The early breeding sheep held at Junction 36 commenced with the breeding rams which were met with a selective trade, selling to £300 from ME & J Swarbrick, Stalmine.
The sale of gimmer shearlings and breeding ewes saw good quality types in big demand and eagerly bid for. The highlight of the sale was a run of pure Suffolk gimmer shearlings from JH Towers & Sons, Tunstall selling to £400, £340 and £300 four times. Dorset gimmer shearlings always create plenty of interest at this sale, for a pen of five from Natalie Waller, Killington selling to £250. Followed by a pen of eight to £215 from S Proctor, Selside. A consignment of continental and Mule gimmer shearlings from J Stott, Crosscrake sold to £210, £205 and £195. Mule shearlings sold twice to £170 from EI, EA & TW Wilson, Grange over Sands. Breeding ewes saw continentals peak at £185 from FI & ME Little, Barrow Green with Dorset ewes to £180 from Natalie Waller, Killington. Full mouthed Mule ewes peaked at £135 from RW Ewan, New Hutton. With other full mouthed Mule ewes regularly selling between £120 and £135.
Our next sale of breeding sheep at J36 is Saturday 21st August, Entries for this sale close Friday 6th August.
The fortnightly sale of store lambs had an increased offering of 2883 lambs forward averaging £79.46, which was inline with the previous sale. The lambs seen on the market today were genuine consignment of store lambs. Best short keep lambs were £3-£4 back on the fortnight, in keeping with the drop in the prime lamb trade this week. With medium and long term lambs continuing to be a strong trade. Taking top short this week at £110 was a consignment from RA Batty, Endmoor selling Beltex x Texel lambs to £110 with others from the same home to £110 and £99. Other Beltex and Texel x lambs sold to £100 from JC & E Pedley & Sons, Sedbergh. Plenty of pens of good quality shot keep Beltex and Texel lambs selling into the nineties. Suffolk lambs sold to £108 and £102.50 from Messrs Ellwood, Kirkby in Furness. Dorset lambs peaked at £98 from E Parker, Mewith. Mule lambs this week peaked at £85.50 from R I Dixon, Lower Newton. With plenty of pens of Mule lambs easily selling in the mid-seventies. More upland lambs about the market today saw Continental x Herdwick lambs sell to £67 from MR Tomms, Great Langdale.