There was the largest entry of spring lambs forward so far this season with 75 going under the gavel. There was an overall market average of 295p/kg. Best conformation Texel lambs sold in excess of 340p/kg topping at 359p/kg or £140 from S Wilson and Son of Scotforth, who also had 41kg lambs to £140. Suffolk lambs also topped at £140 from WN & D Smith of Cockerham weighing 44kg. Four vendors of spring lambs averaged £130 or more of their consignments. It was great to have another fresh face ringside looking to purchase lambs with more required week on week to satisfy buyer’s requirements.
A few more prime hoggs on offering today selling to an overall average of 211p/kg. Well fleshed continental and cheviot hoggs still selling in excess of 230p/kg. Topping today at 243p/kg or £107 were 43kg Cheviots from J & H Davis of Cabus. Top price of the day was £123 for Suffolks from AG Butler of Hambleton, closely followed by £118 for Texels from the same home. Plenty of well fleshed heavy hoggs selling £110 plus.
Hoggs required each week with a busy ring of active buyers looking for all specifications.
There was plenty of interest in cast ewes at Lancaster, especially with a new buyer ringside purchasing. Texel tups topped at £133 from JM Kelsall and Son of Quernmore. Texel ewes sold to £121 CB Farming of Hindley, closely followed by A & E Clarkson of Thurnham. Mule cast ewes sold to a top of £105 from WN & D Smith of Cockerham. Plenty demand for ewes with more easily handled to the advantage of vendors.
There was a smaller entry following on from last week’s show and sale with the entry mainly made up of older sheep with lambs this week. The trade saw outfits with strong lambs, being well suckled, selling to an equally as strong trade with other outfits slightly harder to sell meeting a realistic trade with a busy ring full of buyers present. The trade topped at £178 for full mouthed Mule ewes and Texel lambs from SH & M Batty of Quernmore. Aged Mules and twin Texel lambs sold to £175 from MJ & K Ayrton of Thurnham. Broken mouthed Continental ewes with Texel twins sold to £175 from D & K Swarbrick of Out Rawcliffe. Strong Continental aged ewes with strong Suffolk lambs at foot sold to £145 or £72.50 a life from AG & GM Rowlinson of Killington.
Next sale of Sheep with lambs at foot at Lancaster Monday 30th April at 11am. Entries are welcome now for advertising.