One of the largest entries was seen at Bentham market, with more than 2000 cast ewes forward. But with only 12 ringside buyers, trade was brisk for all classes of ewes, particularly the plainer sorts, with pens of recently weaned plain horned ewes trading at about £30. Horned ewes topped at £69, mule ewes £85 for a pen of nine, Suffolk ewes to £90, Blue-Faced Leicester’s £93.50 and Continentals £103.

 

An entry of 3214 spring lambs topped at 200p/kg for a pen of Texel cross lambs weighing 34kgs from M B Townley, Lancaster, closely followed by a pen forward by R A and C Benson’s Ulverston lambs weighing 40kgs and achieving £78.50 (196p/kg). An overall average of 163p/kg was achieved for all classes of lambs.

 

(Bentham Auction Mart)