Tuesday 2nd January 2018
The annual Show and Sale of Young Handlers Prime Hoggs at Lancaster saw another well supported show and it was great to have the future of farming in the auction mart showing their hoggs. Thanks go to our Judge Mr Tim Hamlet of Hamlet Butchers, Garstang for giving up his time and valuable expertise today. A special thank must also go to Wynnstay for their continued support and sponsorship, with a special thanks to Ruth Hatton.
The first prize handler was awarded to Harry Huddleston of Overhouses, Wray who showed his Mule Hogg off expertly with the judge commenting on his style and composure throughout the show, this later went onto sell for £85.50. The Champion hogg, awarded for its conformation, was awarded to Lily Bargh of Old Woodhouse, Heaton with Oxcliffe. This stylish Beltex hogg sold to a market top of £102 to Lancashire Halal Direct. The Reserve Champion was awarded to Harry Carter, Crag End, Ellel with a Texel hogg, bred from Harry’s increasing Texel flock, selling for £93. Also selling into the triple figures was Adam Ayrton of Yates Farm, Over Wyresdale selling his Texel lamb to £100.
Commercial trade unfortunately saw not all buyers present due to the change of sale day for this week. There was an overall market average of 173p/kg for a smaller entry of hoggs forward. Best conformation Texel Hoggs sold in excess of 200p/kg with plenty of first cross Texel hoggs selling either side of 190p/kg. Mule hoggs were regularly selling in the region of £30 above their weight.
There was just a handful of Cast Ewes in the market today which saw Texel Ewes sell to £64 from JM & MH France & Son, New House Farm, Littledale.
Just the one Prime Bull in the market today saw an Angus sell to 199.5p/kg or £1101 from P & A Bell, Village Farm, Pilling.