A SUCCESSFUL Christmas show and sale was held by Ruthin Farmers Auction Co Ltd.

Three renowned judges were invited to judge – Owain Llyr, of Ty’n y Wern, was there to judge the cattle, with Paul Slater, of the Whitley Hey flock, judging the pairs of lambs and Denbigh butcher Daniel Morris judging the YFC best single lamb section.

A pleasing amount of show cattle were presented of very high quality, meaning that Owain Llyr had his work cut out to narrow them down to find his champion and reserve.

In front of a packed exhibition hall, he awarded the butchers champion beast to a heifer belonging to the Hughes family, Ty Cerrig, Ty Nant.

The 570kg British Blue cross heifer went on to sell for £4.70 per kilo to established butchers Jones Brothers, of Stansty Lodge, Wrexham.

Reserve champion was awarded to J Williams, Ty’n Llyn, Traws.

Weighing 570kg, she achieved £3.70 per kilo and was purchased by Clwyd Dowell of CLD Meat, Denbigh.

Renowned stockman Paul Slater placed an untrimmed pair of beltex cross lambs exhibited by the Griffiths family of Ty Isaf, Derwen as overall champion lambs.

In fact, the Ty Isaf family took a clean sweep in the pairs adding the reserve champion pair of lambs and also the best pen of ten texel cross lambs the following morning.

Bryn and Tirion’s reserve champion lambs were offered for sale and achieved £178/head purchased by Daniel Morris, Denbigh, while the champion pair of lambs made £4.30 per kilo or £172 per head for 40kg lambs.

These were purchased by Tom Hughes butchers of Rhydeilian, Llanfairpwll.

The YFC best single lamb was won by Elliw Evans, Tan y Gaer, Llanfihangel, winning the Bryn Jones Ty Mawr Memorial Cup.

Records were broken as two local butchers competed for the 40kg Dutch Texel-sired lamb.

The lamb was sold for £780 with judge Daniel Morris finally being the successful bidder.

Paul Slater was invited back the following morning to judge the best pen of ten butchers lambs.

The class, sponsored by Meirion Davies and Co, attracted several good entries.

The awards were as follows:

Best pen of 10 crossbred lambs: 1st, Jones Bros, Caerweirglodd; 2nd, Jones Bros, Caerweirglodd.

Best pen of 10 Welsh lambs: 1st, G W Jones, Nant Erw Haidd; 2nd, G W Jones, Nant Erw Haidd.

Best pen of 10 Texel x lambs: 1st, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf; 2nd, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf.

Owain Llyr, of Ty’n y Wern, Ruthin was called upon to judge the prime butchers’ cattle.

He awarded the following: Steer classes: Novice class (sponsored by the North Wales Potentials): 1st, Edwards, Llechwedd Ystrad; 2nd, T Sivill, Plas Coch; 3rd, D Roberts, Cil Llwyn.

Home bred steer (the Cwpan Goffa Aled Evans, Brannas Memorial Perpetual Cup): 1st, Leah Edwards, Pen y Bryniau; 2nd, T Roberts, Penlan; 3rd, Hughes, Ty Cerrig.

Limousin and Limousin crosses steer (sponsored by G Simpson Farm & Country Clothing): 1st, D Roberts, Ty Nant.

British Blue and British Blue crosses steer (sponsored by Glyn Morris Livestock, Hay & Straw): 1st, D Roberts, Cil Llwyn.

Welsh black steer (trophy sponsored by Iwan Salisbury garden hire service): 1st, Owen Bros, Bron Feriaeth.

Heifer classes: Home bred heifer (the Med Tai Ucha Memorial Perpetual Cup): 1st, J Williams, Tyn Llyn; 2nd, Williams, Caenog.

Limousin and Limousin crosses heifers (sponsored by I T Williams, Ruthin): 1st, J Owen, Cae Warren; 2nd, T Edwards, Brithdir.

British Blue and British Blue cross (sponsored by Humphreys land drainage, Cerrig): 1st, Dion Hughes, Ty Cerrig; 2nd, S Cowap, Penmynydd.

Any other breed of heifer: 1st, Owen Bros, Bronferiaeth, Glan Conwy.

Young Farmers (sponsored by John Roberts livestock): 1st, Edwards Bros, Pencraig; 2nd, Elliw Pontesby.

Best pair of butchers beasts (the Tudor Bros Perpetual Trophy): 1st, Edwards Bros, Pencraig; 2nd, Hughes, Ty Cerrig, Prion.

Champion butchers steer (the Denbigh Chamber of Trade Cup): £50, Leah Edwards, Pen y Bryniau.

Reserve, Dion Roberts, Ty Nant.

Champion butchers heifer (the R T Jones' Memorial Perpetual Cup): £50, Dion Hughes, Ty Cerrig.

Reserve, J Williams Tyn Llyn.

Supreme champion beast: The Hughes family, Ty Cerrig.

Supreme champion butchers beast (the Ruthin Farmers Auction Directors Cup): Champion, Dion Hughes, Ty Cerrig.

Reserve, J Williams, Tyn Llyn.

Butchers lambs competition: Young Farmers (sponsored by Huw Williams, Rhesgoed): 1st, Elliw Evans, Tan y Gaer; 2nd, Anest Roberts.

Best pair of untrimmed butchers lambs: 1st, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf; 2nd, D Roberts, Cil Llwyn.

Best pair of trimmed butchers lambs: 1st, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf; 2nd, Evans, Pendre Fawr.

Champion pair of trimmed / untrimmed butchers lambs (sponsored by Meirion Davies & Co): Champion, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf.

Reserve, H L Griffiths, Ty Isaf.


The best quality lambs were in demand and there was a brisk trade on all others.

Top prices, including the show lambs: Light lambs 231.8 by J P Williams, Bron Eyarth and £73 from the same vendor; Standard lambs 313.2 by H L Griffiths, Ty Isa and £119 from the same vendor; Medium lambs 195.0 by C Evans, Tan Gaer and £780 from the same vendor; Heavy lambs 391.2 by H L Griffiths, Ty Isa and £178 from the same vendor.

Light to 231.8 Average 185.9; Standard to 313.2 Average 198.2; Medium to 195.0 Average 207.2; Heavy to 391.2 Average 190.3; Overall Average 199.0; SQQ 204.1.

Cull ewes and rams (auctioneer - Paul Roberts): Top price £108 by JM & GM Graham Farming, Groesfaen Farm; Texel rams to £108; Texel ewes to £104; Welsh ewes to £50; Beltex ewes to £84; Mule Ewes to £69; Overall ewes / rams Average £60.52.

CHRISTMAS SHOW CATTLE: Heifers to 470ppk by RDG Hughes, Ty Cerrig, Ty Nant; Overall price £2679 by RDG Hughes, Ty Cerrig, Ty Nant; Steers to 390ppk by TE & FFM Edwards, Pen y Bryniau; Overall price £1930.50 by TE & FFM Edwards, Pen y Bryniau; Average of the show heifers £3.62 per kilo; Average of the show steers £2.77 per kilo.

Top priced cattle not included in the show: Prime Heifers to 252ppk by AG & MT Davies, Llys; Overall price £1,560 sold by AG & MT Davies, Llys; Prime Steers to 245ppk by D Roberts, Fron; Overall price £1294.70 sold by I P Jones, Maes Tyddyn.

Average of the commercial heifers (not including the show heifers): £2.33.

Average of the commercial steers (not including the show steers): £2.24.