Good entry of finished sheep at Kington

McCartney’s of Kington reported a good entry of 2,200 finished sheep for their sale on Thursday


“We had a better entry of 2,000 lambs selling to an improved trade on the week mainly due to less numbers being marketed.,” they said.


“We had six buyers competing for the lambs in all weight ranges which was good to see and had a good trade on the lambs all the way through.”


Lambs on the fat side in the medium weights were more difficult to sell than leaner sorts and there was still a large proportion of heavier lambs on the market which sold to a better trade than previous weeks.


“The export and home trade in lamb sales still remains under pressure from mainly the weak ecomony,” commented McCartney’s. “Heavier weight lambs over 50kgs would be a much better trade and sort after by the buyers.”


Meated lambs – as long as they were not too fat – were again at market premiums.

Lighter lambs between 40 and 43kg would be at market premiums and would sell readily between 1.58p/kg to 1.65p/kg and up to 1.68p/kg. We had a good trade for the weight in the market and all the lambs averaged 1.58.5 p/kg up to 1.68 p/kg.

The top price pen of lambs was £84.20 for some 55kg lambs from SI Rogers


Lambs between 32kg & 39kg averaged 1.55 p/kg up to 1.57 p/kg

Lambs between 39.5kg & 45.5kg averaged 1.59 p/kg up to 1.68 p/kg

Lambs between 46kg & 52kg averaged 1.55 p/kg up to 1.60 p/kg

Lambs over 52kg averaged 1.52 p/kg up to 1.58 p/kg


There was a smaller entry of 200 cull ewes selling to an improved trade with less numbers being marketed nationally. Buyers are requiring meated ewes which are not fat, which sold to premium prices. Thinner ewes were again more difficult to sell but sold at a price. The ewes sold to a top of £101 for some Suffolk x ewes from S Williams & Sons and all the ewes averaged £57 a head with many hill and thin ewes forward. Tups and weathers sold to a good trade and sold to £90 and averaged £77. The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.