The weekly sale of prime lambs at J36 saw an entry of 1047 forward selling to an increased market average of 245p/kg with lambs between 45kg and 50kg averaging 253p/kg. The trade saw today saw well fleshed meated lambs continue to be the most demand at J36 with handy weights depending on finishing, some better finished ones sold in excess of 250p/kg.
The market peaked at £158 for 57kg Suffolk lambs from Luke Askew, New Hutton purchased by Westmorland Services Farmshop, Tebay. Heavy weight Texel lambs peaked at £148 from GU, G & Swarbrick, Grange Over Sands, followed by other heavy weight Texel’s too £147 from C & J Bennett, St Michaels on Wyre. Blue du maine lambs peaked at £146 from LJ & R Atkinson, Milnthorpe. Plenty of heavy weight lambs sold in the region of one hundred and forty pounds. Plenty of better-bred pens of lambs sold in the region of 280p/kg with better types selling in excess of this price. The market peaked at 295p/kg for handy weighted Texel lambs from R & JM Harper, Sedbergh. Heavy weighted Mule lambs peaked at £116 from M & RW Stirzaker, Milnthorpe.
The cull ewe trade hits new highs, Texel ewes sold to £170 from D&S Robinson, Beckside with Texel regularly selling at the £155 plus mark. Heavy Suffolk ewes sold to £172 from W Garnett & Son, Milnthorpe. Heavy Mule ewes would see the biggest jump of the week with a top of £149 from H Newton, Levens others sold to £148 from TMW&H Hodgson, Niblethwaite with 245 Mule ewes averaged £1118. Hill ewes saw a top of £124 for Lonk ewes from J&D Huddleston, Caton. Rough Fells sold to £112 from I&J Mallinson, Selside. The best end Swaledale ewes selling well into the Nineties with a full pen selling to £95 from WI&AM Atkinson & Son, Bleasdale.