Ruthin primestock sale - March 24

RUTHIN Farmers' Auction reports sales of 464 prime hoggets to 298.7ppk / £121; 165 cull ewes and rams to £130 and four prime heifers to £1233.43.

Old season lambs:

In the current situation and on quite an apprehensive day, 464 hoggs met a pleasing trade at Ruthin, with 39.5kg hoggs from D C Evans, Pen y Waen up to 298.7ppk or £118 per head.

The same vendor also had the top price per head alongside R Johnson, Parkwood Farm (63kg hoggs at £118).

Light to 203.4, Average 187; Standard to 266.7, Average 201.9; Medium to 298.7, Average 218.2; Heavy to 256.5, Average 211.2; Overall Average 209ppk; SQQ 213.5ppk.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer - Paul Roberts):

A total of 165 ewes and rams were present.

The top price went to J E Morgan, Home Farm with a £130 Texel ram.

Suffolk ewes to £106; Texel ewes to £114; Texel rams to £130; Mule ewes to £84; Charolais ewes to £80; Welsh ewes to £48; Welsh rams to £60; Overall ewes / rams average £70.73.

Prime heifers (auctioneer- Glyn Owens):

A top price per kilo was achieved by D C Evans, Pen y Waen with an 11 month Lim weighing 510kg achieving 239.5ppk.

The top price was achieved by D C Evans, Pen y Waen with a 15 month Lim weighing 515kg achieving £1233.43.

Overall average: 222.8ppk.

St Asaph livestock market - March 19

NEW season lambs (46):

Top price Standard – 320p/kg shown by D M Jones, Meadowbrook and £117/head shown by E Pritchard & Son, Pant yr Onnen.

Top price Medium - 323p/kg shown by E Pritchard & Son, Pant yr Onnen and £135/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Heavy - 274p/kg shown by G Parry, Rhandir and £128/head shown by E W Jones, Cesail y Bryn; SQQ 281.04.

Standard ave 280.45p/kg to 320.00p/kg to £117.00/hd; Medium ave 286.65p/kg to 323.00p/kg to £135.00/hd; Heavy ave 259.26p/kg to 274.00p/kg to £128.00/hd.

Old season lambs (2,269):

Top price Superlight - 232p/kg shown by D W Roberts, Cefn and £58/head shown by the same vendor.

Top price Light - 290p/kg shown by M H & M E & G Williams, Cyffylliog and £90/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Standard - 326p/kg shown by E H & M Williams a’i Mab, Bryn Betws and £124/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Medium - 341p/kg shown by O T & H C Williams a’u Cwmni, Hendre and £145/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Heavy - 288p/kg shown by O T & H C Williams a’u Cwmni, Hendre and £142/head shown by the same vendors.

Top price Overweight - 265p/kg shown by Gerwyn Jones, Creigiau and £146/head shown by the same vendor; SQQ 248.01.

Super Light ave 226.67p/kg to 232.00p/kg to £58.00/hd; Light ave 241.36p/kg to 290.00p/kg to £90.00/hd; Standard ave 244.08p/kg to 326.00p/kg to £124.00/hd; Medium ave 255.86p/kg to 341.00p/kg to £145.00/hd; Heavy ave 250.42p/kg to 288.00p/kg to £142.00/hd; Overweight ave 227.23p/kg to 265.00p/kg to £146.00/hd.

Cull ewes and rams (1,104):

Ewes to £249.00, ave £103.78; Rams to £245.00, ave £112.86.

Mold primestock sale - March 20

IT was a fantastic sale and thanks go to buyers and sellers for such brilliant support.

Special mention must also go to the amazing auction staff for ensuring the sale ran so smoothly.

In what must be one of the largest shows of cattle ever seen in Mold at the weekly sale, 582 store cattle and stirks (498 stores and 84 stirks) were met with a flying trade with buyers eager to source cattle.

A large entry of 33 dairy also met excellent demand, with excellent prices ensuing.

Finally, 126 calves met an increased demand with trade stepping up a level on previous weeks.

Store cattle and stirks (582 entries):

Older Steers: Char Strs (x3) to 1115 (22m); Lim str (22m) to 1100; Lim str (19m) to 1095; BSH Str (x 4) to 1095 (20m); Lim str x2 (23m) to 1060; AA str (x4) to 1055; Char str (x4) (20m) to 1050.

Other breeds: BR Str (22m) to 1000; Here str (25m) to 970; BF Str (23m) to 895; BS Str (x11) (20m) to 860.

