Welsh Blacks’ first sale at new Monmouthshire centre

THE first sale at the new Monmouthshire Livestock Centre near Raglan for pedigree Welsh Black cattle took place on Friday November 14 with an entry of nearly 40 females. The show was judged by this year’s Welsh Black Cattle Society president Lorraine Howells with Lee Pritchard assisting as junior judge. A few cattle were in the pre-sale show but there were good quality heifers in the pens that were not shown. Winning the champion female and the overall champion titles was Gareth James from Tufton, Clarbeston Road, with his Syfni Betrys 4th, born in March 2012, sired by Penwernhir Warrior and out of Syfni Betrys. She was in-calf and was unsold through the sale ring. Reserve overall champion and maiden heifer champion went to Mrs Marion Phillips, Dancoed, Fishguard. Dancoed Mari 4th was a May 2013 maiden heifer, sired by Rhydygarnedd Rhys 3rd and out of Brysgaga Mari 49th. This heifer was sold for 1,200gns to Kyle Davies, 22 Sageston Fields, Sageston, Tenby. The same purchaser bought the second prize winner from Mr G Jones, 44 Daffodil Wood, Builth Wells. Waundderw Josie 5th, a heifer sired by Waundderw Reggie and out of Dolhelfa Zara, was first in the class for females born between April 1 2013 and April 30 2014. She made 1,100gns and was another Welsh Black for Kyle’s new Barnhill Black herd in Pembrokeshire. Rowland Rees had two heifers in the show, one receiving second prize and one reserve female champion. This heifer, Brysgaga Menna 75th sired by Penwernhir Seraff, was sold to new buyers E Titterton from Wheatlow Brooks, Milwich, Stafford, for 1,100gns. The same buyer bought his other heifer in the sale Brysgaga Gwenno 62nd which sold for 1,200gns. Top price of the day, however, went to Peter Jones, Pen-y-Galchen, Pwlldu, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire, who sold a cow and calf for 1,500gns, also to E Titterton. Sain Ffagan, Cardiff, sold a heifer for 1,300gns after the sale to M M Griffiths, Nanty, Llangurig, and Eleanor Davies had a first prize heifer that sold for 1,150gns to H Williams, Merthyr Tydfil. D W & P E Evans, Llandefalle, Brecon, sold heifers for up to 1,000gns. A January 2014 baby heifer, Maes-Y-Gelli Tina which had a first prize in the show, from Mr and Mrs G Davies Newcastle Emlyn, sold for 550gns to Viv Collins, Lingoed, Abergavenny. Other heifers sold from 600gns to 1,000gns and bulls entered in the sale in their “working clothes” sold to 870gns.

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