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J36 - Tuesday 10th May 2016

Posted Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 11.24am

Caption: The Champion pen of Mule Hoggs with lambs with vendor Mr J Winter, judge Mr C Hewitt and Mr J Guy of J G Animal Health


The great Annual Show & Sale of Hoggs with lambs at foot at J36 attracted just shy of 600 families of hoggs and lambs plus ewes and lambs forward which was greeted by a packed ringside of buyers from throughout the North West. The pre-sale show was expertly judged by Chris Hewitt of Tatham. The Continental/Suffolk show of hoggs with single class had ten pens forward with the first prized rosette being awarded to JA Chapman of North Lodge. The Mule class had a very impressive show of Mules in front of judge saw Winter Bros of Clickham Farm awarded the first prize and then went onto take the Championship.

Plenty of bidders around the ring saw pens well bid for with purchasers looking to purchase strong Hoggs suckling their lambs well. Top quality Mule Hoggs were good to sell, selling to a top of £325 for the second prized pen from Messrs Sowerby of Terrys Farm, who also sold Mule Gimmer Hoggs to £320. The champion pen from Winter Bros of Clickham Farm sold to £320, with others from the same home selling to £300 and £280. Plenty of pens of commercial mule hoggs selling between £150 and £160, with majority of vendors well pleased. Continental hoggs saw the first prize pen sell to £185 from JA Chapman of North Lodge, with better types regularly in excess of £160. A small number of geld hoggs forward saw Texels from RA Batty of Redhills sell to £102 and Mules from J & T Hunter of Moser Hill sell to £96.

The major flock reduction of Robert Garth and Kelly Armitage’s Beltex and Beltex x flock attracted a large amount of attention. The flock, renowned for its success over recent years in the show circuit for producing top quality prime lambs and winning numerous prizes. Beltex x shearling and young ewes with top quality single Beltex lambs sold to £290 and £285

The weekly sale of ewes with lambs were good to sell with plenty of faces around the ring, as the weather warms up and the grass begins to grow.

Show Results

Class 1 – 5 Continental/Suffolk Hoggs with single lambs
1st & Champion – J A Chapman, North Lodge
2nd – J A Chapman, North Lodge
3rd J & M Wilson, Cooper House

Class 2 – 5 Mules Hoggs with single lambs
1st – Winter Brothers, Clickham Farm
2nd – Messrs Sowerby, Terrys Farm
3rd – Winter Brothers, Clickham Farm

The numbers of Prime Lambs are now starting to come forward, with a good entry of 291 forward. Buyers certainly the most interested to date and eagerly bidding for lambs. A market average of 209ppk, with best types regularly selling between 250ppk and 269ppk. Trade topped at 269ppk for a Beltex x lamb from P & SA Edmondson of Low Barrows Green. A lamb from the same home sold to £117. Texel lambs regularly either side of the 220ppk mark with Suffolk Mules selling either side of the 210ppk mark.

A good number of Hoggs forward considering it is the second week of May, with just shy of 600 forward. Well meated hoggs in very strong demand, with a market average of 171ppk and hoggs weighing between 39kg and 45kg averaging 181ppk. Plenty of Contiental Hoggs sold around to 200ppk mark.

A bigger show of 466 cast ewes today, selling to the same fast trade. Mules sold to £89, with the best sorts £82-£86. Top price of the day came from Alan Blair, with a pure Suffolk ewe realising £128. Biggest sheep in excess of £100, with a pen of four Charollais from M P & A Lee, Arkholme selling to £119. Hill sheep to £73 for a trio of swales from J S & S Atkinson, Scorton

PRIME HOGGS – TEX: £103 Green Head; £101 Larkrigg; £99 St Annes Farm; £98 Brow Head. RYE: £101 Barker Knott. HERD: £97 Low Fields. SUFF: £96 Parks Farm Barn; £93 Downlands Farm. CHEV: £93 Harbarrow Farm; £80 Hall Bank. MULE: £82.50 Parks Farm Barn; £79 Dane Hill Farm; £76 Bowers Farm. CH: £80 Harbarrow Farm; £70 Haveriggs Farm. CONT: £79.50 Sykes Farm; £79.50 Capplethwaite. SWALE: £78.50 Moss House Farm; £75.50 Cobble Hey; £70 Parks Farm Barn.

CAST SHEEP –SUFF: £128 Fleetwood Road; £105 New Close; £100 The Borrans. CH: £119 Cinder Hill Farm; £117 New Close; £106 Gilpin Farm. TEX: £110 Thrang; £96 Woodside Farm; £86 Jacksons Ground. CHEV: £108 Green Head; £97 Owl Nook; £79 Masongill Hall. LEI: £96 High Tenement Farm; £91 Gilpin Farm; £87 Woodside Farm. MULE: £89 Cooper House; £88 Hampsfield Hall; £87 High Wray Farm. DORS: £79 Skiddaw Farm; £72 Brow Head.RGH: £77 Blackmoss Farm; £76 Buck Bank Farm; £71 Steps Farm. SWALE: £75 Woodside Farm; £73 Sykes Farm; £70 Yoad Pot. ZWART: £70 Capplethwaite. HERD: £65 Poppy Farm; £61 Thrang; £53 Moss End Farm. WOOD: £50 Thrang.

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