: J36 Sheep with Lambs at Foot, Spring Lambs, Prime Hoggs and Cast Sheep Tuesday 26th April 2021

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

The weekly sale of sheep with lambs at foot had 199 families forward. The trade saw young sheep and quality outfits continue to sell to a similar strong trade with older ewes and splitting families less money on the week. Leading the way this week were Texel cross shearlings with smart Texel twin lambs selling to £280 from Dave Dixon, Grayrigg (these sheep being fully vaccinated against abortion) with other Texel shearlings from the same home selling to £268. Mule shearlings with Texel twin lambs sold to £268 and £265 from G & KM Atkinson, Appleby. Mule shearlings with Suffolk twin lambs sold to £250 from MJ & JD Hanley, Sedbergh. Continental shearlings with single Beltex lambs sold to £205 from D & J Hey, Cockerham. Other Continental shearlings with single lambs sold to £200 three times from AC & E Dent, Bowes. Also achieving the £200 mark twice were Continental shearlings with Dutch Spotted cross single lambs from R Heath, Bootle.

Older sheep with lambs at foot peaked at £250 for Suffolk cross ewes with twin lambs from NJ Strickland & Son, Whinfell. This was followed by Texel ewes with twin Texel lambs to £245 from Dave Dixon, Grayrigg with others to £235 from Messrs Williamson, Appleby. Aged Mule ewes with twins sold to £215 from M Moorhouse, Grange-Over-Sands. Two and three crop Texel ewes with Texel lambs sold to £200 from CR Alderson & Son, Mallerstang.
We are starting to see more interest in hill bred sheep with Herdwick ewes with twin Texel lambs selling to £120 from S Crompton, Crosthwaite. Herdwicks with single Texel lambs sold to £88 from Grace Nelson, Brigsteer.

Spring Lambs

The weekly sale of Spring lambs saw an increased entry of 121 lambs forward which was met with a lot more interest from our buyers ringside and an increased market average of 347p/kg. Taking top spot this week were heavy weight Hampshire lambs from J & O Galbraith and Son, Endmoor selling to £152 and £147 both purchased by Plumgarths Farm Shop. Plumgarth’s also purchased three Texel lambs from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe at £147. This was closely followed by Suffolk lambs selling to £146 from JN & DJ Bowes, Crook, £154 from E Needham, Stainton, £143.50 from JN & DJ Bowes, Crook, £142.50 and £142 from J,BL & I Ellis, New Hutton. Charollais lambs peaked at £143 from FE & CM Robinson and Son, Crooklands with Texel lambs from the same home also achieving £143. Plenty more spring lambs were regularly seen around the £140 mark. There were more light weight spring lambs on the market today with 34kg Beltex lambs to £124 from FE & CM Robinson & Son, Crooklands with 34kg Texels selling to £116 from Low Moor How Farm, Windermere. Top p/kg this week was 388p/kg from R Cowin & Sons, Kirby Lonsdale.

Prime Hoggs

There was an entry of 500 Prime hoggs forward today, which saw many consigners sweeping up leading to a shortage of quality hoggs and a lot of plain and lean hoggs on offer. A cracking run of heavy weight Texel hoggs from JA Chapman, Kendal sold to £153 twice and £150. Standard weight Texel hoggs sold to £142 from L A Bradshaw, Stalmine with others from the same home selling to £140. Also achieving £140 were Texel hoggs from Messrs Young, Lindale. Heavy weight Suffolk hoggs peaked at £141 from TW Nelson & Son, Stainton. Mules top at £123.50 from L A Bradshaw, Stalmaine.

Cast Sheep

A smaller show of ewes were forward with 240 going through the ring and all types selling to a much stronger trade than last week. Suffolk ewes led the way from J E Wightman, Lupton at £144, with other Suffolk ewes selling to £139 from RW & AS Nicholson, Lupton. All Suffolk ewes forward averaged £112. Beltex ewes sold to £136 from JA & KL Allen, Ings with Texel ewes selling to £134 from R & A Batty, Selside. Texels out of Mules regularly sold between the £110-£115 mark. All Mules were keenly bid for topping at £120 twice from TW Nelson & Son, Stainton and TH Garnett & Son, Stank. With the best Mules regularly selling to the £115-£120 mark, the next level down selling well over the £100 mark. Hill ewes were the strongest trade of the day with Cheviots peaking this section at £126 from NP & CE Buckley, Staveley who also sold their Cheviots to £124. White Faced Woodlands sold to £103 from PA & HJ Onions, Arkholme. Rough Fells sold to £100 from R Caradice, Tebay, with strong Swaledale ewes from M Robinson, Staveley selling to £94.

