A smaller entry of 1100 prime lambs were forward at Junction 36 which sold to a continued strong demand, although trade was slightly less this week but still achieving a respectable overall market average of 265p/kg. J36 continued to offer an exceptional trade for heavy weight lambs, peaking at £166 for Texels from JB Airey, Kendal. Followed by other heavy weight Texel lambs to £154 from TE JS SA Carruthers, Underbarrow, followed by £153 from RHM&S Boyren, Ulverston. Heavy weight Suffolks twice peaked at £149 from TA&J Dixon, Selside and F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston. Closely followed by others to £148 from JE&WB Waring, Millom. A consignment of Suffolk, Texels and Mule lambs from F&SA Edmondson averaged 51kg or £138.93 per head, which was the top consignment average of the day. There was plenty of pens of heavy weight lambs regularly selling around the £140 mark.
Once again, the better confirmation lambs were a sharper trade with a new buyer in attendance ensuring they were eagerly bid for, with the better types regularly around 300p/kg or more. This week they peaked at 325p/kg from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside and D&SA Robinson, Old Hutton with handy weighted Beltex lambs.
Cheviot lambs peaked at £134.50 from GM Metcalfe, Underbarrow, with other hill lambs seeing 50kg Mules sell to £127.50 from F&SA Edmondson. Plenty of pens of Mule lambs sold around the £120 mark. As to be expected more Horned lambs are now coming forward, with Rough Fells peaking at £111 from GR Park & Sons, Whinfell.
A nice entry of 500 ewes were forward, with all sections continuing to sell to a strong trade once again. Pure bred Suffolks led the way selling to £155 from T&E Redmayne, Southwaite, with other Suffolks selling to £133 from TH Garnett & Son, Stank. Blue Texels topped at £130 from A Todd, Settle and Texels ewes sold to £124 from CR&D Galbraith, Grayrigg. Many Continental bred ewes were selling well into the £120 mark, a run of Lleyns from JA&R Geldard & Sons, Levens peaked at £107. Ryeland ewes sold to £99 from T&E Redmaye, Southwaite. Mule ewes were a shade sharper today with a pen of thirty two selling to £101 from TH Garnett & Son, Stank. Many strong fit Mules sold well into the nineties, with medium types selling between £80-£85. Hill bred ewes sold to a keen interest from all buyers with Cheviots selling to a top of £106 from Stockdale Farms, Sedbergh. The best Swaledales regularly sold to the £70 mark, topping at £77 from PD&BA Lawrence, Grange Over Sands, with others to £75 from Angus & Todd, Holmrook. Medium types sold to the mid fifty-five mark.
Cast rams sold to a top of £154 for a Lleyn from JA&R Geldard & Sons, Leven. Beltex tups told to £121 from R&E Ladds, Kendal.