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Archive's Document of the Month – March 2018

Document of the Month: Catalogue, 41st Annual Spring Prize Sale of pedigree Welsh Black Cattle at Menai Bridge on 4 March 1955.

Reference Number: WF/132

This month’s document takes us back to the time when livestock sales were a mainstay of every major town on Anglesey, and major events in the agricultural calendar. This particular example is from March 1955.

It is the North Wales Sales of Attested Pedigree Welsh Black Cattle catalogue, for the 41st Annual Spring Prize Sale Friday 4th March 1955. Held at Menai Bridge, the judging would have commenced at 10.00am, and the sale at noon. I would imagine that the events of the morning judging would have an impact on the afternoon’s proceedings – that the best judged cattle would fetch greater prices in the sale.

The catalogue itself is fascinating, it begins with an outline of the rules and regulations of the auction, and then goes on to list the exhibitors, and it’s interesting to see that the exhibitors come from all over the country. A strong Welsh contingent from Anglesey to as far afield as Pembrokeshire, and also a strong showing from the North of England including an entry from Kearby Yorkshire. Worthy of note is the fact that the bull from Yorkshire had a Welsh name, Ceridu Gwilym.

To see the document in more detail please see the attachment below.

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