201.62p/kg to 274.00p/kg to £118.00/hd; Heavy ave 207.64p/kg to 229.00p/kg to £112.00/hd; Overweight ave 192.41p/kg to 196.00p/kg to £104.00/hd.

Old season lambs (32):

SQQ 162.79.

Medium ave 162.79p/kg to £70.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (1,008):

A reduced entry were a lot firmer, with the best Continental ewes to £101/head; Welsh ewes to £60/head and tups to £85/head.

Ewes to £101.00/hd, ave £59.13/hd; Rams to £85.00/hd, ave £67.50/hd.

Mold primestock sale - July 8

THE beef trade was very dear, with demand far exceeding supply.

Cull cow trade remained on fire with more needed each week to satisfy demand.

A shortage of lambs also resulted in a fast trade.

Highlights: Top 10 Beef 218.70 (1424.72); Top 20 Beef 212.90 (1391.82).

Prime cattle (77 entries - 27 hfrs, 25 strs, 25 bulls):

Heifers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 223 (1471.80), Av 223; Medium Continental Heifers to 214, Av 199.56; Light Continental Heifers to 195, Av 195; Heavy Native Heifers to 192 (1385.70), Av 180.33; Medium Native Heifers to 190, Av 184; Light Native Heifers to 191, Av 185.50; Light Friesian Heifers to 112, Av 112.

Steers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Steers to 228 (1504.80), Av 204; Medium Continental Steers to 219, Av 213.67; Light Continental Steers to 180, Av 180; Heavy Native Steers to 190, Av 190; Medium Native Steers to 182, Av 182; Heavy Friesian Steers to 170 (1164.50), Av 170; Medium Friesian Steers to 165, Av 165; Light Friesian Steers to 150, Av 150.

Bulls (under 30m): Heavy Continental Bulls 215 (1429.75), Av 207.50; Medium Continental Bulls to 225, Av 207.57; Heavy Native Bulls to 180, Av 180; Medium Native Bulls to 221, Av 202.83; Light Native Bulls to 180, Av 180; Heavy Friesian Bulls to 153 (1178.10), Av 153; Medium Friesian Bulls to 125, Av 122.50; Light Friesian Bulls to 135, Av 128.50.

Heifers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 205 (1322.25), Av 192.50.

Steers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Steers to 170, Av 170; Heavy Native Steers to 175, Av 175; Heavy Friesian Steers to 130, Av 130; Medium Friesian Steers to 150, Av 150.

Heifers (over 36m): Heavy Friesian Heifers to 107, Av 107.

Cull cows (48 entries - 37 dairy, 11 beef): HF cow to 130 (1053); BF Cow to 129 (864.30); NRW cow to 125 (931.25); Ho Cow to 122 (957.70); Fr cow to 120 (912); NRW cow to 120 (828); HF cow to 120 (877.50); SRW cow to 119 (797.30); MRI cow to 116 (835.20); Top 10 Dairy cows Av 122.40 (889.01); Top 20 Dairy cows Av 115.75 (786.13); Only 7 B & W cows under 90p; Lim cow to 159 (1208.40) 7yr old; Lim cow to 142 (1022.40) 6 yr old; Lim cow to 140 (1008) 10 yr old; Lim cow to 140 (952) 11 yr old; Only 2 continental cows under 116p!

Cull bulls (4 entries): AA to 148 (1095.20); Sim to 130 (1254.50); Lim to 120 (1080).

Lambs: Standard to 232, Av 209.40; Medium to 226, Av 205.70; Heavy to 200, Av 177; Sqq 106.40.

Ewes: Ewes to 91, Av 58.40.

Llanrwst market - July 9

THERE was an excellent show of quality lambs forward, selling to 206ppk.

Lambs (634):

Lights (46) to 180p, av 178p; Standards (230) to 200p, av 183p; Mediums (358) to 206p, av 188.8p; Heavy (12) to 185p, av 174p.

Ewes / rams (125):

Welsh to £30; Xbred to £86.50; Rams to £70.

Beef (11):

Limx bullocks to 205p; BB bullocks to 185p; Chx hfrs to 195p; Limx hfrs to 190p; BBx hfrs to 185p.

