The weekly sale of 1800 lambs saw a two tiers trade with well finished lambs which have been fed selling to a premium, with under finished lambs looking more suited to the store market. Today saw the belting Beltex show supported by the Northern Beltex Club;
1st – PD Pye, Marl House - £130
2nd – A Winn, High Underbrow Farm - £129
3rd – R H M&S Boyren, Hill Park - £124
Heavy lambs were keenly bid for all day, selling to a top of £151 for Texels from A Thompson, Southway. Suffolks sold to a top of £145 from JD&M Capstick, Bootle at 61kg. Beltex lambs sold to 308p/kg from A Winn, Burneside with the best end selling around the 300p/kg mark.
Another strong entry of 431 cull sheep sold to a competitive trade with additional buyers ring side looking for ewes suitable for grazing. The sale topped at £172 for a Texel ewes from IL Dixon, Carnforth. Other Texels sold to 155 from KA Purtill, Wigan and £145 from R&E Ladds, Kendal. Heavy pure bred and first x ewes regularly sold at £130-£145. Mules sold to £112 from RHM&S Boyren, Colton with others at £107 from P Whitton & Son, Burneside with all Mules selling to a market averaged £79.69. Pure hill bred ewes sold to £105 for Cheviots from D Carridice, Whinfell. Rough Fells selling to £83 from J Graham, Windermere with this price also achieved by J&A Smales, Ingleton for Swaledales. Herdwicks sold to £75 from G Wightman, Newton. All ewes forward today averaged £67.61 with over half the entry being leaner, recently weaned hill ewes.