There was an increased entry of 554 Prime Hoggs which, once again, sold to an improved trade as seen throughout the country. There was an overall market average of 194p/kg with an SQQ of 197p/kg which included a large quantity of hill bred hoggs. Beltex hoggs led the way selling to 259p/kg, 246p/kg, 240p/kg, 238p/kg twice and 225p/kg from KA Purtill, Wigan with all Beltex hoggs forward averaging 243p/kg. More of these good quality butchers type hoggs are required each week. The consignment from KA Purtill sold to £106, £101 and £100. Texel hoggs sold to a top price of £104 or 208p/kg from AG Butler, Hambleton with Texels from the same good home selling to £101, £100, £99 twice and £97 three times, with Charollais hoggs achieving £100. A & J Rhodes, Ellel sold Texels to £99 and Suffolks to £97 with other Texel hoggs achieving £97 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. The consignment from Cardwell Farms, Stalmine saw Beltex hoggs top at £96 with Cheviots of £96 and £94. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £93.50 from A & J Rhodes with others selling to £93 from AG Butler. Horned Hoggs saw Lonks sell to £86 from L Jenkinson, Poulton Le Fylde with Scottish Blackfaces selling to £83 from WM Pye and Swaledales to the same price from RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead. Light weight hoggs saw 33kg Cheviots sell to 212p/kg or £70 from LA Bradshaw, Stalmine.
Next weeks sale will include the Easter show of Spring Lambs please advise the office of entries. Show at 10am. Classes for Continental and Native bred single lambs.
There was a larger entry of cast sheep this week selling to a continued strong trade, topping the market today at £112 was a Texel cast tup from S Wilson & Son, Lancaster with other Texel tups selling to £110 from AG Butler, Hambleton. Texels ewes sold to a top of £106 from ME & J Swarbrick, Stalmine. Leicester ewes topped at £88 from RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead with Mules selling to a top of £87 from RS & IM Kellet, Cockerham, and other Mules sold to £83 from WN & D Smith & Sons, Cockerham. Masham ewes topped at £83 from W Pinder Jnr, Newton in Bowland. Horned sheep topped at £67 for Swaledales from RH & C Ayrton, with Scottish Blackfaces to £60 from S Park, Aughton. Swaledales further sold to £59 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale and S Park.
All cast sheep forward today averaged £66 with half of them being hill bred sheep.
More cast ewes are needed each week to meet the demand from buyers.
Sheep with Lambs at Foot
The good spring weather and plenty of grass around has seen a strong trade continue for sheep with lambs at foot. Strong outfit were definitely in the best demand. Leading the way this week was Mule shearlings with Continental twin lambs at foot selling to £188 and £185 from EI, EA & TW Wilson, Grange over Sands. Broken mouthed Mule ewes with strong Texel lambs sold to a top of £180 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Continental ewes with young twin lambs topped at £170 from Messrs Hey & Son, Quernmore. Aged Masham ewes with Continental twin lambs at foot topped at £160 from W Pinder Jnr, Newton in Bowland. Continental Shearlings with singles sold to £140 from EI, EA & TW Wilson, with Mule shearlings and singles lambs selling to £130. Aged Mule ewes with singles sold to £125 from Mysercough College.
Next weeks sale of Sheep with lambs at foot will include the show for pens of five Continental and Mule Ewes and Shearlings with Twin Lambs at Foot. Show at 10.45am