The weekly sale of prime lambs at J36 had a reduced entry forward selling to an overall market average of 230p/kg. Once again well fleshed lambs continue to be in most demand with weight continuing to be adding up best. The sale peaked at a top of £156 for heavy weight Texel lambs from John Stott, Crosscrake. Heavy weighted native lambs were well bid on J36 selling to £139 for Hampshire from A & S Miles, Ulverston with Dorsets to £137 from J Doidge, Kendal and £135 from GB Holt, Rossendale. A good run of heavyweight Texel and Suffolk lambs from F & SA Edmondson, Ulverston sold to £135, £133 and £131. Heavy weight mules from the same home sold to £114. Plenty of pens sold in the one hundred and twenties.
Handy weighted lambs trade dependent upon the quality and finish, better confirmation lambs regularly sold to 250p/kg and in excess for Beltex types peaking at 285p/kg from JG & PH Thompson, Selside.
500 cast sheep forward selling to an improved trade, with Texels selling to a top of £138 from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor. Beltex ewes sold to £132 from AR&BJ Thompson, Selside with the best continental bred ewes regularly selling to £125-130. Mule ewes sold to £104 from G&B Holt, Lancs with the best regularly selling either side of £100. Hill ewes sold to keener interest with Cheviots to £148 from G Nelson, Brigsteer with other Cheviots to £118 from GG&MA Long, Ulverston. Rough Fell ewes sell to £94 from K&E Bland, Gaisgill. More cast tups on the market today, with Charolais selling to £159 from Gibson & Berry, Endmoor and Texels selling to £146 from M&S Blease, Carnforth.