Ruthin primestock sale - January 7

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 1,766 prime lambs to 207.9ppk / £120 and 177 cull ewes and rams to £100.

Old season lambs:

The best quality lambs were in demand and there was a brisk trade on all others.

Top priced: Light hoggets to 2.36 by E W Roberts, Fferm Ty Nant Llan and £72.50 from W & OE Jones & Son, Hendre Bryn Cyffo; Standard hoggets to 2.57 by D L Connah, St Deiniol's Ash Farm and £97 from J D Pierce, Bryn Deunydd; Medium hoggets to 2.70 by C S Davies, Egryn and £117 from the same vendor; Heavy hoggets to 2.409 by A O Roberts & Partners, Hendre and £115 by the same vendor.

Light to 236.7 Average 215.9; Standard to 257.1 Average 216.4; Medium to 270.9 Average 220.4; Heavy to 240.9 Average 211.4; Overall average 216.4; SQQ 218.6.

Cull ewes:

177 Cull Ewes up to £100, average £66.33; Texel Rams to £90; Texel ewes to £100; Mule ewes to £75; Suffolk ewes to £85; Welsh rams to £45; Welsh ewes to £68.

St Asaph livestock market - January 2

OLD season lambs (2,283):

A seasonal entry were a fantastic trade, with demand throughout the weight ranges.

Again, quality was especially dear.

Top price Light - 219p/kg shown by M Jones, Bryn Pistyll and £70/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Standard - 267p/kg shown by M D & E C Williams, Henllys and £104/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Medium - 263p/kg shown by D M Davies, Marian Trefedwen and £110/head shown by G O Lloyd, Bryn Goleu.

Top price Heavy - 241p/kg shown by R E Roberts & Co, Parc and £119/head shown by A Evans, Llwyn Du Ucha.

Top price Overweight - 217p/kg shown by T G Davies, Plas Captain and £118/head shown by G O Lloyd, Bryn Goleu; SQQ 214.11.

Light ave 194.12p/kg to 219.00p/kg to £70.00/hd; Standard ave 211.52p/kg to 267.00p/kg to £104.00/hd; Medium ave 219.20p/kg to 263.00p/kg to £110.00/hd; Heavy ave 211.46p/kg to 241.00p/kg to £119.00/hd; Overweight ave 192.93p/kg to 217.00p/kg to £118.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (477):

A smaller show of ewes were dearer than ever before, with the best Texel Ewes to £178/head, Mule Ewes to £100/head and Welsh Ewes to £52/head.

Ewes to £178.00, ave £71.82; Rams to £172.00, ave £91.86.

Mold primestock sale - January 6

LARGE entries of beef cattle were forward with trade buoyant, especially so considering the number of cattle forward.

As with the previous few weeks, premium was being paid for the best cattle.

There was a large show of cows, with trade very fast.

Less lambs and ewes were about, but trade was also very fast.

Highlights: Top 10 Beef 222.30p (1442.86); Top 20 Beef 219.70p (1410.55).

Prime cattle (182 entries - 83 hfrs, 83 strs, 16 bulls):

Heifers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 220 (1440.50), Av 198.82; Medium Continental Heifers to 220, Av 194.72; Light Continental Heifers to 216, Av 183.50; Heavy Native Heifers to 175, Av 165.57; Medium Native Heifers to 167, Av 159.75; Light Native Heifers to 155, Av 145.50; Heavy Friesian Heifers to 132, Av 132.

Steers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Steers to 228 (1493.40), Av 191.64; Medium Continental Steers to 228 (1470.60), Av 204.37; Light Continental Steers to 173, Av 171.50; Heavy Native Steers to 179 (1258), Av 173.60; Medium Native Steers to 191, Av 179.33; Light Native Steer to 181, Av 162.75; Heavy Friesian Steers to 169 (1280), Av 157.80; Medium Friesian Steers to 168, Av 149.17.

Bulls (under 30m): Heavy Continental Bulls 182, Av 162.75; Medium Continental Bulls to 220, Av 193.80; Light Continental Bulls 195, Av 171.50; Medium Native Bulls to 150, Av 138.67; Light Native Bulls to 136, Av 118; Medium Friesian Bulls to 145, Av 145; Light Friesian Bulls to 146, Av 136.50.