Highest priced:

Lambs (per head and per kilo): M Vaughan, 2 Y Henar, Denbigh Street, Llanrwst.

Ewes / rams: G Roberts, Carreg y Fran, Siloam, Rhydlanfair, Betws y Coed.

Dolgellau market - July 5

FARMERS Marts reports entries of one grazing cow; 20 store cattle and 402 cast ewes, rams and store lambs.

Prices: Welsh Black Cows to £1005; 22m Hereford x Fresian Heifers from £805 to £1000; 28m Welsh Black Steers to £960; 22m Limousin x Steers to £940; 12m Limousin x Steers to £815; Welsh Cast Ewes to £45; Welsh Rams to £60; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £55; Scottish Black Face Ewes to £46.40; Speckled Face Cast Ewes to £45; Welsh Hoggs to £36.40; Welsh Store Lambs to £39; Texel x Store Lambs to £53; Suffolk x Store Lambs to £56.40.

Ruthin store and breeding stock sale - July 4

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 15 store cattle to £975.00; 43 calves to £440; 10 OTM cattle to £816; 11 cows with calves at foot to £1,570; 21 new season store lambs to £63.50 and 23 breeding ewes to £116.

Calves (auctioneer: Dafydd Parry):

A good entry forward, with another flyer of a trade.

There are numerous enquiries from new and regular purchasers for all breeds of calves.

There was competitive bidding throughout the sale, with a strong 3 month old British Blue bull calf topping at £440, 2 months to £315 and 4m Brit Blue heifers selling to £305.

There were some strong Limousin calves forward also.

A 3 month bull calf achieved £390, while a 4 week old Limousin bull calf eventually sold for £335.

There was a consignment of Devon calves and they were also in keen demand, with a 3 month old realising £270.

The auction is expecting a large number of calves on a weekly basis.

If anyone is looking to sell calves, they may contact Dafydd Parry on 07780 924460 with their entry prior to sale and to discuss the trade.

If anybody is looking to purchase, they can also contact Dafydd Parry to discuss the entries forward, or add their number to the database to receive a text every Wednesday with the entries to hand.

Monthly calf competition:

Ruthin Farmers' Auction has teamed up with Genus to run a monthly competition within the weekly calf section to win Genus vouchers.

The vendor with the highest priced calf, one month old and under sired by a Genus bull during each month, will be awarded a £50 voucher to spend on agricultural products.

The winner of the June competition was J G Jones, of Rhydwen Farm, Lloc, Holywell.

Store cattle (auctioneers: Emyr Lloyd and Glyn Owens):

There was a small entry mainly due to the sunshine.

The entries forward sold very well and more could have been sold.

Heifers: 22m Brit Blue to £915.00 by G & G Davies, Coed Eryl; 26m Simmental x to £860.00; 15m Simmental x to £830.00; 12m Limousin to £740.00.

Steers: 23m Hereford to £975.00 by G & G Davies, Coed Eryl; 29m Brit Fri to £805.00; 12m Limousin to £655.00.


There were 10 OTM cattle at the sale.

More could have been sold in this section, also with more required to meet the current demand.

9 year old Charolais cow to 126.0ppk; 15 year old Charolais cow to 120.0ppk.

If anyone has OTM cattle to sell, they can give the auction a call with their entry, or simply take the cattle in.

Dairy cattle:

Two dairy cattle were sold on behalf of Lisk Bros, Anglesey.

A British Friesian x 2nd calver achieved £1,530; Montbeliarde x 6th calver sold for £900.

Sheep section:

Breeding ewes (auctioneer: Elfor Morris):

The first entry of the season and with the country bathed in sunshine, there were less than usual about with many more expected over the next few weeks.

A number of enquiries were made pre-sale for ewes and the trade was showing all the signs of strong demand with good quality about.

Lleyn 6 tooth to £116; Texel 4 year old to £113; Crocc Bred ewes to £106.

Store lambs:

The same applied in the store lambs section, with weather affecting the numbers, but it was a good trade, with Texel lambs achieving £63.50 and £54.00.

More anticipated throughout the season and expected to increase each week.

