600 lambs were forward with all selling to a sharper trade than the previous week, with an overall average of 232p/kg achieved. Beltex lambs saw a massive premium today at Lancaster with the best selling to 314p/kg or £135 from JS Horner, Ingleton with KA Purtill, Wigan selling his best Beltex x lambs to 300p/kg. Once again weight paid handsomely at Lancaster with a top price of £140 from Mindy Binney, Nateby with 50kg plus lambs regularly selling at the £125-£130 mark. More Mules coming forward this morning with buyers keen to purchase the well meated. A pen of 24 from TA&RM Dawson, Quernmore sold to a top of £116 with other Mules selling to £115 from Drinkall Bros, Over Wyresdale who also sold Swaledale lambs to £108.
All cast sheep sold to their full value with more needed to satisfy the demand from buyers. Texel ewes sold to £132 from P Rossall, Scorton with Suffolks selling to £127 from J&L Howarth, Cockerham. Many of the best continental bred ewes were regularly selling at the £110-£120 mark. Dorset ewes sold to a top of £118 from MJ&LC Lund, Quernmore. Leicesters sold to £116 from T Ayrton & Sons, Abbeystead. Mule ewes selling to £89 from RI&O Wilson, Scothforth with cheviots selling to £79 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof.