Ruthin primestock sale - August 13

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 1,250 prime lambs to 221.4ppk / £98; 491 cull ewes and rams to £75 and four prime heifers to 237ppk / £1,271.70.

New season lambs:

Less lambs were about during the week following very big entries of 9,030 lambs in total the previous week.

An excellent trade throughout returned an SQQ of 187.1ppk.

All types and weights were in keen demand.

More lambs are required on Fridays.

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

Top priced:

Light lambs: 163.9ppk by T G Evans & R C ap Gwyndaf, Hafod Dinbych and £50 by M E Black Arfryn.

Standard lambs: 216.7ppk by W E Edwards, Blaenau and £80 by E W Parry, Bryn Mawr Uchaf.

Medium lambs: 221.4ppk by W E Edwards, Blaenau and £98 by T H Vaughan & Son, Maes Mochnant Ucha, Llanrhaeadr YM.

Heavy lambs: 208.5ppk by Mrs F R Jones, Graig and £98 by the same vendor.

Light to 163.9, Average 163.0; Standard to 216.7, Average 186.3; Medium to 221.4, Average 187.7; Heavy to 208.5, Average 181.0; Overweight to 175.5, Average 161.2; Overall Average 185.7; SQQ 187.1.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

Top priced rams / ewes: £75 by I H Jones, Tain y Waen; Charolais ewes to £75; Lleyn ewes to £72; Texel ewes to £65; Suffolk ewes to £60; Mule ewes to £60; Beltex ewes to £55; Welsh rams to £48; Welsh ewes to £42; Overall ewes / rams average £36.48.

Prime cattle:

Top priced heifer per kilo was 237.0ppk by R L Wynne, Ty Newydd.

The top priced heifer overall was £1,271.70, again by R L Wynne, Ty Newydd.

Overall heifers average 232.5p.

St Asaph livestock market - August 15

NEW season lambs (2,043):

THERE was a smaller entry due to the recent trade and the local show, resulting in a sharper trade and more lambs could have been sold.

Top price Light - 169p/kg shown by I Hughes, Esgair Heulog and £54/head shown by W A Williams, Cefn Isa.

Top price Standard - 251p/kg shown by G Davies, Bron Llan and £84/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Medium - 236p/kg shown by T G Jones, Twnan and £96/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Heavy - 217p/kg shown by E Jones, Graig Goch and £101/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Overweight - 182p/kg shown by G R & E W Davies, Nant Hir and £101/head shown by the same vendor; SQQ 181.68.

Weight Average (p/kg) To (p/kg) To (£ per head)

Light ave 154.97p/kg to 169p/kg to £54/hd; Standard ave 177.49p/kg to 251p/kg to £94/hd; Medium ave 183.53p/kg to 236p/kg to £99/hd; Heavy ave 177.77p/kg to 217p/kg to £101/hd; Overweight ave 170.4p/kg to 182p/kg to £101/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (447):

A smaller show of ewes also resulted in a better trade, with the best ewes to £100/head, tups to £100/head and Welsh ewes to £43/head.

Ewes to £100.00 ave £44.08; Rams to £100.00 ave £50.75.

Llanrwst market - August 13

THERE were less lambs about post-festival, with trade easier and more lighter lambs were forward.

Lambs (619):

Lights (167) to 170p, av 160p; Standards (210) to 192p, av 170p; Mediums (237) to 190p, av 176p; Heavy (5) to 160p, av 160p.

Ewes (105):

Xbred to £57; Welsh to £30.

Beef (10):

Limx hfrs to 190p; Sim hfrs to 180p; BB steers to 190p; WB hfrs to 190p; Limx strs to 195p.

Highest priced:

Lambs: K Edwards, Rhos Farm, Carmel, Llanrwst.

Ewes: R.Williams, Moelogan Fawr, Carmel, Llanrwst.

Beef: J G Edwards, Tyn Bryn, Rhyduchaf, Bala.

Mold primestock sale - August 12

BEEF trade was slightly firmer, with a good number forward.

There was an excellent entry of cull cows, whch saw another blistering trade.

Lambs were also in line with other centres.

Prime cattle (118 entries - 61 hfrs, 25 strs, 32 bulls):

Heifers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 206, Av 187.41; Medium Continental Heifers to 200, Av 185.26; Light Continental Heifers to 179, Av 175; Heavy Native Heifers to 180, Av 175.20; Medium Native Heifers to 175, Av 166.17; Light Native Heifers to 150, Av 136.67; Heavy Friesian Heifers to 125, Av 123.33; Medium Friesian Heifers to 125, Av 124.50.