Heifers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 179, Av 173; Medium Continental Heifers to 190, Av 178.67; Heavy Native Heifers to 168, Av 147.25; Medium Native Heifers to 147, Av 147; Light Native Heifers to 144, Av 144.

Steers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Steers to 170, Av 163.50; Medium Continental Steers to 195, Av 182; Heavy Native Steers to 165, Av 160.67; Medium Native Steers to 168, Av 168; Heavy Friesian Steers to 160 (1282.50), Av 155; Medium Friesian Steers to 158, Av 148.

Cull cows (90 entries - 55 dairy, 35 beef):

Young beef cows to 171 (1162.80); Aged beef cows to 171, 154, 150, 145 etc 1358.5, 1162.80, 1145.70 etc; Top 10 Beef Cows Av 149.50 (1080.88); Top 20 Beef cows Av 140.45 (960.29); Overall beef cow av 128.90; Dairy cow to 131, 124, 118, 118 etc 994.75, 961.70, 939.60 etc; Top 10 Dairy cows Av 118.40 (883.97); Top 20 Dairy cows Av 114.75 (825.82); Overall dairy cow av 98.90.

Cull bulls (4 entries):

Sal to 125p

Lambs: Standard to 219, Av 205.30; Medium to 230, Av 217.10; Heavy to 240, Av 193.90; Sqq 214.60.

Ewes: Ewes to 100, Rams to 100, Av 62.44.

Dolgellau market - January 3

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 507 cast ewes, rams and store and ewe lambs.

Prices: Welsh Cast Ewes to £43; Welsh Rams to £65.40; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £54; Speckled Face Rams to £60; Suffolk Cast Ewes to £70; Wethers to £54.40; Scottish Black Face Lambs to £48.40; Welsh Ewe Lambs to £49.40; Welsh Store Lambs to £55; Strong Welsh Store Lambs to £66; Crossbred Store Lambs to £74.40; Crossbred Ewe Lambs to £64.40.

St Asaph livestock market - January 4

OLD season lambs (507):

A good show of hoggs were a lot dearer, with numerous buyers going away empty handed.

The top price of £89/head was from A Roberts, Bryn Trygarn.

Super Super Light ave 159.32p/kg to 165.00p/kg to £33.00/hd; Super Light ave 165.37p/kg to 171.00p/kg to £42.00/hd; Light ave 194.69p/kg to 242.00p/kg to £70.00/hd; Standard ave 190.88p/kg to 218.00p/kg to £77.00/hd; Medium ave 188.01p/kg to 194.20p/kg to £83.50/hd; Heavy ave 188.82p/kg to 193.00p/kg to £89.00/hd; Overweight ave 192.93p/kg.

Old ewes and rams (21):

Ewes to £80.00, ave £62.60; Rams to £50.00.

Ewe and lamb couples (104):

Texel Doubles sold to £255 and Singles sold to £195.

64th annual winter show and sale of pedigree Welsh Black Cattle at Dolgellau - January 7

THERE was an outstanding entry of 31 females (including 26 maiden heifers) and 40 bulls.

An impressive crowd surrounded the show ring in the morning and there was plenty of buzz around the sale ring, which was as full as ever.

Prospective purchasers were pleased to have plenty of bulls to choose from an array of breeders.


L R Williams, Tyddyn Bach, Llanfachreth and his family had a very successful day, receiving the top price of the sale of 6,800gns for Machreth Berw, who received 3rd prize in class 6 and was sold to O M Jenkins, Ynys Fergi, Borth.

Mr Williams also achieved 5,000gns for Machreth Bleddyn 6th, the Champion Bull, who was sold to Jones Brothers, Rhiwaedog, Rhosygwaliau.

Caerynwch Oliver by T W Williams & Co, Caerynwch Farm, Brithdir, was also sold for 5,000gns to Ll Roberts, Waterloo Service Station, Conwy.

