The first ever Oswestry Poultry Auction certainly drew some attention with hundreds of buyers turning up to view the 295 lots on sale.
There was a great cross section of breeds available with over 100 bantams, 130 large fowl and more than 60 waterfowl & geese pens in the hall.
The sale commenced at 10:00am, 30 minutes later than planned due to a few late entries and change to catalogues.
The clearance rate was excellent with more than 95% of lots being sold which is a good indication of the quality of the stock on sale given each pen carried an upset price of £15.
Best prices included four Chamois Poland pullets at £105, three laced Wyandotte pullets at £90 and £70 respectively, a trio of blue mottled Pekins at £75, three Ancona pullets at £68, two Cochin pullets at £64 and a trio of Welsh Harlequin Ducks at £70.
Sussex prices were strong with pairs of Light & Speckled averaging £50-£60, with Wellsummers and Marans attracting £20 a pullet on average. Other large fowl of note were Rhode Island Reds at £48 a trio, Faverolles at £50 a trio and Buff Orpingtons at £60 a trio. Within the bantams
Pekin trio’s were well represented in the sale an average £40 for a good trio. Good pairs of young Dutch were selling at £25 a pair. Within the waterfowl Miniature Silver Appleyards averaged £60 a trio, Indian Runner ducks at £35 a pair and Call Ducks at £25 a pair.
The auction ran for almost 5 hours finishing around 2:30pm