An entry of 1149 in lamb breeding sheep went under the hammer at Bentham Auction’s first Winter Sale of In lamb Sheep. The sale included three dispersals, the first being from J Arthur of Carnwath, Lanarkshire selling due to ill health.
The stock comprised 400 commercial Beltex x and Texel x ewes and shearlings, 26 Pure Beltex and 11 Pure Texel. First ewe in the ring being a Pure Beltex Ewe due February carrying twins to the Beltex making £520 to M E Wannop and Son of Morecambe, who also snapped up the next top price of £390 for another pure Beltex scanned for a Single. A pen of six pure Texel shearlings from the same home made £310 selling to the same buyer. Texel x Ewes topped at £245 and shearlings topped at £190.
The second dispersal of the day was a consignment of 429 commercial ewes and shearlings from W A Ketley and Sons of Essex selling due to a change in farming policy. Mule three crop ewes due April topped at £162 to average £154.51 and 44 Romney ewes from the same home after much interest sold to a top of £160 to average £153. The ring side was full from start to finish and a competitive trade resulted in a complete clearance.