30 August 2002

Fat trade upturn reflects in Kent

STORE lambs met a buoyant trade at Ashford market in Kent this week where 3000 passed through the sale ring.

Overall, lambs averaged£35-40, with long-term running lambs in the £28-35 bracket, said Hobbs Parkers Mark Cleverdon.

He added that the levels reflected the fat trade, which was up again this week at the 114p-115p/kg mark at Ashford.

Another large consignment of feeding lambs and ewe tegs went under the hammer at the annual Honeybourne sheep sale, near Evesham, Worcs, recently.

"Store lambs sold really well," said Stephen Watkin, sheep auctioneer for Williams Watkins & Richards at Ross-on-Wye who saw 6500 lambs level at £38.80.

Trade was lifted by a combination of a strong slaughter lamb trade and fewer store lambs coming forward, he said.

Slaughter prices look set to rise again this week to 115p/kg, or 244p/kg deadweight equivalent as abattoirs continue to search for lambs to keep plants busy, say auctioneers. &#42