There was an entry of 66 spring lambs forward for the annual easter show and sale of spring lambs. The pre-sale show was kindly judged by Morgan Helliwell who we thank for giving up his time and expertise. The championship rosette was awarded to JD & V Towers of Camp House with a Beltex cross Charolais gimmer lamb with the reserve champion being awarded to the Dorset x lamb from FE & CM Robinson and Son of Warth Sutton Farm. The champion young farmer lamb was awarded to Josh Sutcliffe of Cockerham.
The trade topped at £120 or 261p/kg for the champion from JD & V Towers of Camp House selling to Lakes and Dales butcher of Claughton on Brock with lambs from the same home selling to £119 and £118. The reserve champion being awarded to the Dorset x lamb from FE & CM Robinson and Son of Warth Sutton Farm sold to £100. There were six active buyers ringside looking for spring lambs with lambs also selling to local butchers Lakes and Dales of Claughton on Brock, Halton Village Butchers of Halton, R & S Norman of Heysham, Mercer Traditional Butcher of Bamber Bridge and Gregory Williams of Lancaster. We thank all our buyers for their continued support, a market average of 226p/kg to include a large proportion of lamb’s forward first cross out of the mule.
A few less prime hoggs in the market today with 350 forward selling to a market average of 174p/kg sharper than the previous week. Beltex types hoggs selling in excess of 200p/kg topping at 213p/kg from Kevin Purtill of Hindley Green with plenty of pens of white faced hoggs selling either side of 190p/kg. The trade topped at £94 for Beltex cross hoggs from Ian Richardson of Goosnargh. Mule hoggs sold to a top of £78 from WG & E Sutcliffe of Lathwaite with all mules forward selling to a market average of £73.32.
A similar number of 80 cast sheep forward as the previous week. The trade topped at £94 for Suffolk cross ewes from WN & D Smith of Cocker House Farm with plenty of continental and Suffolk ewes selling in to the eighties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £75 from George Sanderson of Catforth.
A few less sheep with lambs then the previous week as many hold off for the show and sale of sheep with lambs next week. The trade topped at £180 for 3 and 4 crop continental ewes with Texel lambs at foot from Lady Farm Partnership with Mule ewes and Suffolk twin lambs selling to £172. Continental ewes with single Texel lambs from the same good home sold to £135 and £130. A larger number of broken mouthed mules on the market selling in the region of £160.
Class one: Single Continental Lamb
1st JD & V Towers, Camp House Farm Beltex 46kg £120
2nd S Blades, Hill Top Texel 46kg £110
3rd JA & R Geldard & Son, Low Foulshaw Farm Char 39kg £94
Class two: Single Native/Suffolk Lamb
1st FE & CM Robinson & Son, Warth Sutton Farm Dorset 39Kg £100
2nd FE & CM Robinson & Son, Warth Sutton Farm Dorset 41kg £103
3rd FE & CM Robinson & Son, Warth Sutton Farm Dorset 40kg £100
JD & V Towers, Camp House Farm, Beltex 46kg £120
FE & CM Robinson & Son, Warth Sutton Farm, Dorset 39Kg £100
Champion Young Farmer
Joshua Sutcliffe, Lathwaite Farm, Texel 48kg £114
Spring Lambs: DORS: £103 £100 £99 Warth Sutton Farm. SUFF: £96 £95.50 Cocker House Farm; £94 2 Wellington View; £91 Hall Croft Barn. CHAR: £120 £119 Camp House Farm; £110 Low Foulshaw Farm. TEX: £114 Lathwaite Farm; £110 Hill Top.
Prime Hoggs: SUFF: £80 5 Maddison Avenue; £74 Cobble Hey; £72.50 Throstle Grove Farm. CONT: £58.50 Lathwaite Farm. MULE: £78 Lathwaite Farm; £74.50 Cobble Hey; £74 West Lynn. HRN: £71 Parks Farm Barn; £51 Lathwaite Farm. CHAR: £80 Mill House Farm; £77 Walmsley Fold; £76 £75.50 Throstle Grove Farm. CHEV: £78 £76 Inverbervie; £74.50 Weavers Farm. TEX: £88.50 Blackleach House Farm; £88 Mill House Farm; £86 Lane House; £85 The Dingle. LEI: £65 Yates Farm. BEL: £94 28 Northgate; £79 11 Oak Avenue.
Cast Sheep: SUFF: £94 Cocker House Farm; £87 Highfield Farm. MASH: £70 28 Northgate. MULE: £75 Blackleach House Farm; £70 5 Maddison Avenue; £68 Yates Farm. SWAL: £37 Highfield. HRN: £30 Farleton House. TEX: £85 Lower Castle O Trim; £85 Lane House; £79 28 Northgate. JAC: £40 28 Northgate.