19 August 1997

Mule lambs hit par on prices

THE first north country Mule gimmer lamb sales are underway, putting prices on a par with last year.

At Hawes on Monday, 18,000 North of England Mule gimmers met a solid trade to average £73.82, down £1.39 on 1996.

North Yorks farmers had been satisfied with their trade at Skipton a few days earlier, when nearly 14,000 Mule lambs levelled £75.22, a marginal rise on last years average of £74.27.

A spokesman for Skipton Auction Mart said lambs had come forward in good order and were well grown, but prices for the best pens of lambs had been no higher than last year.

"Second and third draw lambs were making more money compared with 1996 but there were no silly prices. The average is a fair reflection of this autumns trend."

Earlier this week at Lazonby, Cumbria, preparation was underway to sell 18,000 lambs. Speculation among buyers there was that prices would be on a par with last year. (Details of this sale, next week.)n

Good Evans… father-and-son team Elfed and Alun Evans set a new record price of £124 with a pen of Welsh Halfbred yearling ewes at last weeks breed sale at Ruthin, Clwyd. Overall, yearling ewes averaged £80.67.