Show and Sale Report 2018
Following a glorious summer there was a definite autumnal feel in the air when the Llanwenog fraternity gathered at Llanybydder Mart for its 59th annual show and sale.
It reassuring to see so many new and familiar faces attending the sale, with buyers and vendors travelling many miles to buy and sell our wonderful breed. Its encouraging the number of youngster’s attending the sale who have the passion and eagerness to take the breed into the future. As the saying goes “The youth of today is the future of tomorrow”.
Top priced ram 2 year old and over, was presented by Huw and Lynwen Jenkins of the Gwynfaen Flock, this upstanding ram sold for £340 making him £20 above the average price of £320 for rams.
There was a brisk trade for ewes, of the 120 Ewes entered top price went to Huw Evans of the Alltgoch Flock, the average price for ewes this year was £96.91, with Huw achieving the two top slots at £185 and £148 respectively.
Average prices for yearling rams were down on previous years the average being £267.50, John Green of the Blaenplwyf Flock clinched top price at £500.00 with Alltgoch achieving £400.00.
A total of 18 ram lambs were entered, with Owen Williams of the Pentre Flock, doing an outstanding job of presenting his ram lamb in the sale ring, selling for £500.00 the average being £317.27. Owen also won the coveted Bradden Cup, for Champion Young Handler a major achievement for one so young. This young man has a huge future in the show ring already showing true professional, I’m sure many of us oldies could learn a trick or two from Owen.
Maurice Greenslade, of the Langley Flock presented a good selection of Lambs, winning the Cwmere Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best pen of 5 or more Ewe or Ewe Lambs. He was also top price at £82.00, where the average was £62.00 making the journey from Somerset worthwhile. The Maestroyddyn Cup, awarded to the best pair of Ewes or Ewe Lambs was won by Huw Evans, Alltgoch. The Ewes were judged by Mr Andrew Jones of the Felindre Flock.
Miss Carys Evans of the Nant Sarah flock, won the older section of the Young Handler, Carys successfully purchased a further two ewes thus doubling her new flock. Carys is to be commended on her energy and enthusiasm of the Llanwenog Sheep.
Mr David Pittendreigh of the Coed-Y-Foel Flock, had the challenging task of judging the rams. His eventual champion, and claiming the Ayshford Perpetual Challenge Cup was Huw and Lynwen Jenkins of the Gwynfaen Flock, with Huw Evans Alltgoch being reserve.
The continued support of Evans Bros of Llanybydder Mart is very much appreciated by the Society. Thanks must also go to the Society Secretary and working committee for ensuring the day ran smoothly.
Breakdown of sale as follows:
2 Rams over the age of two presented selling for a total of £640.00 making an average of £320.00
12 Yearling ram lambs entered selling for a total of £2140.00 making an average of £267.50
18 Ram lambs entered selling for a total of £3490.00 making an average of £317.27
120 Ewes entered selling for a total of £3295.00 average of £96.91
70 Ewe lambs entered selling for a total of £1178.00 with an average of £62.00
For Show Results please click here and also an interesting graph at the bottom comparing prices over the last 3 years.
NATIONAL SHOW & SALE OF TRADITIONAL NATIVE BREEDS
The 2017 National Sale was held at Melton Mowbray Market on 9 September, where there was an improved entry of Llanwenog sheep from five vendors. Demand for females was strong but buyers were selective.
The champion ewe from A Hodges and Sons ( Charndon ) realised 170gns selling to Andrew Harrison of Rugely, Staffordshire. The 1st and 2nd ewe lamb prizewinners from Peter and Joanna Hicks ( Coton ) sold for 120 gns as did two from David Henson ( Bradden ) – all travelling north to join the Tynedale flock of Rebecca Wilson, Slaley, Northumberland.
The overall Champion was a smart , well grown ram lamb sired by Glwydwern X4181 from Coton. The rams were almost the last breed through the ring and unfortunately attracted little interest.
Averages 4 Yearling Ewes sold to 170gns av. £147
9 Ewe Lambs sold to 120gns av. £98