Carlisle breeding ewes reach £148

A massive crowd ensured an exceptional trade at Carlisle Market on Friday for the early breeding sale of 1262 ewes.

Topping the trade were Texel shearlings from Messrs Walkinshaw, Arkleby House, Aspatria, with a pen of Suffolks from Messrs Fisher, Walton, Brampton, also making that figure.

Many pens of strong Suffolk and Texel ewes, regardless of age, reached the £130 mark, report the auctioneers and the entire offering levelled at £116.93.

Among the rams on offer Beltex topped the trade at £420, with Texels making up to £410 and Suffolks reaching £400.