North West Auctions held its dedicated sale for Prime Pigs on Tuesday 25th February which had a nice entry of pigs forward selling to a sharp trade, with 7 active buyers and several leaving unable to fulfil orders.
The sale topped at 131p/kg for Pietrain x Saddleback gilts and hoggs from PK & R Woof, Stainton who sold others at 126p/kg. Pietrain x gilts from J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake sold to 119p/kg. Lighter weight pigs sold to 110p/kg for Large White x gilts from M Bennett, Penrith with Saddleback boars selling to 100p/kg from HMP Wymott, Kirkham and others at 98p/kg.
Top-grossing was a run of hoggs and gilts from PK & R Woof, Stainton selling at £128 with J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake achieving £125. Lighter weight pigs sold to £86 for Saddleback boars from HMP Wymott, Kirkham and Large White gilts to £75 from M Bennett, Penrith.
All Prime pigs today averaged 105p/kg with well finished hoggs and gilts in keenest demand with coloured pigs and boars a more selective trade.
The next sale of pigs is Tuesday 10th March for all classes of store, weaner, cull and prime. Please forward entries to the office by Friday 6th March to assist with advertising.
There was a sharper trade for Prime Hoggs today at J36 with an overall market average of 230p/kg with handy weight hoggs averaging 234.5p/kg. More hoggs are required to fulfil our buyer’s requirements with J36 having another strong trade. Topping the market today at £143 and £130 was Texels from HR & KA Hodgson, Barbon. Beltex hoggs peaked at £141 from LM & C Whitaker, Kirkby-in-Furness. Suffolk hoggs peaked at £130 from EW & JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge, with Leicesters selling to £129 from AJ & CM Harrison, Kentmere. Plenty more pens of hoggs sold in the late teens and one twenties. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £110.50 from R & EA Gardner, Brigsteer, £110 from JD Dixon, Grange-over-Sands and £109.50 twice, form WI & A Atkinson & Son, Bleasdale and EW & JR Parkinson. Horned hoggs peaked at £109 for Rough Fells from AEA Harrison, Kentmere. Other horned hoggs sold to £107 from EJ Burrow, Milnthorpe. Swaledale hoggs topped at £100 from Messrs Hodgson, Rydal.
Best conformation Beltex hoggs sold to 287p/kg and 286p/kg from LM & C Whitaker with others selling to 287p/kg from Messrs Hodgson, Rydal. Good conformation hoggs were regularly 200p/kg+.
Dorsets to £105 av. £102.67 or 204p/kg
Suffolks to £130 av. £101.24 or 239p/kg
Mules to £110.50 av. £101.83 or 226p/kg
Rough Fells to £109 av. £84.62 or 202p/kg
Swaledales to £100 av. £75.40 or 204p/kg
Scottish Blackface to £93 av. £92.50 or 241p/kg
Charollais to £115 av. £111.15 or 223p/kg
Cheviots to £124 av. £96.13 or 244p/kg
Texels to £143 av. £103.77 or 241p/kg
Herdwicks to £94 av. £88.62 or 238p/kg
Beltex to £141 av. £119.80 or 281p/kg
There was a good entry of over 400 forward ewes, once again, selling to a slightly sharper trade for the mixed entry of sheep in. Leading the way this week was Suffolk ewes from R Wilson, Appleby selling to £157 and £148 with Texel ewes from the same home to £134. Other Texel ewes sold to £136 from WJ & L Barker, Arkholme followed by Leicester ewes to £133 from RI Dixon, Low Newton. Texel ewes sold to £131 from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor and £129 from J & O Galbraith & Son, Endmoor. Teeswaters sold to £131 from C Head, Kendal with Cheviot Mules to £128 from RW Nicholson, Lupton. Plenty of Continental ewes sold in the one twenties and thirties. Mule ewes sold to a peak of £117 from J & O Galbraith with others selling to £109 twice from A Cottam, Crossthwaite and WJ & L Barker. Best Mule ewes sold in the early one hundreds. Hill and horned sheep saw Rough Fells sell to £100 from W & F Lawler, Tebay. Gritstones sold to £99 from SJ Middleton, Dent with Cheviot ewes peaking at £95 from JW & E Woof & Son, Sedbergh. Best hill ewes sold around the £90 mark.
Cast tups sold to a top of £136 for Leicesters from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton. This was followed by Texel tups to £128 from JS & KM Wilson, Helsington with Cheviots to £127 from J Potter, Tebay and Rough Fells to £126 from AJ & CM Harrison, Kentmere.
A couple of goats today peaked at £76 from JD Dixon, Grange-over-Sands.
Goats to £76 av. £68
Suffolks to £157 av. £137
Mashams to £100 av. £80.67
Mules to £117 av. £86.84
Swaledales to £70 av. £56.16
Rough Fells to £100 av. £52.38
Charollais to £121 av. £121
Cheviots to £95 av. £69.60
Texels to £136 av. £89.92
Leicesters to £133 av. £119.71
Dalesbred to £80 av. £67.83
Beltex to £115 av. £112.50
Cheviot Mules to £128 av. £119.50
Swaledale Tups to £107 av. £82.75
Rough Fell Tups to £126 av. £78.14
Charollais Tups to £120 av. £120
Cheviots to £127 av. £127
Texels to £128 av. £106.67
Leicesters to £136 av. £87