The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had a slightly reduced entry forward, however, Lancaster continued with the strong trade that was noticed at the end of last week. There were 485 lambs forward selling to an overall market average of 184p/kg and an SQQ of 185p/kg with plenty of those best types of lambs selling at 200p/kg plus.
A run of Beltex lambs from GH Bell, Kirkby Lonsdale topped the market today selling to £99.50 twice, £99 and £97.50 with another pen from the same good home achieving the top pence per kilo, selling to 225p/kg. Beltex lambs from AG Butler, Hambleton also achieved the highs of £99 for a pen weighing 46kg. Other Beltex lambs forward today sold to £96 from B & SE Carter, Ellel and £92 from KA Purtill with all Beltex lambs forward averaging £91.57. Texel lambs sold to a top of £97.50 from GH Bell with other Texel lambs selling to £96 from AG Butler, £94 and £91 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof. Plenty of other pens of Texels sold at the £90 mark. Charolais lambs peaked at £91 from GS Lander, Warrington who sold another pen of £89. Plenty of pens of best conformation Continental lambs sold from the mid-eighties to the early nineties. Mule lambs were noticeably sharper trade today topping at £80 from M Huddleston, Wray with T Ayrton & Son, Over Wyresdale achieving £78 twice.
The cast sheep trade has lifted at Lancaster this week it was a shame to have such a reduced entry. Topping the market this week was DM Eames, Abbeystead selling a Teeswater Tup to £95. Ewes topped at £88 for a Texel from CM & CA Jackson, Caton with Mule ewes selling to £65 from C Ellison, Pilling.
Store Lambs were met with plenty of interest today with many buyers leaving empty-handed. Topping the store lamb trade at £71 was IT Richardson, Scorton for his pen of Beltexs with another pen from the same home selling to £67. Continental lambs sold to £64.50 and Mules sold to £58 from J Whewell, Scorton. All Store Lambs forward averaged £59.63.