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McCartneys of Kington report a smaller entry of 1042 sheep on Thursday last the 5th of September.

A smaller entry of sheep sold to a reasonable trade in all sections. The sheep trade has eased throughout the week mainly due to larger numbers being marketed nationally and only steady demand from consumers in the UK and in Europe.

LAMBS

We had a small entry of 863 lambs, which sold to a reasonable trade on the week.

The buyers are requiring the heavier 40kg plus good well bred and meated lambs for their orders. The heavier weight ranges over 44kg would be the best weights to sell on the day.

The lambs averaged a reasonable £1.67ppk up to £2.06ppk from S Postons for some Beltex lambs. The lambs sold up to £86.80 per head for some 52kg lambs from BH James.

The whole lamb section from the lightest to the heaviest in the market averaged a reasonable £76 per head.

Lambs between 35 to 39 kg averaged 1.65ppk up to 2.06ppk which averaged £61 per head

Lambs between 40 to 45 kg averaged 1.67ppk up to 1.80ppk which averaged £73 per head

Lambs between 46 to 52 kg averaged 1.66ppk up to 1.75ppk which averaged £81 per head

Lambs over 52kg averaged 1.52ppk up to £158ppk which averaged £86 per head 

Our light lamb section for lambs under 35kg sold to a reasonable trade and averaged £1.64ppk up to £2.06ppk. All light lambs averaged a good £56 per head for lambs weighing from 28kg to 35kg.

We are fortunate to have excellent buyer support from 7 regular buyers giving excellent competition for the spring lambs each week.

CULL EWES, TUPS, WETHERS, STORE HOGGETS & GOATS

There was a smaller entry of 179 cull & store sheep, which sold to a strong trade on the week.

The strong meated well-bred cull sheep would be the best trade. We had a number of smaller, thinner and hill ewes forward again this week and these sold to a good trade with new buyers looking for grazing ewes.

The buyers are currently requiring good meated sheep for their orders and there is also good demand for grazing ewes.

All types of cull sheep were in good demand.

The cull sheep sold to a top of £103.50 per head for some Texel x ewes from RR Jones & Co and averaged a good £59 per head.

Continental x and strong ewes averaged £87 per head and sold up to £103.50 per head.

Mule type ewes averaged £60 per head and sold up to £78 per head.

Welsh, Speckle and smaller hill type ewes averaged £48 per head and sold up to £65 per head.

Tups sold to £80 per head and averaged £69 per head.

SPECIAL SALE OF BREEDING EWES.

We held our sale of 400 breeding ewes after the sale of the fat sheep. We had an excellent attendance of buyers for the ewes forward. The ewes were all yearling and where Suffolk x, Texel x, Welsh Mule and Cheviot x Mule.

The whole breeding ewe sale averaged a very good £129 per head up to £136 per head for some Welsh Mule ewes from WJ Lloyd & Co.

Suffolk x ewes averaged £120 per head up to £121 per head from LSP & WM Dowdeswell

Texel x ewes averaged £115 per head up to £122 per head from MJ Bayliss.

Welsh Mule ewes averaged £132 per head up to £136 per head from WJ Lloyd & Co.

The strong well bred breeding ewes were the best trade and were sort after by the buyers and were easy to sell.

The smaller bodied ewes were the harder sellers with most buyers on the day looking for strength and scale in the ewes they were buying. 

We have buyers for in excess of 2000 lambs and 750 cull sheep per week to meet our buyers’ requirements.

McCartneys at Kington, offer an on-farm livestock grading and marketing advice service on a free of charge basis.

Kington Market is every Thursday,

Commencing at 11.00am with lambs

Followed by Cull Sheep, Light and Store lambs

For further information please contact

Gareth Wall on 01544 230316 or 07974 143336

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