Ribble Valley farmer wins prime lambs title
Grindleton farmer James Towler, of Steelands Farm, was crowned champion at Skipton Auction Mart's monthly prime lamb show with a pen of five home-bred 41kg Beltex-cross.
All in the title-winning pen were by a pure-bred ram acquired at last September’s main pedigree Beltex highlight at Skipton from Durham breeder Henry Jewitt. They sold for £114 each to regular Red Rose butcher buyer Hamlets, of Garstang.
Heavy lambs again stepped up a gear, with plenty of three-figure prices and those in the 46kg to 52kg weight range averaging 209p/kg. The best Mule wethers and hill-bred lambs were 10p/kg dearer on the week, with good 43-47kg types making 195p to £2 per kilo and horned lambs selling in the 180s up to 190p/kg.
Taking into account that the increased entry of 2,815 old season lambs included 1,059 Mule, horned and other hill-breds, then the overall selling average for all lambs of £85.12 per head, or 201.7p/kg, was deemed even more remarkable.