McCartney’s of Kington reported an excellent entry of 2,750 sheep last week for the final sale of 2012.
More than 2,500 lambs were forward which sold to a good trade with demand increasing due to the Christmas and New Year holiday demand. The export type of lamb was in good demand.
Meated lambs, as long as they were not too fat were again at market premiums and therefore it is well worth grading the lambs well at home to obtain these higher prices, suggest auctioneers. Middle weight lambs between 45 and 49 kg were the most difficult weight to sell and the price of these lambs were no more money than 40 to 44kg lambs. Lighter lambs between 39 and 44kg would be at market premiums and would sell between 1.58p/kg to 1.70p/kg and up to 1.75p/kg.
The top price lambs were some Texel x lambs from E L Evans and Co which made £76.
Lambs between 25kg and 32kg averaged 1.35p/kg up to 1.40p/kg
Lambs between 32kg and 39kg averaged 1.47p/kg up to 1.70p/kg
Lambs between 39.5kg and 45.5kg averaged 1.59p/kg up to 1.75p/kg
Lambs between 46kg and 52kg averaged 1.42p/kg up to 1.47p/kg
Lambs over 52kg averaged 1.35p/kg up to 1.40p/kg
There was an entry of 250 cull ewes selling to a better trade, but with resistance from buyers on prices.
Buyers are requiring meated ewes which are not fat, which sold to premium prices. Thin ewes were again more difficult to sell but sold at a price. The ewes sold to a top of £99 and all the ewes averaged £52 a head with many hill and thin ewes forward. Tups and weathers sold to a good trade and sold to £75 and averaged £60. The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.