Press Release September 2020

Welsh Mules in demand at association September sales

The Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders Association’s September sales saw steady trade throughout with strong demand for  both yearling ewes and ewe lambs.

The yearling ewes at Welshpool on 9th Sept saw prices increase from 2019 levels to an average of £167 with H & E Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhayader topping the market at £235 for a pen of ewes sold to R P Richards, Glanlerry, Borth.  The following day, ewe lambs averaged £116, up £18 on the previous year with W Jones, Maes Y Deri, Ffair Fach receiving the best price at £200 from R A Jones, Red Gwenthrew, Sarn, Powys..

The association held a sale in Hereford for the first time on 11th September as coronavirus regulations made it more difficult to hold its Builth Wells sale as normal. Prices for both yearlings and ewe lambs were up from 2019.  Yearling ewes averaged £173.43, with the top price of £245 again being gained by H&E Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhaeadr for a pen bought by G Price, Parc y Deri, Aberystwyth. Ewe lambs averaged £115.71 with Wyn Jones, Maes y Deri, Llandeilo receiving the best price at £192 from H&E Powell, Llwyngwilym, Rhaeadr.

The association’s September sales at Ruthin continued the trend of improved prices and buoyant demand. Yearling ewes averaged £162, with the top price of £182 being gained by H.C. & T.C. Hughes, Llangwyfan Farm, Denbigh for a pen bought by R & S Rogers, Cae Ffynon, Abbeylands. Ewe lambs averaged £98 up £14 on 2019 with GW & SE Jones, Cae Goronwy, Llansanan, Denbigh receiving the best price at £142 from T Anwyl Williams, Parciau, Bryn Celyn, Pentraeth.

It was not possible to hold competitions for best sheep on display at any of the venues because of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Association Field Officer, William Jones thought the quality of sheep forward had been excellent throughout and was confident that both vendors and buyers had been generally satisfied. He felt that the consistent quality of stock would attract buyers to the October sales on the 8th and 13th at Welshpool and Hereford respectively.

Kevin Parry, association chairman was also pleased with the overall outcome. “I’m generally satisfied that the sales have held up so well. Commercial producers of finished lamb would have been particularly happy with the ewes on offer and had bought sheep that would serve them well.”

For further information, please contact Field Officer William Jones on 07854 600667 or Association Secretary, Llyr Lewis on 01970 636688