Steers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Steers to 194, Av 192; Medium Continental Steers to 200, Av 185; Heavy Native Steers to 170, Av 170; Medium Native Steers to 200, Av 183.67; Light Native Steer to 178, Av 173.

Bulls (under 30m): Heavy Continental Bulls 210, Av 182.40; Medium Continental Bulls to 210, Av 190.57; Light Continental Bulls 185, Av 156.25; Medium Native Bulls to 192, Av 185.50; Light Friesian Bulls to 120, Av 110.

Heifers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 185, Av 175.50; Medium Continental Heifers to 186, Av 176.67; Heavy Native Heifers to 169, Av 160.50; Heavy Friesian Heifers to 125, Av 125; Medium Friesian Heifers to 106, Av 106; Light Friesian Heifers to 132, Av 132.

Steers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Steers to 153, Av 146.20; Medium Friesian Steers to 115, Av 115.

Heifers (over 36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 146, Av 143; Medium Friesian Heifers to 130, Av 115.

Cull cows (97 entries - 61 dairy, 36 beef):

BR Cow to 164 (1279.20) 10 yr old; BR Cow to 150 (1042.50) 9 yr old; Lim cow to 148 (1198.80) 8 yr old; Lim cow to 146 (1124.40) 3 yr old; Top 10 Beef Cows Av 145.10 (1015.24); Overall beef cow av 120.70; Dairy cows to 135, 131, 130, 129, 129 (1033.20), (1028.35), (1026), (1019.10); Top 10 Dairy cows Av 128.20 (967.69); Top 20 Dairy cows Av 123.70 (908.80); Overall dairy cow av 102.90.

Lambs: Standard to 179, Av 172.20; Medium to 190, Av 178.10; Heavy to 181, Av 164.80; Sqq 177.10.

Ewes: Ewes to 87, Av 60.26.

Ruthin store and breeding stock sale - August 8

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of seven cows and calves; 30 store cattle; four OTM cattle to £1,193.50; 84 calves; two dairy cattle to £1,670; 763 store lambs to £101 and 149 breeding ewes to £102.

Calves (auctioneer: Dafydd Parry):

There was a very good entry of 84 calves seeing an excellent trade throughout, with new buyers present again and a lot of buyers gathered looking for all types of calves.

Topping the day was a 4 week old Limousin calf from Aberdaron achieving £355 and selling to the Bala area.

The same vendor also had a 4 week old British Blue bull calf selling for £340.

There was a consignment of 4-6 week old British Blue heifer and bull calves from a local vendor in keen demand, selling between £200 and £300.

Friesian bull calves were selling to £60 with competitive bidding.

Six week old Aberdeen angus x calves sold for £210 to Anglesey.

More calves could have been sold, with buyers looking for more on a weekly basis.

Buyers range from Anglesey to Gwynedd, Cheshire, Shropshire and even Worcestershire.

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

Anyone looking to sell calves can contact Dafydd Parry on 07780 924460 with their entry prior to sale and to discuss the trade.

If people are 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 - 1 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 July competition was J W & T A Davies, Peniarth Fawr, Betws yn Rhos who will receiving the voucher for £50 from Genus.

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


Of the heifer entries, a 32 month old Hereford x heifer from D R & I Griffiths, Waen achieved £800.

Meanwhile, 25m Limousin heifers were to £770.


There was a good entry of steers topping at £1,240 for strong 26m old British Blue from M A Evans, Tan yr Accar.

The same holding also had a lot of 3 BB steers (24-25 months) achieving £1,205.

Also achieving one of the highest prices of the day was a consignment of Charolais x steers (22-25 months) achieving £1085-£1180 respectively.

A bunch of Limousin steers (9-15 months) were sold together and achieved £870.

There a good general trade, with an increase in numbers expected each week through the autumn.


48 month Limousin cows were selling to £1,193.50 and 94 month Limousin to £897.60.

Cows and calves:

Seven cows with calves at foot were forward.

A 34 month British Blue 1st calver with bull calf at foot achieved £1,200, a 20m Limousin heifer with heifer calf sold for £1,110 and a 30m Hereford x cow with an Aber Angus x heifer calf was to £1,000.

Sheep section:

Store lambs (auctioneer: Elfor Morris):

There was an excellent entry again of 871 store lambs, a continuation of a strong start to the season.

A pen of very shapely Blue Texel ewe lambs achieved £101.

Texel ram lambs topped at £70; Suffolk ram lambs to £65; Welsh lambs to £38; Cross Bred lambs to £43.50; Mule lambs to £59.

