A quality show of Lleyns with plenty of choice in both the male and female sections, met a ready demand at a breed society sale at Ruthin, where the top priced lot at 3100gns, a shearling ram sold to Dumfriesshire breeder, Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell.

Champion at the pre-sale show, this tup from E and D Jones' Lluest flock from Machynlleth, is by Wraycastle Edwaldo.

Genetics from Mr Goldie's Lochar flock produced the second top priced ram at 2000gns, when Rowelen Howard, from HM Wells, sold to James Dugdale, Settle. Third in his class at the pre-sale show, he was also placed at the Royal Welsh.

Father Jim Goldie, Ruthwell, also had a good day, selling the top priced gimmers at £300 per head. This pen of five were knocked down to Messrs Robinson, Ireland.

The second prize pen of five from E and D Jones, Machynlleth, realised £265 to P and S Eckett, Sturninster.

Ewes were topped at £148 for a pen of five-year-olds from DW Ellis, Pentrfoelas, while AW Davies, Pwllhelli sold nine three-year olds at £140 and Dumfriesshire breeder, Derek Stein, sold eight two-year olds at the same money.

Most 'running lambs' found homes at £80-£95/head, with the champion pen from DW and CF Morris, Carmarthen, selling for the top price of £128 head. Three pens sold at £100 from Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk; WJ and DJ Williams, Pwllhelli and A and G Hughes, Clynnogfawr.

LEADING prices

Gimmers – JK Goldie £300; E and D Jones £265; HM Wells £200; H Goldie £190; DJ Steen £172; JK Goldie £160; AW Davies £160; Farmstock Genetics £160.

Ewe lambs – DW and CF Morris £128; Farmstock Genetics £100; WJ and DJ Williams £100; A and G Hughes £100; Twose Farms Ltd £98; DW and CF Morris £98; G and TA Williams £98.

Averages: Senior ewes, £94; gimmers, £144 (-£1); ewe lambs, £87 (+£6); rams, £667.