Easter prime lambs on show at Gisburn

Robert Towers and his champion spring lamb which sold for �124 at Gisburn Auction Mart.
Robert Towers and his champion spring lamb which sold for �124 at Gisburn Auction Mart.

GISBURN Auction Mart’s Easter prime lamb show and sale saw almost 30 quality spring lambs forward and averaging 242p/kg, or £102.

The champion rosette was won by Robert Towers, of Farleton, for his 54kg Charollais-cross-Beltex, which sold to pre-sale show judge David Stamper for £124. Mr Towers also achieved £116 for his first prize winners in the Charollais pairs class.

Robert and Jen Lambert, with children James and Jack and the reserve champion lamb, which sold for �98 at Gisburn Auction Mart's Easter Spring Lamb show and sale.

Robert and Jen Lambert, with children James and Jack and the reserve champion lamb, which sold for �98 at Gisburn Auction Mart's Easter Spring Lamb show and sale.

Reserve champion was awarded to Robert Lambert, of Wigglesworth, for his 34kgs Beltex-cross lamb, which sold for £98 to quality butcher George Cropper, of Accrington.

Later in the sale, prime hoggs had an improved trade jumping up to 213p/kg, with nicely fleshed, handy weight hoggs attracting a premium.

Cast sheep yet again were easily sold, with rams topping at £136 from John Ellison, of Accrington, and a pen of cast Charollais ewes selling for £135 from D. Butler, of Out Rawcliffe. Overall cast sheep averaged £97.

Averages were: Prime lambs 33-39kgs – 258p/kg; 40-45kgs – 241p/kg; 46-52kgs – 225p/kg; 53kgs+ – 230p/kg. Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.