Hogget trade firms at Kington

Kington Market reported a smaller entry of 1400 sheep at last week’s sale with the hogget trade firming from the previous days trading by about 7p/kg due to less numbers being marketed and thereby creating a better demand from the buyers.

A smaller entry of 1000 hoggets sold to a good trade which would be some 7p/kg better than other markets previously in the week. The whole market averaged 208p/kg up to 225p/kg with all hoggets averaging £88 a head. Lambs sold to £100 a head for some 55kg lambs from Colin and Wendy Philips.

Hoggets between 38kg and 43kg which were of export spec were sort after and fetched premium prices with these hoggets averaging a good 2.10p/kg. Heavier hoggets between 44kg and 47kg were easier to sell than previous weeks and they averaged a good 197p/kg. Hoggets between over 48kg would again sell well they averaged 1.85p/kg and up to £100 a head.

Some 35kg hoggets from M H Gwilliam made £75, 38kg hoggets from Chris Holloway made £80.20, 40kg hoggets from P C Brigg made £90, 41kg hoggets from J C Meredith made £89, 42kg hoggets from JW Lloyd and Sons made £91, 43kg hoggets from J P and G L Davies made £91.50, 45kg hoggets from C J and H M Evans made £93, 49kg hoggets from M H Gwilliam made £96.50, 53kg hoggets from C M and W C Philips made £96.

There was a good entry of 400 cull ewes selling to another excellent trade which would be slightly better that last week. The ewes sold to a top of £134 some Texel ewes from N C and G M Lewis and all the ewes averaged an excellent £82 a head with many hill ewes forward. Tups sold to a good trade with a top of £97 and to average £84 a head, small store lambs sold to £72.50 and averaged £68 The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes. (McCartneys)