CLUNS PEAK AT £1200 AT ANNUAL SALE
It was with great anticipation that Clun Forest Sheep Breeders from all over the UK travelled to the Annual Show and sale at McCartneys Ludlow Market this week. It was the first time that the Ewe and ram sale had been combined to cater for all members and allow just one trip to Shropshire in order to buy new breeding stock. They were not to be disappointed with the best sale in years that included the first thousand pound ram for 25 years and a 95% clearance of all stock entered.
There was an excellent standard on show and that was reflected in the prices with the top price of the day peaking at £1200 for a shearling ram from L.E.Lloyd, Sarnesfield Flock, Herefordshire, who was second in his class and winner of the Novice class. The ram, Sarnesfield 1058, had great size and shape and was purchased by a new breeder Kathleen Davies from Hungerford, Berkshire for her Foxglove Flock.
The rams were judged by Mr. Mike Eckley from the Court-Llacca Flock, Talgarth who gave the Overall Championship to a Shearling ram, Pen-Y-Wern 02169 from Roger Williams, Newcastle-on-Clun. Mr Eckley stated that, ‘the champion had an exceptional back end a was a great advert for the breed’. This ram reached the second highest price of the day £777 and was sold to L.E.Lloyd, Sarnesfield. Other notable prices were for the 1st Prize aged ram and Reserve Champion from Clive Meredith, Hoarwithy, Herefordshie which sold to Del Knowles from Wrotham, Kent for £672.
In the female section the trade was very firm with a top price paid for a pair of shearling ewes, that included the 1st Prize Single ewe, from the Travelly Flock of Brian & Dunja Roberts, Cwmdu, Brecon. The went for £212 each and found a home with another new breeder, Gary Phillips, Whitland, Dyfed. Mr Phillips said, “ I bought a few in lamb ewes from the Court-Llacca Flock last winter as I wanted a ewe that would look after herself and finish the lambs off grass. The clun is ideal for that so I’ve decided to start up my own flock.” Judging the females was Del Knowles who had travelled from Wrotham in Kent.
45 Shearling Rams Top - £1197 Av. - £317.21
3 Aged Rams Top - £672 Av. - £462
5 Ram Lambs Top - £189 Av. - £189
53 Shearling Ewes Top - £212 Av.- £147.81
50 Two Shear EwesTop - £147.81 Av.- £168
35 Ewe lambs Top - £98 Av.- £69.42
Best Shearling Ram - Bert Davies Cup
1 A.E.Williams Pen-y-Wern 02169 740 gns to L.E.Lloyd
2 L.E.Lloyd Sarnesfield 1058 1140 gns to K.Davies
3 J.E.T.Jones Walton 1180 570 gns to A.Hardwick
Best Ram Lamb - I.T.Davies Cup
1 S.Thackery Hayton 401 180 gns to B.&D.Roberts
2 A.P.Froggatt Kingswood 00111 150 gns to R.Treasure
3 Searle & Rex Vincent Pixie 00224 110 gns to S.Thackery
Best Aged Ram - Sunderlands Cup
1 C.Meredith Sarnesfield 00420 640 gns to D.Knowles
2 A.Froggatt Honddu 00529 590 gns to S.Thackery
3 Searle & Vincent Pixie 00120 90 gns to W.H.Morse
Best Novice Ram - J.Gwilliam Cup
1 L.E.Lloyd Sarnesfield 1058
2 J.E.T.Jones Walton 1180
3 N.Faulkner Cerney 466 210 gns to C.J.Davies
Champion Ram - R.J.Price Salver
A.E.Williams - Pen-y-Wern 02169
Res Champion Ram - Pen-y-Wern Cup
C.Meredith - Sarnesfield 1058
Best Average Price for 3 Rams - A.E.Willams Salver
Win. L.E.Lloyd Sarnesfield 1058 Av. £718.67
TOP 10 Ram Prices
1 1140 gns Sarnesfield 1058 to K.Davies, Foxglove, Hungerford
2 749 gns Pen-y-Wern 02169 to L.E.Lloyd, Sarnesfield, Hereford
3 700 gns Pen-y-Wern 02775 to R.Elliott, Nene, Northampton
4 570 gns Walton 1180 to A.Hardwick, Llandrindod
5 640 gns Sarnesfield 00420 to D.Knowles, Wrotham,Kent
6 590 gns Honddu 00529 to S.Thackery, Hayton, Ludlow
7 500 gns Sarnesfield 1052 to A.E.Williams, Pen-y-Wern,Clun
8 500 gns Walton 1177 to J.Williams, The Down, Ludlow
9 490 gns Sarnesfield 1053 to J.Shepperson, Leaze,Swindon
10 420 gns Pen-y-Wern 02776 to R.Elliott, Nene, Northampton
Best Pen of 10 Two Year Old Ewes
1 G.R.Roberts Furlongs £178 to A.K.Glover
2 W.G.Smith Burrington £160 to G.Phillps
3 G.R.Roberts Furlongs £180 to J.Hamer
Best Pen of 10 Yearling Ewes
1 A.P.Froggatt Kingswood £142 to W.&M.Griffiths
2 S.Thackery Hayton £154 to J.Williams
3 S.Thackery Hayton £142 to J.Williams
Champion Pen of 10 Ewes
G.R.Roberts - Furlongs
Best Single Ewe - W.H.Bason Cup
1 B.& D.Roberts Travelly £212 to G.Phillips
2 C.Meredith, Withy £98 to R.J.Ryan
3 S.Thackery Hayton £140 to R.Bassett
Highest Priced Pen of 10 Ewes Any Age - Lt.-Col.J.T.Luntley Cup
Win. G.R.Roberts Furlongs £180 to J.Hamer
The Court-Llacca Flock was first exhibited at the Royal Welsh Show at Abergele in 1936. This year it was their 10th Clun Breed Championship after returning to the Royal Welsh Show after a 10 year break.
The break must only have been to give other breeders a chance to win as the Eckley's flock effectively cleared the decks winning the breed championship with a shearling ewe and the aged ram and reserve male championship classes with Burrington 10-47.
The grand finale saw Court-Llacca win the Clun group championship with the ram, shearling ewe and ewe lamb. Our congratulations go to an outstanding achievement for Court-Llacca and the Eckleys.
Above: Mike and Evie Eckley. Looks like the Clun Forest breed will be in good hands for another generation!
Above line up left to right: Steph Thackery, Dunja Roberts, Del Knowles, Cameron Hendrie, and Mike Eckley who went on to win with his ewes and rams from the Court-Llacca flock. Below: Mike Eckley (Court-Llacca) shows how it is done with his aged ram 'Big Bill'.
Where will this fabulous breed take us next!