Just shy of 500 prime hoggs were forward at Lancaster, As seen nationally trade was a little back following the festive period. Best quality and well meated lambs continue to attract plenty of bids from our full ringside of buyers, with leaner hoggs a little harder to place. Top price saw texels sell to £152 from TR Prickett, Hutton Roof with Beltexs selling twice to £146 from J France, Pilling. Plenty of pens sold over 300p/kg, with the best to 312p/kg for Beltexs from R&DL Cornthwaite, Nateby and Texels 310p/kg from AG Butler, Hambleton. Export type lambs were keenly bid for with 42kg to 46kg hoggs achieving 260p/kg to 272p/kg. Hill bred lambs saw Cheviots sell to £128 from KA Purtill, Wigan with other Cheviots to £126 from AG Butler, Hambleton. Masham sold to £118.50 from A&MA Wright, Roeburndale East with 43kg Mules to £110 from S Park, Arkholme. A full ring full of Swaledale sold to £102.50 from KJ&KM Curwen, Abbeystead.
Ewes sold to a sharp trade with Lleyns selling to £145 from MJ Fell, Whittington. A pen of Beltex achieved the same price from J Smith, Brookhouse with Suffolks selling to £137 from J&L Howard, Cockerham. No real strength in the Mules with the best to £95 from T&S Blades, Arkholme with others to £93 from A&E Clarkson, Thurnham. Cheviots sold to £80 form T&S Blades, Arkholme. The strongest Swaledales to £60 from W&A Cornall, Barnacre.
The opening sale of store hoggs saw a ring full of Cheviot gimmers from SE&J Gorst, Littledale sell to £103 who sold other pens to £93. Mule hoggs sold to £81 on three separate occasions from A&L Huddleston, Wray. Many more store hoggs could be sold to vendors advantages, please contact the auctioneers or fields staff for advise on marketing your stock.