The opening sale of store lambs at North West Auctions Junction 36 saw a catalogue entry of 1500, with a vast amount of these being medium term lambs forward, achieving a respectable average of £79 per head.
A busy ring side of buyers was forward, saw good local support from farmer buyers, as well as a number of travelled buyers ringside. Short term lambs were a roaring trade with a pen of five Beltex lambs from JT&A Armistead, Selside selling to £119, with this home also selling Texels to £111.50. B Wilson & Sons, Selside sold their best Texel x Mules to £105.50. Closely followed by a full pen of Texels from RI Dixon, Low Newton to £103. Many of the best pens of the best lambs regularly sold at £100 plus. Medium continental bred lambs were keenly bid for, with many of these lambs regularly selling into the mid-eighties. A pen of 33 Texels full of meat from JE Wightman, Lupton sold to £94.50. Long term lambs looked a flying trade on the day, with these regularly selling at the early seventies. Only a few pens of Mule wethers were forward with the best selling to £75 from B Wilson & Sons, Selside and others at £73 from KD&L Armer, Kirkby Stephen.