The Christmas Show for Prime Pigs saw 8 pairs forward for judging which was undertaken by Mr D Morland, Tebay. The first prize rosette was awarded to a pair of Pietrain x Saddleback gilts from J Stott, Stainton which later sold for a final bid of £140 to Browns Quality Meats, Ulverston. The 2nd prize pair of gilts were presented by P Crayston, Ulverston with the 3rd prize pair from N J Wilkinson, Barrow in Furness.
The top price of 165p/kg was achieved for the first prize winners with other well-finished pigs 95p/kg to125p/kg, lighter weight prime pigs were 80p/kg to 90p/kg. Buyers were keenest for gilts and hogs with boars a more selective trade.
Sows sold to £90 from D Baldwin, others £40 to £60.
Store pigs sold to £50 for Pietrain x gilts from AJ & EJ Platt with weaners to £34 for Pietrain x from S Pheonix, Preston. Other younger stores were £20 to £35.
Thank you to all vendors and purchasers for your support of the pig sales throughout 2018. We look forward to seeing you at the first sale of 2019 on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
There was a larger entry of 1300 Prime Lambs forward today which sold to a continued strong trade. There was an overall market average of 178p/kg with an SQQ of 184p/kg. Plenty of good quality conformation lambs sold in excess of 200p/kg. These twice topped at 228p/kg from SP Pease, Underley coming to £103 a head. This was closely followed by 227p/kg for Beltex from JG Harryman, Hawkshead who’s consignment topped at £95.50. Top price per head was £110.50 from SP Pease for a Beltex. Charollais lambs sold to a top of £88.50 from Ms Fell, Barrow-in-Furness. It was great to have plenty of lambs selling in the eighties. Suffolk lambs twice topped at £84 from JA & LR Wilson, Millom. Hill bred lambs saw Cheviots sell to a top of £79 from W, L & F Richards, Kirkby-in-Furness. Mules sold to a top of £76.50 from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton. Horned lambs today saw 39kg Dalesbreds from BD Gill, Ingleton sell to £70 with 36kg Dalesbreds selling to £68.50 with 36kg Swaledale lambs selling to £61.50 from JA Bennet, Long Sleddale.
Please note that Tuesday 18th December will be sale as normal with the Christmas week sale taking place on Thursday 27th December at 9am.
There was a slightly smaller entry of 547 cast ewes forward this week selling to a very similar trade. The trade was topped today at £112 for Texel cast rams. Texel ewes sold to a top of £98 from R & E Ladds, Scalthwaiterigg. Suffolk ewes twice sold to £98 from Mrs EE Barton, Pennington and Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale with Leicester tups topping at £97 from D & J & A Freeman, Troutbeck. There was plenty of heavy weight sheep selling in the mid-eighties to early nineties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £75 from Drinkall Bros with others selling to £73 from E & A Thompson, New Hutton with more pens of Mule ewes selling into the sixties this week. Hill bred ewes saw Cheviot ewes sell to a top of £56 from SP Pease, Underley. Swaledale ewes topped at £54 from DJ Clarke, Underbarrow with plenty of pens of big, fit, well-fleshed horned ewes selling in to the forties.