Winter Fair heifer goes to Ireland for £8200

29 November 2012

A top price of more than £8000 and an attendance of 25,636 – the fourth highest since the event was established in 1990 – ensured the success of the 2012 Royal Welsh Winter Fair despite flooded roads which made travel to Llanelwedd difficult from some areas of Wales.

The Fair lived up to its reputation as a popular source of prime young stock with future show potential when T.E. Jones & Co’s home bred British Blue x Limousin baby beef heifer, Fancie, from Bailea Farm, Heol Senni, Brecon, was purchased by Irish buyers R & M McGiveron of Cork, for £8200.

The Fair’s supreme champion, the Limousin sired heifer, Black Mist, owned by Miss L. Ann Lewis of Lower Pontgwilim, Brecon, was sold to the judge, Bryan George of Talgarth, Brecon, for £4000.

A leading supporter of the Winter Fair, Elfed Williams of Sennybridge, Brecon, has been attempting to win the supreme championship ever since he competed in the first Winter Fair 23 years ago. Once again, however, the coveted award eluded him when he took the reserve prize for the fourth time. His entry, the British Blue-sired heifer, Blackberry, was later withdrawn unsold when the bidding reached £3500.

The sheep classes at the Fair were again well supported and entries in the lamb (pairs) section at 371 were the highest for seven years. The strong turnout was led by Carmarthenshire exhibitor Dafydd Lewis of Llanwrda, whose home bred pair of Dutch Texel x Beltex won the supreme championship and sold to Farm Fresh for £2400.

The reserve supreme winners, a pair of pure Beltex from Steve and Sara Gibbon of Tregoyd, Brecon, went to Vion Foods for £2440.

In the lamb carcass competitions the supreme champion single lamb, a home bred Beltex x from Cwmdauddwr, Rhayader, Powys, scaling 22 kgs, was sold for £650 to Randall Parker Foods, Llanidloes.

The supreme champion pair B. Blandford & Sons home bred Beltex x Texels from Ledbury, Herefordshire, sold to A.H. Griffiths, Butcher, of Leintwardine at £400 apiece.

Pig entries were the highest since 2008. Tomos Wyn Howatson’s Pietrains from Llansannan, Denbigh, won the supreme championship for pairs, selling to J. Williams, Butchers, of Denbigh for £244 (3.67p/kg).

The reserve prize winners in both the pairs and single championships were the Welsh pigs of H.D. and E.M. Roberts of Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

The Fair attracted the usual strong entry of quality animals in the horse section where the sought-after supreme championship was won by the Welsh Section A yearling colt Llwyfo Ianto from Mrs E. Hughes and Mrs S. Evans, care of the Lacy Stud, Bala, Gwynedd.

The Fair was opened by Gareth Davies, Head of Agriculture, Wynnstay Group plc, who said the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society played a leading role in the development of agriculture, the local economy in Builth Wells and the wider economy of rural Wales. The Winter Fair, he said, was a success and was now recognised as the UK’s premier event for prime stock.

Averages:
Steers 264p/kg
Heifers 313p/kg
Lamb carcasses 554p/kg
Lambs 284p/kg.