Prime hoggets may have peaked at just above £100 at many centres across the UK in recent weeks, but Bentham saw what must be the best achieved so far when a pair of 42kg lambs made £180/each (£4.28/kg).

The lambs, exhibited by Arthur Taylor or Taylor Bros, Tosside were the championship winners in the market’s annual Super Two challenge for pairs of Continental cross lambs.

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Both second and third prizes were awarded to another regular vendor Anthony Batty of J A and D E Batty and Son, Kendal, again for Beltex sired Hoggs. The seocnd prize pair went onto sell for £98.00 £2.39/kg and the third prize pair for £100.00 £2.22/kg.

The overall average for the 62 hoggs entered in the Super Two Challenge was £95.65 per head or 222ppkg.