Llanwenog official sales - market report 2011
The continued premium prices for prime lamb combined with notably high quality ewes and ewe lambs has translated into strong prices for breeding stock this Autumn .
At Llanybydder (held on Sat 27 Aug of the Bank Holiday weekend) there were 110 ewes & 60 ewe lambs in the market and they were readily snapped up.
Averages for Yearling Ewes were Guins 111 for pens of 5 and Guins 148 for pairs – with a weighted per head average of Guins 122 (£128 equiv). This compares favourably with some of the early Autumn commercial sales; markets in the South West report that Suffolk X Mules have been fetching £140-160 at the end of August, dropping to £110-120 at the beginning of September.
Ewe lambs were also in demand with averages Guins 97 for 5 and Guins 123 for pairs.
The premium for the pairs was more marked this year with buyers paying +30% more for the higher quality of stock. Top prices on the day were for a pair of Ffarm Fach yearlings Guins 160 and Gwynfaen ewe lambs Guins 155 – both went to new breeders.
Rams were plentiful this year – a total of 54 on display - and being a buyers’ market prices were reasonable – averages for older rams Guins 283, yearling rams Guins 270 and ram lambs Guins 201. Top ‘Guinea’ went to a home bred Alltgoch yearling (Guins 380) judged the pre-show Champion ram and in the other age groups, a Pentre 2 Year Old (Guins 350) and two Pentre ram lambs (Guins 250 apiece).
At Worcester on Saturday 3rd September, the market was rather quiet this year for the Pedigree sheep present and notably also for the stores and commercial breeding ewes. This can be put down to the drought in Central England – with local farmers declaring their pasture as ‘dust bowls’. Understandably, there is a reluctance to stock up with such uncertainty and lack of grazing running into the tupping period. That said there were buyers at the market and prices held up.
Averages at Worcester were Guins 118.50 for pens of 5 yearling and Guins 113.5 for yearling pairs and Guins 91 for ewe lamb pairs.