The Welsh Black Cattle Society’s Winter show and sale in Dolgellau was kindly sponsored by Farmers Guardian and Tithebarn. Off to a good start with lots of people watching the pre-sale show, the packed sale ring was buzzing with a good atmosphere. The Bulls were judged by Mr Alwyn Jones, Abergele and Mr Emyr Owen, Conwy and the females were judged by Mr Aled James, Llandysul and Mr Ben Reynolds , Whitland (junior) .
Taking the top price of 10,500gns was a bull from Mr Robert Pugh, Henblas, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd. The April 2013 born Gwril Ebrillwr 4th was sired by Machreth Samuel 8th and out of Gwril Ceris 3rd. Although this was unplaced in the show it took the eye of breeder Mr WH Evans, Eithinfynydd, Talybont, Bermo, Gwynedd.
Gwril Ebrillwr 4th
Champion Female was Lot 10, from Emyr Jones, Graig Goch, a substitute entry to that in the catalogue. This was Graig-Goch Ceri 32nd (twin to Heifer), born August 2012, sired by Ysguboriau Brenin 75th and out of Graig-Goch 20th. She was Pd in calf and sold to M Parry Jones, Bryn Moel, Garndolbenmaen , Gwynedd for 3,050gns.
Reserve champion female was Graig-Goch Ceri 33rd, a twin to the champion. From the same vendor she was unsold at 1,650gns.
There was a nice entry of maiden heifers and the champion came from A and RC Williams. The June 2013 born heifer Mynach Gwyneth 44th was sired by Gwarcwm Max 22nd and out of Mynach Gwyneth 18th. She sold for 1,920gns to AD Jones Ltd, Lawnt Farm, Llansilin, Oswestry, who also bought Mynach Gwyneth 43rd (Lot 14) for 1,520gns from the same vendor.
Mynach Gwyneth 44th
Reserve Champion in the maiden heifers was from Mr Ken Ellis, Ynysfor, Bryncrug, Tywyn, Ynysfor Meg 3rd sired by Ysysfor William 4th and out of Ysysfor Meg. This May 2014 born heifer sold for 810gns to Mr J Hughes, Gwalchmai, Holyhead, Anglesey.
Other females sold well – 1,780gns for Perthi Vera from Mr Sion Wyn Jones, a Caerynwch sired heifer that sold to WH Roberts, Pontrhydybont, Anglesey. Messrs Davies Bros , Llanwrin, Machynlleth sold two Pedigree cows with October 2014 born Charolais x calves at foot for 1,680gns and 1,780gns. Mr D. Huw Jones, Bow Street sold Gwarcwm Cati 20th for 1,280gns to judge Mr Aled James, Penrhiwllan, Llandysul, Ceredigion. Heifers from A Morgan Farms had averaged 730gns and Mr Ken Ellis sold a few more young heifers for 850gns and 840gns. Mr HW Jones sold a June 2014 heifer for 780gns.
Champion bull of the day was Tynygraig Hebog from EW & M Jenkins, Talybont, Ceredigion. Born Feb 2013, he was sired by Neuadd Hebog 136th and out of Tynygraig Nerys 29th. He sold to M Griffith and Co, Botwnnog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd for 3,000gns.
Reserve Champion was Tryfil Bleddyn (Lot 44) from Mr IG Roberts, Anglesey. The bull, born April 2013 was sired by Ysguboriau Bleddyn 79th and out of Tryfil Tanclys and was sold outside the ring for 2,200gns to Mr HJ Owen, Swydd Ffynnon, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion.
Second top price of the day of 8,100gns came from Mr Ken Ellis, Tywyn with Lot 41, Ynysfor William 6th. This bull, born March 2013 was sired by Caerynwch Ebrillwr 14th and out of Ynysfor Rose 3rd and he sold to Mr LR Williams, Llanfachreth, Dolgellau.
Caerynwch Hebog (Lot 56) from TW Williams, a Nantrhys Hebog sired bull out of Caerynwch Molly 74th, sold for 5,600gns to GW Roberts, Croesor, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd.
The last bull to go through the ring, Dyfnant Gilbert 5th (Lot 71) from Mr DG Thomas, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carms sold for 4,900gns to Mr WRP Jones, Bryncrug, Tywyn, Gwynedd. He was an August 2013 born bull, sired by Neuadd Gilbert 110th and out of Hafodesgob Anabel 4th.
Machreth Barwn 8th (Lot 42) from Mr LR Williams, Llanfachreth, Dolgellau sold for 4,000gns to Mr WT Davies and Co, Tywyn, Gwynedd. The bull was sired by Ysguboriau Llywelyn 49th and out of Machreth Blacan 33rd. Lot 64, Seisiog Bedwyr 160th sired by Seisiog Cymro 83rd and out of Seisog Bet 131st from T & J Jones sold for 3,700gns to Mr AIR Jones, Tregeiriog, Llangollen. Mr Rowland Rees, Ceredigion sold Brysgaga Berwyn 21st, born April 2013, for 2,800gns to A Morgan Farms, Rhigos, Glamorgan. Tynygraig Llywelyn 2nd from EW &M Jenkins sold for 2,800gns to JJSV Williams, Bontgoch, Aberystwyth. Emyr Jones sold Lot 57, Graig-Goch Bedwyr 53rd (ET) for 2,700gns to BW Thomas, Chwaen Goch, Anglesey. Tryfil Caledfwlch 4th from Mr IG Roberts sold for 2,200gns to HT Jones, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd. Mrs Lynn Foxwell sold Rhyddid Sparky (Lot 45) for 1,900gns to D Northey, Coads Green, Launceston, Cornwall. A few of the bulls were unsold.
Females, 2-3yrs (4) 1,878gns
1-2yrs (9) 1,127gns
Under 1 year (5) 816gns
Bulls, over 18mth (16) 3,575gns
12 – 18mth (1) 4,900gns
Auctioneer: Farmers Marts Ltd, Dolgellau.