There was a much-improved entry of 536 Prime Hoggs forward today, meeting a very strong demand from 8 active buyers across 12 accounts, with more hoggs required each week to fulfil buyers’ requirements. There was a shortage of best quality butchers hoggs that are desperately required at Lancaster to fulfil the requirements. Beletx hoggs sold to 284p/kg or £122 from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston with other Beltex hoggs to 273p/kg or £120 from AG Butler, Hambleton. Texel hoggs topped at 266p/kg or £117 from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping. Charollais hoggs sold to 259p/kg or £114 from V & EJ Chadwick & Son, Sowerby.
Top price per head was heavy weight Texels from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping selling to £130 with Suffolks peaking at £124 from T & E Burrow, Slyne. Heavy weight Beltex hoggs sold to £119 from J Smith, Daisy Bank. The consignment of Texels from L & A Duckett, Higher Bartle sold to £117 twice and £115 twice. Texels from T & CM Kelsall & Sons twice sold to £117. There were numerous more pens of heavy weight Suffolk and Continental hoggs selling in excess of £110. Leicesters sold to a top of £110 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale with Mashams achieving the same price from WJ & EA Woodhouse, Nateby. 51kg Mules peaked at £108 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton. Plenty more pens of Mules sold around the £100 mark.
Horned hoggs sold to a top of £93 for Dalesbreds weighing 44kg from FK & F Woodhouse. Swaledales sold to £91 from KM & KJ Curwen, Abbeystead followed by £90 from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston.
There was an overall market average of 217p/kg with the sale being made up over 100 Horned and 100 Mule and Masham hoggs.
Suffolks sold to £124 av. £110.74 or 222p/kg
Continentals sold to £108 av. £95.60 or 225p/kg
Mule & Mashams sold to £110 av. £93.11 or 212p/kg
Charollais sold to £114 av. £104.08 or 237p/kg
Texels sold to £130 av. £101.90 or 226p/kg
Cheviots sold to £102 av. £86.60 or 233p/kg
Beltex sold to £122 av. £119.38 or 254p/kg
Horned sold to £94 av. £74.24 or 193p/kg
There was a similar entry of 80 cast sheep which sold to a similar trade, once again, it was cast tups that led the way today with Leicesters selling to £110 from S Park, Aughton. Texel tups sold to £108 from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping and others to £103 from DM Eames, Abbeystead. Leading the way in the ewes was PW & DW Roskell, Pilling selling Texels to £104 and Charollais to £103, plenty of other Texel ewes sold around the £100 mark. Mule ewes topped the market at £100 from Ripley St Thomas, who sold others to £96. This was closely followed by £95 from RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead with plenty others selling around the £90 mark. Hill bred ewes saw Cheviots sell to £83 and £81 from SE & J Gorst, Littledale with Swaledale ewes to £73 from RH & C Ayrton, £70 from JR & J Gorst, Quernmore and £69 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale.