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McCartneys of Kington report an entry of 904 sheep on Thursday last the 26th of September.

The lamb trade continues at a steady level similar to the last couple of weeks. There are large numbers of lambs being marketed in the north, which is affecting the demand for lambs in our region. There are also large numbers of heavier lambs being sold over 45kg, which are now becoming less desirable. The buyers are starting to look for lighter good meated lambs from 38kg to 44kg/


We had an entry of 703 lambs, which sold to a slightly better trade than previously in the week.

The buyers are requiring well bred and good finished lambs for their orders and the right goods command a premium and demand from the buyers. The buyers are starting to look for lighter lambs for their orders and mainly weights between 38kg and 44kg. The 45kg to 49kg lambs were harder work to sell due to large numbers of these currently being marketed. The 50kg plus lambs were in better demand and sold to a reasonable trade. The light weight lambs under 36 kg were also a reasonable trade and sort after by the buyers.

The lambs averaged a reasonable £1.66ppk up to £1.78 ppk from S Price.

The lambs sold up to £83 per head for some 52kg lambs..

The whole lamb section from the lightest to the heaviest in the market averaged a reasonable £74 per head.

Lambs between 25 to 35 kg averaged 1.70ppk up to 1.75ppk which averaged £60 per head

Lambs between 35 to 39 kg averaged 1.68ppk up to 1.72ppk which averaged £64 per head

Lambs between 40 to 45 kg averaged 1.66ppk up to 1.78ppk which averaged £72 per head

Lambs between 46 to 52 kg averaged 1.63ppk up to 1.70ppk which averaged £77 per head

Lambs over 52kg averaged 1.54ppk up to £155ppk which averaged £82 per head

Our light lamb section for lambs under 35kg sold to a good trade on the week and averaged £1.70ppk up to £1.75ppk. All light lambs averaged a good £59per head for lambs weighing from 30kg to 35kg.

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



There was a reasonable entry of 201 cull & store sheep, which sold to a strong trade on the week.

The strong meated well-bred cull sheep would be the best trade again. We had a larger number than usual of smaller, thinner and hill ewes forward again and these sold to a good trade with a number of orders 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 £140 per head for some Texel ewes from S Price and averaged a good £57 per head give the number of smaller hill and leaner mule ewes we had on offer.

Continental x and strong ewes averaged £92 per head and sold up to £140per head.

Mule type ewes averaged £57 per head and sold up to £75 per head.

Welsh, Speckle and smaller hill type ewes averaged £45 per head and sold up to £60 per head.

Tups sold to £78 per head and averaged £62 per head


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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