Acklington Mart (Prime Sale – December 27)

North East Livestock Sale sold 1,619 sheep, comprising 1,156 lambs and 463 ewes at their weekly prime sale.

Lambs - in short supply all classes, much dearer overall average 190p/kg (SQQ 196.5p/kg)

SQQ weights: Beltex - 98, 90 (2) Park Farm, 94.50, 92.50, 91.50 Watch Currock, 93.50 Homilton, 91, 87.50 Warton, 87 Glanton. Texel - 88.50, 88 Wingates Moor, 87.50 Watch Currock, 87.50 South Rennington. Charolais- 89 Hedley Park, 88, 86.50 Lumbylaw.

Heavy Lambs (+45kg): Texel - 99.50 Homilton, 96, 94.50, 92.50 Howick Estates, 94.50 Herds House. Suffolk - 99, 96.50 Rugley, 92 Rosebrough. Charolais - 95, 93.50 Shipley Hill. Beltex - 94.50, 93.50 Howick Scar.

Leading prices/kg: Beltex - 233p Park Farm, 231p, 230p (2) Watch Currock, 230p South Rennington, 229p, 211p Glanton, 215p (3) Lumbylaw. Texel - 230p Watch Currock, 227p, 226p, 225p, 215p Wingates Moor, 227p Colliery Farm, 225p, 224p, 223p, 222p Warton, 217p, 212p Homilton, 217p Loanend. Charolais - 222p, 217p Lumbylaw, 219p, 216p Ferney Beds, 215p Herds House.

Cast Ewes: A similar trade to average £58. Suffolk - 90 Boulmer Hall, 85 Yetlington, 83, 80 Rugley, 82, 80 Sunniside, 80 Small Burn, 80 Herds House. Texel - 88 Houndalee, 85 Rugley. Half Bred - 83 Brandon. Leicester - 63 Linkshead. Mule - 63 Linden Hill Head, 62 Linkshead, 56 Bank Top, 55 Houndalee. Blackface - 50, 41 Alnham, 50 Houndalee, 42 Linkshead. Charolais Ram - 90 South Ryal. Texel Rams- 81, 80 Bank Top, 80 Herds House. Suffolk Ram - 80 Bank Top.