Mar­ket Prices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Fin­ished Sheep – 2266 Sold: This week saw a dif­fi­cult trade with over­all av­er­ages now back by some 50p per kg in two weeks, a sig­nif­i­cant drop in such a short time. To­day’s trade proved to be dif­fi­cult and se­lec­tive with all buy­ers look­ing to pur­chase well fleshed lambs while the leaner sorts were fur­ther heav­ily dis­counted. The ma­jor­ity of heavy weight lambs grossed in the £75 to £80 bracket and made up to £86.50 for 52kg con­ti­nen­tal crosses from J Smith and £86 from the North School. Medium weights gen­er­ally grossed ei­ther side of £70 and the ma­jor­ity of lighter weights £58 up to £67.50 (187.50p) for smart 36kg Bel­texs from J A Cox. The leaner and un­der fin­ished sorts sell­ing at lower lev­els with the ma­jor­ity gross­ing £55 to £62 and av­er­ag­ing 145.34p.

A small en­try of hoggets and 2 tooth hoggets saw the ma­jor­ity sell­ing in the £45 to £57 bracket.

Cull Ewes and Rams – 657 Sold: There were slightly more ewes penned this week than last and they met a more dif­fi­cult trade through­out. Big ewes were harder to sell which would sug­gest the cur­rent Mus­lim fast­ing is still hav­ing an im­pact on the trade. Leaner sorts to keep alive and im­prove would still look well sold with the con­tin­u­ing dry weather con­di­tions.

Top Prices on the day in­cluded Suf­folk crosses to £84 from AJ Thomp­son & Sons, Bel­tex ewes to £81 from J Cox and Rom­neys to £67 from R H Kingston.

Fin­ished Cat­tle – 130 Sold in­clud­ing 13 Young Bulls: This week saw a few more num­bers come for­ward with qual­ity be­ing main­tained amongst the yarded and fed, but a bit more vari­abil­ity amongst the grass types once again. Trade is eas­ing a lit­tle as num­bers in­crease slightly na­tion­ally and also from our Ir­ish neigh­bours. Bull num­bers have in­creased quite sig­nif­i­cantly in the North which has a short term ef­fect of in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion but at lower car­case weights than if tak­ing them through to heav­ier older steers. We had good com­pe­ti­tion from a large at­ten­dance of buy­ers around the ring and we are see­ing a slight mid sum­mer ad­just­ment to price - no sur­prise!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the High Weald Acad­emy whose out­stand­ing Bri­tish Blue steer, bred by Mrs W Tur­ley, sold at a new record price of 258p with their Li­mousin heifer mak­ing the dou­ble on the day at 248p. There were some good qual­ity cat­tle at the top end, sev­eral of which had been shown in the sum­mer show sea­son.

The RSPB’s Big Wild Sleep­out will take place next month

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