2016 September sales see steady demand
The September sales of the Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders Association showed steady demand for the high quality breeding stock presented for sale by association members.
The first sale of yearling ewes at Welshpool on 7th Sept saw prices increase from an average of £134 in 2015 to £140 this year for the 7,200 sheep forward with H & E Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhayader getting the best price of £195 for a pen of ewes sold to D Lloyd & Co, Cefn Barrach. The momentum created by the yearling sale carried through to the sale of 9,000 ewe lambs the following day where the average of £101 was also £6 up on the previous year with the top price of £205 being paid by J & W Jones, Red Gwenthriew for ewe lambs raised by E & S Hughes, High Park Farm, Stone Heath. The winner of the competition for the best pen of ewe lambs forward at the sale was Geraint Powell, Glanmiheli, Kerry, Newtown.
The association’s Builth Wells sale on Friday saw prices for 3,600 yearlings ease back slightly on 2015 to £134 although demand for the higher priced ewes was buoyant with H & E Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhayader getting £222 to top the day in Builth as well as Welshpool for a pen sold to RT Jones & Co, Coryn, Garth, Builth Wells. Demand for the entry of 8,200 ewe lambs was more even and consistent, holding through to the end of the sale seeing the average for the day matching that of Welshpool at £101 with RG & BM Jones & Son, Tymawr, Garth topping the sale at £195 with a pen sold to G Evans, Ffridd. The prize for the best pen of ewe lambs at the sale was won by TV Hughes & Co, Godregarreg, Llangadog. The Elwyn Bennett Cup for the best total consignment of 80 or more ewe lambs at the sale was won by Messrs DB & MM Fairclough & Sons, Wernhir, Newbridge-on-Wye.
The final sale of the Welsh Mule Week at Ruthin on the 10th September saw a significant improvement on the equivalent but rather disappointing 2015 sale. Yearling ewes with steady demand throughout averaged £136, up £23 with the top price of £148 being gained by RD & C Davies, Ty Canol, Llanfair TH for a pen bought by JT Cunnah & Sons, Marian Bach, Cwm Dyserth. The Keith Evans Memorial Cup for the best pen of yearling ewes was awarded to PA & JP Smith, Bodtegir, Llanfihangel GM, Corwen. Ewe lambs also recorded a welcome increase of £10 on average compared to 2015 at £86 with R & G Roberts, Hengaer, Glanrafon receiving £118 for a pen sold to HM Morris & Son, Penrhewl, Tregeiriog, the pen that had won the competition for the best pen of ewe lambs at the sale.
Association Field Officer, Marcus Williams felt that both vendors and buyers had been generally satisfied and adding that the results would bode well for the association’s October sales in Welshpool on the 6th and Builth Wells on the 11th. Kevin Parry, association chairman was also happy with the overall outcome. “I’m pleased that the sales have held up so well after what has been a difficult year for sheep producers with the weather in particular adding to our woes. However, better returns for finished lambs may have enabled commercial producers to re-invest in breeding stock” said Mr Parry, adding that he was particularly pleased to see such a good sale in Ruthin.
For further information, please contact Field Officer Joe Hamer on 07527 174420 or Association Secretary, Moss Jones on 01970 636688