Hoggets sell to strong trade at Kington

McCartney’s of Kington report a smaller entry of 1,600 sheep yesterday for their first fat sheep sale of 2012.


The lamb trade had eased from the highs of the Christmas period but with less numbers being sold nationally the hoggets at Kington met an excellent trade equal to the previous week. The hoggets sold to a very good trade on all weight ranges and the whole market averaged 208p/kg with all hoggets averaging an excellent £90 a head.


Hoggets between 38kg and 43kg which were of export spec were sort after and fetched premium prices with these hoggets averaging a very good 2.14p/kg. Heavier hoggets between 44kg and 47kg would be easier to sell than the previous week and averaged a good 200p/kg. Hoggets over 48kg would again sell extremely well – they averaged 1.92p/kg up to £100 a head


The lambs sold to £100 a head for some 55kg lambs from Warren Farm (Powys) ltd.


Some 38kg hoggets from C & S F Thomas made £85, 39kg hoggets from Alan Layton made £88.20, 41kg hoggets from T E & K J Simcock made £88.50, 42kg hoggets from JD Price made £91.80, 43kg hoggets from PC Brigg made £92, 45kg hoggets from G J Bowen made £90, 48kg hoggets from JW Lloyd & Sons made £93.50, 52kg hoggets from KO Rogers made £97, 53kg hoggets from SI Rogers made £98.50.


There was another good entry of 500 cull ewes selling to an excellent trade which would be better than last week. The ewes sold to a top of £159 for some Texel ewes from B J Layton & Co and all the ewes averaged an excellent £89 a head with many hill ewes forward. Tups sold to a good trade with a top of £150 and to average £100 a head, The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.