Strong trade for store and breeding sheep at North West Auctions – J36.
This popular fortnightly sale commenced with a consignment of in lamb Mule ewes and shearlings on behalf of Caley & Mitchinson, Troutbeck. Shearlings scanned with twin’s due end of March to the Texel ram sold too £175, with one crop ewes achieving £150 and aged Mule ewes selling at £140. A large crowd of buyer’s ring side were keen to secure additional breeding stock, with many leaving empty handed. Please advise the office with entries for the next sale on Thursday the 10th March.
Store hoggs saw an overall market average of £79.63, with a large portion of todays sale beening small to medium hill bred hoggs. Well grown hoggs continue to attract keen attention from buyers eager to take advantage of the current abundance of grass. The sale peaked at £125 for a pen of Beltex x hoggs from Holgate Caravan Park, Carnforth, with others at £115 from BJ Bowness, Kendal. Texel x hoggs sold to £112 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston and HM Hodgson, New Hutton. Suffolk X hoggs sold to £108 again from DM & D Cook, Ulverston.
Mule hoggs sold to £102 from RJ & OB Simpson, Longsleddale with others at £97.50 from WJ & I France & Son, Chipping.
Hill bred hoggs sold to £95 for Cheviots from SJ Middleton, Sedbergh. Swaledale sold to £86 from WJ& I France, Chipping and Scotch Blackface to £100 from HM Hodgson, New Hutton.
Medium hoggs generally sold around the £68-£85 mark, with the smallest hoggs a more selective trade.