A good entry of 2,100 sheep were forward at last week’s Kington Mart where 1,700 spring lambs sold to a better trade than earlier in the week.

The heavier lambs over 45kg were in real demand again with some 52kg lambs from P H George making £96.

All lambs sold to a reasonably good trade. Some 38kg lambs from B J Layton and Co made £70, 39kg lambs from O H Price and Son made £71, 40kg lambs from A M and R E Griffiths made £76, 43kg lambs from W H Powell and Son made £79.80, 44kg lambs from M G and G J Morgan made £82.90, 45kg lambs from R B and D M Read made £84.40, 47kg lambs from E M and J N Jones made £90, 51 kg lambs from D F Anning made £91.80.

There was another small entry of end of season hoggets which sold to a good trade and averaged 1.35ppk to include hoggets with teeth up.

There was a good entry of 400 cull ewes selling to another good trade. The buyers are requiring leaner ewes which sold to premium prices. The ewes sold to a top of £130 for some Texel x ewes from A M and R E Jones and all the ewes averaged a good £78.20 a head with many hill ewes forward.

Tups sold to a good trade with a top of £88 and to average £85 a head. The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.

All the lambs averaged 1.83ppk up to 1.95ppk.

Auctioneers at KIngton said the current lamb trade is under pressure due to the numbers being marketed and the amount of demand from the buyers, which is mainly due to economic pressures in the uk and Europe.

Averages

Lambs between 32kg & 39kg averaged 1.82ppk up to 1.88ppk

Lambs between 39.5kg & 45.5kg averaged 1.82ppk up to 1.91ppk

Lambs between 46kg & 52kg averaged 190ppk up to 1.93ppk

(McCartneys)