A faster trade was seen at Lancaster Mart than first expected, with an overall averaged of 249p/kg achieved. Heavy Suffolk lambs sold to £159 form TM Townley, Over Wyresdale. Beltex’s sold to £150 from AT Allcock, Inskip with Charolais selling to £150 from GS Lander, Warrington. Heavy continental bred lambs were regularly selling at £120 to £128, as long as they were full of meat. Handy weight and export type lambs saw a keen interest from all buyers, as long as they were full of meat with these selling at £108 to £115. Texel lambs sold to 282p/kg from D&K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe with Beltex to 280p/kg from KA Purtill, Wigan. A bigger show of hill lambs were forward, with heavy Masham lambs selling to £125 from T&D Wright, Roeburndale with Mules selling to £115.50 from R&HC Ayrton, Abbeystead and Lonks selling to £116 from S Bosworth, Burnley. 39kg Cheviot lambs sold to £100.50 from KM&KJ Curwen, Abbeystead.
Ewes were a nice trade from start to finished with Charolais to £134 from A Thornton, Woodplumpton who sold Texels to £128. Dutch Spotted sold to £124 from KP Dagger, Catterall. Mashams sold to £102 from WJ&E Woodhouse, Nateby with Mules to £101 from A Thornton, Woodplumpton. Herdwick sold to £70 from T&ME Longton & Son, Quernmore with a full ring full of Swaledales selling to £46 from M&L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale.
More store lambs are needed each fortnight with many onlooking buyers leaving with empty trailers. A pen of Suffolks sold to £125 from PG Thornton, Scorton who sold other ring fulls to £103. Long term Texel x Cheviots sold to £83 from SE&J Gorst, Littledale. All store lambs forward averaged £97.