A combination of more ewes and lambs coming to market along with improving weather and grass growth has seen an increase in demand particularly for better quality ewes with strong lambs at foot.
At Welshpool trade peaked at £202 for a Blue Texel cross four-year-old ewe with twins from J.E. Isaac, Parc Cyninfa.
Mule yearlings with twins sold to £194 from T. and A. Aldridge, Ty Newydd, with singles selling to £128. Full mouth and as found ewes with twins sold to £175 from C.A. Wildbore, Carreghofa.
Welsh ewes topped at £80 for twins and £79 for singles from A.P. Grimes, Maesyrhaime.
Topping the sale at Carlisle was a four-shear Texel cross ewe with a Texel cross wether lamb from Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith, which sold for £92.50/life. Shearlings peaked at £83.50/ life from Paul Storr, Abbeytown, or a Charollais cross with twin Dutch Texel cross lambs.
Continental bred units averaged £66.94 overall, with strong lambs well bid for with less demand for hill bred sheep.
Longtown topped at £86/life for a Texel ewe with single lamb from H. Lawson, East Mains, closely followed at £81life for another outfit from the same home.
Good skinned sheep were in demand at Wigton where Texel cross Beltex shearlings with Beltex lambs from Messrs Todhunter, Greyrigg, sold to £96/life. Two-shear Texel cross Beltex ewes and Beltex lambs from Messrs Macintyre, Downan, made £83/life with older ewes to £79/life for Messrs Bowe, Wiggonby and Messrs Macintyre.
At Skipton the best outfits with twins topped at £215 for Texels, with Suffolks with twins to £200. Mule shearlings with twins sold to £210. Strong outfits of singles topped at £195 for a Suffolk with Texels with singles to £170. Commercial singles were £120-£140 and commercial twins £160-£190 per outfit.