Mule ewe lambs were in strong demand at Longtown yesterday with the 4165 lambs sold averaging a creditable £94.96, a rise of £2.35 on last year’s sale despite the horrendous summer many have endured.
The auctioneers report a strong trade throughout, with the top price achieved for the second prize pen from the show of lambs out of Swaledale ewes. These lambs from Messrs James, Midtodhills, sold at £158 to Messrs Ridsdale, Yewtree.
Following them at £142 were the first prize pen from Messrs Roddam, Fordlands, which were bought by Messrs Ackerley, Milton Mains.
And making £130 were the third prize pen from Messrs Bell and Copeland, Coach House, which went to Messrs Spedding, Stoneflatt.
In the show of lambs out of Blackface ewes the top call was £115 for the second prize lambs from Messrs Nichol, Lawston, which sold to Messrs Cockburn, Fountainside, with the first prize pen from Wanwood Partners, Cowden, making £112 when selling to Messrs Fox, Windy Hill.
I believe the trade at Hawes on Monday and Tuesday was somewhat off the clock for the dearest lambs, with the top price I’ve heard being a call of £940, however, I’ve not seen a full report from that sale yet. We’ll bring you more news as soon as we can…..