The opening sale of store lambs had an entry in excess of 550 forward. There was a busy ring side of buyers and on lookers with the trade stronger than expected, especially with the current weather conditions and a shortage of grass. Short keep and well grown lambs were in strong demand and easily sold, regularly selling in excess of the £60 mark. The trade was topped by Texel lambs from TJ Beaty of Troutbeck who sold Suffolks to £69. Beltex lambs sold to £69.50 and £69 from MJ Waller of Lupton. Cheviot lambs sold to a top of £66 from RI Dixon of Grange over Sands with Mule lambs from the same home selling to £59. Medium lambs often sold in the mid-fifties with very few pens of lambs selling under the fifty-pound mark. Mule wether lambs often sold in the early fifties.
Suffolk lambs sold to an average of £58.10, Mules averaged £52.56 and Texels averaged £54.
The sale of breeding ewes suitable for early breeding purposes endured a tough trade. There was plenty of people ringside, who will be looking to purchase replacement stock this autumn, but remaining cautious due to the shortage of grass.
Suffolk gimmer shearlings sold to £130 from Robert Jenkinson of Clifton and Suffolk ewes to £125. The trade saw aged Mule ewes from TH Gibson and Son of Kendal sell to £115.