The weekly sale of prime lambs had a reduced number forward this week, in which more could have easily been sold in Lancaster with ten active buyers ring side all looking to fulfil orders. There were 610 lambs forward, selling to an overall market average of 248p/kg with medium and heavy weights averaging 250p/kg-252p/kg and light weights averaging 261p/kg. Heavy weight lambs are always well bid for in Lancaster with Texels peaking at £156 from P Whitton & Son, Burneside followed by Suffolks to £146 from DJ Casson, Slyne. This was then followed by Texels to £144 from JS Horner, Ingleton and £151.50 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe, £139 from AG Butler, Hambleton and £137 from JS&S Atkinson, Scorton. Heavy weight hill lambs continued to be well sold at Lancaster with Mashams to £131 from T&D Wright, Roeburndale East and Mules to £130 twice from JS Horner, Ingleton and JS&S Atkinson, Scorton followed by £126 from JR&LA Capstick, Killington. Good confirmation lambs were in big demand at Lancaster with the best types selling in the region of 300p/kg. Peaking at 310p/kg for Beltexs from JS Horner, Ingleton followed by 305p/kg from G Beresford & Son, Hellifield and 300p/kg from RJ Byron, Woodplumpton.
Cast sheep numbers begin to tighten with just over one hundred forward, Continental ewes peaked at £127 from A Richardson & Partners, Kirkham. Followed by £121 for Texel ewes from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof. A large quantity of upland bred sheep on the market saw Dalesbreds tups to £84 from A&MA Wright, Roeburndale East with Horned ewes to £75 from Angus Brown, Littledale.