With the first “suck” lambs in the south west only weeks away from hitting the market and lambing already underway elsewhere in flocks hoping to scoop high spring lamb prices, those running more mainstream lambing flocks have been out and about assessing the in-lamb ewe trade.

 

It’s clear from the first sales of commercial ewes that have been offered so far that there’s going to be a strong demand from flockmasters keen to increase ewe numbers this year but it looks as though cash is still going to be spent with care. At Longtown in Cumbria a sale of full-mouth Suffolk ewes – some carrying triplets – found plenty of bidders but the best trade is yet to come for younger sheep carrying two lambs.

 

At Welshpool on Monday auctioneer Richard Evans had an easy job selling good quality full-mouth Texel-cross ewes carrying a range of lambs. Prices were up to £190 a head with full-mouth Suffolk ewes reaching £135.

 

“A good trade with a lot of interest considering some of these were full-mouth ewes. I have no doubt we are going to see a very good trade for younger sheep once we get into the bigger offerings of in-lambers.”