The bank holiday weekend sale saw an increased entry of 721 forward with buyers looking to purchase well-fleshed lambs, lean lambs were noticeable less money and probably worth more in the store ring. There was an overall market average of 203p/kg with 45kg+ lambs averaging 208p/kg. Topping the market today at £120 was 51kg Texel lambs from JS Horner, Ingleton. This was closely followed by Beltex lambs to £119 from P Kaye, Chorley with Texels from the same home to £118, £114 and £110. The consignment of lambs from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton sold to £119, £114 with Suffolks from the same home selling to £116 and £106. Plenty of pens of heavy weight lambs easily selling in excess of £100 mark.
Better conformation lambs today were met with strong demand with Beltex lambs topping at 264p/kg from P Kaye followed by 263p/kg from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe with plenty of pens of good conformation selling in excess of 238p/kg.
Mule lambs topped at £88 from KA Purtill, Wigan with Cheviots peaking at £86 from A & J Smith, Ingleton.
There was an increased entry of cast sheep with over 100 forward selling to a strong trade for the time of year but slightly easier on the fast trade in Lancaster last week. Leading the way this week was a Hampshire tup from JM Sanderson, Halton selling to £103. Texel x ewes topped at £494 twice from JM Sanderson and Bargh Contractors with plenty of Continental sheep selling around the £90 mark. Mule ewes sold to a top of £82 from CD & HL Mason, Caton Green with others to £80 and £79 from JM Sanderson. Plenty of pens of strong Mule ewes sold in the mid to late seventies.
Lancaster Auction held its fortnightly sale of 200 store lambs selling to a strong trade for a broad spectrum of short and long term lambs. There was an overall market average of £68.17. Topping the market this week was the consignment from R Doran, Winmarleigh selling Charollais to £80, Cheviots to £75 and Cheviot Mules to £72.50. Texel lambs sold to a top of £75 from A Brown, Littledale with Beltex lambs from J Gardner, Bay Horse selling to £75 and £72.