Breeding ewes:

There was a good entry for the time of year, with large entries received as per usual over the next few weeks.

Texel full mouth ewes sold for £102; Suffolk ewes to £94; Mule yearling ewes to £90; Lleyn ewes to £86.

Mold stock sale - August 9

ANOTHER decent sale and entry for early August.

Cattle remained in demand, with many buyers going home empty handed.

Dairy was in demand again, with quality commanding a real premium, the top reaching 2120.

Calves in greater demand, with more buyers ringside.

Suckler cattle (4 entries): Lim cow (7yo) with LIM hfr (3m) to 1270; Lim cow (7yo) with LIM hfr (3m) to 1180; Lim hfr (30m) with Lim hfr calf (1m) to 1100.

Store cattle (121 entries): AA str (23m) to 930; BB str (22m) to 925; Her str (25m) to 920; SIM str (22m) to 915; BF str (23m) to 910; HF str (22m) to 830; LIM hfr (24m) to 995; SIM hfrs (23m) to 945; AA hfrs (21m) to 920; BB hfrs (20m) to 885.

Stirks (109 entries): SIM strs (14m) to 730; WB strs (13m) to 675; AA strs (13m) to 665; HER strs (11m) to 580; STA strs (12m) to 545; HF strs (11m) to 460; AA hfr (14m) to 715; Lim hfr (11m) to 600; BB hfr (10m) to 570; Lim hfr (8m) to 540; BLG hfr (9m) to 510.

Dairy (14 entries):

Heifers: HF cvd hfr to 2120, others to1700, 1600, 1550, 1520.

Cows: HF (5th calvers) to 1050, others to 950.

Calves (64 entries):

Bulls: BB bull to 342; BB bull to 300; BB bull to 295; Char bull to 320; Char bull to 280; Lim bull to 300; Lim bull to 280; Lim bull to 270; Sim bull to 250; Sim bull to 240; HER bull to 192; HER bull to 182; HER bull to 160; Flecv bull to 148; Flecv bull to 132; Monty bull to 152; Monty bull to 112; Monty bull to 102; BF bull to 90; BF bull to 85.

Heifers: CHAR hfr to 270; CHAR hfr to 240; SIM hfr to 210; Sim hfr to 205; LIM hfr to 205; LIM hfr to 200; BB hfr to 200; BB hfr to 190; HER hfr to 145; AA hfr to 142

Dolgellau sale - August 9

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 1,198 store sheep - including 479 cast ewes and rams, and 719 store and ewe lambs - 16 store cattle and 10 breeding cows and calves.

Prices: Welsh Cast Ewes to £36; Welsh Rams to £60; Suffolk Cast Ewes to £60; Crossbred Rams to £60; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £65.40; Texel Rams to £70.40; Crossbred Hoggs to £53; Welsh Store Lambs from £23 to £58.40; Speckled Face Store Lambs to £41; Crossbred Store Lambs to £59.40; Texel x Ewe Lambs to £55; Crossbred Ewe Lambs to £58.40; 22m Limousin x Heifers to £1,000; 21m Aberdeen Angus x Steers to £1,015; 21m Limousin x Steers to £990; 17m Charolais x Steers to £880; 17m Welsh Black Steers to £900; 17m Shorthorn x Steers to £820; 15m Welsh Black Steers to £622; Ped WB Cows with WB Calf to £960 to £1200; Hereford x Freisian Second Calver with Lim Calf to £1260; Hereford x Fresian Heifer with Lim Calf to £1320.

St Asaph livestock market - August 10

NEW season lambs (104):

A smaller show of lambs sold to £63/head from J Rawlins, Colomendy.

Super Super Light ave 71.43p/kg to £10.00/hd; Light ave 136.72p/kg to 148.00p/kg to £46.50/hd; Standard ave 153.76p/kg to 164.00p/kg to £63.00/hd; Medium ave 145.88p/kg to £62.00/hd; Heavy ave 131.91p/kg to £62.00/hd.

Old ewes (48):

Ewes to £59.00/hd, ave £26.23/hd.

Breeding ewes (16):

Texel X to £72/head; Romney to £72/head.

Welshpool market - August 12

BARREN and cull cows (17):

A similar number of OTM cattle were on offer compared to the previous week, seeing a top price of £1160.22 (122ppkg) for a British Blue x OTM weighing in at 951kg from J & M Gethin, Tyn Y Rhos.

TH Williams & Son, Pentre Farm made 139ppkg for a Charolais x weighing 752kg making £1045.28.

Younger cows (48-72 months) topped at £686.72 (116ppkg) for a Limousin x weighing 592kg from JE Owen & Co, Gilfach.

