Trade for prime hoggs lifted on the week at Lancaster, with auctioneers reporting all classes were sharper and easier to sell.
Trade levelled at 187ppk – 13ppk up on the week. Best meated lambs reached a top of 228ppk (or £98 a head) for a pen of Texels from R and DM Cardwell, Stalmine. Suffolks reached at top of £88/head for heavy weight lambs from G Riley, Bolton le Sands. Well finished Suffolks regularly above £80/head. Mules from WI and A Atkinson, Bleasdale, sold to £80/head with others from RH and C Ayrton, Abbeystead at £79/head.
Cast ewes also met a sharper trade. An entry of just short of 100 cast sheep sold to a top of £91/head for a pen of five Texels from E Lund and Son, Ingleton. Next best at £82/head was Texels from R and DM Cardwell, Stalmine. All Texels forward averaged a very respectable £69. Topping the Mule section was CA and J Alty, Warton, at £52, followed by a pen which average £51 from Dovecote Farm. All Mules averaged £51.