Entries invited - do not hesitate to contact the auction if you would like to discuss.

Mold stock sale - July 5

THERE were decent entries in all sections again for early July.

Calves met a packed ringside of buyers and a reasonable trade, although buyers are nervous to pay over the odds.

Strong stores remain in demand, although younger types are still the most challenging to place.

Dairy was in line again, although many buyers were busy harvesting.

Suckler cattle (5 entries): Pedigree AA breeding bull (42m) to 1640; Lim cow (6yo) with Lim bull calf (2m) to 1330; Lim cow (11yo with Lim hfr calf (2m) to 1080.

Store cattle (91 entries): BA steers (23m) to 1100; AA str (20m) to 1080; Sim steers (22m) to 1000; Lim str (21m) to 1000; Here str (22m) to 860; Monty str (21m) to 850; BF str (23m) to 735; AA hfr (23m) to 980; BB heifers (23m) to 900; BA hfr (24m) to 890; Lim hfr (22m) to 880; HER hfr (22m) to 795; SIM hfr (21m) to 790.

Stirks (82 entries): BSH steers (11m) to 820; Lim steers (12m) to 670; BB steers (6m) to 570; BB steers (5m) to 515; BA steers (4m) to 510; BSH heifers (10m) to 590; Lim heifers (10m) to 495; Lim hfr (9m) to 465; AA hfr (4m) to 390.

Dairy (15 entries):

Heifers: HF cvd hfr to 1700; BF cvd hfrs to 1420, others to 1400, 1350.

Cows: HF 3rd calvers to 1350, others to 1300, 1250.

In-calf cows: AYR (8yo) to 840; AYR (7yo) to 790.

In-calf hfrs: AYR (22m) to 780; AYR (25m) to 760.

Calves (91 entries): BB bull to 258; Sim bull to 235; Lim bull to 230; Char bull to 210; Monty bull to 202; HER bull to 198; AA bull to 178; BF bull to 135; HF bull to 54; CHAR hfr to 255; BB hfr to 212; SIM hfr to 210; LIM hfr to 200; HER hfr to 145.

St Asaph livestock market - July 6

NEW season lambs (150):

A good entry of lambs met a satisfactory trade, topping at £63/head from J Jones, Toppan.

Light ave 164.27p/kg to £50.00/hd; Standard ave 172.82p/kg to 191.00p/kg to £63.00/hd; Overweight ave 113.21p/kg to £63.00/hd.

Old season lambs (2):

Standard ave 78.79p/kg to £26.00/hd; Overweight ave 68.97p/kg to £40.00/hd.

Ewe and lamb couples (12):

Welsh Doubles to £150, Singles to £140; Charolais Doubles to £128.

Gaerwen market - July 2

MESSRS Morgan Evans & Co report an entry of 91 store cattle, 14 cows and calves, and 17 OTMs forward.

Cattle were slightly easier, with top quality yearlings meeting a strong demand.

Highest priced steer: £1,090 by R W Owen, Llys Llywenan, Brynsiencyn.

Highest priced heifer: £1,060 by R Jones & Co, Bont Marquis, Brynsiencyn.

Highest priced OTM (per kilo): 144ppk by R W Owen, Llys Llywenan, Brynsiencyn.

Highest priced OTM overall: £1,225.08 by D W & P Worsley, Carnguwch, Llithfaen.

Highest priced cow and calf: £1,440 by S Griffiths, Glasinfryn, Bangor.

Market prices:

Steers: Overall average £800; 12 month Charolais £955; 18 month Charolais £1000; 12 month Limousin £935; 18 month Limousin £910; 24 month Limousin £1000; 12 month B/Blue £860; 18 month B/Blue £885; 24 month Friesian £850; 24 month A/Angus £1090.

Heifers: Overall average £700; 12 month Limousin £900; 18 month Limousin £910; 24 month Limousin £1060; 12 month B/Blue £800; 18 month B/Blue £780.

OTMs: Best cows from 120ppk to 144ppk; Others from 100ppk to 119ppk.

Bryncir market - July 10


Dairy sired (6) ave 88.2p/kg.


