Finished hoggets - 4,719 sold Another record set here in Ashford with more than 4,700 hoggets sold despite the auctioneer’s predictions of a smaller entry than last weeks 4,500.
Looking back over the years the third week in March last year saw 4,534 sold (out of a record sheep entry of 6,026) with standards averaging 120p, mediums 124p and heavies 113p.
In 2005 3,314 sold at slightly less money but in 2004 things were flying, 3,000 sold with averages 141, 133 and 125p respectively.
The trade nationally remains stable with the days SQQ 114.62p per kg and Hobbs Parker’s a few pennies ahead at 117.56p.
Good quality well fleshed lambs could be found in large numbers throughout the sale including runs from D.P. Rooke, Buckinghamshire 140 sold to 52.5kgs at £56.10 run ave £54.34; D. Tilley, West Sussex 204 sold to 50.5kgs at £54 run aver £51.26; and J.H. and A.J. King, Lincolnshire 368 sold to ave £53.53.
Best handyweight lambs were 120 to 133p per kg with good heavier sorts 110 to 118p and large percentage of lambs forward grossing £45 to £55.
Top per head was £59 for J. and J. Gowing with John Wickens close behind at £58.50 for 53.5 kg hoggets.
Averages: light 16 133.33 to 106.45 (116.50, nat ave 111.94); standard 473 127.14 to 110.00 (117.57, nat ave 113.10); medium 2,049 132.10 to 94.71 (117.57, nat ave 115.74); heavy 1,873 120.87 to 81.72 (110.91, nat ave 108.84); over-weight 289 109.35 to 10.73 (103.29, nat ave 99.41).
Store hoggets and breeding sheep - 734 sold Cull ewes and rams - 595 sold Cull ewe averages: first quality 171 48.00 to 37.00 (40.64); second quality 270 36.50 to 28.00 (32.80); third quality 124 27.00 to 2.00 (22.00). Rams: 30 48.00 to 3.00 (31.70). Finished cattle - 129 steers/heifers and 13 young bulls sold
A few cattle less and mostly decent penned but very few top notch for the retail trade offered hence top prices not so exciting as last week.
Although trade throughout was just as strong, even with two or three buyers missing.
Supermarket cattle formed the bulk of the entry and against current deadweight prices of around 198p per kg for a R grade, these sold to a very competitive trade.
Most of the R grade heavyweight steers and heifers 108-114p per kg and the handful of U grades 115-124.5p per kg.
Overweight cattle also continue to sell well. K.E. Budd’s very decent Belgian Blue Cross Friesian steers above 700kgs to 106.5p per kg and grossing to £806l; J. Castle (Stoke) ltd with 755kg Blonde steers to 103.5p per kg; a 705kg Charolais from A.G. Young and sons 107.5p.
Heavy heifers grossed to £734 (110.5p per kg) from H.G. Allen and £736 (107.5p per kg) from Dan Mackleden ltd.
Bulls better supplied - Mrs C.A. Hardy’s purebred Simmental 113.5p per kg (£709 at 16-months); a Simmental from D.W. Ferguson ltd 112.5p per kg (£686 at 12-months); a Belgian Blue Cross Friesian from T. Castle (Pelham) 110.5p per kg and its Friesians 90.5p to 98.5p per kg and grossing to £551 at 18-months.
Finished cattle averages, steers: premium 25 124.50 to 109.50 (113.50); average 52 108.50 to 96.50 (105.00); others 10 93.50 to 67.50 (81.00).
Heifers: premium 18 123.50 to 109.50 (116.00); average 21 108.50 to 95.50 (103.50); others 3 94.50 to 88.50 (91.50).
Young bulls: second quality 8 113.50 to 103.50 (109.00).