Cast rams sold to a flying a trade with Charollais selling to £176 from S & A Gardner, Arnside. Zwartbles sold to £169 from KP & EJ Knight, Kirkby in Furness. More cast ewes are needed to fulfil a keen ringside of buyers.

Top Prices

Shearling & Lamb:
Texel - £280, £268 Grayrigg Foot, £210 Midtown Farm< £205 Hampsfield Hall, £205 Birch House Cottage, £200 South Thornbury. Mule - £268, £265 Green Farm, £250, £235 Archers Hall, £225, £220 High Green Farm. Continental - £215 Birch House Cottage, £200 Midtown Farm. Zwartble - £195 Midtown Farm.

Ewe & Lamb:
Suffolk - £250 The Borrans, £215 Lower Hawthwaite, £140, £130 Lane House Farm. Texel - £245, £235 Grayrigg Foot, £235 The Howes, £230 The Borrans, £210 Birch House Cottage, £210 Capplethwaite Hall, £200 Aisgill Farm, £200 Marsh Grange Farm. Charollais - £230 High Woodend. Mule - £215 Hampsfield Hall, £190 Abbott Park, £180 High Woodend. Continental - £160, £112 Heights Farm. Swaledale - £125 Lower Hawthwaite. Leicester - £125 South Thornbury. Herdwick - £120 Greenbank Farm, £102 Lane House Farm.

Prime Lamb:
Hampshire - £152, £147 Endmoor Farm. Continental - £147, £140 Ackenthwaite Farm, £137 Warth Sutton Farm, £135 Crabtree Farm. Suffolk - £146 Low Brundrigg, £145 Birkrigg Park Cottage, £143.5 Low Brundrigg, £142.5, £142 Hawkrigg End. Charollais - £143 Warth Sutton Farm. Texel - £143 Warth Sutton Farm, £143 Ackenthwaite Farm, £142 Green Lane End Farm, £140 Endmoor Farm. Dorset - £132 Hallbeck. Beltex - £124 Warth Sutton Farm.

Prime Hogg:
Texel - £153, £150 North Lodge, £142, £140 Moss House Farm. Suffolk - £141, £123 Cockrigg Farm, £101 White Cross Bay, £95 New Close. Continental - £137 Moss House Farm, £128.5 Sowerby Lodge, £124 Hopestead, £123.5 Low Levens, £119 Thistle House. Mule - £123.5 Moss House Farm, £114 Low Levens, £91, £90 Low Stennerley. Kerry Hill - £116 Rose Cottage. Cheviot - £110 Hartrigg, £107 Low Levens, £106.5 Sowerby Lodge, £104.5 Hartrigg. Herdwick - £105 Underhelm Farm, £100, £90 Low Mill House. Dales Bred - £103.5 Sowerby Lodge, £97 Higher Salter. Charollais - £100 Sowerby Lodge. Rough Fell - £97 Boundary Beck. Swaledale - £92 Sowerby Lodge, £80 Higher Salter. Beltex - £90 Tarnside. Horned - £75 Higher Salter.

Cast Ewe:
Suffolk - £144 Crabtree Farm, £139 Green Lane End Farm, £138 New Close, £135 Low Stangerthwaite, £128 Stanley Lodge. Beltex - £136 St Annes Farm, £117, £95 Keer Falls. Texel - £134 Western Houses, £130 Old Smithy cottage, £127 Cantsfield Hall, £125 Warth Sutton Farm, £125 Green Cottages. Cheviot - £126, £124 Fairbank Farm, £104 Haveriggs Farm, £100 Fairbank Farm, £97 High Farm. Continental - £121, £106 Dubside, £91 Abbott Park, £81 Tarnside. Mule - £120 Cockrigg Farm, £120 New Close, £119 Borrans Farm, £116 Upp Hall, £114 Bull Bank Farm. Teeswater - £120 Foulstone Farm. Masham - £107 Grate Farm, £92 Mosergh Farm. Whiteface Woodland - £103 Keer Falls, £99 Rose Cottage. Rough Fell - £100 Intake Farm, £94 Low Borrowbridge Farm, £84 Silverdale Drive, £70 Low Deepslack. Swaledale - £94 New Hall, £80 Long Garth, £76 Silverdale Drive. Kerry Hill - £83 Rose Cottage. Gritstone - £82 Moss End Farm. Herdwick - £76 Greenbank Farm. Zwartble - £76 Little Guards. Ryeland - £61 Hollins Farm.

Cast Ram:
Charollais - £176 Rose Cottage. Zwartble - £169 Little Guards. Suffolk - £132 Moss Lane. Teeswater - £129 Foulstone Farm. Herdwick - £120 Green Cottages.

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