Lancaster Auction had an increased entry of just shy of 800 prime lambs forward today with the trade slightly easier than expected with reports nationwide of larger numbers of lambs in markets. Heavy weight lambs were a shade easier this morning, peaking at £131 for Texels from AG Butler, Hambleton followed by £130 from DR Preston, Caton, £129 from S&J Cornthwaite, Brookhouse and £125 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof with plenty more pens in the early one twenties. Handy weighted lambs today seemed a sharper trade with better quality ones in more demand and selling to a peak of 290p/kg from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof followed by 285p/kg from Kevin Purtill, Wigan.
More cast sheep forward on the market today selling to a very similar trade. The market topped at £148 for a Texel x ewe from B&SE Carter, Ellel with other Texel x ewes to £120 from J France, Pilling and £120 from B&M Slater, Pilling with the consignment from Bargh Contractors, Heaton with Oxcliffe to £118 and £116. Leicester ewes sold to £122 and £116 from AC&K Pye, Abbeystead. Mule ewes peaked at £100 from DR Preston, Caton with plenty of pens of Mule ewes selling around the £90 mark.
The fortnightly sale of store lambs had an entry in excess of 150 forward, good quality lambs regularly sold in excess of the £80 mark with a consignment of Texel and Beltex x lambs from PD Pye, Over Wyresdale to £87, £83 and £81 with Cheviots from the same home to £79. Texel lambs from PD Anderton, Scorton sold to £81 and Texel x lambs from SE&J Gorst, Littledale sold to £80 and £79.50.