The Livestock Auctioneers' Association Limited (LAA)

James B Griffiths BSc (Hons) MRICS - Auctioneer, J Bradburne Price & Co

1st November 2021

A week of high prices!!

October has certainly been a very busy month for us between both markets at Mold & Llanrwst. As well as the regular busy weekly sales, we have also seen additional sales of Breeding Sheep and Store cattle at our Llanrwst Market. Last week we saw some stunning prices.

Our Monday, primestock sale at Mold had prime cattle hitting £1864.80 and an 8-year-old cow making £1624.50. On Tuesday, in Llanrwst, lambs topped at £131 per head

The following day saw the annual FUW sale at Llanrwst Market with a market record price of £1870 for a lim x bullock from WG Roberts & Co, Groesffordd Glan Conwy bought by S Prime, Derbyshire.

WG Roberts & Co went on to sell a further 8 Bullocks for a sale average of £1767, all bought by S Prime

On Thursday, Llanrwst held a Welsh Mountain Ram Sale on behalf of the CDMA society. Highest price of the day was 13,500gns sold by T.T.Roberts ai Gwmni, Bryn Cynhadledd, Llanbedr and bought by H.W.Nutting, Cwm Rhwyddfor. Mr Roberts went on to average 5,600gns for his 9 rams.

The weekly store cattle sale in Mold on Friday saw another record price with Mr C W Jones of Mertyn Ucha Whitford selling a Char Str for £1,770. Friday sales have seen record numbers of store cattle forward so far this year, with the average weekly entry for September and October well over 500!!

On Saturday in Llanrwst we held a Welsh Mountain Ram Sale, this time on behalf of the CDMD society. Rams soared to 23,000gns for a yearling ram from EL&ML Evans, Grugor Isa, Bylchau, bought by G.Williams, Cae Poeth, Llanuwchlyn for a syndicate. Second highest price at 21,000gns was sold by T.G.Evans & R ap Gwyndaf, Hafod Dinbych, Pentrefoelas and bought by Meessrs Jenkins, Talybont, Ceredigion. Incredibly, 40 Rams (out of an entry of 129) went to sell for over four figure amounts. Mr Evans Grugor averaged 5,128gns for his 8 rams.

In addition to this, on Tuesday evening, we conducted a land auction sale in Llanelidan, Ruthin which saw the theme of high prices continue! Lot 2, comprising 5 acres, realised £145,000 (£29,000 per acre) with lot 3, 7.42 acres, topping this reaching £355,000 (£47,800 per acre). With Lot 1 well exceeding the guide to sell at £435,000, it proved a successful evening!!

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