The weekly sale of Spring Lambs at J36 had an entry of 750 forward selling to a market average very similar to the previous week with an overall market average of 235p/kg achieved. Leading the way this week was a Beltex lamb from J & O Galbraith, Endmoor. This was closely followed by Suffolks to £123 from H Newton, Low Levens with other Suffolks selling to £120 from JH Towers & Son, Tunstall with £117 achieved by G Sagar & Son, Caton and RF & CE Hodgson, Ulverston. Other notable Suffolk prices included H Newton selling to £116.50, £116 twice, £114 and £113. DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland sold to £115.50 for Suffolks also. Texel lambs sold to a top of £121 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale with Continentals peaking at £115 from J & O Galbraith, Endmoor. Plenty more pens sold in the early teens. It was notable today that well-finished 42kg plus lambs were in strong demand.
Top pence per kilo today was 274p/kg from SI Porter, Grange over Sands closely followed by others at 268p/kg from WJ & L Barker, Arkholme with plenty of pens of better conformation lambs selling around the 260p/kg.
There was a smaller number of Prime Hoggs in the market today selling to a top of £114 from P Thompson, New Hutton with the consignment from M Allen, Yealand selling Texels to £114 and Dorsets to £111. Suffolks sold to a top of £103 from RF & CE Hodgson, Ulverston.
There was a slightly sharper cast ewe trade this week with buyers continuing to shy away from over fat sheep. Texel ewes topped the market at £113 and £100 from RT & ME Sutton, Stainton. This was closely followed by £94 for Beltex ewes from M Allen, Yealand and £90 for Texels from the same home. Cotninental ewes regularly sold in the eighties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £68 from SH Wightman, Milnthorpe. Mule ewes regularly sold into sixties. Swaledale ewes sold to a top of £66 from ER Ireton, Ambleside with others from the same home selling to £65.