The highest price at the 40th anniversary NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale went to a blue faced Leicester ram from the Vale of Glamorgan.

The 12,000 guinea sale was the highlight of a day that saw good rams sell well, but that otherwise reflected the current political and weather concerns.

There was an 80 per cent clearance of the 4,727 rams forward. Turnover was £1.84million, 5 per cent down on the previous year.

Executive director Jane Smith said: “In a year when trade has been unpredictable, we’ve seen a fairly solid trade with some really high prices for top tups. Prices reflected the fact that it’s been such a difficult year and some farmers are into winter supplies. It’s really concentrated minds.”

The 12,000 guinea ram was sold by Vale of Glamorgan couple, semi-retired Tudor and Janet Harris, who now concentrate on their 40 pedigree blue faced Leicester breeding ewes. The Bonvilston yearling was out of a home bred ewe put to the sire, Cendy.

It had won the breed yearling class at the pre sale show and was reserve champion. It sold jointly to Hazel Brown, Leadburnlea, and Martin Qunn of Whinnyhall, Fife, who admired its lift and strength and ‘and the way it held its head above the rest of the tups’. A blue faced Leicester ram lamb from Scott Thomason, Piel View Flock, Barrow-in-Furness, sold for 5,000 guineas.

The highest priced Texel was a Canllefaes yearling at 5,200 guineas after winning the breed championship. It was one of 13 tups brought to Builth and all sold by brother and sister team, Euros and Myfanwy Davies.

The family have been trading at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale since 1979, a tradition begun by their late father, Tom Davies. The yearling’s father, Talcoed You Know, was purchased at Welshpool two years ago.

Euros said he had recognised championship potential in the tup as a lamb. It had length and had grown well over the winter. It sold to W G Davies and Son, Gelli Farm, Penderyn.

He added: “The trade went better than I had expected. People are getting choosier every year. I put it down to the hard spring. People were feeding ewes all summer so have spent a lot of money on feed. They are going for better quality tups, because if you’re going to spend money on feed you might as well spend it on good quality rams.”

A home bred shearling from Geoff and Bridget Probert topped the Charollais trade at 4,000 guineas. It is out of a Foulrice tup and sold to Huw Roberts, who runs the Bachymbyd flock at Ruthin and is the third ram he has bought from them.

Geoff’s late father began selling at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale back in the early 80s. Geoff and his wife, Bridget, run the Mortimer Charollais flock of 160 pedigree ewes.

A Texel bred by Geoffrey Stringer, Talgarth, Brecon, made 3,800 guineas. An unregistered Texel from E L Evans & Co, Green Farm, Pantydwr, Rhayader, made 3,800 guineas and sold to Pilkington Farms, Buxton. A blue Texel from Matthew Jones of Talsarnau, Gwynedd, made 2,200 guineas and sold to Paul Tippetts of Shifnal, Shropshire.

A Berrichon ram lamb from G B Thomas of Pontarddulais sold to R Davenport of Sandbach, Cheshire, for 2,200 guineas. A Lleyn shearling from Derek Steen of Dumfriesshire sold for 2,000 guineas to Lionel Organ of Llandysul.

Retiring Suffolk producer and NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale committee member, John Sinnett, secured the highest Suffolk price of 1500 guineas. It was sold to A Meredith of Hoarwithy, Hereford.

A Beltex shearling from John Owens of Woodhouse Farm, Leominster, topped the breed trade at 1300 guineas, selling to DL Jones of Lampeter. A Border Leicester from Mrs J Morgan of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, Aberystwyth, sold to R J and S E Whitcombe of Petersfield for 1100 guineas.

A badger face from Malcolm Evans, Cynwyl Elfed, sold for 1240 guineas to G Jones of Felingwn, Carmarthen. A Welsh mountain from A & M Jones of Llanafan, Builth Wells, sold to G & A Orrells of Abermule for 1200 guineas. A South Country Cheviot from W J C Weir, Kelso, sold to W N Douglas of Selkirk for 1100 guineas.