The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had a reduced entry forward selling to a continued strong trade with a busy ring of buyers looking to purchase all types of lambs in which more are required. Best conformation Beltex lambs sold in excess of 250p/kg topping at 268p/kg, 268p/kg and 256p/kg from AG Butler, Hambleton. Plenty of other pens of good conformation pens sold between 220p/kg and 230p/kg. Topping the market today at £120 was heavy weight Texels from CD & HL Mason, Caton Green. This was followed by Beltex hoggs to £118 from Bargh Contractors, Heaton-with-Oxcliffe who also sold Texels to £114 and £110. Other Texel lambs sold to £115 and £110 twice, from AG Butler. Suffolk hoggs sold to a top of £110 twice, firstly from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale and from G Riley, Bolton-le-Sands. Others sold to £106 from DJ Casson & Son, Slyne. Once again, a large percentage of the lambs forward sold in excess of the £100 mark. Mules sold to a top of £95 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton with 43kg Dalesbreds selling to £86 from the same home. Scottish Blackface hoggs sold to £84.50 or 211p/kg from WM Pye, Ashton-with-Stodday. Swaledale hoggs topped at £80 from JR & J Gorst, Quernore.
There was an entry of 77 cast sheep forward selling to, once again, a good trade. The trade saw Texel cast rams selling to a top of £122. The ewe trade topped at £116 for Texel ewes from DM Eames, Abbeystead followed by Suffolk ewes to £107 from G Riley with other Texel ewes to £105 from DH Patel, Lancaster and the consignment from CD & HL Mason selling to £104 and £102. Masham ewes sold to a top of £96 from DM Eames with Mules selling to £95 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth. Strong Mule ewes regularly sold around the £90 mark. Rough Fell ewes topped at £87 with Lonk ewes selling to £85 and £84. Herdwick ewes topped at £65. Swaledale ewes sold to a top of £66 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale.