Ruthin primestock sale - October 22

RUTHIN Farmers' Market reports sales of 2,931 prime lambs to 212.2ppk / £85; 339 cull ewes and rams to £105, and four prime cattle to 215ppk / £1,139.50.

New season lambs:

Another very good entry of 2,931 lambs returned an SQQ of 166.9.

There was an increase in the number of heavier lambs forward.

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

Lambs are also required on Fridays.

Top priced:

Light lambs: 184.4ppk by W A Jones, Bryn Beddau and £59 from the same vendor.

Standard lambs: 210.5ppk by G W & D W Roberts, Cil Llwyn and £80 from the same vendor.

Medium lambs: 212.2ppk by H L Griffiths, Ty Isa and £87 from the same vendor.

Heavy lambs: 180.9ppk by G W Jones, Nant Erw Haidd and £85 from the same vendor.

Light to 184.4, Average 155.9; Standard to 210.5, Average 168.0; Medium to 212.2, Average 166.9; Heavy to 180.9, Average 155.3; Overall Average 161.6; SQQ 166.9.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer - Paul Roberts):

Top priced rams / ewes: £105 by I T & H M Jones, Rhiwlas Uchaf.

Texel ewes to £105; Texel rams to £122; Cross Bred ewes to £102; Suffolk ewes to £69; Mule ewes to £70; Welsh ewes to £45; Overall ewes / rams average £44.35.

Prime cattle:


Top priced Heifer per kilo was 215.0ppk by R L Wynne, Ty Newydd.

Top priced Heifer overall was £1,139.50 by R L Wynne, Ty Newydd.

Overall heifers average 193.4ppk.

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St Asaph livestock market - October 19

NEW season lambs (583):

Less lambs forward met with a good trade on all sorts, especially the small lambs, which were in demand.

The top price of £88.50/head was from M Oare, Pant y Groes.

Super Super Light ave 125.30p/kg to 131.00p/kg to £26.00/hd; Super Light ave 132.63p/kg to 162.00p/kg to £40.50/hd; Light ave 133.94p/kg to 162.00p/kg to £49.50/hd; Standard ave 154.95p/kg to 187.00p/kg to £72.00/hd; Medium ave 142.29p/kg to 151.00p/kg to £62.00/hd; Heavy ave 177.72p/kg to £88.50/hd.

Old ewes and rams (49):

Ewes to £47.00, ave £23.91; Rams to £47.00, ave £35.75.

Breeding ewes (208):

Welsh full mouth to £50/head; X Bred full mouth to £52/head; Llyn full mouth to £102/head; Beulah to £100.head.

Ewe lambs (113):

Cheviot to £70/head; Speckled Face to £50/head; X Bred to £42/head; Texel to £79/head.

Stock rams (7):

Texel to 50gns/head; Llyn to 120gns/head.

Llanrwst market - October 17

A CATALOGUED entry of 154 hardy Welsh Mountain Rams were on show in the annual Denbighshire ram sale.

The best rams were a flying trade, but commercial rams slightly harder to sell reflecting on a 75 per cent clearance with a sold average of 945gns.

The sale leader was a yearling ram sold by Gwynfor and Beryl Williams, Ty Newydd Pennant, Gwytherin, Abergele for 7,400gns to E W & M M Jenkins, TynyGraig, Talybont, Ceredigion, who went on to sell a further seven rams for a sale average of 3,278gns

Second highest price was a yearling ram sold by J M & A O Edwards, Cwm Cilan, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Oswestry for 6,500gns to J Owen, Golygfar Dyffryn, Rowen, Conwy.

The third highest price was again sold by J M & A O Edwards, Cwm Cilan for 5,200gns to G L Jones, Cwm y Geifr, Llanarmon DC, Llangollen.

Meanwhile, the fourth highest was again from father and daughter Gwynfor and Beryl Williams, Ty Newydd Pennant selling for 5,000gns to B Evans, Glanrafon, Talybont, Ceredigion.

Mold stock sale - October 18

THERE was a pleasing show of 374 stores and stirks again.

Trade was still firm, although wintering cattle were perhaps a shade back on previous weeks.

Dairy cattle met resistance, although there were plenty of buyers ringside.

Calves were again hard to place.

More buyers were present for the strongest, best calves.

Store cattle (264 entries): LIM str (23m) to 1080; AA str (22m) to 1060; Her str (24m) to 1000; CHAR str (22m) to 1000; BB str (23m) to 965; SIM str (20m) to 840; BF str (24m) to 800; HF str (23m) to 785; CHAR hfrs (22m) to 1045; SIM hfrs (24m) to 1035; LIM hfr (25m) to 1010; BB hfrs (28m) to 975; STA hfrs (23m) to 810; AA hfrs (19m) to 795; HER hfrs (24m) to 670.

