The dedicated sale for Prime Pigs saw an entry of 43 forward with a wide selection on offer.
Prime gilts sold to £111 for Saddleback x Pietrains from PK & R Woof, Stainton, who sold others at £108 and £104. Middle White x gilts from BR Harrison, Windermere achieved £100 with Large Whites from W Stamper, Chipping selling to £97. Pietrain x gilts from J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake sold at £92. Saddleback x gilts from D Baldwin, Satterthwaite sold to £82. Top pence per kilo today was 113p/kg from PK & R Woof.
Prime Hogs sold to £100 for Middle White x from BR Harrison, Windermere with Saddleback x to £88 from D Baldwin, Satterthwaite. Top pence per kilo achieved was 102p/kg achieved by D Lord, Preesall selling Large White x.
Prime boars sold to £92 for Large White x from C & J Bennett, Preston and Pietrain x from J Stott Jnr, Crosscrake. 115p/kg was achieved for Pietrains from J Stott Jnr.
All Prime pigs averaged 98p/kg with buyers cautious of overweight and over fat pigs.
The next sale of pigs is Tuesday 11th February to include the Anniversary show for Pairs of Prime Pigs. Vendors are politely reminded to pre-enter all pigs with the office to assist us when contacting buyers to achieve best returns.
The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs saw a reduced entry of 867 in which more are required each week. There was an overall market average of 207p/kg with handy weight hoggs selling to 209p/kg. There was a very mixed offering of prime hoggs with a shortage of good quality hoggs this week.
Leading the way at 245p/kg was handy weight Texel hoggs from CB Heald & Son, Ingleton with other good conformation hoggs selling well into the 230p/kg range. All weight and specifications of hoggs were eagerly bid for today. The market topped at £124 for heavy weight Charollais hoggs from K & LA Woodhouse, Scorton. This was closely followed by £120 for Continental hoggs from RR & JA Knowles, Docker. Suffolks also achieved the same price from TA Teasdale, Grange-over-Sands with Mashams also to £120 from JE Read, Hutton Roof. The consignment of Texels from R Wilson, Appleby sold to £119.50, £119 and £118. J & R Waller, Killington also achieved £119 for Texel hoggs with JB Airey, Kendal selling to £118.50. Numerous other pens of heavy weight hoggs sold in the early one hundreds and teens. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £104 from JW & TE Sharp, Lyth with other 48kg Mule hoggs selling to £100 from EW & JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge. Horned hoggs peaked at £93 for Lonks from GJ Ibbetson, Roeburndale West.
Suffolks to £120 av. £98.87 or 200p/kg
Mules to £104 av. £88.22 or 200p/kg
Horned to £93 av. £68.50 or 175p/kg
Charollais to £124 av. £88.50 or 216p/kg
Cheviots to £88 av. £87.21 or 219p/kg
Texels to £119.50 av. £91.30 or 212p/kg
Beltex to £100 av. £98.67 or 224p/kg
There was a larger entry of Cast Ewes today which sold to a continued strong trade. Texel ewes sold to a top of £128 from GR & RA Surtees, Stodday. This was closely followed by Continental sheep from the Isle of Man selling to £120 twice and £119. Other Texel ewes sold to £117 from JC Walling & Son, Lyth followed by Beltex ewes to £115 from CB Heald & Son, Ingleton. Numerous more pens of strong Continental ewes easily sold in excess of £110. Leicester ewes topped at £105 from Messrs Hodgson, Windermere. Mule ewes peaked at £95 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston. Plenty of other pens of strong Mule ewes sold in the early nineties. Horned ewes peaked at £81 for Rough Fells from E & K Bland, Tebay closely followed by £79 from I & J Mallinson, Selside. Swaledale ewes topped at £75 from JW & TE Sharp, Lyth and £74 from RS & BA Harker, Holme. Herdwicks peaked at £70 from JD Benson, Langdale.
Suffolks to £105 av. £79.21
Mules to £95 av. £77.18
Swaledales to £75 av. £49.50
Rough Fells to £81 av. £66.52
Charollais to £120 av. £111.57
Cheviots to £81 av. £74.38
Texels to £128 av. £86.57
Herdwicks to £70 av. £61.29
Beltex to £115 av. £115