Ruthin primestock sale - March 3

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 1,900 prime hoggets to 306ppk / £132, 132 cull ewes and rams to £140, and eight prime heifers to £1,233.10.

Old season lambs:

A total of 1,900 hoggs forward met with a flying trade, returning an overall average of 2.43ppk.

55kg hoggs from DAP Jones, Bryn Ibod hit the top price per head of £132!

There were closely followed by a pen from A O Roberts & Partners, Hendre Isaf at £129/head.

Mrs C Evans, Tan y Gaer’s Texel cross ewe lambs, weighing in at 41.5kg, achieved the top ppk of £3.06 per kilo!

Light lambs were a little easier at a £2.19 average, but a combination of 1,100 mediums and heavy lambs returned an overall average of £2.47, or £109/head.

Light to 2.793, Average 2.198; Standard to 3.00, Average 2.403; Medium to 3.06, Average 2.479; Heavy to 2.667, Average 2.457; Overall Average 242.2ppk; SQQ 243.8ppk.

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.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

There was a steady trade on all ewes.

Less entries were around due to lambing, resulting in an average of £79.

Top price £140 by Gwion Williams, Y Gors; Charollais ewes to £140; Texel ewes to £126; Mule ewes to £98; Welsh Mountain ewes to £98; Lleyn ewes to £94; Crossbred ewes to £100; Texel rams to £123; Welsh rams to £70; Overall Ewes / Rams Average £79.

Prime heifers (auctioneer: Glyn Owens):

The top price per kilo was achieved by HJ&FJ Williams, Maes Gadfa with a 21 month Lim heifer weighing 470kg at 2.315ppk.

Top price was achieved by MacCarter Farms, with a 23 month Lim heifer weighing 540kg making £1223.10.

Overall average 2.143ppk.

St Asaph livestock market - February 27

OLD season lambs (1,693):

A seasonal entry also contained a large amount of hill bred hoggs.

Trade was fantastic for the week, with one vendor’s consignment averaging 293.44p/kg.

The large hoggs were an exceptional trade too!

Top price Light - 243p/kg shown by D W Roberts, Cefn Fedw and £74/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Standard 326p/kg shown by O T & H C Williams, Hendre Blaenau and £120/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Medium 327p/kg shown by O T & H C Williams, Hendre Blaenau and £134/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Heavy 279p/kg shown by T G Jones, Twnan Ucha and £134/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Overweight 244p/kg shown by E Davies, Groes Fawr and £149/head shown by H W Jones, Fferwd; SQQ 235.59.

Light ave 213.25p/kg to 243.00p/kg to £74.00/hd; Standard ave 224.49p/kg to 326.00p/kg to £120.00/hd; Medium ave 242.78p/kg to 327.00p/kg to £134.00/hd; Heavy ave 237.28p/kg to 279.00p/kg to £134.00/hd; Overweight ave 221.34p/kg to 244.00p/kg to £149.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (611):

A good show of ewes were extremely dear, probably as dear as the auction has ever had them!

Best Texel Ewes to £177/head; Suffolk X Mule Ewes to £168/head; Mule Ewes to £129/head and Welsh Ewes to £70/head.

Tups were sold to £185/head.

Ewes to £177.00, ave £92.91; Rams to £185.00, ave £115.98.

Beef cattle (5):

Heifers from R W Jones, Cae Isaf sold to 180p/kg.

Heifers (5): Heavy ave 163.32p/kg to 180.00p/kg to £1,075.20.

Fodder beet:

3 x 12 tonnes of fodder beet sold to £30/tonne.

Mold primestock sale - March 2

THERE was less beef about with demand outstripping supply resulting in a fast trade.

The cull cow trade was still on fire.

Hoggets and ewes continued to meet excellent demand.

Highlights: Top 10 Beef 227.80 (1492.69); Top 20 Beef 221.45 (1453.29).

Prime cattle (120 entries - 55 hfrs, 49 strs, 16 bulls):

Heifers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 220 (1489.20), Av 205.60; Medium Continental Heifers to 207, Av 189.44; Light Continental Heifers to 175, Av 165; Heavy Native Heifers to 162, Av 160.25; Medium Native Heifers to 170, Av 168.25; Light Native Heifers to 150, Av 139.

