The weekly sale of Spring Lambs at J36 had an entry of 1163 selling to an overall market average of 189p/kg. Light and heavy weight lambs sold in the strongest demand with standard weights selling inline with other markets. Texel lambs sold to a top of £107.50 at 52kg from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale with others from the same home selling to £102.50. This was closely followed by Suffolks selling to £105.50 at the same weight from JN & DJ Bowes, Crook. Suffolks from JR Robinson & Son, Nook sold to £100 with the consignment from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland topping at £98.50 for Suffolks and £96 with Texels. Plenty of pens of heavy weight lambs selling in the nineties. Top pence per kilo was 229p/kg for light weight Texels from E & J Postlethwaite, Old Hutton followed by 225p/kg for light weight Texels from M Probert, Clitheroe. Averages today saw lambs weightin 25-32kg average 215p/kg, 32-39kg lambs average 190p/kg, 39.1-45kg lambs average 186p/kg with 45kg+ lambs averaging 197p/kg.
There was a smaller entry of cast ewes today selling to a lesser trade as more sheep come on the market nationally. Topping the market today with Beltex ewes was AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor with Continental ewes selling to £103 from JG & BJ Escolme, Killington. Other Texel ewes sold to £100 from AN Fell, Millom. Plenty of big lean Continental ewes selling into the nineties with buyers cautious of over fat ewes. Mule ewes sold to a top of £79 and £76 from J & M Wilson, Selside with other big Mule ewes selling into the seventies. Horned ewes sold to a top of £58 for Rough Fells from JH & A Metcalfe & Son, Sedbergh.
Tups sold to a top of £100 for Texels from MD & SA Park, Lyth Valley.