There was an entry of 1201 Prime Lambs at J36 which were met by a very strong demand with an overall market average of 212p/kg with and SQQ of 219p/kg achieved. The market topped at £118, £112.50 for heavy weight Suffolks and Texels from Messrs F Errington & Son, Penrith. Plenty more pens of heavy weight lambs easily sold in the early hundreds and in excess of 200p/kg. Best conformation lambs saw Texels sell to 247p/kg from LE & A Ridding, Selside, Beltex lambs to 235p/kg and 234p/kg from JG & PH Thompson, Selside with other Texel lambs selling to 234p/kg, 233p/kg twice, 232p/kg twice, 231p/kg and 230p/kg from F Errington & Son. Hill bred lambs saw Cheviots sell to a top of £104 from F Errington & Son with Mules twice selling to £95.50. Horned lambs sold to a top of £74 or 205p/kg from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton for Dalesbreds with Swaledales selling to the same price or 200p/kg from RG & H Preece, Roeburndale West.
Suffolk Lambs to £112.50 av. £98.16/214p/kg
Texels to £118 av. £95.29/221p/kg
Beltexs to £97.50 av. £90.93/229p/kg
Horned to £74 av. £67/190p/kg
Cheviots to £104 av. £92.24/218p/kg
Mules to £94.50 av. £90.51/194p/kg
There was a smaller entry of cast sheep in which more are needed, they were met by a very strong trade, the dearest seen for some time. Mule ewes sold to a top of £97 and £95 from K Armer, Kendal with the consignment from D Sharp, Lyth selling to £97, £96 and £94. Texel ewes from RH Murray, Frizington sold to £95. The consignment from P Prickett, Hutton Roof saw Cheviot ewes sell to £95 and Texels to the same price. Plenty of strong Mule and Continental ewes sold into the late eighties. Horned sheep saw Dalesbred sell to £76 from JA Bennet, Longsleddale. Swaledale tups sold to £75 from RG & H Preece, Roeburndale West with Rough Fell ewes to £69 from Amy Harrison, Kentmere.
Suffolks to £89 av. £81.75
Mules to £97 av. £82.07
Swaledales to £67 av. £51.91
Rough Fells to £69 av. £66.25
Cheviots to £95 av. £95
Texels to £95 av. £74