Steers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Steers to 224 (1489.60), Av 200.14; Medium Continental Steers to 233, Av 214.60; Light Continental Steers to 194, Av 189.50; Heavy Native Steers to 188 (1319.50), Av 180.67; Medium Native Steers to 187, Av 172.50; Light Native Steer to 186, Av 173.10; Heavy Friesian Steers to 170 (1360.80), Av 166; Medium Friesian Steers to 181, Av 173.80.

Bulls (under 30m): Heavy Continental Bulls 213 (1608.15), Av 210; Medium Continental Bulls to 225, Av 222.50; Light Continental Bulls 145, Av 145; Heavy Native Bulls to 186, Av 178; Medium Native Bulls to 175, Av 162.50; Light Friesian Bulls to 160, Av 137.25.

Heifers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 177, Av 165.67; Medium Continental Heifers to 184, Av 164.60; Light Continental Heifers to 155, Av 148.50; Light Native Heifers to 120, Av 120; Medium Friesian Heifers to 90, Av 90.

Steers (30-36m): Heavy Native Steers to 152, Av 152; Heavy Friesian Steers to 140 (1092), Av 140; Medium Friesian Steers to 170, Av 170.

Heifers (over 36m): Heavy Native Heifers to 158, Av 154.50.

Steers (over 36m): Light Native Steer to 130, Av 130.

Cull cows (84 entries - 51 dairy, 33 beef):

Young Beef cows to 184, 175, 175, 170 etc (1079.50), (1023.75) etc; Aged beef cows to 154 (Twice), 153 etc (1176), (1174.50), (1108.80) etc; Top 10 Beef Cows Av 164.50 (1069.95); Top 20 Beef Cows Av 150.90 (988.76); Overall beef cow av 127.76; HF Cow to 128 (979.20); BF Cow to 126 (913.50); DS to 118 (907.20); Top 10 Dairy cows Av 119.30 (859.58); Top 20 Dairy cows Av 114.95 (794.14); Overall dairy cow av 102.45.

Cull bulls (4 entries): BG to 120 (1014); Here to 140 (1302); HF to 110 (1001).

Lambs: Standard to 236, Av 225.79; Medium to 245, Av 241.03; Heavy to 245, Av 229.68; Sqq 235.86.

Ewes: Ewes to 140, Av 86.46.

Llanrwst market - March 3

THERE were excellent seasonal entries, with 75 per cent of hoggets forward being Welsh, resulting in an average of 225ppk.

Cull ewes were again a fast trade, with insufficient numbers to meet demand.

Hoggets (620):

S/lights (75) to 210p, av 200p; Lights (174) to 245p, av 225p; Standards (220) to 246p, av 227p; Mediums (95) to 245p, av 230p; Heavy (40) to 235p, av 224p; Overs (8) to 203p, av 200p.

Ewes / rams (147):

Stong Welsh to £66.50; Other Welsh to £55; Xbred to £115; Welsh rams to £80; Xbred to £86.

Beef (12):

Fri strs to 170p; Limx strs to 200p; BB hfrs to 190p; Limx hfrs to 200p; Herx hfrs to 180p; Chx hfrs to 190p.

Highest priced:

Hoggets (ppk): I Evans, Nant y Creua, Pentrefoelas.

Hoggets (per head): T M Ifan, Hafod Fawr, Llanrwst.

Rams / ewes: G L Jones, Hafod yr Esgob, Nebo, Llanrwst.

Beef (ppk and per head): D.H.Roberts, Ty Croes, Pentraeth, Ynys Mon.

Dolgellau market - February 28

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 547 cast ewes, rams, in-lamb ewes and hoggets.

Prices: Welsh Cast Ewes to £65; Welsh Rams to £69; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £78; Texel x Cast Ewes to £83.40; Strong Welsh In-lamb Ewes to £71; Welsh In-lamb Ewes to £30; Welsh Ewe Hoggs to £58; Welsh Hoggs to £72; Crossbred Ewe Hoggs to £80; Crossbred Hoggs to £78.40.

Bryncir prize store sale - February 24

THERE was a good entry of 265 store cattle, which attracted plenty of buyers.

This ensured a splendid trade which resulted in the whole sale average of £980.

Winning the D R Jones Memorial Trophy was G G Williams & Sons, Bron

Fedw Isaf with a smart 16 month old Lim X Hfr, which went on to sell for


Steers and heifers sold to £1250 for strong Charx from BL & AM Jones, Rhandir.

Best Steer up to 15m old any breed: 1, R & C & RW Jones, Crugan; 2, T Jones, Wern.

Best Steer over 15m any breed: 1, G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf; 2, D Evans, Hendy.