H W Jones, Llwynsarn, Rhydymain also achieved 5,000gns for Llwynsarn Cymro 4th which sold to G Roberts, Clegar, Fferm Rhydgethin, Corwen.

Gwern-Cynyddion Twm 44th by RJ & M & M Evans, Gwerncaernyddion, Llanbedr

achieved 4,400gns and was sold to G Jones & Sons, Hafod-yr-Esgob Isaf,


The Reserve Champion went to Hafodesgob Banner by G Jones & Sons, Hafod-yr-Esgob Isaf, Cwmtirmynach which was also sold for 4,400gns to HR, RA & SW Jones, Talymignedd Isaf, Nantlle.


E & G Jones, Graig Goch, Nebo, achieved 2,400gns for Graig-Goch Bet 65th, which was sold to W S Layton, Knoakes Court, Ivington.

A & R Williams, Pentre, Cwmtirmynach achieved 2,200gns for Mynach Gwyneth

65th, Reserve Champion Maiden Heifer, and it was also sold to W S Layton, Knoakes Court, Ivington.

The Champion Maiden Heifer went to Penwernhir Munud 13th by DE Rowbotham, Penwenhir, Bontrhydfendigaid and was sold for 2,000gns to JJ & MM

Lewis, Trefaes Uchaf, Llangwyrfon.

Llanrwst market - January 7

AN excellent hogget trade sold to 234ppk and £105.50 a head, with insufficient numbers to meet demand.

Cull ewes were still a good trade selling to £120.

Hoggets (910):

S/lights (67) to 170p, av 166p; Lights (93) to 205p, av 191p; Standards (277) to 234p, av 204p; Mediums (404) to 234p, av 207p; Heavy (69) to 224p, av 202p.

Cull ewes / rams (157):

Welsh ewes to £60; Mules to £90; Xbred to £120.


Bface to £89; Welsh to £65.

Beef (8):

BB hfrs to 185p; OTM limx hfrs to 185p; OTM Limx strs to 180p; OTM Chx strs to 180p; OTM Hers steer to 179p.

Highest priced:

Hoggets (ppk): A Evans, Cae Gwyn, Pentrefoelas, Betws y Coed.

Hoggets (per head): Mrs M Williams & E Roberts, Ty Gwyn, Llanrwst.

Ewes: G L Jones, Hafod yr Esgob, Nebo, Llanrwst.

Rams: E Noble, Coedmawr, Dolwyddelan.

Beef: C W Davies, Coedybryn, Llansannan, Denbigh.

Gaerwen auction - January 7

MESSRS Morgan Evans & Co report a seasonal entry of 30 cattle, which sold to a solid trade in all sections.

Market prices:

Highest priced steer: £960 by A Griffiths, Tyn Ronnen Newydd, Llangwyllog.

Highest priced heifers: £1100 by A Jones, Pwll Coch, Rhosybol; £1100 by A Jones, Pwll Coch, Rhosybol; £1000 by S R & T J G Jones, Plas Cemlyn, Cemaes Bay.

Highest priced OTM p/kilo: 150ppk by W Hughes, Ty Mawr Llan, Gaerwen; 142ppk by W Hughes, Ty Mawr Llan, Gaerwen; 142ppk by W Hughes, Ty Mawr Llan, Gaerwen.

Highest priced OTM overall: £867 by G R Hughes, Cwyrt, Llanerchymedd; £854 by G R Hughes, Cwyrt, Llanerchymedd; £767 by W Hughes, Ty Mawr Llan, Gaerwen.

Steers: Overall average £960.

Heifers: Overall average £1000.

OTMs average: 100ppk (best cows from 120ppk to 150ppk, others from 37ppk to 116ppk).

Mold stock sale - January 3

IT was a great start back after the New Year with strong entries in all sections and good demand for all.

A pleasing entry of 149 stores and stirks met fierce demand from start to finish.

Increased entries of dairy and calves met packed ringsides of buyers and a firm trade for both.

