A strong entry of 5647 lambs were forward for last week’s opening store lamb sale at Bakewell, a doubling of last year’s entry which drew buyers from far and wide, including Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, as well as a strong contingent of Welsh buyers.
Prices for the stronger lambs mirrored current finished results with a top of £74 for a pen of Suffolk x Masham from Shirt Farms, Tideswell, with plenty in the £65 – £70 bracket. Longer term lambs were keenly bid for and as is often the case, the smaller they were, the dearer they looked. There were no fewer than 670 Mule wethers forward with the top price of £60.50 for a pen from P Hallam, Tintwhistle. The majority of the mules sold in the £45 to £55 range.
Best price in the small show of ewe lambs on offer was an £80 bid for Suffolk x Mule lambs from M J Cooper, Bradbourne.
Averages; 2073 Texel crosses £61.29, 1455 Suffolk crosses £62.02, 860 Continental crosses £59.96, 670 Mule Wethers £47.55, 163 Charollais crosses £61.14 (Bagshaws).