Best Heifer up to 15m any breed: 1, T Jones, Wern; 2, T Jones, Wern.

Best Heifer over 15m any breed: 1, G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf; 2, R E Griffith, Llwyn Mafon Uchaf.


Steers: Overall average £995.60.

Charolais: £1250 - BL & AM Jones, Rhandir; £1170 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf; £1165 - D Evans, Hendy; £1155 - G E Roberts, Caeau

Gwynion; £1150 - EW & MP Owen, Llecheiddior Ucha.

Limousin: £1140 - R Griffith, Llwyn Mafon Ucha; £1110 - D Evans, Hendy;

£1105 - A V Roberts, Derwin Fawr; £1100 - J A Pugh Farmyard.

AAX: £1195 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf.

Herx: £1180 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf.

BBX: £1135 and £1090 -E T Williams, Coedty Mawr.

Stab: £1130 - BL & AM Jones, Rhandir; £1000 - Bowness Tan Y Bryn.

Sal: £1085 and £950 - A V Roberts, Derwin Fawr.

PAX: £1050 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf.

Heifers: Overall average £970.

Charolais: £1150 - BL & AM Jones, Rhandir; £1180 and £1120 - H Jones, Bryn Dewin; £1160 and £1130 - R Griffith, Llwyn Mafon Ucha; £1150 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf.

Limousin: £1155 and £1100 - I & R Hughes, Tan Y Bryn; £1130 - R H Williams, Gors Yr Hafod; £1130 - BL & AM Jones, Rhandir; £1125 - J Hughes, Bryn Derwen; £1100 - G G Williams & Sons, Bron Fedw Isaf.

BBX: £1130 - R H Williams, Gors Yr Hafod; £1075 (x4) and £1045 - JG & IV

Jones, Trefaes Fawr; £1030 - E Hughes & Sons, Eithinog Wen.

Stabx: £1130 - BL & AM Jones, Rhandir.

Simx: £1015 - RE Jones, Hafod; £930 - J Povey, Cefn Gadlas.

Herx: £1025 - E T Williams, Coedty Mawr.

AAX: £1000 - JG & IV Jones, Trefaes Fawr; £980 - E Hughes & Sons, Eithinog Wen.

Cows and calves (7): Lim Hfr and Lim calf £820 to £1220.

Ruthin livestock sale - February 28

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 431 hoggets and 522 ewes.

Prime hoggets (auctioneer: Rich Lloyd):

A mixed show of 430 hoggets was seen to an overall SQQ of 231.5ppk.

Top priced:

48kg to £119 by Livestock UK, Oror; 57kg to £119 by E Williams, Ty Mawr; 53kg to £118 by J E Jones & Co, Caer Gai.

Top priced per kilo: 33kg at 258ppk by H L Griffiths, Ty Isa; 42kg at 252ppk by H L Griffiths, Ty Isa; 37kg at 248ppk by DW & GB Roberts, Cornwal Ucha.

Another brisk trade with competitive bidding on all types and weight categories.

More lambs are required weekly to meet demand.

Cull ewes (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

A total of 511 ewes were forward.

There was still a very brisk trade throughout the cull ewe section, with a top price of £154 going to G L Jones, Maes Annod, followed closely by A O Roberts, Hendre Isa with a pen of Texels at £150.

Crossbred ewes to £150; Beltex ewes to £140; Lleyn ewes to £129; Welsh mountain to £64; Tal y bont Welsh ewes to £83; Blue Texel ewes to £116; Mule ewes to £112; Texel Rams to £132; Welsh rams to £90.

There was an overall average of £75.80.

St Asaph livestock market - February 29

OLD season lambs (179):

A good trade on store lambs, with a top price of £100/head from O Davies, Marl, Llandudno.

Super Super Light ave 111.11p/kg to £20.00/hd; Super Light ave 188.80p/kg to 205.00p/kg to £51.00/hd; Light ave 203.10p/kg to 229.00p/kg to £71.00/hd; Standard ave 205.95p/kg to 241.00p/kg to £89.00/hd; Medium ave 227.53p/kg to 233.00p/kg to £100.00/hd; Heavy ave 203.26p/kg to £93.50/hd.

Old ewes (12):

Ewes to £117.00 ave £65.67.

Pet lambs (5):

Pet lambs to £9/hd.

Poultry sale

Another good sale was seen.

