The star of the show was the lamb market, with the highest price of £147 per head or 291 pence per kilo being achieved. Demand for heavier lambs was robust, with prices ranging between £135 and £147 per head. The key to securing these premium prices was meat quality, with well-meaty export quality lambs trading between 270p and 291p per kilo. The overall average price for lambs was £110 per head. Among the top vendors were GC & GY Jones of Springfield Bungalow and V J Eaton from Strawberry Hill Farmhouse.
The market for finished cattle, however, met resistance. Despite this, stronger sorts were able to achieve top prices, with the most fetching price being £1797. The lot comprised mainly of Dairy x, which impacted the averages. Better cattle consistently sold from 280p to 290p per kilo. Among the top vendors in the category were EJ & JM Westoby & Sons from Brooklands Farm and DE & SJ Cheacker from Ostbridge Manor Farm.
Meanwhile, the entry of cull cows, dominated by Dairy x, realised £1361, with the entire consignment averaging £1100 per head. Meat was again the deciding factor for securing premium prices. FW & RJ Simcock from Woodfields Farm achieved the top vendor price for this category.
The market also saw a mixed entry of ewes, peaking at £120 per head. The overall average price for ewes was £85 per head, with leaner sorts dominating the entry. Among the top vendors in this category were DA & MDM Awre from Craddox and GJ & JE Orgee from Redcastle Farm.
In other news, Ross Auction Centre has announced forthcoming sales. On Thursday, 10th August, the store cattle sale is due to commence at 11:15 am. A significant event, the sale of 150 Innovis Rams, is slated for Friday, 11th August 2023, starting at noon.