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Ringside at Skipton market

Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire, saw 4,573 prime sheep under the hammer at Monday’s sale (31 October).

Prices were similar to last week, with spring lambs averaging £71.80 a head overall, or 170.9p/kg. Light (25-32kg) lambs averaged just over 168p/kg (£52 a head), up to 173.5p/kg, while the 32-36kg range averaged nearer 177p/kg (£60 a head), to 228p/kg.

Auctioneers reported a fast trade for light weights of all breeds and heavy Suffolk and Texel crosses, with plenty of customers competing for sheep to fill orders for the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Hada this weekend.

There was also a huge show of cast sheep, with good trade for most types, although decent hill ewes “were not as dear as some would hope”.

Cull ewes averaged £56.76 a head, with a top price of £129.50. Cast rams averaged £81.60 a head, to a top of £120.50.




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Ringside at Skipton market

Craven Cattle Marts in Skipton, North Yorkshire, saw decent numbers come forward for sale at Monday’s (22 June) auction, although prices across the board were down again.

1358 prime lambs averaged 152p/kg, down 17p from last week’s 169p/kg and well below the 200p/kg a month or so ago, CCM general manager Jeremy Eaton said. “The pound is strengthening and there are more lambs about. It’s a big drop, but prices are still roughly in line with this time last year.”

Cull ewes averaged just over £50 a head, down almost £5 on the week. Top price of £96 went to RH & EA Close.

Of the 61 prime cattle sold, 50 cull cows averaged 98p/kg, which was down almost 9p/kg on last week’s overall average of 106.5p/kg; 35 calves averaged £122.

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