An increased entry of spring lambs forward today with just shy of 200 forward selling to a much improved trade with a lot more interest seen from buyers ringside. An overall market average of 310p/kg or £132 a head was achieved. Trade peaked at £150 numerous times from JR Gorst, Dolphinholme with Texels, D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe and S Wilson & Son, Scotforth with Beltex lambs. This was closely followed by the run from J Burr, Quernmore selling Texel and Charollais lambs to £147, £144 and £142. Texel lambs sold to £142 from P Metcalfe, Old Parkside Farm. Plenty more sold in the region of £140.
Spring lambs peaked at 375p/kg for a Beltex from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth, plenty of pens of better confirmation lambs sold in excess of 340p/kg.
More and more buyers are now requesting spring lambs on a Monday morning, with vendors urged to take advantage of the early week trade.
The trade for prime hoggs remains buoyant and strong with plenty of demand for all speciation’s. W&J Livesey, Inskip run of heavy hoggs led the way selling Texels to £146, £143, £143 and £140 with Suffolks from the same home achieving £140. Heavy weight Charollais peaked at £141 from A Butler, Hambleton with plenty of pens of hoggs selling in the region of £130.
Handy weighted hoggs remain in plenty of demand averaging 249p/kg. Peaking at 293p/kg from JM Kelsall & Son, Quernmore.
The cast sheep trade was sharper this morning with pure bred Texel ewes selling to £180 from B&M Slater, Chipping with Texel x ewes to £154 from JE Parkinson & Son, Quernmore. A large quantity of Texel x ewes sold between £140 and £150, with all Texel ewes forward averaging £140.50. Zwartble ewes sold to £156 from JR Gorst, Dolphinholme followed by Suffolk ewes to £154 from Joseph Park, Aughton. Mule ewes peaked at £138 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth with plenty of big Mule ewes selling around the £130 mark with all Mules forward averaging £125.12. Horned ewes saw Swaledales sell to £112 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale with others to £110 from S Park, Aughton. All cast sheep forward today averaged £116.24.