Younger steers: BR Str (18m) to 945; Lim Str (18m) to 940; AA Str (x6) (17m) to 925; Here Str (16m) to 920; NR strs (x8) (20m) to 790; BR Str (x2)(14m) to 755; AA str (x2) (12m) to 730; Here Str (x7) (13m) to 645; Lim Str (x4) (10m) to 640.

Older heifers: BR Hfr (23m) to 1000; Char Hfr (x2) (22m) to 995; BR Hfr (x3) (17m) to 985; Lim Hfr (x6) (19m) to 965; AA hfr (x3) (19m) to 955; Here Hfr (25m) to 950; Here hfr (x3) (25m) to 940; Lim hfr (x4) (21m) to 940.

Younger heifers: BA Hfr (x2) (17m) to 780; BR Hfr (x4) (15m) to 780; Here Hfr (x2) (16m) to 755; AA hfr (x2) (16m) to 645; Sim Hfr (x2) (10m) to 620; BR Hfr (8m) to 605.

Dairy (33 entries): HO Cow (2nd) to 1820; HF Cow (2nd) to 1820; FR Cow (2nd) to 1800; HF Hfrs to 1780; HO Hfr to 1620 (Twice); HF Cow (4th) to 1600; HF In calf hfr to 1520, 1459; HF Calves to 140.

Calves (126 entries): BR Bull to 270; Lim Bull to 235; BSH Bull to 192; Here bull to 172; AA Bull to 170; Mont bull to 140; HF Bull to 80; BR Hfr to 235; Lim Hfr to 210; Here Hfr to 145; AA Hfr to 120.

St Asaph livestock market - March 21

OLD season store lambs (118):

There was a good trade again for lambs with insufficient numbers to meet demand.

Top price from David Evans, Nant y Crai and sold to R E Roberts & Co, Parc at 256p/kg.

Super Super Light ave 210.00p/kg to £42.00/hd; Super Light ave 184.54p/kg to 187.00p/kg to £44.00/hd; Light ave 211.03p/kg to 256.00p/kg to £69.00/hd; Standard ave 203.50p/kg to 216.00p/kg to £83.00/hd; Medium ave 194.32p/kg to 198.00p/kg to £90.00/hd; Overweight ave 167.68p/kg to 189.00p/kg to £100.00/hd.

Old ewes and rams (27):

Old ewes sold to £94/head from G Parry, Tyddyn Isa, Penmynydd and sold to John Williams, Essless

Ewes to £94.00, ave £67.19; Rams to £30.00.

Ewe and lamb couples (48):

X Bred full mouth Doubles to £130 and Singles to £105.

Texel full mouth Singles to £124.

Welsh Broker Doubles to £84 and Singles to £75.

Pet lambs (8):

Pet Lambs to £5/head.

Store cattle (12):

Charolais Steers 9mth to £400/head.

Aberdeen Angus Steers 9mth to £810/head and Heifers 12mth to £750/head.

Limousin Heifers 10mth to £650/head.

Mold primestock sale - March 23

UNDER difficult trading circumstances, firstly thanks must be given to all sellers who followed the guidelines and stayed away from the sale ring and sheep pens.

Also, thanks go to all of the buyers for their continued support through this difficult time.

In order to keep markets open, this is going to be the way for the foreseeable future.

Beef trade met an excellent trade, with buyers looking to replenish stocks.

Cull cows also met an excellent trade, despite rumours of a large fall in dead weight pricing.

Unfortunately, the lamb trade was severely impacted by the current situation, as it seemed to be in all centres.


Top 10 Beef 221.40 (1476.83); Top 20 Beef 218.55 (1415.93); Top 30 Beef 216.13 (1375.06).

Prime cattle (145 entries - 72 hfrs, 58 strs, bulls):

Heifers (under 30m):

Heavy Continental Heifers to 220 (1386.75), Av 205.64; Medium Continental Heifers to 225, Av 204.54; Light Continental Heifers to 213, Av 180.25; Heavy Native Heifers to 180, Av 167.60; Medium Native Heifers to 190, Av 170.22; Light Native Heifers to 175, Av 168; Heavy Friesian Heifers to 165, Av 165; Medium Friesian Heifers to 152, Av 151.

Steers (under 30m): Heavy Continental Steers to 220 (1504.20), Av 200.46; Medium Continental Steers to 230, Av 208.90; Light Continental Steers to 185, Av 170; Heavy Native Steers to 190, Av 180.50; Medium Native Steers to 212, Av 192.38; Light Native Steer to 177, Av 163.75; Heavy Friesian Steers to 171 (1188.45), Av 156.50; Medium Friesian Steers to 174, Av 167.

