A large crowd congregated at Ffairfach Market, Llandeilo for the inaugural Dyfed Texel Breeders sale.
Topping the sale at 1150gns was a yearling ewe from the Welsh flock of Tomos & Selwyn Evans, Coedhirion. This ewe (ESW1300272) which was placed second in the gimmer class in the pre-sale show was a maternal sister to the 7000gns gimmer which was Champion Female at the English Premier sale in Worcester earlier this year. A phone bidder pushed the trade all the way, but she was finally knocked down to ringside bidder Gwilym Williams of the Treweren flock, Sennybridge. She was carrying twins to Wester Moy Utopia.
The next highest price was the pre-sale Champion. An aged ewe from again from the Welsh flock, this 2011 born Rascarrel Peppermint daughter (ESW1100116)was carrying a single to Teiglum Tornado and was sold to the judge David Bradley Farmer.
The next top price was 700gns for the 1st place ewe in the gimmer class. This ewe came from guest consignors J & GY Davies from the Aman Flock, this Strathbogie Stud daughter (DYA1300230) out of a prolific flushing ewe at the Aman flock makes her way to Driffield, Yorkshire to form part of a new flock being set up by Peter Vickerton.
Also at 700gns was a mule recipient carrying a ET pregnancy. Put forward from the Welsh flock, this single embryo will be a maternal sibling to the sale leader (and the 7000gns Worcester gimmer) and is sired by Knap Vinnie Jones who is ET brother to 145,000gns Knap Vicious Sid. She sold to the Williams family of the Dolau flock as a birthday present for daughter Angharad.
Topping the ewe lamb trade was a Baltier Thunderbird daughter (WJJ1400376) from the Cwmcerrig flock of DJJ Watkins & Co which sold for 500gns to Glyn Thomas, Velindre.
A brisk trade continued throughout enabling the vendors to enjoy a 100% clearance.
Averages: 21 Aged Ewes £285.50, 18 Yearling Ewes £429.91, 6 Ewe Lambs £313.25, 2 Guaranteed Embryo Pregnancies £535.50
Tomos Evans of the Welsh flock receiving the cup for the overall champion.