Stirks (110 entries): SAL strs (13m) to 595; STA strs (12m) to 550; BB strs (9m) to 500; LIM strs (7m) to 490; BF str (11m) to 415; HF strs (11m) to 380; BA hfr (9m) to 600; BB hfrs (11m) to 545; Lim hfr (11m) to 495; Her hfr (12m) to 445.

Dairy (10 entries):

Heifers: HF cvd hfr to 1750, others to 1500, 1400.

Cows: HF 3rd calvers to 1250.

Calves (97 entries):

Bulls: SIM bull to 348; Lim bull to 282; HER bull to 255; BB bull to 165; AA bull to 88; Monty to 75; BF bull to 60; HOL bull to 44.

Heifers: SIM hfr to 298; LIM hfr to 290; CHAR hfr to 292; BB hfr to 155; HER hfr to 85; AA hfr to 60.

Dolgellau market - October 11

FARMERS Marts reports entries of one grazing cow, 459 store cattle and 3,346 store sheep - including 741 cast ewes, 1,022 breeding ewes, 1,490 store and ewe lambs, and 92 breeding rams.

Prices: Welsh Black Cows to £455; 26m Charolais x Heifers to £1095; 24m Limousin x Heifers to £1035; 24m Welsh Black Heifers to £718; 22m Limousin x WB Heifers to £1030; 22m Charolais x Heifers to £1020; 20m Charolais x Heifers to £1005; 20m Limousin x Welsh Black Heifers to £995; 20m B’DAQ x Heifers to £982; 18m Charolais x Heifers to £1000; 16m British Blue x Heifers to £928; 16m Charolais x Heifers to £1080; 16m Limousin x Heifers to £968; 16m Saler x Heifers to £740; 14m Limousin x Heifers to £915; 14m Charolais x Heifers to £930; 12m Limousin x Heifers to £880; 12m Charolais x Heifers to £750; 29m Limousin x Steers to £995; 26m Limousin x Steers to £1168; 24m Limousin x Steers to £1158; 22m Charolais x Steers to £1220; 18m Charolais x Steers to £1145; 18m Simmental x Steers to £1075; 18m Aberdeen Angus x Steers to £930; 18m Pure Beef Shorthorn Steers to £860; 18m Pedigree Welsh Black Steers to £930; 16m Charolais x Steers to £1125; 16m Welsh Black Steers to £862; 14m Hereford x Steers to £770; 14m Limousin x Steers to £950; 12m Limousin x Steers to £948; 12m Charolais x Steers to £840; Welsh Cast Ewes to £41; Scotch Black Face Ewes to £40; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £46.40; Crossbred Rams to £81; Charolais Rams to £87; Welsh Rams to £45.40; Scotch Black Face Rams to £50; Welsh Breeding Ewes from £30 to £49; Yrl Welsh Breeding Ewes to £54; Crossbred Breeding Ewes to £53; Welsh Store Lambs to £55.40; Welsh Ewe Lambs to £34; Crossbred Store Lambs to £61; Mule Ewe Lambs to £86; Crossbred Ewe Lambs to £63; Yrl Suffolk x Texel Rams to 500gns; Yrl Cheviot Rams to 330gns; Yrl Texel Rams to 420gns; Yrl Texel x Blue Face Rams to 420gns; Yrl Speckled Face Rams to 300gns.

Ruthin store and breeding stock sale - October 17

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 49 store cattle to £1,175; 51 calves; six OTM cattle to £992; 2,101 store lambs to £77; 472 breeding ewe lambs to £87; 491 breeding ewes to £84; 151 breeding rams to 400gns and one Limousin bull to 1,900gns.

Calves (auctioneer: Dafydd Parry):

The calves keep coming in, with 78 during the week.

Top price was a British Blue 2-month-old calf at £335.

Another 100 per cent clearance of the multibreed entry.

All calves were sold and vendors went away with payment on the day.

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

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

Anybody looking to purchase 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 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 and sired by a Genus bull - during each month will be awarded a £50 voucher to spend on agricultural products.

The winner of the September competition was J T & G M Edwards, Maes y Llyn, Llantisilio.

The calf was sired by Greystone Glacier.

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

Cattle were generally more difficult to sell along with national trends, but there was a good trade on the strongest types.

Heifers: 16m Limousin to £1,160 by T & E Jones, Bodychain Uchaf; 14m Limousin to £1,150; 25m Limousin to £1,075; 23m Brit Blue to £1,085; 22m Charolais to £1,080; 20m Charolais to £1,065; 17m Blonde x to £975.

Steers: 25m Limousin to £1,175 by M H & M E & G Williams, Ysgeibion; 23m Limousin to £1,150; 18m Limousin to £1,045; 12m Limousin to £1,035; 17m Limousin to £1,010; 15m Brit Blue to £1,145; 19m Simmental to £925; 20m Simmental to £900; 22m Charolais to £890.

