75 pigs were forward for the first sale in August with an increased number of buyers in attendance, keen to secure all classes and types. Prime pigs sold to a top £255 for Pie Train x gilts from J Stott, Crosscrake with others at £245 from W Stamper, Chipping and £210 from both D Lord, Preesall and TG&F Stobbart & Sons, Carlisle. Other heavy well finished pigs were regularly £150 to £170. Topping the market at 272p/kg was a Pie Train x gilt from W Stamper, Chipping with other well finished gilts and hoggs generally 160p/kg to 190k/kg.
Store pigs sold to £80 from TG&S Stoddart & Son, Kendal with weaners selling to £72 from Belmont Farm Produce, Crook with others at £50 from J Collier, Oakworth.
Cull sows sold to £195 and 93p/kg from W Stamper, Chipping.
1400 lambs were forward today, meeting an improved trade on the week. Rising a nice 10p/kg to level out at 269p/kg for all sold. All lambs which were fed and good meat were very nice to sell, with grass fed and leaner types a similar trade to the pervious week.
The sale peaked at £162 for a pen of Texel lambs from J Moorhouse & S Richardson, Field Broughton. Heavy lambs (50kg plus) were regularly selling at £140 plus, with the best pens getting over the £150 mark. Texels sold to £156 twice from DM&D Cook, Ulverston and JW Robinson & Son, Farleton. More buyer around the ring looking to purchase the best quality lambs, with a pen of twelve Beltex lambs selling to £146 or 305p/kg from WS Burrow, Silverdale. The best end lambs selling at 300p/kg plus today. Handy weighted lambs were regularly selling at 275p/kg to 280p/kg, with a pen of 42kg lambs selling to £132 from J Twigge, Lindale. More upland lambs are coming forward with a run of well meated Mules from R Capstick & Son, Ingleton sell to £132 with a full ring at 46kg selling to £120 from the same home. More lambs could have easily been sold to vendors advantages today.
A rise in the cull ewe trade saw nine achieve buyer ring side looking to fulfil orders. Heavy weight pure ewes sold to £208 from a Texel from J Capstick, Ingleton. Other heavy weight cross bred ewes sold to £182 from E Dodgson, Kendal with others regularly £145 to £165. Mules sold to £124 from D&S Robinson, Old Hutton with other heavier Mules generally £105 to £110 and mediums £90 to £102. Hill bred ewes sold to £111 for Cheviots from DJ&A Douthwaite, Kirkby Thore with Lonks to £107 from JJ&D Huddleston, Caton, Rough Fells to £86 from J Handley, Ulverston and Lonks to £79 from E&J Farming, Littledale. Several buyers were looking to fulfil orders from grazing ewes today.
An entry of predominately leaner cull rams saw heavy Herdwick sell to £118 from F Blenkharn, Milnthorpe with others £93 to £114.
474 cull sheep were forward with an overall averaged of £82, for an entry of predominately leaner to medium upland ewes.