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Record prices at stock sales.

WITH buoyant demand for finished lambs, buyers were confident enough to invest in the future by buying good quality breeding stock at the Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders Association September sales at Welshpool, Builth Wells and Ruthin resulting in record prices.

Average yearling ewe prices were remarkably consistent at pounds 131 in each centre whereas ewe lamb sales averaged pounds 94 at Builth Wells and Ruthin and pounds 96 in Welshpool where the association held its first sale at WLS' impressive new mart.

The yearling ewe average at Welshpool on September 8 was pounds 16 up on 2008 with Hywel Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhayader getting the best price of pounds 181 for a pen sold to DJ Lloyd & Co, Cefnbarrach, Trefeglwys.

Mr Powell also obtained the best price for yearling ewes at Builth Wells the following day when he sold a pen to EL Evans, The Green, Pantydwr for pounds 181: the average price for yearlings at Builth was up pounds 14 compared to the previous year.

At Ruthin, RD & CE Davies, Ty Canol, Llanfair Tal-Haearn won the Keith Evans Memorial Cup for the best consignment of yearling ewes and topped the sale with two pens sold for pounds 160 to Coed Coch Home Farm, Dolwen, Abergele and to N Morris, New Sontley, Wrexham. Overall, yearling ewe prices at Ruthin had improved by 20% on 2009, rising nearly pounds 22. Ewe lamb prices followed the lead set by the yearlings. Increased demand drove the market at each venue beginning at Welshpool where the pounds 96 average was pounds 20 more than 2009. E & SM Hughes, High Park Farm, Stoneheath received a record pounds 158 for a pen of ewe lambs.

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Richard Thomas, Tanhouse, Dolau, Llandrindod Wells receiving the cup for the best pen of ewe lambs.
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