The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs was bet by a savage drop in demand and price as experienced throughout the country. There was an overall market average of 181p/kg, as many companies did not want sheep today. The trade peaked at £108 for heavy weight Texel hoggs from J & DE Mitchell & Son, Cabus closely followed by £106 from R Parks, Cockerham. Heavy weight hoggs sold around the £100 mark. Hill bred hoggs saw 44kg Cheviots sell to a top of £94 from J & H Davis, Cabus. Mule hoggs peaked at £85 three times from W & A Cornall, Caldervale & J Burr, Quernmore. Hoggs sold to a top of 221p/kg for Beltex hoggs from GM & A Jackson, Little Eccleston followed by 220p/kg and 217p/kg from KA Purtill, Wigan with Texels selling to 219p/kg twice from AG Butler, Hambleton.
There was a bumper entry of cast ewes forward this week that also saw a dramatic drop trade compared to the recent flying heights. The trade topped for Texel rams selling to £100 from W & A Cornall, Barnacre with others to £97 from T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping. Texel ewes topped at £90 from A Fare, Newton. Continental ewes regularly sold in the eighties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £80 from G Blacklidge, Chorley. Horned ewes twice peaked at £67 for Dalesbred ewes from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton and T & CM Kelsall & Sons.
Sheep with Lambs
The weekly sale of sheep with lambs at foot had a reduced entry forward selling to a marginally easier trade. The trade twice peaked at £210 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe for Texel ewes with Texel twin lambs at foot. Suffolk ewes with twin Texel lambs sold to £208 and £200 from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. Mule ewes with twin Texel lambs peaked at £185 from D & K Swarbrick.