Welshpool Livestock Sales report on a sale at Buttington Cross on Monday.
An increased entry of 37 Otm cows this week topping at £1282.69 (157ppkg) for a 817kg Limousin cow from H & S Watkins, Cammen Uchaf. Messrs Watkins presented 3 cows averaging 143.59ppkg. G & A Williams, Nantygeifr, presented a 663kg Limousin otm cow making £1074.06 (162ppkg) and another Limousin from the same home weighed 696kg making £1092.72 (157ppkg). Messrs Williams presented 10 otm cows averaging 150.28ppkg.
Cows 48 – 72 months topped at £1006.40 (136ppkg) for a 740kg Charolais from DM & DI Jerman, Moelywigoedd. Heifers Under 48 months topped at £1052.70 (165ppkg) for a 638kg Charolais from JM & JG Shearer, Cochsidan.
Otm Cows (x29) averaged 124.31ppkg / £776.69.
Cows 48 to 72 months (x3) averaged 126.35ppkg / £855.42.
Heifers under 48 months (x5) averaged 121.74ppkg / £702.69.
Overall average of 124.17ppkg – MORE CATTLE WANTED TO MEET DEMAND.
PRIME HOGGETS (3394)
An entry of 3394 prime lambs sold to an average of 172.27ppkg.
Lights (316) to 176ppkg from J A Jones, Fferm Pwlliwrch. Others to 175ppkg from TH, ME & EJ Jones, Plascoch. Average of 159.39ppkg.
Standards (468) to 244ppkg from GJE Hughes & Son, Old House. Others to 223ppkg from GN & D Duppa. Dean Farm. Average of 165.82ppkg.
Mediums (1279) to 320ppkg & 291ppkg from P Tippetts, Lodge Hill Farm. Others to 270ppkg from G Davies, Lan Farm. Average of 176.49ppkg
Heavies (883) to 224ppkg from C & HM Sneade & Son, Trwstllewelyn . Others to 222ppkg from Probert & Probert, Lower Hill. Average of 168.08ppkg
Over Weights (413) to 240ppkg from Geddes & Co, 4 Camlad Cottages. Others to 213ppkg from S B Owen & Co, Garreg. Average of 152.89ppkg.
CULL SHEEP (1156)
Similar entry of culls this week topping at £130 for 5 ewes from P Tippetts, Lodge Hill Farm. G Davies, Lan Farm, presented one ewe making £126. Rams topped at £117 twice from Geddes & Co, 4 Camlad Cottages. Averages of the day were £46.79 for ewes and £57 for rams.
STORE LAMBS (350)
A good entry of 350 store lambs topped at £68 for Texel x tup lambs from B Balmer, Townsend. D M Jones, Geseilfa Uchaf, presented Charollais x mixed and clean lambs to £66. Wether lambs topped at £62 for half breds from JE Owen & Co, Gilfach.
Averages for the day were as follows:
Theave Lambs (111) averaged £43.83 topping at £59.
Mixed and clean lambs (94) averaged £47.16 topping at £66.
Wether lambs (39) averaged £44.59 topping at £62.
Tup lambs (106) averaged £52.03 topping at £68.
Cade Lambs - An entry of 67 cade lambs sold to a top of £20 and averaged £10.
The first time we have seen an ebtry of over 100 ewes with their lambs this year, but they were sold to a more difficult trade, which could probably be explained by the current weather conditions and many farmers still not sending couples out to grass. WA & EM Morris, Maestanyglwyden, again held top spot for 4 Texel ewes with twin Texel lambs that reached £155. DTM Jones, Minffordd sold two pens of 3 year old mules with their twin Texel lambs for £152 and £148 respectively. Other twins traded from £120 to £145 with the poorest twins selling to £100 to £118.
This week’s best singles sold to £109 with many over £100, the majority traded between £80 - £100.
More couples and in-lamb ewes expected next week, with the next catalogued sale of couples to take place on Monday 20th March. Please contact the mart office for entries.
The catalogued sale bought with it an increased entry of 134 in-lamb ewes that went under the hammer to a maximum clearance. A special entry of 76 hardy in-lamb yearling mules from Rhiwlas Farm, Rhiwlas, scanned with the majority carrying singles to a Lleyn ram hit £102, with the run averaging £89. Two pens of 7 full mouth mules from EG & SA Watkin, Pantyfalog, scanned twins to Texel x Charollais rams both sold for £78 respectively.
COWS & CALVES
A seasonal entry of 9 cows and calves met with a fair trade for those presented. Leading the way at £2040 was a Pedigree Limousin 1st calver with a Limousin heifer calf presented by R I Owen & Co, Cwmffynon. From the same home was a Limousin x 1st calver with a heifer calf which sold for £1820. A British Blue x 1st calver with a Hereford x steer calf from A J Hough, Brynbuarth, sold at £1300. A breakdown of all prices achieved were as follows: £2000 + 1 lot, £1800 - £2000 1 lot, £1600 - £1800 1 lot, £1300 - £1500 1 lot, £1000 - £1200 3 lots, <£1000 1 lot.
Forthcoming Sales Dates:
Monday 13th March – Sale of 140 Organic Stock, Store Cattle & Weanlings.
Tuesday 28th March – Store Cattle Sale.
Monday 10th April – Easter spring lamb show and sale.
Tuesday 11th April – Sale of organic stock, store cattle and weanlings.
Monday 25th April – April Store Cattle Fair.
Saturday 29th April – Sale of Pedigree Charolais Cattle.