Kirkby Stephen Prime Sheep Sale

28th May 2019

Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Kirkby Stephen Mart held their weekly sale of prime sheep on Tuesday when 4366 sheep were forward consisting of 835 spring lambs, 2402 prime hoggs and 1129 cast sheep.

Our annual “Anniversary” Spring Lamb Show for the start of Tuesday afternoon prime sheep sales here at Kirkby Stephen was held.

The judging was carried out by local farmer and weekly sheep buyer here at Kirkby Stephen Mr H. Birkbeck, Castle Hill, Soulby, who awarded the Overall Championship to the first placed pair of Beltex cross lambs which weighed 45kg.  This pair of winning lambs was shown by Messrs Sowerby, Terry’s Farm and went on to top the spring lambs at £136 with Mr Birkbeck buying the lambs on behalf of Dowding’s Butchers, Appleby.
The show was kindly sponsored by The NFU, Appleby Branch.

Show Results
Continental cross (pairs)
1st & Champion – G Sowerby, Terry’s Farm – £136 (45kg)
2nd         K Sowerby, Terry’s Farm – £119 (45kg)
3rd          TW Hunter, Upper Brydekirk – £110.80 (39kg)

Champion Pair of lambs shown by Ian & Kevin Sowerby / back row – Amanda Wallbank & Caroline Raine from NFU Mutual, Appleby Branch (sponsors) and Judge Harold Birkbeck.

Suffolk cross (pairs)
1st          G Sowerby, Terry’s Farm – £118.80 (43kg)
2nd         G Sowerby, Terry’s Farm – £105.80 (45kg)

Spring lambs were a flying trade here at Kirkby Stephen with a fantastic overall sale average of 254.1p/kg for 835 lambs being achieved!!

12 active buyers were operating for all types of new season lambs and many more can be easily sold on a weekly basis here at Kirkby Stephen.

Messrs Lyle, Staingills, Penrith topped at 328p/kg for a pair of 35kg Beltex cross lambs which sold for £114.80 to Yorkshire Halal Meats.

Messrs Hunter, Upper Brydekirk, Annan sold their run of 22 Beltex cross lambs to average 38kg £106.87 (281.23p/kg)

Messrs Sowerby, Terrys Farm sold their consignment of 30 Beltex, Dutch Texel and Suffolk cross lambs to average 43.5kg £117.53 (270.18p/kg).

Messrs Slee, Street House sold their consignment of 55 Texel cross lambs to average 37.2kg £102.03 (274.2p/kg)

Messrs Lyle sold their run of 233 Beltex, Dutch Texel & Charollais cross lambs to average 37kg £100.07

Prime hoggs topped at £116.80 on two different occasions firstly for a Beltex cross from Messrs Bell, Hallbankgate, Brampton which was bought by M Helliwell, Rochdale. Also topping at £116.80 and topping the pence per kilo at 238.4p was a 49kg Texel cross hogg from Messrs Downie, Aberdeenshire which was also bought by M Helliwell.

Prime hoggs were also a much stronger trade than they have recently been with an SQQ average of 194.64p/kg being achieved.

Cast sheep topped at £160.50 for a pen of 7 Texel cross ewes from Messrs Kemp, Keepwick Farm, Hexham which were bought by Yorkshire Halal Meats.

Another pen of 8 Texel cross ewes sold for £142.50 from Holms of Caaf Dalry, Ayrshire.

136 Suffolk cross ewes were forward to average £104.06 with 521 Texel cross ewes averaging £95.10.

An overall sale average for cast sheep of £84.29 was achieved for 1129 sold!!