New season lambs: Light (346) ave 166.3p/kg; Standard (505) ave 175.7p/kg; Medium (379) ave 176.8p/kg; Heavy (16) ave 173.3p/kg; SQQ 173.4.

Old season lambs: Medium (6) ave 88.3p/kg; SQQ 88.3.

Total cull ewes (368): Ave £62.80/hd.

Gaerwen market - July 3

MESSRS Morgan Evans & Co report an entry of 957 prime lambs and 737 cull ewes and rams.

Prime lambs maintained a steady trade, with cull ewes and rams slightly faster.

Market prices:

Highest priced pen of lambs p/kilo: 236ppk by Pritchard Bros, Ynys Fawr, Llanerchymedd.

Highest priced pen of lambs: £105 by G Parry, Bryn Drofa, Llanbabo.

Highest priced overall pen of ewes: £107 by T J Bevan, Ty’n Ffrwd, Rhostryfan, Caernarfon.

Highest priced overall ram: £100 by Messrs Owen & Griffiths, Y Ddol, Llanfaglan.

Market averages:

Lambs (957): Average 188ppk; Lights average 171ppk; Standard average 183ppk; Medium average 193ppk; Heavy average 186ppk; Overs Average 198ppk.

Ewes (732): Average £56; Heavy Ewes to £107, average £68; Light Ewes to £43, average £31.

Rams (5): Average £93; All rams to £100.

Welshpool market - July 8

Barren & Cull Cows (11): Top price £969.44; Average 123.48ppkg.

Cull Ewes (1929): Top price £133 (ewes), Average £63.23; Top Price £111 (Rams); Average £94.86.

Prime lambs (3140): Top price £109; Average 192.85ppkg.

Store cattle (39): Steer top price £1160, Average 193.09ppkg; Heifer top price £1075, Average 201.36ppkg.

Cow and calves (33): Top price £2350, Average £1498.28.

Barren and cull cows:

A smaller number of OTM cattle were on offer, seeing a top price of £969.44 (146ppkg) for a Limousin x OTM weighing in at 664kg from TI Jones, Braich Bedw.

RE & L Jones, Farchwel made 136ppkg for a Limousin x weighing 700kg making £952.

Younger cows (48-72 months) topped at £577.70 (109ppkg) for a Stabiliser x weighing 530kg from G Jones & Son, Yr Ogof.

Averages of the day were as follows:

OTM Cows (10) 124.61ppkg / £848.73; Cows 48-72 Months (1) 109ppkg / £577.70; Overall Average 123.48ppkg.

Prime lambs:

An entry of lambs forward sold to return an average of 192.85ppkg, with a top price of 222ppkg, firstly for pen of lambs weighing 45kg making £100 from AE Casewell, Bodynfoel and secondly for 42.5kg lambs making £94.50 for Ellis Lloyd & Co, Garthiaen.

Top price per head was £109 for 63kg lambs from ML & RI Davies, Caecappin.

A similar number of lambs forward sold to a similar trade compared to the previous Monday, which is pleasing considering the drop in the trade throughout the previous week.

In most demand were the well bred lighter weight lambs between 32-36kg, which constantly sold around £2 per kilo.

Also in keen demand were the very light under 30kg lambs (of which there were few on offer) and also the better bred, better meated heavier weight lambs which were competitive throughout.

With the forthcoming ethnic festival in August, it is hoped that trade in the coming weeks will improve.

Lights (235) to 211ppkg from RA Davies, Llywnderw. Others to 206ppkg from DI Jones, Cwm. Average of 197.4ppkg.

Standards (846) to 216ppkg from RA Davies, Llwynderw and DW & L Jones, Arbennig. Others to 214ppkg from DD & MJ Evans, Pantywynthrew. Average of 194ppkg.

Mediums (1550) to 222ppkg from AE Casewell, Bodynfoel and Ellis Lloyd & Co, Garthiaen. Others to 217ppkg from Ellis Lloyd & Co, Garthiaen. Average of 191.4ppkg.

Heavies (402) to 212ppkg from Ellis Lloyd & Co, Garthiaen. Others to 207ppkg from RA Davies, Llawnt Isaf. Average of 194.74ppkg.