GG Williams, West Fedw made 119ppkg for a Salers x weighing 525kg making £624.75.

Heifers under 48 months topped at £958.92 (131ppkg) for a heifer weighing 732kg from TT Jones & Son, Glyn.

A Rowlands & Son, Noyadd Fach made 175ppkg for a British Blue heifer weighing 519kg making £908.25.

Averages of the day were as follows:

OTM Cows (10) 116.88ppkg / £830.99; Cows 48-72 Months (2) 117.41ppkg / £655.74; Heifers Under 48 months (3) 138.68ppkg / £847.82; Steers Under 48 months (2) 140.01ppkg / £941.54; Overall Average 123.16ppkg.

Prime lambs (4,454):

A smaller entry of lambs forward sold to return an average of 173.61ppkg, with a top price of 220ppkg for pen of lambs weighing 41kg making £90 from H & E Powell, Llwyngwilym, and £97.50/head for 47kg lambs from S Smith, Pentre Farm Cottage.

A larger than expected entry, after the Muslim festival, sold to as expected a slower trade throughout.

With a few of the regular buyers not requiring any lambs, trade for all weights and grades was still quite competitive.

Most demand was for the better quality, export weight (39-45kg) lambs

which consistently sold to around and above 200ppkg.

Heavier weight lambs, including tups, sold to a reduced trade compared to the previous week, however the better quality types still sold to above £90 per head.

Well meated lighter weight lambs were also in decent demand.

Most difficult to sell on the day were the poorer / hillbred lambs in the 44-50kg supermarket weight range.

As this slower trade will reduce numbers coming forward and with the end of the Muslim festival, hopefully prices will increase in the near future.

Lights (217) to 179ppkg from J & F Edwards, Cefnbraich. Others to 175ppkg from R Evans & Partners, Hafodyfoel. Average of 160.45ppkg.

Standards (893) to 208ppkg from Red House Farm, Aberhafesp. Others to 200ppkg from I Jones, Bromebyd. Average of 168.75ppkg.

Mediums (2328) to 220ppkg from H & E Powell, Llwyngwilym. Others to 211ppkg from BE & BE Langford, Llettymeibion. Average of 176.01ppkg.

Heavies (896) to 207ppkg from S Smith, Pentre Farm Cottage. Others to 204ppkg from BE & BE Langford, Llettymeibion. Average of 165.91ppkg.

Cull sheep (1,797):

The week saw a reduced entry of 1,747 cull ewes that met a steadier trade as expected with the recent Muslim festival affecting some abattoirs from running.

However, 10 individual buyers were present once again with a few new buyers present looking for grazing ewes.

The overall average was £46.78 (-£3.37 on the week) with a top price of £106 being achieved by LH Morgan, Penglanowen Farm, closely followed by TK Robinson, Ty Newydd that sold ewes for £102.

The plainer and smallest ewes were the hardest sold during the week.

A total of 66 cull rams were on offer at the sale, with a top price of £70 going to DG & E Williams, Wern.

Texel ewes to £106; Beltex ewes to £97; Mule ewes to £70; Welsh ewes to £58.

Store lambs (294):

A larger entry of store lambs was seen compared to the previous week and this met with a sharp trade.

Prices peaked at £66.80 and averaged £52.55.

Leading the way was a pen of Texel tup lambs from IP Jones, Llangwm selling for £66.80 with a £49.11 average.

Mixed and clean lambs reached £61.50 from Texel x from CP & VW Andrew & Son, Bronfedw.

An entry of 52 theave lambs peaked at £62 for Texel x from FR Williams, Cefncanol.

A small entry of wether lambs peaked at £65 for Texel x from S Lane, New Hall.

Averages: Theave lambs £52.65; Mixed & clean £60.75; Wether £64.04; Mixed & tups £54.

Breeding ewes:

An entry of 500 ewes sold to an improved trade with new faces surrounding the ring.

An ongoing reduction from Messrs Tudor, Llysun saw Texel 4 year old ewes to £128 and £120, and Mule 4 year old ewes to £126 and £122.

Aged Suffolk ewes peaked at £105 from Ty Llwyd Farms, Goytre.

An impressive run of 100 yearling ewes from I Jones, Bromebyd saw Beltex x hit £170, Texel hit £151 and Mules to £158.

The best Texel yearlings peaked at £162 from HE Pugh, Grove Farm with Suffolk yearlings to £142 from G Morgan, Cae Garreg.

Averages: Yearlings £125.38; 3 Year Olds £90.06; Full Mouth £114.04; As found £60.77.