OTM cattle: Cows to £992.

Breeding rams:

There was another very good entry with 801 sold this season to date.

Texel shearling rams were selling to 400gns.

There was a stong entry during the week of Blue Faced Leicester rams topping at 360gns.

Charollais full mouth rams sold to 380gns; Beltex shearlings to 290gns.

Sheep section:

Store lambs: Store lambs remained brisk throughout.

Texel rams lambs to £77, Texel el to £68, Charolais ram lambs to £68, Suffolk lambs to £62, Welsh ram lambs to £50, Welsh el to £41.

Breeding ewe lambs:

There were a total of 472 on show during the week.

Texel to £87; Lleyn to £82; Suffolk to £72.

Breeding ewes: Lleyn to £84; Beulah to £82; Mule to £80; Welsh to £66; Welsh ¾ year old to £52

Dolgellau market - October 18

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 27 breeding cows and calves, calved and in-calf heifers, and two bulls, including the reduction sale of Pedigree Welsh Black Cattle on behalf of D Wynne, Tynywern, Bryneglwys, Corwen.

The sale also had 3,043 store sheep - including 324 breeding ewes, 965 cast ewes, 1,563 store and ewe lambs, and 191 breeding rams with the first Annual Welsh Mountain Breeding Ram Sale on behalf of the Maldwyn and Ceredigion Flock Masters. Prices: Pedigree Welsh Black In-calf Heifers to £1500; Pedigree Welsh Black Cows with stray calf at heel from £1300 to £2020; Pedigree Welsh Black Bulls to £1040; Pedigree Welsh Black Cows with Aberdeen Angus Calf to £1090; Saler Cow with Saler Calf to £1130; Hereford x Fresian Heifer with Lim Calf to £1140; Limousin x Heifer with Lim Calf to £1300; Aberdeen Angus x Welsh Black In Calf Heifers to £850; Welsh Cast Ewes to £45 Welsh Rams to £105; Speckled Face Cast Ewes to £40; Crossbred Rams to £80; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £57; Welsh Breeding Ewes from £31 to £50; Crossbred Yearling Ewes to £77; Crossbred Ewes to £56; Welsh Store Lambs to £54; Welsh Ewe Lambs to £40; Crossbred Store Lambs to £62; Crossbred Ewe Lambs to £77; Yrl Welsh Mountain Rams from 100gns to 4000gns.

St Asaph livestock market - October 17

NEW season lambs (2,915):

Trade was much improved from the previous day with the better lambs a very good trade.

Demand was consistent throughout.

Top price Light - 162p/kg shown by I M Evans & Son, Sarn Farm and £51/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Standard - 219p/kg shown by M H Morris a’i Meibion, Bryn Llwyd and £82/head shown by H & E Vaughan a’u Cwmni, Hafod Y Gog.

Top price Medium - 255p/kg shown by E Jones, Graig Goch and £103/head shown by C Evans, Tan y Gaer.

Top price Heavy - 209p/kg shown by E Jones, Graig Goch and £96/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Overweight - 175p/kg shown by M Foulkes, Foel Newydd and £102/head shown by G O Lloyd & Son, Bryn Goleu; SQQ 172.77.

Light ave 154.48p/kg to 162.00p/kg to £51.00/hd; Standard ave 160.89p/kg to 219.00p/kg to £82.00/hd; Medium ave 177.21p/kg to 255.00p/kg to £103.00/hd; Heavy ave 164.61p/kg to 209.00p/kg to £96.00/hd; Overweight ave 149.32p/kg to 175.00p/kg to £102.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (1,064):

Ewes were another good trade, but less strength about resulted in an average of £48.64/head.

Ewes to £95.00, ave £48.64; Rams to £90.00, ave £56.92.

Welshpool market - October 21

Barren and cull cows (35):

A similar number of OTM cattle were on offer during the week, seeing a top price of £1209.78 (143ppkg) for a Limousin x OTM weighing in at 846kg from Francis Partners, Penllwyn.

J & M Gethin, Tyn Y Rhos made 121ppkg for a Charolais x weighing 925kg, making £1119.25.

Younger cows (48-72 months) topped at £1170.92 (146ppkg) for a Charolais x weighing 802kg from B H Evans & Son, Rowton Grange. The same home made 136ppkg for another Charolais x weighing 853kg making £1160.08.

Heifers under 48 months topped at £1058.91 (141ppkg) for a heifer weighing 751kg from J & M Gethin, Tyn Y Rhos.

