North West Auctions, J36 held an end of February sale of 350 in lamb breeding sheep and gimmer hoggs followed by empty hoggs. Taking the top spot was the consignment from E Proctor, Barrow in Furness. These much-admired young Texel sheep sold to £255 and £250 with Suffolk cross ewes from the same home selling to £205. Mule gimmer shearlings scanned in lamb at approximately 200% from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock sold to £182, £175 and £165. Two and three crop Mules scanned at 200% from J & J Huck, Burneside sold to £180 twice and £178. Aged Continental ewes sold to £165 from JA Airey, New Hutton.
The consignment of Llyen shearlings scanned in lamb to the Llyen sold shearlings to £165 and £162 with young ewes to £162. The consignment of in-lamb Mule hoggs from P Whitton & Son, Burneside twice sold to £158 with others to £148, £142 twice and £140. Masham hoggs in-lamb sold to £138 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Dry gimmer hoggs saw Continentals sell to £120 from EI, EA & TW Wilson, Grange Over Sands with Mules selling to £115 and £110.
The fortnightly sale of store hoggs saw another strong trade with plenty of interest as numbers begin to dry up fast. More are required to fulfill buyer requirements. The trade peaked at £131 for Texel hoggs from IL Dixon, Cantsfield with others from the same home selling to £118 and £113. Other noted prices for Texels were £124 and £123 from M Grunnill, Grange over Sands. Suffolk hoggs peaked at £111 from M & RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe, With plenty of pens selling in excess of the £100 mark. Mules this week peaked at £99 from Matson Farms, Windermere. Horned hoggs saw Swaledales sell to £90 from Messrs Hodgson, Windermere.