The weekly sale of Prime Lambs had the largest entry forward of 871 forward selling to an overall market average of 177p/kg. A large proportion of the lambs forward comprised of horned and Mule lambs. Once again, better quality Beltex and Texel lambs were met with plenty of demand and easily sold in excess of the 200p/kg, with a returning buyer in the market for these good lambs.
Beltex lambs sold to 230p/kg from GH Bell, Kirkby Lonsdale purchased with Gregory Williams who also bought the top price Beltex at £99 from the same good home. This was closely followed at £98 from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe. Texel lambs sold to a top of £101 from Elsie Hartley, Hornby, with other Texel lambs selling to £99 from T & CM Kelsall, Chipping. Once again, plenty of good quality lambs sold into the nineties.
Hill bred lambs saw Mules sell to a top of £86 from RG & H Preece, Roeburndale followed by RH & C Ayrton, Abbeystead selling to £81. Mashams achieved £83 from DC Miller, Claughton on Brock. Handy weight Swaledale lambs in the mid to late thirty kilos regularly selling in the early sixties.
Cast sheep continue to see an increase in the trade selling to a top of £86 for Mules from JE & J Pye, Quernmore. Horned sheep sold to a top of £54 for Dalesbreds from T & CM Kelsall, Chipping. Goats were in strong demand topping at £87 from WJ & EA Woodhouse, Nateby. Cast tups saw Texels sell to £129 and £101 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe.
There was the larger entry of Store Lambs forward this week which were met by plenty of demand. There was an overall market average of £62.73. The trade twice peaked at £70 for Suffolks and Texels from PG Thornton, Scorton. Plenty of pens of short keep lambs selling the late sixties. More lambs are required each sale to meet demand from our buyers.