Uplands Open day at Rhiwlas, Bala and Reduction Sale of the Rhiwlas Herd
An Uplands Open Day was held in Bala on the farm of Mr Robin Price and family on 20th September.
The day started at 10am, with a good attendance and a few trade stands were present advertising their businesses. There were talks given to the visitors, one of which was by Mr Gwyn Jones from Wern Vets, who gave an interesting talk on the SWOT analysis of the Welsh Black breed. Next to talk was Mr Gavin Hill, senior beef specialist from SAC talking about the suckler cow and her profitability against that of other breeds. There was a butchery display from Mr Clinton Roberts and HCC that showed how to use forequarter beef and demonstrate how to bone and roll beef joints.
Mr Robin Price gave his thanks to the organisers of the day and Society President Miss Lorraine Howells presented flowers to Mrs Price and some of the organisers. Mr Price was then presented with a walking stick as thanks for holding the upland day at his farm.
A small auction then took place of donated items from local businesses.
There then followed the sale of 47 head of cattle, part of the Rhiwlas Welsh Black herd, the rest being kept by Robin to run alongside his new dairy herd. There was a fairly good crowd of people for the sale. Cows with Welsh Black and Charolais cross calves at foot were sold, although the bull was unsold at 5,400gns and was retained for the herd.
The sale leader was Rhiwlas Cherry 30th, a 2009 cow by Caerynwch Major 3rd with a March born Welsh Black calf at foot, sired by Nantrhys Hebog 2nd. She sold for 1,700gns to A Bebb, Llanwddyn, Oswestry. Next, selling for 1,650gns, was Rhiwlas Eirlys 28th with her non registered black heifer calf that sold to CF Thomas, Chwaen Goch, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey. Mr Thomas also bought a few further lots – 1,600gns for a cow with a pedigree black bull calf; 1,550gns for a cow with a charolais cross calf at foot; 1,250gns for a similar lot and an in-calf heifer sired by Iwrch Cai sold for 1,150gns . Prices for other cow and calf outfits sold from 920gns to 1,400gns.
There were three in-calf heifers and the top price was Rhiwlas Briallen 21st which sold for 1,400gns to A Bebb, Oswestry. Others made 1,100gns and 1,150gns.
Maiden heifers followed, with the top price being 930gns to Davies a’i Feibion, Parc, Bala. The next sold for 920gns to Roberts, Pennant, Betws y coed and other heifers sold from 890gns to720gns.
The trade on the day was good for the number of cattle present and the Averages for the cows /calves was 1299gns; in-calf heifers 1216gns; maiden heifers 823gns .