Leading Prices

Spring Lambs
Price per head – Beltex £136, £127, £126.80, £119.30, £119, £110.80 Terrys Farm; £122.80, £112.80, £105.80 Brow Top Farm; £116.80, £107.30, £106.50 Moor Riggs; £114.80, £114.30, £113.80, £112.80, £109.80, £107.80, £106.80 Staingills; £114.80, £112.80(2), £110.80, £109.80, £106.30 Upper Brydekirk; £112.80 Black Syke; £107.80 Hawkrigg Farm; £107.80 Castle Hill; £107.30 Old Mill Flatt; £106.30 Crossfell House; £105.30 Hesket Demain: Dutch Texel £122, £105.80, £103.80(2) Terrys Farm; £109.30, £108.80, £100.30 Staingills; £108.80 Brow Top Farm: Suffolk £118.80, £108.80 Terrys Farm; £96.50 Grassgill Lodge: Texel £113.30, £104.80 Town End Farm; £105.80, £104.30 Street House; £105.80 Whingill; 3103.30 Brow Top Farm; £101.30 Waitby Farm; £100.30 Staingills: Charollais £111.80, £99.80 Staingills; £98.80 Castle Hill: Cheviot £104.80 Old Mill Flatt: Mule £76.80 Whingill.

Price per kilo – Beltex 328p, 308.9p, 307.6p, 305p, 304.9p, 302.4p, 296.7p Staingills; 309.8p, 302.2p Terrys Farm; 307p Brow Top Farm; 302.1p, 296.8p Upper Brydekirk; 299.4p Castle Hill; 292p Moor Riggs: Texel 306.2p Town End Farm; 289.1p, 274.5p, 264.5p Street House; 280.3p Bridge End; 273.1p, 271.1p Staingills; 272.3p Martindale Farm; 270.9p Main Street; 264.5p Whingill: Dutch Texel 277.2p, 275.8p, 273.3p, 264.3p Staingills; 265.2p Terrys Farm: Charollais 277.2p, 267.5p, 254.1p Staingills: Suffolk 276.3p Terry Farm; 250.8p Sandford Hall: Blue Texel 250.8p Staingills: Mule 219.4p Whingill.

Prime Hoggs
Price per Head – Beltex £116.80, £106.80 Hallbankgate Farm; £115.80 Town End Farm; £110.80, £104.80 Sunny Gill Farm: Texel £116.80, £106.80 Newton Farm; £113.80(2), £100.80 Nixon Terrace; £112.80 Holms of caaf Dalry; £111.30(2), £110.80, £110.30, £109.80(2), £107.80, £107.30, £106.80(2), £106.30 East Farm; £110.80, £109.80, £104.30(2), £103.80, £102.30, £100.30 Timberley Farm; £108.80, £107.80, £105.30, £100.30 Buninver Road; £107.80, £104.80Old Hall Farm; £105.80, £103.30 Scales Hall; £104.80 Sunny Gill Farm; £103.30 Beckonhill Farm; £101.80 Turfbeg Farm; £100.80 Main Street Beragh: Suffolk £112 Turfbeg Farm; £109.80 Nixon Terrace; £106.80, £105.30, £103.80 East Farm; £106.80, £104.80 Old Hall Farm; £104.30 Timberley Farm; £101.80 Whins Farm: Charollais £111.30, £110.80, £109.30, £108.80, £107.80(3), £107.30, £106.30, £105.80, £104.30, £101.30 Whins Farm: Bleu du Maine £110.80 Hallbankgate: Cheviot £103.80, £101.80, £94.80 Sunny Gill Farm; £98.80, 396.30, £95 Bloan Farm: Blue Texel £99.80 Breckonhill Farm: Mule £96.80 House & Holme Farm; £92.80 Town End Farm; £88.80 Kelmore Hill Farm: Rouge £94 Buninver Road: Hampshire £91.30 Timberley Farm: Scotch Blackface £88.80, £87.80, £86.80 Main Street Beragh; £87.80 Hallbankgate Farm; £87.80 Main Street: Jacob £87.80 Turfbeg Farm: Rough £85.80 Whinfell Terrace; £81.80 Buckingham Road: Swaledale £85.80, £81.80 West Briscoe; £79.80 Hole House; £74.80 Nixon Terrace: Herdwick £69.80 Kelmore Hill Farm; £67.80 Bank End Farm; £64.80 The Gables.

