CONTINENTAL & SUFFOLK GIMMER LAMBS
North West Auctions held its special sale of Continental gimmer lambs with saw 455 sell to an overall market average of £100, with buyers showing keenest interest in the strongest well bred gimmer lambs suitable for tupping this autumn. The pre sale show was kindly judged by Mr R Towers, Ingleton who awarded the champion rosette to a pen of three quarter Texels. The reserve championship was award to pen of Texel x Mule gimmer lambs from TMW&H Hodgson, Nibthwaite. The prize show for Suffolk x gimmer lambs was won by TA&J Dixon, Selside.
The sale peaked at £150 for a pen of Texel x Beltex gimmer lambs from JG&PH Thompson & Sons, Selside with others selling at £150 for a pen of Texel x Suffolks form TA&J Dixon, Selside and pen of ¾ Dutch Spotted gimmer lambs form DA Dixon, Selside. Other stronger pens of gimmer lambs were regularly £118 to £130, with medium running types £95 to £110.
An increased entry of 3837 store lambs were forward, seeing buyers in attendance from throughout the northern counties and midlands, with an overall market average of £79.02. The strongest well bred lambs continue to be in keen demand with Texel lambs selling to £118 from B&D Willison & Son, Tebay. Others sold at £115 from MB&J Fell, Old Hutton with others regularly £95 to £105. A keen interest in medium keep lambs sold to £93.50 for Texel x from JE Wightman, Lupton with others regularly £85 to £90. Mules sold to £89.50 for a pen full from RI Dixon, Low Newton with a ring full achieving £88 from Fishwick Bros, Longsleddale. A large number of longer keep Mules forward were generally selling at £72 to £78. Other hill bred lambs sold to £84 for Cheviot from TLB&J Knowles, Selside with others at £82.50 from JE Swan, Cartmel Fell. A large entry of young long keep Continental lambs generally sold at £70 to £75, with smaller sorts £58 to £60 and very small and backwards pens at realisation.
The next sale of store lambs is on Thursday 7th September with catalogue entries required by Wednesday 30th September.