Trade Talk - Tom Davies, Welshpool Livestock Sales
27th July 2020
Trade and throughput at Welshpool Livestock Sales continues to be strong as over 5500 prime lambs return an average of 227.89ppkg (34.76ppkg up on the year) with a top price of 307ppkg or £133/head. Export and supermarket spec lambs continue to sell to an excellent demand especially white face, ram lambs in the build up to the end of month Qurbani Festival.
An impressive entry of over 4000 cull ewes met another terrific trade with an overall average of £67.30, peaking at £139, with any amount of the best Texel-cross and Suffolk-cross ewes selling over £100 and Mules between £80 and £95.
Our first sale of breeding ewes sold to an electric trade with large numbers of purchasers going home emptied handed. Trade topped at £182 for Suffolk-cross yearlings, with aged ewes peaking at £142 for Suffolk-cross 3-and-4-year-olds. The sale returned some impressive averages with yearlings levelling at £165.74 and aged ewes at £133.31.
Moving into breeding sheep season, despite the current regulations surrounding Covid19 we have managed to facilitate all annual pedigree and society sales as well as gaining some additional sales. We are very lucky with the market site we operate, having 4 dedicated sales rings allowing easy allocation of both stock and public throughput.
Our vendors must be given special praise for following the ‘drop and go’ policy that was in place during April to June – no doubt for many it was a difficult and unnatural experience not being present when their stock was being sold. Further applause must be given to vendors and purchasers alike for adhering to all current social distancing measures.
We look forward to further levels of normality returning, however it is imperative that we continue to abide by all government and LAA policy in order to maintain the livestock market platform.