North West Auctions held it’s annual Ambleside Fair with an increased entry of over 3400 forward. The pre-sale show, held under Covid-19 regulations, saw plenty of quality on offer in which we thank our Judge Mr Les Yarnold, Tenbury Wells for his time and expertise.
The sale commenced with the North Country Mules which saw and entry majority made up of running lambs. The overall market average for the Mules was £78.24, which is up £16 on the year. Leading the way today was the Champion and Reserve Champion pen of lambs from RJ Lawrence, Grange over Sands selling to a top of £168 and £140 with the third prize pen selling to £125 from B & HM Wilson, Selside. Best pens of tupping lambs sold in excess of £100 with good pens of running lambs £80-£90 and the smaller lambs around the £70 mark. Masham lambs sold to £108 from JA Bennett, Longsleddale.
Rough Fell Mules saw a market increase of £19 this year selling to an overall market average of £86.26. Strong lambs were in most demand with Rough Fell Mules topping at £130 for the third prize pen from TLB & J Knowles, Selside. The first prize pen sold to £108 from M & G German, Kirkby Lonsdale with second prize pen selling to £96 from I & J Mallinson, Selside.
Cheviot Mule gimmer lambs met a lot of demand ringside, in which more could have been easily sold to the advantage of the vendor, they sold to a top of £140 for the first prize pen from D Slone, Barrow in Furness. This was followed by £135 twice from Low Moor Howe and AR & BJ Thompson, Selside. Plenty of pens of good strong tupping Cheviot Mule lambs regularly sold in excess of the £120 mark. Nathan Allen of Low Moor Howe offered two black Cheviot Mule gimmer lambs om behalf of RABI that grossed £1330. All Cheviot Mule forward averaged £97. Buyers were looking to purchase clean headed lambs today.
Continental lambs twice sold to £110 from J Knipe, Lambrigg and Thrimby Farms, Penrith. Buyers were looking to purchase strong and clean headed type Continental lambs.