Bulls (under 30m): Heavy Continental Bulls 220 (1522.05), Av 210.25; Medium Continental Bulls to 219, Av 213.25; Light Continental Bulls 215, Av 205.33; Heavy Native Bulls to 176 (1232), Av 176; Medium Native Bulls to 176, Av 176; Medium Friesian Bulls to 148, Av 148; Light Friesian Bulls to 162, Av 162.

Heifers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 172 Av 160.50; Medium Continental Heifers to 158, Av 151.33; Light Continental Heifers to 180, Av 170; Heavy Native Heifers to 160, Av 153.67; Medium Native Heifers to 167, Av 145.50; Heavy Friesian Heifers to 159 (1120.95), Av 159.

Steers (30-36m): Heavy Continental Steers to 186 (1314), Av 183; Heavy Native Steers to 182 (1319.50), Av 176.50; Heavy Friesian Steers to 160 (1128), Av 160; Medium Friesian Steers to 180, Av 157.67.

Heifers (over 36m): Heavy Continental Heifers to 140, Av 137.50; Heavy Native Heifers to 146, Av 146; Medium Native Heifers to 147, Av 132.50.

Steers (over 36m): Heavy Continental Steers to 131, Av 131; Medium Friesian Steers to 137, Av 137.

Cull cows (93 entries - 70 Dairy, 23 Beef): Young Lim Cow to 172 (1057.80); Young BR cow to 160 (1048); Young Here cow to 150; Lim cow to 150 (1013.20); BR Cow to 140; Top 10 Beef Cows Av 143.80 (975.33); Overall beef cow av 128.52; BF Cow to 134 (984.90); HF Cow to 122 (969.85); 5 HF Cows at 120 (939.60), (921.10) etc; Flec cow to 117; MRI Cow to 117; Top 10 Dairy cows Av 120.80 (902.14); Top 20 Dairy cows Av 118.05 (832.63); Overall dairy cow av 96.41.

Cull bulls (1 entry): Sim to 124 (1246.20).

Lambs: Standard Av 205.70; Heavy Av 200.

Hoggets: Standard Av 160; Medium Av 172.20; Heavy Av 142.52; Sqq 169.43.

Ewes: Av 75.28.

Dolgellau market - March 20

FARMERS Marts reports entries of 202 store cattle, four grazing cows, six in-calvers and 359 cast ewes, rams, hoggets and sheep couples.

Prices: Welsh Black Cows to £665; 26m Saler x WB Heifers to £1100; 10m Limousin x Heifers to £852; 24m Limousin x Heifers to £1100; 24m Charolais x Heifers to £1155; 22m Charolais x Heifers to £1165; 22m British Blue x Heifers to £1050; 20m Charolais x Heifers to £1215; 20m Limousin x Heifers to £1100; 18m Limousin x Heifers to £1055; 18m Pedigree Welsh Black Heifers to £945; 16m Pedigree Welsh Black Heifers to £895; 16m Charolais x Heifers to £1105; 16m Limousin x Heifers to £1078; 14m Charolais x Heifers to £1098; 12m Charolais x Heifers to £918; 12m Limousin x Heifers to £802; 24m Limousin x Steers to £1138; 24m Welsh Black Steers to £1140; 24m Charolais x Steers to £1140; 22m Welsh Black Steers to £948; 22m Charolais x Steers to £1190; 22m Pedigree Welsh Black Steers to £1200; 22m Limousin x Steers to £1115; 20m Pedigree Welsh Black Steers to £1055; 20m Charolais x Steers to £1205; 20m Limousin x Steers to £1142; 18m Charolais x Steers to £1202; 16m Charolais x Steers to £1190; 16m Saler x Steers to £1070; 16m Limousin x Steers to £1050; 16m Welsh Black Steers to £945; 14m Limousin x Steers to £1132; 14m Charolais x Steers to £1082; 12m Charolais x Steers to £965; 12m Limousin x Steers to £900; 10m Charolais x Steers to £822; 10m Limousin x Steers to £835; Welsh Black In-Calf Heifers to £820; Welsh Cast Ewes to £55; Crossbred Cast Ewes to £73; Welsh Hoggs to £90; Welsh Ewe Hoggs to £59; Crossbred Hoggs to £79; Crossbred Double Couples to £164; Welsh Double Couples to £76.