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Increasing demand for ewes and lambs despite poor weather

Despite difficult weather conditions, demand for ewes and lambs is increasing and buyers seem more plentiful and optimistic.


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Trade is improving and numbers of ewes and lambs being marketed are on the up.

 

According to market reports a distinct premium is being paid for stronger, better quality lambs and buyers are looking for lambs at a minimum of two to three weeks old.

 

Penrith saw a small sale but good trade for ewes and lambs from J. B. Bowness, Penrith. Beltex shearlings with twins at foot selling to £264 (£88/life). Broken mouthed Texel ewes with twins sold for £75, £74, £69 and £64 a life from the same home.

 

A small entry of ewes and lambs sold to a strong trade at Sedgemoor with doubles to £232 (£77.33/life) from C.A. Churchill. Others sold to £230 (£76.67/life) from L. Hext, £220 (£73.33/life) from R.W. Biss, £200 (£66.67/life) from L. Burnett and C.L. Popham. The overall average was £54.73/life.

 

Plenty of interest at Hereford saw prices peak at £183 (£71.16/life) for a pen of Suffolk ewes from Messrs Watkins, Hereford. Several other lots followed between £145 and £181.

 

At Bakewell 70 ewes with lambs at foot sold to a high of £128 (£64/life) for singles and £148 (£49.33/life) for twins.

 

The trade at Ruthin peaked at £73/life (£146 for the pair) for Texel singles and twins realised highs of £174 (£58/life). Charolais with twins reached £205 (68.33/life) followed by Mules with twins to £175 (£58.33/life).


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Skipton saw a smaller show but stronger trade. Texel cross sheep with singles averaged £139 (£69/life). Top price was £170 (£85/life) from L. M. Braithwaite, Clitheroe. Twins averaged £185 (£61.66/life) and an outfit from A.N Throup, Keighley peaked at £185 (£61.66/life). Which was matched for a Texel shearling with twins at foot from N. Pepper, Colne.

 

Trade for ewes and lambs at Welshpool peaked at £208 for a Texel cross yearling with twins from S. Jones, Arbennig. Further lots from the same home with single lambs sold for £190, £188, £172 and £170. B. Jones, Springbank, sold a Texel cross yearling with twins for £199 and Texel cross ewes with twins for £170.

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