Averages of the day were as follows:

OTM Cows (19) 106.85ppkg / £740.44; Cows 48-72 Months (7) 117.04ppkg / £863.77; Heifers Under 48 months (8) 114.35ppkg / £723.42; Bull Under 72 months (1) 135ppkg / £788.40; Overall Average 111.31ppkg.

Prime lambs (4,336):

An similar entry of lambs forward sold to return an average of 161.99ppkg, with a top price of 194ppkg for pen of lambs weighing 42.5kg making £82.50 from D R Owen & Sons,

Sandilands and £90/head for 53.5kg lambs from M & H Owens, Glantre.

A similar number of lambs forward sold to a slower trade than the previous week, which would be in line with other local and national markets from late the previous week.

However, good quality, well fleshed lambs of any weight continued to find keen competitive bidding throughout, and

more of these types could easily be sold to vendors' advantage. Also in decent demand were the lighter weight lambs (under 38kg) with well fleshed and hill bred lambs finding good competition.

Smaller, leaner lambs continued to be sold to go back on farm as store lambs.

Most difficult sold on the day were over fat lambs and poorer bred export weight lambs.

Better bred heavier weight lambs continued to sell to a decent demand.

Lights (330) to 167ppkg from J & F Edwards, Cefnbraich. Others to 161ppkg from D O Jones, Minton Oaks. Average of 152.81ppkg.

Standards (989) to 193ppkg from D G & S A Evans, Tanllan. Others to 185ppkg from Red House Farm, Aberhafesp. Average of 162ppkg.

Mediums (1407) to 194ppkg from D R Owen & Sons, Sandilands. Others to 191ppkg from Messrs Meredith, Lodge Farm. Average of 163.5ppkg.

Heavies (1241) to 174ppkg from Messrs Meredith, Lodge Farm and D E Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch. Others to 171ppkg from E W Jones & Co, Tytanyfoel. Average of 159.28ppkg.

Cull ewes (2,179):

The week saw an increased entry of 2,089 cull ewes that met a solid trade once again, with an overall average of £48.78 being achieved.

Trade saw many of the best Texel x ewes exceeding £80.

Most of the best Mule ewes were selling between £62 and £68, with the very best reaching £73.

There was a shortage of the very best Texel ewes forward during the sale.

The top price of the day of £116 went to W R P Jones, Pant.

A total of 78 cull rams were present during the sale, meeting a fantastic trade with a few farmers looking to buy rams for breeding.

A top price of £480 went to D J L & S J Evans, Rhoscyninfa.

Texel ewes to £116; Suffolk x ewes to £85; Mule ewes to £73; Romney ewes to £65; Welsh ewes to £54; Dolgellau-type Welsh ewes to £44.

Store lambs:

A total of 1,100 store lambs sold to an overall average of £50.13.

Texel theaves to £64, £60 and £59.50; Suffolks to £45; Speckled to £41; Mules to £62 and £52.50; Welsh to £30 and Charollais to £61.50.

Texel mixed and clean to £65.50 twice, £61; Suffolks to £64.50, £59 and £57.50; Mules to £55 and £47.50; Beltex to £59; Charollais to £56.50, £55 and £52; Kerrys to £46 and Cheviots to £30.

Suffolk wethers to £46; Mules to £60, £54.50 and £50; Beltex to £64, £59 and £53.50; Kerrys to £65 and £57.50 and Cheviots to £50.

Texel tups to £68.50, £57 and £56.60; Suffolks to £39; Mules to £52, £50.50 and £48.50; Welsh to £46; Beulah to £30; Charollais to £58, £56.50 and £55.50 and Aberfield to £51.

Averages: Overall £50.13; Theaves £53.19; Mixed and clean £53.53; Tups £44.37.

Breeding ewes:

A total of 1,461 ewes sold to a buoyant trade, which provided something for everyone.

Texel ewe lambs to £95, £91 and £88 twice; Suffolks to £73 and £61, Mules to £102, £84 and £78; Welsh to £106 and £98; Charollais to £74 and Cheviots to £64.

Texel yearlings to £123 and £120; Speckled to £93, £90 and £88; Mules to £125, £115 and £112 twice; Blue Faced Leicesters to £100 and £96; and Charollais to £108.

Mule 2 year olds to £95 and £90. Speckled 3 year olds to £66 twice; Aberfields to £115, £112, £110 and £105.

Texel full mouth to £60; Mules to £69 and £60; Welsh to £90 and £52 twice; Cheviots to £71 and £70 and Lleyn to £72 twice.

As found Mules to £48; Welsh to £56 and £55 and Cheviots to £49.

Averages: Ewe lambs from £33 to £106, average - £66.03; Yearlings from £70 to £125, average - £104.45; 2 year olds from £90 to £95, average - £92.78; 3 year olds from £56 to £115, average - £93.13; Full mouth from £42 to £90, average - £58.67; As found from £30 to £56, average - £43.94.