Price per Kilo – Texel 238.4p Newton Farm; 223.3p, 221p, 213.8p Harbarrow Farm; 220.5p Keepwick Farm; 219.6p, 212p, 211p Timberley Farm; 214.7p, 213.3p Scales Hall; 212.9p, 212p Hyde Park: Beltex 225.7p Breckonhill Farm; 221.5p, 215.8p Town End Farm: Blue Texel 212.3p, 200p Breckonhill Farm: Suffolk 209.6p Town End Farm; 204.1p, 201.9p Hyde Park; 194.6p Timberley Farm; 194.1p Old Hall Farm: Cheviot 207.4p, 207.2p, 206.2p, 204.7p, 202.1p, 202.1p(2) Hyde Park; 203.1p Keepwick Farm: Scotch Blackface 205.8p, 194.4p, 191.1p Newton Farm; 199.4p Keepwick Farm: Charollais 203.9p, 201.7p Timberley Farm; 198.7p, 191.1p Whins Farm: Herdwick 199.4p Bankend Farm: Jacob 190.9p Turfbeg Farm: Rough 181.8p Buckingham Road: Mule 181.4p East Rackwood: Swaledale 177.8p Town End Farm; 176.5p West Side House.

Cast Ewes Texel £160.50, £108.50 Keepwick Farm; £142.50, £126.50, £115.50, £108.50(3), £107.50, £106.50 Holms of caaf Dalry; £138.50, £123.50 High Street; £137.50 Grassgill Lodge; £125.50, £119.50 Upper Brydekirk; £124.50, £105.50 Breckonhill Farm; £119.50, £106.50, £106.50 Terrys Farm; £116.50 Askrigg Hall; £115.50 Dacre Lodge; £114.50, £107.50, £106.50 Swinsty Farm; £112.50 Laneside; £112, £107.50, £106.50 Staingills; £109.50 Newton Farm: Beltex £124.50 Town End Farm; £96.50 Greenfield Farm: Suffolk £116.50, £114.50, £111.50, £109.50(2), £108.50, £104.50, £100.50 Holms of caaf Dalry; £103.50, £100.50 Staingills; £102.50(2) Swinsty Farm: Zwartbles £90.50 West Side House: Bluefaced Leicester £90.50 West Side House; £90 Rigg Farm: Cheviot £87.50 Turfbeg Farm; £81.50 Newton Farm; £80.50 Breckonhill Farm: Mule £82.50 House & Holme Farm; £81.50 Snaisgill Farm; £80.50 Abbey Park; £80.50 South View; £80.50 Staingills: Scotch Blackface £77.50 Newton Farm; £71.50 Hallbankgate Farm; £68.50 Sleetburn: Rough £76.50 Whinfell Terrace; £73.50 Buckingham Road; £71.50 Low Stead: Swaledale £75.50 Laneside; £73.50 Stoneriggs; £72.50, £69.50 Milestone House; £70.50, £68.50 Keisley Farm; £69.50 Eden Flatt; £68.50 Croft House Farm; £68.50 Garnthwaite; £68.50 Rigg Farm; £68.50 West Side House: Goat £75.50 Newton Farm: Herdwick £74.50 Decklyn; £65.50 Bankend Farm: Kerry Hill £72.50 Timberley Farm.

Cast Rams – Bluefaced Leicester £132 Eastfield Farm; £109.50 Bleathgill: Charollais £124.50 Holms of caaf Dalry: Texel £110.50 Raisgill Hall; £110.50 Holms of caaf Dalry; £105.50 Greengills Farm: Beltex £99.50 Dacre Lodge: Swaledale £81.50 Easegill Head; £78.50, £77.50 Haithwaite; £77.50 Keisley Farm; £77.50 West Side House: Scotch Blackface £79.50 Newton Farm: Rough £78.50 Whinfell Terrace: Cheviot £74.50 Low Greenside: Herdwick £61.50 Riverdale.