Mar­ket Prices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Fin­ished Sheep – 1080 Sold: This week saw a small but sim­i­lar en­try to last week with less of the best meated lambs on of­fer, but those ven­dors who did make the jour­ney with some of these best end lambs were cer­tainly re­warded. Say­ing this, there was also a smaller per­cent­age of lean lambs on of­fer which in turn will have helped to bring the av­er­age price per kilo up from last week. The ma­jor­ity of lambs traded around the 150p per kg mark with the top end up to 169p from Mrs C Wor­ley and Mrs V E Link and top price per head was £ 88 for some very heavy lambs from Mr C Ge­orge. Cull Ewes and Rams – 1083 Sold: A large en­try of ewes this week with over 1000 penned and once again a huge per­cent­age of the en­try were lean, graz­ing sorts that were pur­chased to be farmed on as op­posed to be­ing slaugh­tered. The top end fleshed sold at a sim­i­lar level to last very good prices for well bred rams pro­duced prin­ci­pally by the breed­ers of Tex­els sup­port­ing the South East Tex­els Groups an­nual show and sale. In the show ring Blackmore Farm Ptnrs, Ditch­ling ( Bill and Sarah Bal­dock) pro­duced the open cham­pion and PH & P E Skin­ner, Siss­inghurst the recorded cham­pion and re­serve cham­pion. Fin­ished Cat­tle – 106 Sold in­clud­ing 3 bulls: An in­creased en­try of over 100 cat­tle met a sim­i­lar trade on the week with 10 buy­ers en­sur­ing com­pet­i­tive re­turns through­out. A few more smart con­ti­nen­tal cross beef bred sorts were of­fered selling around 210p per kg with the top prices in­clud­ing a Li­mousin cross heifers gross­ing £1293 (214.5p) from W S Fur­ni­val ( Brook­land), £1278 (213.5p) from S Marsh and £1136 (214.5p) from W Alexan­der ( Shore­ham). Li­mousin cross steers made £1267 (196.5p) and £1192 (209.5p) from L J Os­bourne & Son. pur­chased by G H Dean & Co at £ 92 and £ 81 per head. Other top prices in­cluded £79.50 from H J Hecks & Son, £78 from W J Hur­ley, £77 from E &M E Brun­drett, £74.20 from R Price & Son and £72 from C S Wills Trust. The over­all av­er­age of £ 65.50 was some £14.50 per head back of the ex­cep­tional price achieved last year. Show re­sults were 1st D Howard Farms, Brede mak­ing £ 92 and bought by G H Dean & Co, Sit­ting­bourne; 2nd H J Hecks & Sons, Ring­mer mak­ing £79.50 and pur­chased by An­drew Foulds & Ptnrs, Thet­ford; 3rd W J Hur­ley, Hythe mak­ing £78 and pur­chased by Stone Farms Ltd, Hythe The store lambs sold at sim­i­lar trade to re­cent weeks at an over­all av­er­age of £ 51.40. Texel crosses topped at £ 59.50 from S Weeks & Sons and Charol­lais crosses made to £ 55.20 from T Mitchell. Our first ram sale of the sea­son pro­duced some week with the best around the £ 80 mark. Large num­bers of graz­ing sorts found new homes be­tween £35 and £ 60. Top prices on the day in­cluded con­ti­nen­tal ewes to £ 81 from Mrs H V Link, Suf­folk crosses from D Clarke Farms to £75 and Rom­neys from the same ven­dor to £ 60. Rams made to £ 81 from Har­bourne Farms. Store and breed­ing sheep sale – 7,322 Sold: We penned an in­creased en­try (plus 10%) of Suf­folk x Mule ewe lambs for the an­nual show and sale which was kindly judged by An­drew Foulds, Nor­folk. The gen­eral trade was very much as ex­pected with the best mak­ing around £75, mid­dle of the runs £ 60 to £70 and the ma­jor­ity of small lambs at the end of the runs at­tract­ing a price some £ 2 to £ 3 above the store value. Un­doubt­edly, the run of the day was 400 well bred and grown lambs con­signed by D Howard Farms with the top pens of ex­cep­tional qual­ity

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