Annual Sale of 3,000
Epynt Hardy Speckled, Beulah Speckled Face & Welsh Ewes
Friday, 6th October 2017
Builth Wells Market, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3AN
Sale commences at 11.00 am prompt
All sheep penned by 9.30am
Official Auctioneers’ Offices:
Tel No: (01982) 553614
Fax No: (01982) 551200
Out of office hours Chris 07813 644303
This sale has entries of Beulah Speckled Face and Welsh but the main part of this sale is the annual drafts of 3 and 4 year old Epynt Hardy Speckled Ewes.
Epynt Hardy Speckled sheep are a very hardy breed that have been specially bred to suit the harsh upland environment of Mynydd Epynt which lies between the Cambrian Mountains in the North and the Brecon Beacons in the South. Mynydd Epynt is a wild plateau covered largely by blanket bog and grass and intersected by several stream valleys containing woodland and meadows. Much of the upland area is above 1250 feet.
Since 1940, when the War Department compulsorily purchased 57 farms, Mynydd Epynt has been owned by the Ministry of Defence and operates as an artillery training area of approximately 31,000 acres. Farmers in the surrounding area are granted grazing licences to graze specific 'walks' with hefted flocks.
Epynt flocks that are tupped, wintered and lambed on the hill can expect to achieve lambing percentages of 90-100%, however, draft ewes often achieve lambing percentages much higher than this (up to 175% have been known) and they are well suited to crossing to Suffolk or continental rams for butchers lamb production or to Blue Faced Leicester Rams for a very hardy Welsh Mule ewe.