Champion pigs sell to £290 at NWA Butchers Bonanza
North West Auctions held its Christmas prize show of Prime Pigs which saw a wonderful entry of 18 pairs put before the judge Mr M Prince, Chesterfield. The Championship rosette was awarded to a pair of heavyweight pietrain gilts from B Horsley , Leyburn which later sold for a sale topping price of £290. The reserve rosette was awarded to E Spedding & Son, Egremont showing a pair of large white x Gilts which later sold for £245.
A bumper entry of over 100 Prime pigs saw heavy weight pigs generally selling at £145 - £160 with buyers looking to fill orders ahead of Christmas. Prime Pigs meeting buyers specifications generally selling at 125p/kg – 145 p/kg.
Weaners sold to £39 for pure pietrains from D Thackary, Harrogate. With large whites to £35 from D Lord
The Next Sale of Prime Pigs is Tuesday 10th January.
It was quality over quantity in the prime cattle ring at J36. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Christmas show judge Morgan Helliwell and sponsors Carrs Billingtons. A super run of cattle was put before our judge and we thank all our vendors for supporting this sale. Morgan awarded the prizes as follows:
Class 1- Prime Heifer Under 600kg
1st F & B Smith with a Limousin Heifer weighing 590kg selling for 510ppk or £3009
2nd AR Thompson with a British Blue Heifer weighing 540kg selling for 350ppk or £1890
3rd W Atkinson with a Limousin Heifer weighing 598kg selling for 310ppk or £1853
Class 2- Prime Heifer Over 600kg
1st JA Barnett with a Limousin Heifer weighing 605kg selling for 435ppk or £2631.75
2nd AR Thompson with a Limousin Heifer weighing 655kg selling for 340ppk or £2227
3rd JA Barnett with a Limousin Heifer weighing 635kg selling for 320ppk or £2032
Champion- JA Barnett with a Limousin Heifer weighing 605kg selling for 435ppk or £2631.75
Reserve Champion- F&B Smith with a Limousin Heifer weighing 590kg selling for 510ppk or £3009
First into the ring was the overall champion from JA Barnett, Shap this Limousin heifer was turned out to perfection and went on to sell to £4.40 (£2631.75) purchased by Browns Quality Meats, Ulverston. The reserve champion from F&B Smith a smart heifer attracted plenty of interest and went on to sell to the top price of the day, £5.10 a kilo or £3009 a head which to go on for breeding. Eight cattle forward went on to averaged £3.75 per kilogram or £2233 per head.
North west auctions annual Christmas show of prime of lambs had an entry of in excess of fifty pens of lambs forward for our judge Matthew Prince of Highfield House Farm Shop and Tea rooms of Chesterfield. We thank our judge for his time and expertise and credit must go to our vendors for the quality of sheep on offer. A special mention goes to our Christmas show sale sponsors Carrs Billington. The championship rosette was awarded to the first prize pair of Beltex lambs from James Robinson, Carnforth, this stylish pair of lambs weighed 47kg and went onto sell for £340 or 725p/kg with the judge backing his judgement and purchasing the lambs. The reserve champion rosette was awarded to Andrew Geary, Milton Keynes with the second prize pair of Beltex lambs going on to sell for £220 at 45kg purchased by the judge. A strong class of lowland sired pens of five lambs saw the first prize rosette awarded to James Robinson selling to £250 at 56kg. There were some fantastic upland classes of lambs saw the first prize rosette in the cheviot class awarded to Nathan Allen of Low Moor Howe with these 57kg lambs to £154. First prize rosette for the mule class was awarded to AW & AM Clarke, Windermere with a pen of 53kg lambs selling for £131. There was two strong horned lambs classes saw the first prize horned lambs selling 44kg Swaledale lambs to £95 from JA Alderson, Kirkby Stephen. The Rough Fell classes kindly supported by the Rough Fell breeders association saw the first prize rosette awarded to EJ Hodgson, Kendal selling 44kg lambs to £106.50.
An entry in excess of 1500 prime lambs forward sold to an overall of 242p/kg. heavy weigth well fleshed lambs continue to be in big demand at J36 and selling to a premimum. Well finished fed lambs of all weights continue to be well sold with a number of under finished lambs in the market today would of seen the finical benefit of being fed.
650 ewes forward with all selling to full value once again at Jc36. Texel ewes sold to a top of £226 from J Woodburn and partners, Ulverston. With other pure Texel ewes selling to £220 from R & E Ladds Kendal. The best End of pure-bred ewes regularly selling to well over the £200 mark. Suffolk ewes sold to a top of £186 from J Woodburn and Partners. Mule ewes very similar on the week with the best end regularly over the £110 mark Topping at £116 for a pen of 5 from RR & JA Knowles Docker, with medium fit type mules selling regularly in the £80-£90. Hill bred ewes sold to a top of £100 for cheviots from HR & HV Knowles Docker. With rough Fells selling to £95 From TLB & J Knowles Selside. Swaledales topped at £79 from JA Bennet Longsleddle.