With most men taking advantage of the fine weather lambs were forward in fewer numbers with 11 buyers stood ringside all eager to secure lambs. As a result a much sharper trade was seen for all weights of lambs with handy weights 32-35kg in great demand averaging just short of £2 per kilo with lambs topping at 217p/kg for a cracking pen of 36kg Texel x lambs from AE Atkinson & Son, Stubb Farm selling for £78 to Jim Hadwin butcher of Mansergh. Lambs also sold to £83 per head for a pen of good Texels weighing 40kgs from EA Harrison, Scarside Farm and this pen sold to B Riley & Sons, Dunnockshaw. The overall sale average was 189p/kg.
Once again the cast sheep trade did not disappoint with a top price of £120 a head for a pen of Texel x ewes from E Dodgson, Spital Farm which were purchased by Michael Lomax. Plenty more pens were regularly selling for between £90 & £100.
Only a few calves forward for sale all Black & White bulls. Top price of £150 was paid for a 4 week old calf from ML & SM Dobson, Espford Farm.
Dairy Heifers sell to £2100 av. £1820
A larger show of cattle this week attracted a large crowd of buyers with several unable to make purchases. Top price of the day was for a pedigree heifer from the ‘Brundrigg’ herd of JN & DJ Bowes, 1 week calved giving 6 gallons selling for £2100. JF & NJ Strickland sold a Friesian type heifer for £1900 and J & JA Burrow selling heifers to average £1800. New vendors and purchasers present this week and keen to attend the next sale on Tuesday 9th August. 1 N/C BF Hfr & 3 N/C Holstein Hfrs already entered.
PRIME LAMBS – Texel: £83 Scarside Farm; £82 Poppy Farm; £81.50 Low Gregg Hall; £81 Old Croft; £80.50 Mansergh High Farm. Suffolk: £81.50 Hyning; £81 Nether Hall Farm; £79 Land Ends Farm, Spital Farm, Raw Head; £78 Croft Foot Farm. Char: £77.50 School House; £76.50 Garnett Folds; £75 Arnside Tower Farm; £74.50 Pyes Bridge. Chev: £78.50 Green Head; £73 Newoaks Farm; £71.50 Croft Foot Farm. Horned: £77 Kirket Nook; £60 Grayrigg Hall. Rough Fell: £63 Moss End Farm. Mule: £71 Low Newton Farm; £69.50 Ashstead; £68 Grayrigg Hall, Moss Howe Farm.
CAST SHEEP - Texel: £120 Spital Farm; £108 Helm Croft, Scarside Farm; £94 High Wray Farm. Leicester: £113 Moss Howe Farm. Cont: £93 Beck House. Mule: £88 Cracalt Farm; £87 Bradley Farm; £86 High Wray Farm; £85 Crabtree Farm, Helm Croft, Crooklands Farm. Swaledale: £67 Moss Howe Farm; £65 Thursgill. Rough Fell: £79 High Borrowbridge; £68 Croft Foot Farm; £63 Cotegill. Chev: £86 Croft Foot Farm. Suffolk: £84 Crooklands Farm.
CALVES – Fr Bulls: £150, £50 Espford; £75, £65 Elm Tree Farm: £75 Natland Park Farm.