Ruthin store and breeding stock sale - December 19

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 32 cattle to £1,110; 64 calves to £410; four OTM cattle to £1,050.80; 1,132 store lambs to £85; 16 stirks to £750 and 81 breeding ewes to £170.

Cattle (auctioneer: Dafydd Parry):

Good entries were once again on show with 65 quality calves forward.

Over 15 buyers were present, with a real buzz around the ring.

Top price of the day went to Owen, Bodysgaw Isa at £410 for a 8 week old BB Bull.

Younger Blues to £260 for a 4 week old BB heifer from Jones Pengwern and £280 for a 4 week old BB Bull from Roberts, Bodynys.

Others from Roberts, Rossa Bach to £320 and £305 from Jones, Gables.

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

Another exceptional trade on cattle.

More are required weekly to meet demand, call Glyn Owens to discuss.

Heifers: 18 month Lim to £970 by L I & E Jones, Bryn Ddraenen; 28 month British Blue to £790; 26 month Aberdeen Angus cross to £760; 30 month Hereford to £740.

Steers: 18 month Lim to £1110 by A Jones, Segrwyd Ucha; 6 month Lim to £1000; 22 month Simmental cross to £950; 17 month British Blue to £835; 29 month Hereford to £800.

OTM cattle:

A 38 month Lim cow weighing 710kg achieved £1.48ppk. A 39 month Aberdeen Angus weighing 620kg achieved £1.22ppk.


8 month Charolais achieved £750; 8 month Simmental achieved £700; 7 month Charolais achieved £670; 8 month British Blue achieved £665; 8 month Aberdeen Angus achieved £410; 7 month Hereford achieved £370.

St Asaph livestock market - December 19

NEW season lambs (3,715):

A very good show forward were a fantastic trade throughout.

All weights and types were in great demand.

Top price Light - 213p/kg shown by L Jones, Foel Eryr and £68/head shown by R W Morton, Bror Grug.

Top price Standard - 264p/kg shown by G O Lloyd, Bryn Goleu and £98/head shown by O T & H C Williams, Hendre Blaenau.

Top price Medium - 268p/kg shown by E H Williams, Bryn Betws and £113/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Heavy - 257p/kg shown by A G & M T Davies, Llys and £118/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Overweight - 225p/kg shown by A G & M T Davies, Llys and £127/head shown by the same vendor; SQQ 208.95.

Light ave 190.70p/kg to 213.00p/kg to £68.00/hd; Standard ave 205.87p/kg to 264.00p/kg to £98.00/hd; Medium ave 211.74p/kg to 268.00p/kg to £113.00/hd; Heavy ave 202.40p/kg to 257.00p/kg to £118.00/hd; Overweight ave 189.71p/kg to 225.00p/kg to £127.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (929):

A good entry of ewes were again a good trade with plenty of demand for all sorts.

Texel Ewes to £141/head; Suffolk Ewes to £125/head; Welsh Ewes to £50/head and Rams to £120/head.

Ewes to £141.00, ave £66.59; Rams to £120.00, ave £78.40.

Beef cattle (3):

Prime heifers from Tyddyn Isa Home Farm sold to 150p/kg.

Heifers (3): Med to 150.00p/kg to £660.00/hd; Heavy to 150.00p/kg to £705.00/hd.

Dolgellau market - December 27

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 143 cast ewes, rams and store lambs.

Prices: Welsh Rams to £45; Welsh Cast Ewes to £20; Crossbred Rams to £52; Welsh Store Lambs to £50.40; Welsh Ewe Lambs to £46; Crossbred Store Lambs to £60.

Bryncir fatstock auction - December 18

THERE was an entry of 757 lambs, 133 Cull ewes and 18 Cull cows, with an exceptional trade in all sections ensuring a good send-off in the last fatstock sale of 2019.

Plenty of cull ewes cleared the £100 mark.

Prime lambs: Overall average 186.4p.

Lights to 203p - EW & DP Owen, Bron Y Gadair.

Standard to 2.06p - S Williams Ty Mwg.

Medium to 2.06p - T W & G Jones, Bodgadle.

Heavy to 2.03p - HM & MW Williams Caerodyn.

Cull ewes:

Suff Ewes to £114 - Messrs Thomas, Llannerch.

Tex Ewes to £113 - Messrs Thomas, Llannerch.

Crossbred Ewes to £111.

Welsh to £64 - SG Hughes, Bryn Mawr.

Cull Rams to £108 - D S Owen, Rhosgawen.

Cull cows:

WB to 114p - National Trust, Hafod Y Llan.

Mont to 112p - Messrs Jones, Ty Newydd.

Dairy to 106p - S & N Jones, Madryn Isaf.

