The weekly sale of prime lambs at NWA J36 saw one of the largest entry of recent sale with 2106 forward, selling to an overall market average of 225p/kg. Well finished lambs continue to sell to a premium with buyers showing caution to under finished lambs. Today’s sale topped at £149 for heavy weight Suffolk x lambs from WT Whittaker & Sons, Neither Kellet who sold others at £148. Heavy weight Texels sold to £146 from RF&CE Hodgson, Pennington, with others to £143 from R&EA Gardner, Brigsteer and a Charollais x selling to £140 from CC&HM Roberts, Tebay. Well finished ¾ bred lambs continue to attract a premium, in all weight ranges.
Hill bred lambs now coming forward in greater numbers with Mules selling to £118 from TA&JA Dixon, Selside and Cheviots to £114 from DJ Clark, Broughton in Furness.
A top p/kg today of 285p/kg was achieved for a Beltex lambs from PE&TL Edmondson Ltd, Kirkby in Furness. Closely followed by J Twigg, Grange over Sands achieving 272p/kg for Beltex lambs. Well finished lambs regularly selling at 225-250p/kg depending on weight and breed.
Keen interest in well finished light weight lambs saw Texel x sell to 265p/g from PD&PJ Mason, Burton in Kendal and £98 for Texel x lambs from G GU & D Swarbrick, Meathope.
Todays sale included a price show for Mule wether lambs, with the 2021 ‘Bonny Boys’ being awarded to EW&JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge, second prize awarded to RS&BA Harker, Holme and third to TA&JA Dixon, Selside. Mule lambs sold to a top price of £118.50 from TJ&D Dixon, Ousby with others selling to £113.50 from TA&JA Dixon, Selside. Mules also sold to a top price of 224p/kg from EW&JR Parkinson, Dunsop Bridge.
An entry of 530 ewes when through the ring at J36 today, with a mixed show forward. Once again strength and meat met a premium. Texel ewes led the way selling to £134 from CC&HM Roberts, Tebay. Other Texel ewes sold to £130 from SE Coar, Preston. Medium Texels ewes full of meat regularly sold well above the £110 mark, lesser ewes topped at £125 from C Kipling, Greenholme, with Beltexs selling to £110 from PD &PJ Masom, Burton in Kendal. There were Mules on offer today, with Cheviot Mules selling to £107 from RHM&S Boyren, Colton and Mules selling to £100 from AW Crowe, Grange over Sands. The best Mules regularly sold well into the nineties and medium types selling well into the mid-seventies.
Hill ewes continue to sell to a strong trade, with Cheviots selling to £95 from J&CG Redmayne, Preston and Rough Fells selling to the same price from PD Allen, Ings. A pen of Swaledale ewes sold to £74 from R Lawrence, Grange over Sands. Medium type Swaledales regularly sold to the £40 mark.
Today saw new buyer round the ring looking for feeding ewes, along side our loyal ring side of weekly buyers.