Finished sheep - 2,936 sold Much improved trade for all sheep with the hogget trade benefiting from tighter supplies and lamb prices also improved as more buyers switch over from hoggets. The majority of lambs grossed in the £48 to £58 bracket and up to £60.80 (148.29p per kg) from R.G. and S. Hayden and £60.50 (155.12p per kg) from G.H. Dean and Co. More lambs will be wanted every week as hogget supplies dry up quickly. At last some spark in the hogget trade late in the season with the majority grossing in the £44 to £52 bracket and up to £58 (114.85p per kg) for smart Texel Crosses from A. Vernon, Lincolnshire. Best handy weights attracted prices in excess of 110p per kg; heavyweights around £1 per kg; and overweights £44 to £48. Top hogget prices included £55 (106.78p per kg) from A. H. Hoad and son; £54 (104.85p per kg) from Ahmadiyya Muslim Ass; £53.50 (109.78p per kg) from I. Hobden; £53 (108.16p per kg) from D. Fenner; £53 (101.92p per kg) from M.J. Roberts; £52.50 (111.70p per kg) from Fincham Farms, Norfolk; £52 (107.21p per kg) from Kingswood Manor Farms; and £52 (104p per kg) from D.J. and K. Miles. Hogget averages: standard 345 128.00 to 55.07 (110.40, nat ave 103.44); medium 894 114.07 to 46.50 (106.34, nat ave 104); heavy 989 114.85 to 54.74 (101.10, nat ave 94.04); 0ver-weights/twoyear-olds 67 85.19 to 25.00 (72.42). New season lamb averages: standard 305 155.13 to 92.11 (135.13, nat ave 126.22); medium 159 148.29 to 116.74 (128.38, nat ave 121.57). Cull ewes and rams - 1,063 sold Another strong trade with four individual buyers competing well for a large entry of ewes. Best Crossbred ewes sold readily in excess of £45 and up to £62 for a Charollais from E. Gribble; Texel Crosses made to £56.50 from A. Vernon; Suffolk Crosses to £50.50 from L.F. Crisford and son and I.T. Henshaw; £50 from Mrs H Long and £48 from V.A. Millen. Best fleshed but lean Romney’s to £40 from W. T. Kemp and £38.50 from S. Weller and son. Meaty mules up to £38.50 from I. Hobden. Plain ewes continue to look particularly well sold with majority £27 to £32 and old rams attracted strong prices up to £60 from D.Fenner. Cull ewes: first quality 192 62.00 to 44.00 (48.00); second quality 400 43.80 to 33.00 (37.10); third quality 410 32.80 to 5.00 (29.00). Rams: 61 60.00 to 5.00 (45.50). Breeding sheep - 50 sold Strong trade for a small entry of ewes and lambs with Romney’s ewes (mainly full mouth) with smart Charollais Cross lambs to £85 (£27.76 per life) from Miss J.M. Gregory. Finished cattle - 103 steers/heifers and 17 young bulls sold A few more penned this week and there were signs that buyers are a little more keen to get a share. Deadweight base prices have fallen for the last month and it is likely that values will at least hold and possibly firm up from next week. Hobbs Parker are certainly getting through yarded cattle and will soon be on the scrounge! Supermarket cattle are still fetching from 108 to 111p for the better end with O plus sorts 98 to 107p, while demand for top notch cattle remains very strong. Top of the day was a superb 15-month muscled Charolais heifer from Burden Bros at 139.5p and grossing £684; with Colchester vendors V. and P. Parris selling two smart heavyweight Limousin steers to 130.5p and £848. Overall the quality of cattle has certainly improved during the last decade but far too many cattle are still sent to market in full condition. A better entry of bulls, a topping lightweight Belgian Blue from D.W. Ferguson ltd 118.5p (£526 at 11months); a heavyweight 7/8 Limousin from M.L. Williams to 111.5p (£783 at 18-months); and a Charolais from M.J. Booth to 108.5p. Finished cattle averages, steers: premium 10 130.50 to 108.50 (116.00); average 39 107.50 to 96.50 (102.50); others 6 94.50 to 73.50 (89.50). Heifers: premium 11 139.50 to 108.50 (117.00); average 26 107.50 to 95.50 (101.50); others 11 93.50 to 80.50 (88.50). Young bulls: first quality 8 118.50 to 103.50 (108.50); second quality 5 102.50 to 97.50 (99.50); third quality 4 76.50 to 72.50 (75.00).