• COMMERCIAL buyers were prepared to fork out the big bucks at the National Suffolk Sheep Society sale, at Shrewsbury, last weekend, where a bumper demand for sound, well fleshed lambs saw trade peak at 10,000gns to produce an overall ram lamb average just shy of £1300 with a 75% clearance rate.

  • Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • UNITED Auctions' premier sale of Charollais ram lambs and gimmers saw a top price of 850gns for an unplaced ram lamb from the pre-sale show, as judged by Robert Towers, Farleton, Lancaster, while females peaked at 800gns.

  • FEMALES were in demand and received a steady trade throughout but it was two males which topped the Poll/Horn Dorset Sheep Society's recent show and sale at Worcester.

  • YOUNG handlers were to the fore at Dumfries market, last week, as the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart held its inaugral show and sale of prime lambs, incorporating the very first young handlers show and sale.

  • STORE lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • Average prices, numbers sold and clearance rates improved on the year at the Charollais Sheep Society's Premier Sale, staged at Worcester Market last weekend, where trade peaked at 4300gns.

  • Lamb prices crashed this week due to reduced demand with the onset of the Muslim festival, Ramadan at the start of the month, and further strengthening of the pound.

  • BREED records were smashed at the Hampshire Down Association's national show and sale at Stratford, last weekend, when a ram lamb sold for 3000gns.

  • OXFORD DOWN enthusiasts were out in force for the on-farm dispersal of James Hook's Barley Park flock held at Ducklington, Witney, Oxfordshire - conducted by Mr Hook himself, who worked as a livestock auctioneer before concentrating on his hatchery business.