The fortnightly sale of Store Lambs which included the Westmorland Show for pens of twenty Continental, Suffolk or Mule/Masham Sired lambs which was expertly judged by Mr J Twigge of Witherslack. A special thank you goes to our sponsor Saint & Co and to the vendors for a great line up out for show.
There was a bumper entry of 3129 forward for the sale with buyers from throughout England as far south as Devon and from Wales. There was a respectable trade throughout the sale with a handful of buyers showing caution due to the current fat market and not being able to secure winter grazing but all showing a positivity for future sales and requiring more lambs.
Topping the trade today was Texel lamas selling to £77 with Beltexs selling to £76 from LM & C Whitaker of Kirkby in Furness. Plenty of strong short keep lambs selling in the mid to late sixties with Suffolks topping at £66.50 for the first prize pen from JW Robinson & Son, Farleton. The Mule lamb trade was topped at £64 from Messrs Hodgson, High Borrans for the first prize pen. Best Mule lambs sold in excess of £60 with medium keep lambs £55 to £59.
There was a larger entry of hill lambs on the market this week, with Cheviot lambs selling to a top of £65 from HE Henderson, Sedbergh with strong lambs in the mid to late fifties. Horned lambs sold to a top of £54.50 for Scotch Blackfaces from G & ID Postlethwaite, Howgill with Rough Fells selling to £41.50 from A O’Neil, Firbank. Swaledales sold to £41 from GM Redmayne, Ings with strong, well-grown horned lambs often in the mid to late thirties with smaller ones selling in the early thirties.
The next sale of Store Lambs will be held on Thursday 11th October which will include the second sale of Gimmer Lambs. Entries for the catalogue close on Wednesday 3rd October.