One of the largest and highest quality shows of pigs seen at Junction 36 for several sales, saw an increased number of buyers forward all keen to fulfil orders. The sale peaked at £240 for a trio of Large White x hoggs from JM Navesey, Darwen who sold another pen of four at £235, with other prime hoggs selling to £235 from BR Harrison, Staveley. Prime gilts sold to £215 from C Barr, Coniston with other at £210 from BR Harrison, Staveley and £205 from D Nicholson, Cockermouth. Prime boars sold to £200 for a pen of five heavy weight Large White x from D Nicholson, Cockermouth with others at £185 from C Barr, Coniston and £180 from W Stamper, Chipping. There was a top of 240p/kg today for a pair of prime gilts from BR Harrison, Staveley with others to 235p/kg from JM Navesey, Darwen. All prime pigs sold today averaged 181p/kg.
Several cull sows forward today sold to £205 from MK&LK Whitely & Son, Harrogate with others at £190 from W Stamper, Chipping.
Weaners sold to an exceptional trade with Gloucester Old Spot gilts selling to £59 from MK&LK Whitely & Son, Harrogate who sold boars at £55 with other weaners generally £25 to £40.
A little bit more life in the job today with heavy weight and well meated lambs attracting the most interest from our ringside of buyers. Texels saw a top of £157 from JN&BJ Bowes, Crook with Beltex selling to £156 from MA&JA Winn, Burneside. The best heavy weight lambs were regularly selling at £138 to £142. Medium weight well meted Texels from RHM&S Boyren, Colton sold to a top of £136. More hill lambs were on offer today with Cheviot Mules selling to £115.50 from GM Metcalfe Jnr, Underbarrow with Mules selling to £112.50 for a ring full from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton. Beltex lambs topped at 296p/kg from J Twigge, Lindale who sold other at 295p/kg. 1300 lambs sold to a market averaged of 246p/kg.
463 cull ewes were forward today, perhaps being one of the leanest shows in recent weeks with ewes showing the effect of the long summer rearing lambs. No real power and strength forward this week, with a top price of £156 for a Texel x from JW&A Matthews, Patton with others at £148 from J Potter, Orton and other heavy pure bred ewes £125 to £135. Medium ewes were generally selling at £88 to £105, depending on quality and type with buyers now ring side looking for ewes for grazing. Mules sold to £107 from WR Clarke & Partners, Carnforth with others at £98 from R&E Ladds, Kendal. Hill bred ewes sold to £98 for Cheviots from HR&KA Hodgson, Barbon with others at £97 from RD Holland & Co, Millom. Rough Fells sold to £78 from JA Law, Cragg Bank with others at £76 from E&K Bland, Tebay. Swaledale sold to £70 from GA Guy, Tebay and Dalesbred to £67 from J&A Smales, Ingleton. A large number of lean well worn hill ewes were £30 to £45.