Strong sheep trade at Kington

There was a good entry of 2,000 sheep at yesterday’s sale at Kington where lambs averaged 1.99p/kg up to 2.15p/kg.


Auctioneers McCartneys said: “We had a good entry of 1,700 spring lambs for our summer show and sale, which sold to a much better trade.”


 Light lambs sold to premium prices, but all lambs were in good demand by five buyers.


The champion pen of lambs was awarded to Ashley Griffiths for some Texel lambs which weighed 41kg and were purchased by Euro Quality lamb at £87.50 a head.


The reserve champion pen of lambs was awarded to Harry Burton for some Charollais cross lambs which weighed 46kg and were sold to F Drury and Sons for £88.


39kg lambs from W H Jones made £81.50, 39kg lambs from E C Jones made £84.50, 42kg lambs from R B and D N Read made £85.50, 43kg lambs from J Gwatkin and Son made £84.20


There was a small entry of end of season hoggets which sold to a brisk trade and averaged 1.58p/kg.


McCartneys said a good entry of 300 cull ewes sold to a better trade than last week and buyers were requiring leaner ewes which sold to premium prices.


The ewes sold to a top of £125.50 for some Texel x ewes from DT and S M Owens and all the ewes averaged a good £86 a head with many hill ewes forward. Tups sold to a good trade with a top of £90 and to average £81 a head. The cull ewes included a large proportion of thinner mule ewes and smaller hill ewes.