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