Lancaster Monday had a better trade than anticipated with an overall average of 197p/kg which is good for this time of year. There was less on the market this week with many vendors purchasing breeding stock at our sales during the last week. The consignment from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton lead the way selling to a top of £120 with Texel lambs with other to the same home selling to £112 and £106. Heavy weight Texel lambs sold to £118 from ST Birkett & Son, Carnforth with others from the same home selling to £109. This was followed by £108 from GR & A Surtees, Stodday with other Texel lambs to £108 and £105 from J & R Waller, Killington. Suffolk lambs this week peaked at £106 from J France.
This week’s top pence per kilo was 248p/kg for Beltex lambs from R & DL Cornthwaite. Nateby. Better bred lambs that were well finished regularly sold around the 220p/kg mark.
More upland lambs on the market this week saw Lleyn lambs sell to £87.50 from JM & MH France & Son, Litteldale. Mules peaked at £80.50 from A Brown followed by £80 twice from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale and RG & H Preece, Roeburndale West. Cheviot lambs sold to a top of £79 or 208p/kg from R Dorran, Winmarleigh.
The cast ewe trade remains very similar on the week with Texel ewes selling to £97 from A & E Clarkson, Thurnham and plenty of Texel ewes selling into the nineties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £72 from RW & FJ Rhodes & Son, Quernmore with other Mule ewes to £71 from A & E Clarkson.
Upland ewes saw Cheviots sell to £53 from HE & M Henderson, Dent with horned ewes selling to £50 for Rough Fells from Laura Simpson.