Trade and averages as follows:

Rhode Rock point of lay hens - £7 per bird; Bluebell point of lay hens - £7 per bird; Golden Ranger hens - £8 per bird; Amberlink hens - £7 per bird; Calder Ranger hens - £7 per bird; Light Sussex hens - £7.50 per bird; Cream Legbars - £15 per bird; Goldline point of lay hens - £15 per bird; Silver Laced Wyandottes - £10 per pair; Blue Laced Wyandottes - £10 per pair; Call Ducks - £8 per pair; Pair of Golden Pheasants - £15; Pair of Silver Pheasants - £20; Trio of Bantams - £12; Yokohama X Pekins - £7 per pair.

Mold stock sale - February 28

THERE was no let-up in cattle trade as many buyers went home empty handed again.

All types and ages were in demand.

Dairy mirrored previous weeks, with quality commanding the premium.

A much larger show of calves were on offer during the week and a packed ringside of buyers.

Store cattle (269 entries):

BB str (22m) to 1185; LIM str (22m) to 1135; CHAR str (21m) to 1115; Sim Str (23m) to 1090; AA str (22m) to 1040; BF str (22m) to 950; HER str (22m) to 945; Monty str (24m) to 940; HF str (24m) to 935; BB hfrs (23m) to 1025; LIM hfrs (24m) to 975; AA hfrs (22m) to 950; CHAR hfrs (19m) to 930; HER hfrs (24m) to 900; SIM hfrs (23m) to 880.

Stirks (49 entries):

HER strs (11m) to 565; BB strs (3m) to 700; LIM hfr (8m) to 660; Char hfrs (7m) to 645; HER hfr (11m) to 600; BB hfr (2m) to 275.

Dairy (19 entries):

Heifers: HF cvd hfr to 1650, others to 1550, etc.

Cows: HF cows (2nd) to 1620, others to 1520, 1500; HF cow (3rd) to 1480, others to 1380, 1350.

Calves (143 entries):

Bulls: SIM bull to 355; BB bull to 218; Lim bull to 190; Her bull to 155; AA bull to 108; FLEVC bull to 100; BSH bull to 98; BF bull to 95; HOL bull to 52; HF to 28.

Heifers: SIM hfr to 305; BB hfr to 142; LIM hfr to 130; BSH hfr to 95; Her hfr to 90; AA hfr to 90.

Ruthin store and breeding sale - February 27

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 23 cattle to £1,250; 92 calves to £375; six OTM cattle to £841.80; 778 store lambs to £117; 472 breeding ewes to £165; 241 couples to £252; 29 cade lambs to £23 and seven stirks to £281.43.

Sheep section:

Store lambs (auctioneer: Rich Lloyd):

Nearly 800 store lambs were entered again on the day to an average of £67.26.

Top priced: £104 for a pen of Texel ewe lambs by J R Jones, Maes Clwyd; £97 for a pen of Texel lambs by W E Williams, Hafod; £95 for a pen of XB lambs by Bellis & Co, Ty Hir; £92 for a pen of Welsh lambs by R J Evans, Berth Farm; £92 for a pen of Blue faced Leicester by S A Jones, Meddiant Isa; £91 for a pen of Lleyns by W Davies, Mount Pleasant Farm.

There's plenty of continued demand and brisk bidding.

More lambs are required weekly, contact Rich Lloyd on 07557 230777.

Couples (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

There was another large entry of 232 ewes and lamb couples forward, with strong lambs and ewes still selling to a strong trade.

Young lamb couples were harder to sell due to recent weather conditions.

Texel singles to £180, Doubles to £220; Lleyn singles to £82, Doubles to £250; Crossbred singles to £152, Doubles to £250; Mule singles to £160, Doubles to £185; Welsh singles to £82, Doubles to £172; Charollais X singles to £180, Doubles to £240.

In lamb ewes (auctioneer: Paul Roberts):

There was a total of 472 in-lamb ewes forward on the day.

Texel X to £172; Crossbred X to £132; Lleyn X to £130; Welsh to £78; Speckled to £80; Cade lambs to £23.

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

Seasonal entries of store cattle were forward, with a very good demand throughout on all types.

More cattle are required weekly to satisfy demand.

Heifers: Top price £1,160 from T & NW Roberts, Gorswen; 10 month Limousin achieved £1160; 24 month Limousin achieved £1150; 22 month British Blue achieved £1085; 20 month Charolais achieved £1065; 15 month Charolais achieved £1055; 8 month Charolais achieved £720; 25 month Hereford to £830; Overall average of Heifers £875.

