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.