May 13th

J. J. Morris reports another record breaking sale at Crymych mart, when a pair of spring lambs, sold by Mr D. M. K. Davies, Cefn Mawr, Crymych, went for £100 apiece, and were bought by Rees Bros. Cull ewes met a stronger trade to the previous market, with the best peaking at £94, the best Welsh mountain ewes topping at £66.50.

Hoggets also sold well throughout, with a top price of £79, excellent for the time of year. Ewes and lambs were very mixed in quality, but a top price of £168 was achieved, with an overall average of £74.50.

Spring Lambs (23): £100 Davies, Cefn Mawr, Crymych; £85 Bowen, Marsh Farm, Tenby; £84 Thomas, Graig, Hebron.

Store hoggets (161): £79 Thomas, Gilwen, Crymych; £76.50 Phillips, Fforest, Hebron; £75, £70 Llewellin, High Toch, Canaston Bridge.

Cull ewes (267): £94, £70 Prichard, Calcut, Llanpumpsaint; £79, £66.50, £62.50 Bowen, Pengelly, Eglwyswrw; £78 Thomas, Graig, Hebron.

Ewes and lambs (158): £168, £120, £98 Bowen, Marsh Farm, Tenby; £155, £105 Emanuel, Penwaun, Ferwig; £95 Griffiths, Glyncemaes, New Moat.

Goats (1): £78 Simms, Blaenwinllan, Glynarthen.

Newcastle Emlyn

May 19th

Messrs Dai Lewis Cyf Auctioneers report a promising entry forward for the first red market, with a brisk run for all categories present, and with six buyers present, who were unable to fulfil their orders. Beef types peaked at 144.6 p/kg and averaged at 123.1p while dairy types saw a high of 123.4p and levelled at 98.3pence. The next red mart will be on Tuesday evening, June 16th. Early entries to the Newcastle Emlyn office (producers are reminded that they will need to get a TB24B licence from their local Animal Health Office).

Young bulls: £810, £775 Davies, Pantgwyn, Llangoedmor, Cardigan.

Barren cows: Overall average £662 – £870, £815, £810 Davies, Fron, Pontsian, Llandysul; £860, £600 Davies, Blaengofer, Talog, Carmarthen; £855 Davies, Pantgwyn, Llangoedmor.


May 20th

BJP reports: Dairy cattle (44): This week saw a better entry of dairy cows and heifers in Carmarthen mart with numbers and prices taking a rise. Out of the 44 that were entered 44 were sold with top price coming in at £2,350.

Mr Jones, Pengelli Uchaf and Capthorne Lorenzo Barbi a pedigree first calver out of Capthorne Astre Barbi VG85 and sired by Lystel Lorenzo GP took top price of the day. She was closely followed by Pengelli Desire Empress another first calver from Mr Jones witha good history behind her. She made £2,300.

In the commercial section top price of the day came in at £1,880 for a non-pedigree first calver, giving 25l daily from Mr Kenniford, Green Gables.

Meanwhile Mr Thomas, Maesydderwen, the local legend was caught up in the midst of the action with a non-pedigree heifer making £1,700.

On the day, nine commercial cows and 18 heifers averaged £1,118 and £1,512 along with three recorded cows and 12 recorded heifers averaging £1,183 and £1,775.

Top prices: £2,350, Jones, Pengelli Uchaf; £1,950, Phillips, Penllwyn Isaf; £1,880, Thomas, Llancwm; £1,880, Thomas, Goitre Fach; £1,880, Kenniford, Green Gables; £1,800, Baker, Blaenythan; £1,800, Howell, Penlan Fawr; £1,800, Jones, Waunfawr.