Lancaster had an increased entry of 584 forward this week selling to an improved trade, with Lancaster falling in line with other markets at the end of the previous week. An overall market average of 203p/kg was achieved (SQQ average of 208p/kg). Well fleshed handy weight lambs continue to be the best to sell, heavy weight lambs saw a sharper trade then the previous week. The consignment from Andrew Butler, Hambleton led the way, selling Texel lambs to £108 weighing 52kg, lambs from the same home selling to £101. Other Texel lambs sold to £104 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof weighing 47kg. Beltex lambs sold to a top of £101 or 259p/kg from TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. The consignment of Dutch Texel lambs from GR & A Foy and Son, Conder Green sold to a top of £101 or 245p/kg.
Upland lambs saw mules sell to a top of £90.50 from A & J Rhodes, Ellel weighing 47kg, with other mules to £88.50 weighing 44kg from T Ayrton and Son, Over Wyresdale. All mule lambs forward averaged 195p/kg.
A slightly smaller entry of cast sheep, of which more are required and this week saw a noticeably sharper trade. Continental ewes sold to £88 from PG Thornton, Scorton with others to £82 from David Dickinson, Thurnham. Mule ewes sold to £74 from PG Thornton, Scorton with other strong mules selling into the seventies.
Lancaster’s fortnightly sale of store lambs saw the majority of forward being strong short term keep lambs, which met plenty of demand selling to an overall market average of £70.18. The trade topped at £85 from PD Anderton, Scorton with Texel lambs. The consignment from PG Thornton, Scorton sold Texel’s to £85 and Suffolk’s to £79.50 and £79. Other Texel lambs sold to £76 from David Dickinson, Thurnham.