Steers: Top price £1,250 from Elgan Williams, Ysgeibion Fawr; 21 month Simmental achieved £1250; 20 month Limousin achieved £1245; 16 month Limousin achieved £1185; 16 month Charolais achieved £1160; 20 month British Blue achieved £1075; 17 month British Blue achieved £1000; 6 month British Blue achieved £730; Overall average of Steers £980.25.

OTM cattle:

There was a very fast trade on the barrens, which were in demand.

A 79 month Simmental cow weighing 630kg achieved 151ppk.

A 32 month Hereford cow weighing 620kg achieved 147ppk.

A 139 month Lim cow weighing 655kg achieved 145ppk.

A 35 month Hereford cow weighing 640kg achieved 1.28ppk.

A 185 month Belgian Blue weighing 695kg achieved 127ppk.

Calves (auctioneer: Rich Lloyd):

There was a very good show of calves with an entry of 92 on the day and a full ringside of buyers.

Top priced:

BB heifer from JE & GK Williams, Fforddlas at £370; BB Bull from A W Evans, Grugor at £360; Lim heifer from A W Evans, Grugor at £320; Lim Bull from T W Jones, Cefn Fran at £300; Aberdeen Angus Bull from P & L Jones, Gables at £260.


Weanlings were in short supply, with plenty of demand.

7 month old Lim steer to £390; 9 month Hereford heifer to £330; 5 month Holstein Friesian steer to £200; 4 month old Aberdeen Angus steer to £170.

More weanlings are required on a weekly basis, with buyers waiting for all types.

Get in touch with Dafydd Parry on 07780 924460.

If you are looking to sell calves, you may contact Dafydd Parry with your entry prior to sale and to discuss the trade.

Welshpool February store cattle sale - February 24

WITH a tremendous show of cattle forward at the end of February sale at Welshpool Smithfield, trade was on fire especially considering the fat trade, which resulted in a full compliment of buyers competing well.

To be fair the cattle forward were, on the whole, better than that presented in January and the resulting trade was testament to the quality that was on offer.

Averages: 218pkg for steers and 207.58ppkg for heifers, and a small number of bulls at 214ppkg.

Leading the way with top price achieved per head were:


Charolais 16 mo 705kg £1345 R Richards & Co, Maenllengen; Limousin 22 mo 610kg £1300 JP Rees & Son, Llettynbryn; Limousin 22 mo 610kg £1290 MPB Ashston & Son, Belan Ddu; Limousin 21 mo 630kg £1285 TT Jones & Co, Brynaire Uchaf; Charolais 23 mo 610kg £1255 TT Jones & Co, Brynaire Uchaf; British Blue 22 mo 577kg £1255 DC Evans, Penywaen.


Limousin 22 mo 600kg £1270 JRD Best & Son, Pentrego Farm; Limousin 22 mo 635kg £1255 R Richards & Co, Maenllengen; Limousin 20 mo 715kg £1230 DH Butler, Gorwel Deg; Limousin 11 mo 455kg £1200 RA Jones, Red Gwenthrew; Charolais 22 mo 562kg £1200 MPB Ashton & Son, Belan Ddu.

Rhayader livestock sale - February 27

PRIME Hoggets (1225):

SQQ 235.34/kg; Overall 232.67/kg.

Standards (173) average - 236.95/kg. Sold to 253p/kg from AJ Rees, Berthabley or £96/head from the same vendor. Others to 247ppkg from CJ Thomas, Beili Ddol.

Mediums (515) average - 233.61/kg. Sold to 252p/kg from E Jones & Son, Penbontpren or £109.50/head from the same vendor. Others to 245ppkg from HI Wilson & Co, Bwlch Henllan.

Heavies (420) average - 234.97/kg. Sold to 256p/kg from PJ Samuel & Son, Rhosgree or £120.50/head from the same vendor. Others to 243ppkg from AJ & JM Abberley, Cerrigcroes, AAT Pugh, Bwlchmawr and PJ Samuel & Sons, Rhosgree.

Cull Ewes (212):

Average - £69.85 sold to £127/head.

Ewes topped at £126 presented by AAT Pugh, Bwlchmawr closely followed AA & MG Wozencraft, Glanalders at £124.

Rams topped at £127 from RG Jenkins & Co, Cilhaul closely followed by LJ Joseph, Parcpenprys at £126.

Texel rams to £127; Mule ewes to £126; Suffolk x ewes to £107; Welsh ewes to £102.

There was a fantastic trade on ewes.