A strong entry of 74 prime pigs were forward with quality, well-finished pigs selling to a premium. Prime gilts sold to £120 for Pietrain X from S Reeve, Appleby with other gilts to £95 for Saddleback X from HMP Wymott, Preston. Large White prime boars sold to £97 from W Stamper, Chipping with others to £96 from G Hargreaves, Lancaster. Hoggs sold to £96 for Peitrain X from D Nicholson, Cockermouth. Top pence per kilo today was achieved by JR Corlett, Cockermouth selling Peitrain X gilts to 188p/kg with other well finished pigs achieving 105-115p/kg. Leaner pigs, which were short of finish, were 50–70p/kg as were coloured and underweight pigs.
Cull sows sold to £128 from W Stamper with others £95 - £110 for heavyweight and medium £60-£90. A bumper entry of 90 weaners were forward selling to a selective trade with pigs now requiring winter housing. Tamworth weaner gilts sold to £30 from A Preston, Whitehaven with Pietrain X to £29 from Cenacolo Community Centre, Kendal. Smaller weaners were harder to sell with all sold averaging £18.
The next sale of pigs at North West Auctions J36 is Tuesday 22nd October for Prime Pigs ONLY.
The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had an increased entry of 1508 forward selling to a stronger trade than previous weeks. There was an overall market average of 162p/kg, with a wide variety of different types of lambs on offer. As requested, well-meated heavy weight lambs were easiest to sell. The sale was topped by Wannop Farms Ltd, Heaton selling a Beltex to £99 with others to £98. Other strong Beltex lambs sold into the high £90s. Best heavy weight Continental bred lambs weighing between 48kg and 50kg sold into the late eighties and early nineties, topping at £95 from P & TL Edmondson, Kirkby-in-Furness for Texels. Other Texels sold to £94 from W Garnett & Son, Ackenthwaite. Lambs sold to 211p/kg for Texel’s from Wannop Farms Ltd with other Texel lambs to 200p/kg and 195p/kg W Garnett and Son.
There was a bigger show of Mule lambs forward with more interest ringside. Topping at £76.50 from RH, M & S Boyren, Colton with others big pens selling to £73 from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton.
Going forward premium prices can be achieved for stronger well-meated lambs, with 45kg+ lambs in real demand.
There was an increased entry of 662 cast ewes forward selling to a slightly sharper trade, leading the way was Texel ewes from JR Capstick, Ingleton selling to £95 with RH, M & S Boyren, Colton selling to £95 and £91. Plenty of other Texel ewes sold around the £90 mark. Mule ewes sold to a top of £68 from AW Crowe, Witherslack with other strong Mule ewes selling into the mid-sixties. Horned ewes sold to a top of £54 from J Graham, Windermere with others to £51 from AJ & JL Sansom, Windermere. Swaledale ewes sold to £44 from WM & JE Shuttleworth, Barbon.
Leaner ewes were well sold today, with plenty of men ringside looking for them, including feeding ewes.