Lancaster Auctions weekly sale of prime lambs had an increased entry of 807 forward, selling to an overall market average of 230p/kg. Buyers today were prepared to pay a premium for well finished heavy weight lambs and showed caution towards the leaner types. A consignment from J & E Nuttall, Old Hutton took top spot with their Texel lambs selling to £136 and £131 with other noted prices for heavy weight Texels being £123 from B&M Slater, Chipping. Heavy weight Suffolks peaked at £128 from R&D Kellet, Cockerham followed by other to £125.50 from HJ & BE Kelsall, Gressingham and £119 from Ivan Slater, Claughton-on-Brock. Today saw numerous of pens of well finished lambs with plenty of weight about selling in excess of £110, as the sheep industry continues to enjoy a good summer.
Today saw plenty of better confirmation lambs regularly selling around the 250p/kg mark, peaking at 278/kg from G Beresford & Son, Hellifield. It’s great to now have more upland lambs on the market, with 49kg Mules selling to £110 from T&H Drinkall, Oakenclough, all Mules forward averaged £93.
There was a larger entry of 166 sheep forward today, which were eagerly bid for by our busy ring of buyers, trade remaining good but slightly less than the recent highs seen.
A consignment of Texel ewes from RA Holmes, Inskip sold to £128 and £117, with other Texel ewes to £114 from M&J Ronson, Pilling and £112 from CM & CA Jackson, Caton. Mule ewes regularly sold into the nineties twice, peaking at £95 from G Riley, Bolton-Le-Sands and M&J Ronson, Pilling. A larger quantity of upland sheep on the market today saw the best Swaledale ewes sell to £86 from T & H Drinkall, Oakenclough. Cheviot ewes sold to £86 from SE & J Gorst, Littledale followed by two pens to £79 from KM & KJ Curwen, Abbeystead.