By David Hill
A last minute rush of entries has seen the Hawarden Ewe Fair split over two days.
Stock agents had initially predicted there would be around 18,000 sheep entered for sale, which is the capacity for the Hawarden Saleyards.
But Hazlett Livestock auctioneer Allister Orchard says capital stock lines from recent farm sales has seen the ewe numbers swell to more than 20,000.
“One minute you don’t think there’s going to be too many, but it’s amazing where they all come from.”
Recent maintenance at the Hawarden Saleyards has not helped, with timber still to arrive to replace some of the pens.
The first day of the sale will be on Friday, January 28, with up to 15,000 ewes expected to go under the hammer.
Viewing will be available from 9am, with the auction from 11am.
Around 8000 ewes will be up for sale the following Friday, February 4.