New season lamb slump continues

New season lamb sales continue to struggle with trade mostly back on the week across the UK.

At Knighton Market last week (13 August), lamb trade continued downwards, averaging 146.91 p/kg and selling to 153p/kg/ £53.50 a head for 35kg Suffolk x lambs from J Watts, Lower Trebert Cottage.

Top price a head was £88.50 for 58kg Suffolk x lambs from RH Watkins and Son, Marlow. Texel cross lambs sold to £73.50 a head for 50kg Texel x lambs from DW Price, Ackhill.

At Kington (13 August) 1,120 lambs were sold and despite selling to a slightly better trade on the week, prices were still back on the previous year.

The seven buyers present competed for the lambs on offer, with well meated lambs achieving the best price and selling up to £1.53p/kg for some 44kg lambs from CR Evans and averaging £1.49p/kg.

Top price a head was £78.20 with an average of £65.50.

At Carlisle on Monday (17 August) 2,494 prime lambs were forward and sold to a top price a head of £87 for a single Beltex lamb shown by A and A Little, Hollands, which was purchased by Woolley bros, Sheffield.

Three vendors sold lambs to a sale high of 200p/kg consigned by Messrs Little, Hollands, Messrs Thompson, Wood Head and Messrs Thornborrow, Newbiggin Hall, with all lots heading home with Andrew Dawson. The overall average for the sale was 151.22p/kg.

At Dingwall and Highland Marts, new season lamb averaged 137.5p/kg, down 5.7p on the week and sold to 170.5p/kg and £75.00 gross for 44kg Beltex crosses from Torgorm, Conon Bridge and selling to Fraser Brothers Butchers, Dingwall.

In the sheep section at Bakewell (17 August) numbers were respectable with 1,952 lambs reaching 179p/kg and an exceptional £116 a head. These figures were, however, not universal with the SQQ average settling at 149.9p, compared to last year at 160p.

At Darlington on Thursday (13 August) there was a slight lift in lamb trade. Although numbers were slightly down on the week, all classes were well sold averaging 153p/kg.
Top price pen of lambs was a pen of Beltex x consigned by Northumberland farmers PJ and MP Gilhespy, Low House, making 197p/kg/, £78.50 a head and and were purchased by Castlebank Butchers.

Lead grossing Lambs on the day realised £87, from M and A Gaskin, Holdforth Farm and were also purchased by Castlebank Butchers.