There was a slightly smaller entry of 491 Prime Lambs this week that sold to a much sharper trade than expected as lambs did ease from the middle to the end of last week. There was an overall market average of 187p/kg achieved. Heavy weight lambs were in strong today. The trade sold to a top of £110 for 53kg Beltex lambs from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe with other 51kg Beltex lambs selling to £106 from AG Butler, Hambleton. The consignment of lambs from J Smith, Daisy Bank saw heavy weight Texel lambs sell to £107, Beltexs to £101.50 and £100 with Suffolk lambs achieving £100 and Charollais selling to £99. All Beltex lambs averaged £95.34. Texel lambs sold to £99 from Bargh Contractors, Suffolk lambs sold to £99 from FK & F Woodhouse, Scorton with other Suffolk lambs to £97 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe. Suffolk lambs averaged £93.79. Charollais lambs from T & E Burrow, Slyne sold to £98, weighing 46kg. Plenty more pens of Continental and Suffolk lambs sold in the nineties.
Heavy weight Leicester lambs sold to a top of £95 from AC & K Pye, Abbeystead. Mules sold to a top of £93 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe, with 49kg Mules sold to a top of £90.50 and £89.50 from FK & F Woodhouse, and 44kg Mules selling to £85 from S Park, Aughton. All Mules forward averaged £81.81. Top pence per kilo was 220p/kg from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof closely followed by S Wilson & Son and Bargh Contractors selling to 218p/kg. Plenty ore pens of good conformation sold either side of the 210p/kg mark. Horned lambs sold to a top of £70 for Scottish Blackfaces from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday.
There was a slightly smaller entry of cast sheep but were, once again, met by a sharp trade. Leading the way this week. Leading the way this week was cast tups from H Birkett & Son, Overton selling to £103 for Texels and £97 for Suffolks. Texel ewes peaked at £103 from GH Sanderson & Family, Catforth with other Texel ewes to £93 and £92 from the same home. Other Texel ewes sold to £97 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof with plenty of other strong Continental ewes selling in the eighties. Mules peaked at £79 from H Birkett & Son. Herdwicks sold to £64 from T & ME Longton & Son, Quernmore.