A full row of pigs forward at the dedicated prime pig sale were greeted by eager bidders keen to secure stock. All prime pigs today averaged 105p/kg with over half the entry being coloured boars. The sale topped at £135 for Large White x boars from W Stamper, Chipping with white gilts selling to £132 from Dumfries House, Cumnock. Other heavy pigs sold to £128 from M Bennett, Penrith and £118 from Dumfries House. Lighter weight pigs sold to £100 from D Baldwin, Ulverston and £92 G Taylor, Crook.
Top pence per kilo was achieved by M Bennett, Penrith selling Large White boars at 139p/kg with others to 138p/kg from W Stamper, Chipping. Other well-finished white pigs were generally 125p/kg to 135p/kg. Coloured boars sold to 110p/kg from B Capstick, Sedbergh.
The next sale of pigs is on Tuesday 8th October for all classes of pigs. Please contact the office with entries.
North West Auctions held their weekly sale of Prime Lambs with an entry of 1100 forward selling to an overall market average of 158p/kg. Well-fleshed heavy lambs were, once again, in strong demand with leaner types harder to place and pulling back the market average. Topping the market today was heavyweight Suffolk lambs from T Parkin, Marthwaite selling to £88.50 with other Suffolks selling to £86.50 from JE Wightman, Lupton. Texel lambs sold to a top of £88 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe with other Texel lambs selling to £86 from JG & PH Thompson, Selside and £85 from RH, M & S Boyren, Ulverston. Beltex lambs sold to a top of £87 from B & R Barnes, Gilsmere Nook. Charollais lambs topped at £84.50 from AJ Robinson, Yealand Redmayne. Heavyweight Mules sold to a top of £80.50 from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland. Top pence per kilo today was achieved by Beltex lambs from JG & PH Thompson selling to 189p/kg followed by RJ Gunn, Milnthorpe to 185p/kg and 184p/kg from JA & DE Batty & Sons, Burneside. Plenty more pens of better conformation and well-fleshed lambs sold around the 180p/kg mark. Mule lambs regularly sold around the 150p/kg.
There was a similar number of 520 ewes forward this week selling to a slightly sharper trade with, once again, an entry mainly consisting of leaner and hill ewes. Leading the way this week was Texel ewes from JG & PH Thompson, Selside selling to £89. Beltex ewes sold to £88 from JA & DE Batty & Sons, Burneside with Charollais ewes selling to £85 from AJ Robinson, Yealand Redmayne. Other Texel ewes sold to £85 from JW & A Matthews, Kendal. Leicester ewes sold to £84 from GA Lambert, Gatebeck. Plenty of pens of Continental ewes sold around the £80 mark. Mule ewes topped at £80 from WR Clarke & Partners, Carnforth with other best pens of Mule ewes selling around the £70 mark. Horned ewes sold to a top of £61 for Swaledales from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale with other pens sold to £52 from the same home. Best horned ewes sold around the £40 mark with leaner types mid to late twenties.