The weekly sale of Spring Lambs at Lancaster had the largest entry of the season with 1130 forward.
Once again, those best quality butchers’ lambs were in strong demand at Lancaster, selling to a top price of £122 for 49kg Texel lambs from P & S Robinson, Claughton on Brock. Other Texel lambs from the same home sold to £116, £114.50 and £114 twice. Beltex lambs sold to a top of 308p/kg or £120 from JS Horner, Ingleton closely followed by 288p/kg or £115 from KA Purtill, Wigan. Better bred lambs with double muscle conformation were still selling 265p/kg plus.
Other notable high prices saw the consignment from Andrew Butler, Hambleton selling to £116 twice with Texels, WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday selling to £115 for Texel lambs, closely followed by C & A Fletcher selling Texels to £112. PD Anderton, Scorton peaked at £111 and £110 was achieved twice by Robert Slater, Barnacre and D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. Suffolk lambs sold to a top of £103 from J & R Waller, Killington. Many more consignments of lambs to mention sold in excess of the £100 with credit to the Lancaster vendors on their quality of sheep on offer.
In general, the trade was less this week than seen over the previous weeks at Lancaster.
There were a lot less Prime Hogg numbers forward this week as the season now draws to a close. The sale peaked at £95 for a pair of 50kg Texels from JE Parkinson and Sons, Quernmore.
The Cast Sheep trade remains similar with buyers continuing to be cautious of over fat sheep. The market this week twice topped at £84 for Texel ewes from JS Horner, Ingleton. Cheviot Mule ewes sold to a top of £77 from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh with horned ewes from the same home selling to £53 for Rough Fells.
Goats today sold to £50 from SE Peacock, Cockerham.