There was a slightly smaller entry of Prime Hoggs this week of 437 that saw a better quality hoggs on offer with buyers keen to purchase this week with a new buyer around the ring as well. The market peaked at £118 for Charollais from PD Anderton, Scorton followed by Texels to £116 and £115 from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe. This was followed by Texels selling to £113 from J Smith, Stanley Fam and RS & IM Kelley, Cockerham other noted Texel prices being £112.50 from BD Wood, Out Rawcliffe. Beltex Hoggs peaked at £110 three times from J Smith and two pens from R & DL Cornthwaite, Nateby. Suffolk hoggs sold to a top of £110 from J Bargh & Sons, Heaton with Oxcliffe and £106 from G Riley, Bolton-le-Sands. 28% of the pens of hoggs forward today sold for £100 or more. Best conformation hoggs saw a large demand at Lancaster and more are required each week to fulfil the requirements of our butcher buyers.
Beltex hoggs sold to 252p/kg and 246p/kg from R Collinge & Son, Newton with others to 245p/kg from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe and KA Purtill, Wigan. Others sold to 244p/kg from R & DL Cornthwaite and J Smith. Plenty of pens of good conformation hoggs sold between 220p/kg and 240p/kg.
Hill bred sheep saw Cheviots sell to a top of £102 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £94 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton. Mule hoggs regularly sold between 190p/kg and 200p/kg. Horned hoggs twice sold to £78.50 for Scottish Blackfaces from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday.
Suffolks to £110 av. £95.10 or 200p/kg
Texels to £116 av. £93.77 or 213p/kg
Beltexs to £110 av. £106.40 or 241p/kg
Mules to £94 av. £87.60 or 198p/kg
Cheviots to £102 av. £88.41 or 201p/kg
Horned to £78.50 av. £74.80 or 182p/kg
There was a slightly reduced entry of 58 Cast Sheep forward this week selling to a much-improved trade. In which more could have easily of been sold. The market twice peaked at £123 firstly for Suffolk ewes from G Riley, Bolton-le-Sands and for Charollais ewes from PD Anderton, Scorton. Texel ewes sold to £113 and £107 from BR & S Carter, Pilling. Plenty of strong Continental ewes sold around the £100 mark. Mule ewes sold to £96 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe, £94 from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday and £93 from G Riley.
Hill bred ewes saw Cheviots sell to £79 HE & M Henderson, Dent with Scottish Blackface ewes selling to £73 from WM Pye.
Mules ewes to £96 av. £91.38
Horned ewes to £73 av. £56.31
Texel ewes to £113 av. £95.73
Suffolks to £123 av. £123
Charollais to £123 av. £123
Cheviots to £79 av. £62.50