Store cattle (90 entries):

AA str (18m) to 1090; HF str (31m) to 1050; BB str (22m) to 1045; HER str (19m) to 1040; LIM str (21m) to 990; CHAR str (22m) to 960; Sim Str (22m) to 900; BF str (15m) to 640; BB hfrs (23m) to 1030; HF hfrs (22m) to 865; AA hfrs (20m) to 845; LIM hfrs (19m) to 830; SIM hfrs (19m) to 780; HER hfrs (16m) to 685.

Stirks (59 entries): BB strs (6m) to 540; LIM strs (7m) to 520; AA strs (8m) to 495; BF str (6m) to 250; Lim hfr (8m) to 595; MRI hfr (11m) to 575; SIM hfr (10m) to 545; BB hfrs (10m) to 520.

Dairy (27 entries):

Heifers: HF cvd hfr to 1920, others to 1840, 1820, 1750, 1700, etc.

Cows: HF (2nd calvers) to 1580, others to 1400, 1380; HF (4th calvers) to 1400; BS (4th calvers) to 1250; HF (5th calvers) to 1120.

Calves (133 entries):

Bulls: Lim bull to 342; SIM bull to 328; BB bull to 260; AA bull to 240; Her bull to 215; Monty bull to 105; BF bull to 42; HOL bull to 30; HF bull to 22.

Heifers: BB hfr to 265; SIM hfr to 258; CHAR hfr to 250; LIM hfr to 245; Her hfr to 145; AA hfr to 130.

Gaerwen auction - January 6

MESSRS Morgan Evans & Co report an entry of 125 ewe and lamb couples, 80 in-lamb breeding ewes and 10 store lambs.

Couples met another strong trade during week, with strong continental types selling at a premium.

In-lamb ewes were in demand, with store lambs slightly easier.

Highest Priced Pen of Single Ewe and Lamb Couples: £158 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo; £158 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo; £152 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo.

Highest Priced Pen of Double Ewe and Lamb Couples: £236 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo; £234 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo; £234 by P & S Barcroft-Jones, Llwyn yr Arth, Llanbabo.

Highest Priced In-Lamb Breeding Ewes: £128 by A W Owen, Bonwerydd, Carmel, Caernarfon; £114 by I Roberts, Ty’n Garreg, Rhosmeirch; £114 by A W Owen, Bonwerydd, Carmel, Caernarfon.

Highest Priced Store Lambs: £40 by M Hughes, Cae Garw, Bethesda Bach, Llanwnda.

Market prices:

Ewe & Lamb Couples – Singles: Average £136; Texel average £142; Suffolk average £137; Charollais average £140; Mule average £113; X/Bred average £125.

Ewe and Lamb Couples – Twins: Average £204; Texel average £221; Suffolk average £191; Charollais to £186; Mule average £182; X/Bred to £226; Lleyn to £152; Speckled to £114.

In-lamb Breeding Ewes: Average £280; Mule to £128; Texel to £114; Speckled to £114; Welsh Mountain to £61.

Store Lambs: X/bred to £40.

Welshpool market - January 6

BARREN and cull cows (46):

Top Price £1160.32; Average 119.32ppkg.

Cull ewes (2,025): Top price £154 (ewes); Top price £120 (rams); Average £69.60 (ewes); Average £72.86 (rams).

Prime lambs (3,680): Top priced £113 / 246ppkg; Average 209.86ppkg.

Store lambs (912): Top priced £85.50; Average £66.79.

Barren and cull cows:

A larger number of OTM cattle were on offer during week, seeing a top price of £1135 (136ppkg) for a British Blue x OTM weighing in at 835kg from PA Lloyd & TS Wierzbinski, Cartref.

CJ Davies & Son, Waengwyn made 149ppkg for a British Blue x weighing 791kg making £1052.03.

Heifers under 48 months topped at £1160.32 (196ppkg) for a Limousin x weighing 592kg from Red House Farm.

A Rowlands & Son, Noyadd Fach made 174ppkg for a Limousin x weighing 575kg making £1000.50.

Bulls under 72 months topped at £1131.25 (125ppkg) for a Salers Bull weighing 905kg from J & B Vaughan, Sychtyn.

TH Turner & Co, Red House made 156ppkg for a Limousin bull weighing 630kg making £982.80.

Averages of the day were as follows:

OTM Cows (40) 115.36ppkg / £763.99; Heifers Under 48 months (4) 151.78ppkg / £895.14; Bulls Under 72 months (2) 137.72ppkg / £1057.03; Overall Average 119.32ppkg.

Prime lambs:

A smaller entry of lambs forward sold to return an average of 209.86ppkg, with a top price of 246ppkg or £113 a head for pen of lambs weighing 46kg from EL Evans, Derlwyn.

A much smaller entry of hoggets on offer sold to another strong, competitive trade throughout for all weights and grades.

Yet again, the best quality, well shaped hoggs sold to a fantastic trade selling up to 246ppkg and £113 per head with plenty of other hoggs selling to above £100.

The most demand was for the well meated 39-45 kilo export weight hoggs with the heavy weight hoggs also finding a strong competitive trade throughout. Fewer lighter weight hoggs were on offer during the day which resulted in a good price throughout, with again quite a few of these going back out as store lambs.

Hopefully, trade will remain strong as numbers dry up throughout the country and with the hogg feeding vendors not ready to sell yet, demand should remain to be greater than supply.

Lights (694) to 220ppkg from L Roberts & Son, Monksfield. Others to 214ppkg from EA Rees & Co, Borfa Newydd. Average of 195.22ppkg.

Standards (832) to 232ppkg from MA & MD Edwards, Sarnau Villa. Others to 231ppkg from DG & BE Jenkins, Gaerfawr. Average of 210.85ppkg.

Mediums (1257) to 242ppkg from EL Evans & Co, Green Farm. Others to 236ppkg from DM Rowlands, Tyddyn Du. Average of 214.87ppkg.

Heavies (667) to 246ppkg from EL Evans, Derlwyn. Others to 218ppkg from Bowen & Bowen, Penthryn. Average of 200.23ppkg.

Cull ewes:

An entry or 1,836 cull ewes accompanied by 150 cull rams, which was an increased entry on the previous week.

Ewes averaged £69 across the board with an increased entry of small Welsh type ewes.

Rams averaged £72.86 and were in strong demand.

This was down £7 on the previous week, trade was very strong throughout on all types of ewes, including strong Welsh up to £72; Suffolks up to £122; Texels up to £154 and Mules up to £102.

Topping the trade was a ewe presented by D Jones, Graig Fach which sold to £154.

This was closely followed by a ewe presented by DTA Williams, Upper Bolbro.

Overall for a good show of ewes, trade was once again met with tremendous demand.

Store lambs:

An increased entry of 912 and a trade that can only be described as on fire and more lambs could have been sold to vendors' advantage.

Theaves: Texels to £78, £76.50, £76 and £74.50; Suffolks to £79, £78 and £69.50; Mules to £65 and £58; Welsh to £59 and £47; Charollais to £70.50, £69, £64 and £63.50.

Mixed and clean: Texels to £83.50, £81, £78 and £72 twice; Suffolks to £77, £74 and £70; Mules to £73, £71 twice and £67; Welsh to £43.50; Charollais to £75, £66 and £58.50.

Wethers: Texels to £84.50, £80 and £72; Speckles to £64; Mules to £57 and Beltex to £67.

Tups: Texels to £85.50 twice, £82, £79.50 and £79 twice; Suffolks to £76.50, £75, £70 and £66.50; Speckles to £53 and £45; Mules to £68, £66 and £49.50; Welsh to £55, £45 and £44 and Charollais to £73 and £70.


Theaves from £32 to £79, average £66.82.

Mixed and clean from £42 to £83.50, average £69.29.

Wethers from £25 to £84.50, average £59.03.

Tups from £10 to £85.50, average £63.04.

Mixed and tups from £74.50 to £74.50, average £74.50.

Overall average £66.79.

Cows and calves:

A small entry for the New Year of two cows and calves, which sold to a good entry for two forward.

Top was £1,900 for a Limousin x 1st Calver with a Limousin x November born calf at foot from RC Davies, Rhydfodrwydd.

JBC & AM Gwilliam, Bwlchgarth sold a Limousin x 1st Calver with a Limousin x November born calf at foot for £1,480.