​Greenslade Taylor Hunt report the annual July Breeding Ewe Sale at Sedgemoor Auction Centre saw a reduced entry of 3813 breeding ewes, following very strong finished hogg prices in April/May which saw many ewe hoggs be sold ‘the other way’. Trade was stronger overall than last year particularly for the best ewes however the long period of hot dry weather, which has caused a loss of grass, pegged the trade considerably.​

Shearling Ewes (2753)

The usual top quality consignment from EW Quick & Sons topped the shearling sale with pure bred Charollais at £210/head ​and pure bred Texels at £200/head.  Other pure bred Texels sold to £190, £188 and £173 from JE Quick and other pure bred Charollais sold to £190 from GA Endacott & Son and £160 (x2) from RJ & AM Pedrick. Huge Suffolk cross Scotch half bred ewes topped the crossbred section when they sold at £205 and £185 (x2) from  DP & MG White.  Poll Dorsets sold to £155 (x2) from GA & JA Fry.  Suffolk Mules sold to £150 from PJ Hobbs Farm; £148 and £142 from AJ Vellacott; £148 from DP & MG White; £146 (x3) from BV & SM Johnson and £145 from J Theyer. North Country Mules sold to £150 and £145 from DL & ME Gillard. Texel x Mules sold to £145 from J Simons (x4) and from RJ Coward & Son. Dorset Mules sold to £140 from BV & SM Johnson and £138 from MA Johnson Ltd and Texel x Suffolks sold to £138 from M Ryall and RJ Coward & Son. Overall average £128.54.

Older Ewes (1060)

A much larger entry of 1060 older ewes of overall lower quality than last year, met a strong trade for all forward. Two top quality pens of FM Scotch half bred ewes topped the section when they sold for an incredible £158/head.  A pure bred Charollais flock dispersal from S Habberfield saw 2T/4T’s at £135, 4T/6T at £118 and FM at £100.  6T/FM Texel cross sold to £130 and £115 (x2) from JE Quick.  Flock aged Texel cross sold to £118 from A Farthing.  Suffolk cross 6T/FM sold to £113 and £110 from Wakely & Brunt and £110 from A Brand and NF Clothier & Sons.  FM Texel cross sold at £110 from C Martin and 4T Dorset Mules sold to £110 from JS & J Down Ltd.  Overall average £92.05.
 
Rams (117)

A similar entry of rams to last year with 117 forward which sold to a mixed trade.  Top price was shared between GJ White, Broomhill Farm who sold 3 cracking Suffolk 2T’s for 500gns, also selling at 500gns were 2 shapely Charollais 2T rams from EW Quick & Sons, a Texel from the same home achieved 455gns.  A good run from A Dufosee & Family saw Chartex to 410gns and Suffolks to 400gns.

We now look forward to our next MV sale of rams & ewes & non MV rams which will be held on Saturday 4th August and our Autumn Breeding Ewe Sale on Saturday 8th September.