The 27-year-old electrician from Llwyn y Cosyn, Brynford, was able to get his rams away before foot-and-mouth curbs were re-introduced and topped the Ruthin Texel
Club's annual sale at Ruthin with Cosyn Noble, a February-born 88kg ram lamb which sold for pounds 4,600 to top breeder Myfyr Evans, Llanrhaeadr.
The sale, organised by the Texel
Sheep Society, saw other top prices include the champion ram lamb sold for 2,400gns and the reserve champion shearling ram sold for 1,100gns.
Above, Chris <B Armstrong from Hexham Mart selling Texels
at the Kelso Ram Sales.
Breeders need to ensure that quality is maintained and that inferior sheep are culled," he said, adding that Texels
no longer had the scarcity value that inflated the market price when the recovery from foot-and-mouth disease was under way.
He now keeps 90 pedigree Texels
as well as 300 Welsh Halfbred ewes.
The sale was topped at PS162 for Texel
shearlings from Messrs Ridley, Patties Hill and to PS146 for Scotch Mule shearlings from Nisbet Mill.
And as a natural administrator, the former Birkenhead boy has become part of the farming establishment: chairman of the British Holstein Cattle Society; director of the National Holstein Show; chairman of the Ruthin Texel
Sheep Breeders Club; and this year he will be president of the agricultural show in Cerrigydrudion.
Geraint Thomas and his wife, Denise, run 35 pedigree Texel
ewes on their smallholding at Llanllwni, near Llanybydder in Carmarthenshire.
On January 13, buyers will have the opportunity to take home quality in-lamb Texels
from the Brijon flock run by Messrs Redhead & Watson, and from the Tweed Flock of Neil Crighton.
Because it's been designed specifically for Texels
, PRT can target different markets within the breed.
Top of PS100 for Charollais ewe lambs from Springfield Farm; Beltex PS95 Springfield; Texel
PS78 Mossview Cottage; Greyface PS66 Tecket; Suffolk cross PS66 Rosgill Hall; Cheviot Mule PS64 Rosgill Hall; Cheviot PS53 Rosgill Hall.
Welsh Mountain Texels
crosses were only rival led by Cheviot crosses for grade improvement, while cross Blackface ewes were shown to outperform pure Blackfaces on exposed hill farms up to 1,800ft.