Tuesday 17th November 2020
Prime lambs saw an increase in price since the beginning of the week with many Auction Marts having a lot less numbers forward so the shortage in supply helping to raise the trade.
J36 had a slightly smaller show of lambs forward with 1317 in the Mart selling to an overall market average of 209p/kg, with an overall SQQ of 210p/kg. All specifications of lambs saw a steep increase. All lambs forward averaged £91.08.
Leading the way with 60kg Suffolks was TA Teasdale, Newton in Cartmel selling to £117, with Texel lambs from the same home weighing 55kg selling to £115.50. 53kg Texel lambs from PM & ST Entwhistle, Abbeystead sold to £112. This was followed by 56kg Mules to £111 from TE JS & SA Carruthers, Underbarrow. Plenty of them heavyweight lambs selling in the early 100s. Beltex lambs sold to a top of 260p/kg or £112 from AR & BJ Thompson, Selside. Plenty of pens of better confirmation lambs regularly selling to 225 – 245p/kg.
Continental lambs weighing between 39kg and 45kg continue to be the most desirable weights, regularly selling between 210p/kg and 220p/kg.
Well fleshed Mule lambs regularly sold in excess of 200p/kg. Other pens of heavyweight Mules sold to £98 from MW & M Hodgson, Cartmel Fell followed by £96 achieved by TE JS & SA Carruthers. With plenty of pens of Mules regularly selling in the early 90s.
Horned lambs saw Swaledale lambs sell to £85 from AW & AM Clarke, Windermere with Dalesbreds to £83 from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton.
Suffolk lambs sold to £117, averaging £95.39 or 207p/kg
Mule lambs sold to £111, averaging £88.14 or 200p/kg
Swaledale lambs sold to £85, averaging £75.05 or 193p/kg
Cheviot lambs sold to £103, averaging £87.29 or 210p/kg
Texel lambs sold to £115.50, averaging £94.57 or 213p/kg
Beltex lambs sold to £112, averaging £96.71 or 230p/kg
There was a reduced entry of cast sheep with 350 forward today. All strong, heavy type ewes were selling to a faster trade with lighter ewes selling similar on the week. Beltex ewes led the way at £133 from CM Jennings, Selside. Suffolks from DM & D Cook, Ulverston sold to £119 with Texel ewes to £116 from AW Crowe and other Texel ewes to £112 from Kate Wilson, Ulverston. Strong Continental bred ewes were selling well over the £100 mark.
Mule ewes showed the biggest lift on the week with a top of £95 from DM & D Cook, Ulverston with others to £89 from JW & TE Sharp, Lyth. The best Mule ewes selling well over £80.
A bigger show of hill ewes were forward with all types eagerly bid for with a wonderful Cheviot ewe topping the hill section at £118 from RW & SA Nicholson, Carnforth with other Cheviots selling to £85. A run of Rough Fell ewes from Alison O’Neil, Firbank peaked at £75 with others selling to £73 from the same home.
Meaty Swaledale ewes were keenly bid for with a top of £58 from RF & CE Hodgson, Pennington with others to £54 from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton.
There were 40 tups forward today with all being well bid for and topping with Beltexs from P & SA Edmondson, Barrows Green at £137. Charollais sold to £126 from FE & CM Robinson, Crooklands with Texels to £121 from RE Ladds. More tups could easily have been sold today.