An increased entry of 822 lambs were put before our ring side of nine active buyers, all breeds of heavy lambs are in the keenest demand today. The sale peaked at £156 for Texel lambs from JM Sanderson, Halton with Beltex lambs selling to £148 from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. 43kg smart Texel lambs sold to £147 from P&V Bennet, Lancaster. Many pens of meated heavy lambs regularly sold at £140 plus. The best bred lambs were regularly selling well above the 300p/kg mark with a top price of 332p/kg twice for Texels from P&V Bennett, Lancaster and Beltexs from CD&HL Mason, Caton. Commercial and lighter lambs would be slightly easier on the week, with first cross lambs regularly selling at 270p/kg to 275p/kg. More light lambs were on offer today, with these lambs needing to be full of meat to achieve maximum price. A pen of 35 Texel lambs from D Gardner, Brookhouse sold to £98.
110 ewes were forward with heavy ewes a very similar trade on the week, leaner and lighter ewes were a considerably better trade. Beltex ewes sold to a top of £151 from JS Horner, Ingleton with Texel ewes selling to £146 from PF Lee, Over Wyresdale. Mule ewes sold to a top of £128 from H Birkett &n Son, Heaton. Heavy Mule ewes were regularly away at £115 to £120. Hill bred ewes saw Cheviots sell to a top of £120 from KA Purtill, Wigan with the best end Swaledales selling to £80 from T Ayrton & Sons, Over Wyresdale.