Store lamb trade has kicked off with pace this year with some 7500 lambs catalogued at Bakewell this week, which saw buyers travel from Somerset, Herefordshire and North and West Wales.
As a result trade was well above expectations with the overall store lamb trade up on last year’s equivalent sale at £63.14.
The 1700 ewe lambs on offer – mostly Suffolk cross Mules – met a sharp trade reaching £93 and returning a tremendous average of £73.42, while a strong run of Suffolk x mules from P Varkalis sold to a top of £79.50 for ewe lambs and £69 for Wethers.
Scriveton Manor Farms had Suffolk cross ewe lambs to £86 and Suffolk cross wethers £68.50, while the Chatsworth Settlement had Suffolk cross wethers to £69.50, Suffolk cross ewe lambs to £80.50 and Texel cross ewe lambs to £85.
Mule wether lambs reached £58 for A J and G H Bland, Mottram, with other pens from the same vendor at £56.50 and £54.50. D Hallam, Chunal, also had Mule Wethers at £54.50.