St Asaph livestock market - December 21

A lot less lambs forward were still a very good trade, topping at £87/head from Caldwell & Co.

Super Super Light ave 155.00p/kg to £31.00/hd; Super Light ave 157.46p/kg to 159.00p/kg to £38.00/hd; Light ave 183.07p/kg to 203.00p/kg to £63.00/hd; Standard ave 170.07p/kg to 191.00p/kg to £67.00/hd; Medium ave 196.64p/kg to 207.00p/kg to £87.00/hd; Heavy ave 172.00p/kg to £86.00/hd; Overweight ave 150.94p/kg to £80.00/hd.

Old ewes and rams (17):

Ewes to £43.00, ave £42.54; Rams to £55.00, ave £54.25.

Welshpool market - December 16

BARREN and cull cows (26):

A similar number of OTM cattle on offer during the week, seeing a top price of £1110.78 (153ppkg) for a British Blue x OTM weighing in at 726kg from RT & MSC Jones, Rhydyfaes.

The same home made 125ppkg for a Limousin x weighing 804kg making £1005. Younger cows (48-72 months) topped at £1148.07 (147ppkg) for a Limousin x weighing 781kg from Red House Farm. EM Tilsley & Son, Llandinier made 137ppkg for a Limousin x weighing 731kg making £1001.47.

Heifers under 48 months topped at £924.35 (139ppkg) for a heifer weighing 665kg from Red House Farm.

Averages of the day were as follows: OTM Cows (19) 109.13ppkg / £750.39; Cows 48-72 Months (6) 128.39ppkg / £897.44; Heifers Under 48 months (1) 139ppkg / £924.35; Overall Average 114.75ppkg.

Prime lambs (5,862):

A similar entry of lambs forward sold to return an average of 189.53ppkg, with a top price of 245ppkg for pen of lambs weighing 40kg from CJ & ME Williams, Minysarn, and £112/head for 48kg lambs from the same home.

Another good number of lambs on offer, sold to a good competitive trade throughout with trade remaining strong throughout the sale. Plenty of good quality lambs forward which again sold very well topping at 245ppkg with numerous other pens selling to above 220ppkg.

Any better bred, well meated pens of export and supermarket weight lambs (39-47 kilos) sold to 200ppkg and above.

Heavy weight lambs sold to a similar trade to the previous week with the very best types selling above £100 and any well fleshed 50+ kilo lambs selling at £90/head and above.

Lighter weight lambs found another very good demand especially for the better meated, better bred lambs with still quite a few of these types going back on farms as store lambs for further feeding.

Poorer bred small lambs still found a strong demand as the pre-Christmas export demand continued.

The only lambs difficult to sell were any overfat types.

Lights (1132) to 210ppkg from RE Peate, Nantllachar. Others to 208ppkg from GL Jones, Cefnhosan. Average of 181.63ppkg.

Standards (1226) to 231ppkg from CJ & ME Williams, Minysarn. Others to 224ppkg from JM Rowlands, Dolwen Farm. Average of 192.94ppkg.

Mediums (2142) to 245ppkg from CJ & ME Williams, Minysarn. Others to 232ppkg from DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch. Average of 190.72ppkg.

Heavies (962) to 233ppkg from CJ & ME Williams, Minysarn. Others to 213ppkg from DE Morgan & Co, Cefntwlch. Average of 183.99ppkg.

Cull ewes (2,641):

The week we saw a stronger entry of 2,542 cull ewes that met a terrific trade from start to finish!

There were some fantastic runs of ewes forward, with 14 individual buyers present again.

The trade was well in line with the one the previous week with some ewes even dearer.

This would be the best trade seen on cull ewes this time of year for many years.

The overall average was £62.27 (up £18.60 on the same day last year), a fantastic average considering the amount of hill ewes forward, however, the average reflects the strong demand for these type of ewes as well as the heaviest ewes, with the best Welsh ewes reaching £83.50!

There was a shortage of the very best heavy Texel and Suffolk ewes, however, any amount of the best Texel x and Suffolk x ewes were £95+, Mule ewes £80+ and Welsh ewes £60+.

Top price of the day went to DWP Griffiths, Park Lodge that sold Blue Texel ewes at £120.

This was closely followed by JA Williams, Llechwedd Ddyrys that sold Texel x ewes at £119.

A total of 88 cull rams were present with an overall average of £73.55 and sold to £117 from Fachwen Farms, Tregynon.

Blue Texel ewes to £120; Texel x ewes to £119; Suffolk x ewes to £110.50; Zwartble ewes to £106; Cheviot ewes to £104.50; Blue Faced Leicester ewes to £103.50; Mule ewes to £100; Welsh ewes to £83.50; Dolgellau type Welsh ewes to £58.