Cull sheep:

There was an increased entry of 1,909 cull ewes that met a terrific trade from start to finish, with an overall average of £63.23 being achieved.

The best Texel and Suffolk ewes were very well sold, with any amount selling between £90-£100.

Meated Welsh ewes were also well sold, with the best reaching £72.50.

Top price of the day went to WT Davies & Co, Canllefaes Uchaf, Cardigan that sold Texel ewes at £133 - this terrific run of Texel and Texel x ewes averaged £117.90.

Cull rams averaged £94.86 with a top price of £111 going to TG Davies, Home Farm.

Texel ewes to £133; Suffolk x ewes to £102; Mule ewes to £85; Speckled ewes to £70.50; Welsh ewes to £72.50.

The auction thoroughly advises vendors to shear their cull ewes from now onwards as premiums will be gained.

A total of 13 individual cull ewes buyers were present once again, meaning competitive bidding from start to finish and a terrific trade.

Cow and calves:

A large entry of 33 cows and calves met with a stronger trade than a fortnight ago, the best outfits sold well with prices firmer throughout.

Leading the way were MM & R Morris, Maestanyglwyden with a top price of £2350 for a British Blue x 1st calver with her Limousin x heifer calf at foot.

The same home also made £2250 for a Limousin x 1st calver with a Limousin heifer calf.

DH & GW Pryce reached £2160 for a Limousin x 2nd Calver with her Limousin x bull calf at foot.

A breakdown of all prices achieved were as follows: £2000+, 4 Lots; £1800-2000, 2 Lots; £1600-1800, 5 Lots; £1400-1600, 7 Lots; £1200-1400, 5 Lots; <£1200, 7 Lots.

Store cattle:

There was a small July entry of good quality store cattle, which met with a better trade than expected considering the drop in the beef price.

Steers averaged 193.09ppkg or £914 per head and heifers averaged 201.36ppkg or £729.06 per head.

Top prices of the day were as follows:

Steers top price per kilo: Limousin (x1) 14 months 290kg 210.3ppkg DWP Griffiths, Park Lodge; Limousin (x1) 12 months 285kg 209ppkg DWP Griffiths, Park Lodge; Limousin (x1) 13 months 415kg 208.4ppkg DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; Limousin (x1) 15 months 460kg 202.2ppkg DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; British Blue (x2) 19 months 567kg 195.8ppkg FM & SJ Jones, Caebardd.

Heifers top price per kilo: Limousin (x2) 14 months 305kg 245.9ppkg JR & HR Jones & Sons, Hilly Farm; Limousin (x2) 14 months 322kg 217.4ppkg JR & HR Jones & Sons, Hilly Farm; Limousin (x1) 13 months 315kg 212.7ppkg JR & HR Jones & Sons, Hilly Farm; Limousin (x1) 25 months 510kg 210.8ppkg RE & L Jones, Farchwel; Limousin (x1) 13 months 410kg 209.8ppkg DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch.

Steers per head: British Blue (x2) 18 months 615kg £1160 FM & SJ Jones, Caebardd Farm; British Blue (x2) 19 months 567kg £1110 FM & SJ Jones, Caebardd Farm; British Blue (x2) 19 months 570kg £1105 FM & SJ Jones, Caebardd Farm; Limousin (x1) 15 months 540kg £1050 DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; British Blue (x2) 17 months 525kg £1015 FM & SJ Jones, Caebardd Farm.

Heifers per head: Limousin (x1) 25 months 510kg £1075 RE & L Jones, Farchwel; Limousin (x1) 15 months 465kg £970 DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; Limousin (x1) 13 months 410kg £860 DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; Limousin (x2) 14 months 410kg £790 DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch; Limousin (x2) 14 months 305kg £750 JR & HR Jones & Sons, Hilly Farm.

Machynlleth market - July 10


New season lambs: Light (310) ave 185.7p/kg; Standard (377) ave 182.4p/kg; Medium (49) ave 182.8p/kg; Heavy (11) ave 190.0p/kg; SQQ 183.8.

Total cull ewes (169): Ave £31.60/hd.