EWES WITH LAMBS: Demand increased again at Gloucester on Monday. Four-year-old ewes with two-week-old lambs sold to £52/life (£125/couple) with others selling in the £45 to £50/life range. Cull ewe trade also improved with ewes topping at £73 and rams at £75. Lightweights averaged £37; heavyweights £51; and rams £51. (Gloucester Market Auctioneers)
FINISHED PIGS: Monday at Lichfield saw porkers sell to a top of 115p/kg to average 106.1p/kg. Cutters reached 115p/kg to level 106.3p/kg. And baconers reached 106.5p/kg to average 102.2p/kg. (Wintertons)
SHEEP QUOTA: Exeter-based auctioneers Rendells report the following trading averages for 1996 quota: GBL sale £20.33; GBL leasing £4.94; LFA sale £30; LFA leasing £12.17.
DAIRY: Calved cows sold from £520 to £1160 to average £917.50 at Kendal on Monday. And calved heifers changed hands between £680 and £960, levelling £824. Rearing calves, meanwhile, averaged £125. (Kendal and District Auction Mart)