North West Auctions Junction 36 had an increased entry of 1556 prime lambs forward today, selling to an overall market average of 230p/kg. Once again best confirmation lambs sold in the region of 300p/kg with well fleshed heavy weight lambs continuing to be in the strongest demand. Buyers continue to look for well finished lambs with leaner types penalised.
Once again heavy weight lambs in big demand at J36 with 69kg Suffolks to £160 from RI Dixon, Low Newton and 63kg Texels to £156 from IL Dixon, Cantsfield. Other leading prices for heavy weight lambs saw Dorsets to £149 from S Proctor, Selside, Texels to £144 from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor, Texels to £144 from DW Hodgson, Cartmel Fell. This was followed by 49kg Texels to £141 from RHM&S Boyren, Ulverston and £141 for 50kg Texels from JA Airey, New Hutton. Plenty of heavy weight lambs sold in the region of the £130 mark.
Best confirmation lambs were in more demand today selling in the region of 300p/kg, peaking at 305p/kg for Texels from AE Atkinson & Son, Endmoor followed by a pen of fifteen Beltex lambs to 300p/kg from P Stringfellow, Chorley.
More hill bred lambs forward today saw Mules peak at £117 from F&SA Edmondson, Ulverston followed by 51kg Mules to £114 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale. 45kg Swaledale lambs sold to £92 from RF&CE Hodgson, Ulverston.
The sale of 670 cull ewes saw well meated sheep sell to a sharper trade than in previous weeks. Texel ewes sold to a top of £159 for R Stott, Crosscrake with the best end selling over the £140 mark. Mule ewes sold to £132 from C&J Bennett, St Michaels with a full pen selling to £122 from RF&CE Hodgson, Pennington. Cheviots sold to a top of £107 from J&M Wilson, Selside. More Swaledales on the market with the best selling to £94 from JA&CA Gibson, Selside. Fit medium type Swaledale ewes regularly sold at the £50-£60 mark. Rough Fell ewes sold to £109 from AEA Harrison, Kentmere.
More tups on offer with trade going up a gear or two, Texel sold to £196 from JA&ME Lawson, Orton with other Texels selling to £158 from JA&R Geldard & Sons, Levens.