With Mule ewe lamb sales now in full swing it seems buyers have been opening their wallets with some gusto.
At Kirkby Stephen last Friday’s NEMSA sale saw lambs hit a top price of £500 for the champion pen of 10 lambs from Andrew and Mark Brown of Asby Hall. This was a centre record, with the lambs selling to Ron and Fran Wilson, Armathwaite, who readers may recall spent heavily on Mules last year.Second best at the sale was a £330 bid for the third placed pen of ten from H R Hayton and Son, Asby Grange, which sold to Martin and Valerie Brown. Then at £325 were the fourth prize pen of 10 which were brought out by Messrs W M Hutchinson, Redgate, these sold to R J Heigh. Making £260 apiece were another pen from Asby Grange, while at £255 were the first prize pen from the small breeders show frm D and C E Marston, these sold to The Wilsons too. More from the Hutchinsons sold at £250, with plenty of pens realising more than £100 apiece. Overall the 9660 lambs forward sold to average £91.41, a rise of £11.51 on last year with a 100% clearance.
At Kendal on Friday the Ambleside Fair sale saw a top price of £102 for lambs from T L B and J Knowles, High Borrowbridge, with the first prize pen from Fishwick Bros, Middle Sadhgyll selling at £88. The second prize pen from S M Watson realised £94 and the third place entry from Messrs Dixon, Well Foot, sold at £96.
The same venue saw an entry of 6600 lambs for the NEMSA sale on Saturday, with trade led at £160/head by the champion pen of 10 from P and A Fell, Castle Hill, these sold to J S and K M Wilson, High House. At £155 were the second prize pen of 10 from J D and C L Inman, Strickland Hill, which sold to P Elliot, Bank House. And making £145 was the fourth prize pen of 10 from R I Dixon, Low Newton, which sold to Higginsons Lts, Grange. At £144 was the third prize pen of 10 from D, H M and A Watson, Middleton Hall, these again went to the Wilsons.
Best at Kendal in the pens of 20 was a £140 bid for the first prize pen from Messrs Watson, Middleton Hall, which sold to the Wilsons. Second prize winners here were from the Inmans and these sold at £122 to R and A C Harper, Hardrigg. Overall the sale levelled the day at £88.
In the ewe lambs the best price was £135 for the pre-sale champions from the Arr, Nairn, these sold to W T Morrison, South Bogbain, Keith. Overall the 1120 shearlings sold to level at £161.70, up £14.06 on last year, while the ewe lambs averaged £103.55 for 2096 sold, up £20.41 on last year.
With reported shortages of breeding females across the country it is no surprise to see all centres recording averages up on previous years, however, prices of £500 and £460 for Mule ewe lambs are starting to stretch the bounds of credibility just a bit aren’t they?