Texels once again led the way at the main NSA Ram Sale, Builth Wells, setting a new 18,000gns all breeds sale record on a day which saw a solid demand for tups from the very first lots through the ring.
Averages for the breed climbed across the board, with commercial buyers bidding strongly to get the sheep they wanted with the ability to produce premium quality lambs next spring. A total of 681 shearling rams were sold on the day, achieving an average of £716.67 and a 93% clearance rate, with the average up by more than £100 on the year.
In the ram lamb ring, a total of 303 were traded, with these averaging £367.26, a rise of £10.72 with an 87% clearance. Females were equally well sought after, with shearling ewes levelling at £478.06 for 49 sold. This is a rise of £30.68 on 2015, with a 96% clearance. Ewe lambs, meanwhile, averaged £329.70 for 40 sold, a lift of £81.11 and a 100% clearance.
Taking the day’s top call and with it the centre record was a shearling ram from Llion Jones, Tywyn, Gwynedd. This was Pant Wolf, a Loosebeare Unique son out of a ewe by Baltier Panther which Mr Jones bought from the Sportsmans flock for 2800gns. Wold, carrying an index of 269 was subject to the fierce bidding battle before being knocked down to Charlie Boden for the Sportsmans flock, Stockport.
Next best was a 5500gns call for Coolingel Warlord from the Creer family, Ballaglonney, Isle of Man. This son of Cambwell Urbaine is out of a dam by Cowal Powerhouse and was bought by the Smith family for their Slapton flock, Towcester.
A 4400gns call early in the day for Whitehart Woody from Jim and Nicola Hartright, Bringsty, Worcester. He’s by Langside The Gaffer and out of a dam by Cherryvale Shergar and was bought by Jeff Aiken for Procters Farm, Winnington, Lancashire.
Alan and Barbara Draper then sold Hollyford Warlord at 3400gns, with this Cambwell Trademark son being out of a dam by the homebred Hollyford Thunderbird and carrying an index of 373. He was bought by P and S Mellor and Son, Little Hayfield.
The same vendors then took 3200gns for Hollyford Winston, another by Trademark and out of a dam by Hollyford Sparky. He carries an index of 400 and was bought by the Morgan family for their Blaencar flock.
Then also making 3200gns was Ballaglonney Wright Shot from the Creer family. Sired by Vorn Vaurus, he is out of a dam by the homebred sire Ballaglonney Right Shot and was bought by Steve Williams for the Wollascott flock, Shrewsbury.
And close behind at 2800gns was Michael James best of the day, Dunhonw Wild Fire, a Meinspride Usain Bolt son out of a dam by Penstones Northern Light. He sold with an index of 285. Alan and Barbara Draper also sold at this price, when trading Hollyford Weapon, a Hollyford Valhalla son out of a Hollyford Likely Lad daughter. He sold to Brobury Farms, Brobury, Herefordhsire.
At the same money was the best ram lamb of the day, Millend Yankee from the Watkins family, Hereford. Sired by Tumble Tye Volt he is out of a dam by Lochar Powerhouse and was knocked down to Celvyn Edwards, Llangaffd, North Wales.
After that came a 2600gns call for Trefonnen Womble from H Thomas, Llandeilo. This one is sired by Clougher Unique and out of a dam by Trefonnen Northern Light and sold to C Parker, Bowchurch.
Two then sold at 2400gns, with the first of these being Procters Washington from the Ballaglonney pen. This son of the 35,000gns Scrogtonhead U Stoater is out of a dam by Scholars Twenty Twelve. He was bought by A Turner, Hatton, Derbyshire. The other at this level was Whitehart Wonderful from the Hartrights. Sired by Loosebeare Voomer he is out of a Broomknowes Lion King daughter and found a new home with E L Evans and Co, Pantydwr.
A 2200gns bid then secured Clun Wildfire II from Alan Williams and Son. He’s by Clun Ultra and is out of a Douganhill Officer dam. He was bought by Cefyn Pryce, Caereinion.
Michael James then took 2100gns for Dunhonw Welsh Dragon, another Meinspride Usain Bolt son which had stood first in the performance recorded shearling class in the pre-sale show. He is out of a dam by Hull House Texas Jack and sold with an index of 304.
And the Reed family then took the same money for Scolton Whisky, a Whitehart Ultra son out of a dam by Caereinion Rocket, with this one taken by W G Davies and Son, Hirwaun. Glamorgan.
And then at 2000gns was the first prize winning shearling ram from the open class and reserve male champion from the pre-sale show, Logie Durno Will I Am from the Ingram family. This son of Granite Untouchable is out of a dam by Cowal Rising Star and sold with an index of 349 to E Probert and Sons, Amestry.
Leading the female trade was a 1300gns call for a shearling ewe from the Gray family's Langside flock, GAL1501293. This Haddo Jogger daughter is out of a dam by Kirrin Token and sold to the Owens family, Glantre, Pontsaen.
Second best at 820gns was a gimmer from the Reed family's Scolton flock, RWS1500647, a Whitehart Ultra daughter out of a dam by Caereinion Rocket which sold to W P and C Parry, Llanystumdwy.
And close behind at 800gns was another from the same home, RWS1500645, a Caereionion Rocket daughter out of a dam by Caereinion Master Class, with this one selling to R M and G L Watkins, Craswall.
Averages; 681 shearling rams £716.67, 303 ram lambs £367.26, 49 shearling ewes £478.06, 40 ewe lambs £329.70, five aged rams £670 (Clee Tomkinson and Francis).