McCartney’s of Kington reported a better entry of 1700 sheep yesterday, with a much stronger trade than had been seen elsewhere during the beginning of the week.

There were still a large number of 45kg plus hoggets on the market due to less lambs being marketed throughout January and early February which are becoming more difficult to sell compared to hoggets under 43kgs.

An entry of 1350 hoggets sold to a good trade with 45 to 49kg hoggets being the most difficult to sell. The whole market averaged 206ppk up to 220ppk. The lambs sold to £100 per head for some 60kg lambs from GET Jones, Penllan & DL Williams, Upper Parks.

Hoggets between 38kg and 43kg which were of export spec were sort after and fetch premium prices. Heavier hoggets between 45kg and 49kg were more difficult to sell than previous weeks they averaged a good 185.20ppk.

Some 39kg hoggets from RT Sankey & Co made £83.50, 39kg hoggets from NI Bevan, Trothlands made £83, some 43kg from AM & GJ Probert, Drevour made £89.80, 45kg from Tenbury Farm Supplies made £91.50, some 46kg from DR Williams, Lodge made £93.80.

There was a good entry of 350 cull ewes selling to another exceptional trade which would be similar to last week. The ewes sold to a top of £138 and all the ewes averaged an excellent £91.40 per head with many hill ewes forward. Tups sold to a good trade with a top of £140 and to average £100 per head. The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.