Lancaster had an increased entry and an improved trade with 758 lambs forward selling to an overall market average of 208p/kg and an SQQ of 210p/kg which included a large number of upland and horned lambs. Handy weighted lambs between 38 and 45kg continue to be in strongest demand with Continental lambs often selling towards 220p/kg. Heavy weighted lambs were a sharper trade often selling over 200p/kg.
It was the consignment from J Bargh and Son, Morecambe that led the way selling a Texel lamb to £110, weighing 45kg and purchased by Kennedy Butchers, Morecambe. This was followed by 52kg Texel lambs from P Lawrenson and Son, Chorley selling to £109 purchased by George Blacklidge. Other lambs from this home saw Texels sell to £108 twice and £107.50 and Charolais lambs selling to £107, £106.50 and £105.50. Other noted prices for Texel saw T & CM Kelsall and Sons, Chipping selling 54kg lambs to £109. The consignment of Texel lambs from L & A Duckett, Higher Bartle sold to £108 and £106.50; with plenty more pens of lambs selling in excess of the one hundred pound mark. Best confirmation lambs saw Beltex lambs sell to 274p/kg from S Bosworth, Burnley with Texel lambs selling to 250p/kg from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof with plenty of better pens around 240p/kg.
A larger proportion of upland lambs in the market today, saw Mules sell to £94 weighing 47kg from T & CM Kelsall and Sons, Chipping with other Mule lambs to £93.50 at 45kg from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock and £93 at 45kg from D Gardner, Brookhouse. All Mule lambs forward averaged 205p/kg or £88.18. Horned lambs sold to a top of £85 for 43kg Dalesbreds from T & CM Kelsall and Sons, Chipping with Swaledale lambs to £82 from JR & J Gorst, Quernmore with all Swale lambs forward averaging 200p/kg.
Leading Prices & Breed Averages
Suffolk sold to £98, averaging £89.98 or 204p/kg
Mules sold to £94, averaging £88.18 or 205p/kg
Swaledales sold to £82, averaging £78.62 or 200p/kg
Charolais sold to £107, averaging £106.46 or 209p/kg
Cheviot sold to £88, averaging £86.13 or 208p/kg
Texels sold to £110 averaging £97.22 or 210p/kg
Beltex sold to £96, averaging £96 or 274p/kg
Don’t forget it is the Christmas show next Monday.
There was an increased entry of cast sheep in the market selling to an increased trade. Leading the way were Leicester rams from AC & K Pye, Abbeystead selling to £148 with others selling to £102. Other rams saw Suffolk’s selling to £106 from DJ Hay, Cockerham. All tups forward averaging over £100. Once again stronger Continental ewes sold over the one hundred pound mark topping at £108 from JM Sanderson, Halton, with plenty of pens of Continental ewes selling in the nineties. Mule ewes sold to £80 from Ripley St Thomas School.
Larger numbers of upland ewes were on offer today and saw Cheviot ewes selling to £84 from SE & J Gorst, Littledale with others from the same home to £73. Horned ewes sold to a top of £65 for Scotch Blackface from G Blacklidge, Chorley with other horned sheep to £61 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton with plenty more selling towards £60.