Exmoor Farmers received a large entry of 6,060 sheep last week for the first sale of ewe lambs at Blackmoor Gate Market. The sale started with Grazing Ewes, which sold to a typically brisk trade for the season with the best of these selling for £57 from Messrs PR and SA Boyles, Higher Hall Farm. This was followed by the sale of breeding ewes, which included 802 ewes going under the hammer selling to an average of £73 with the best making £135 for Mr DD Purchase, Bredwick Farm. Ewe Lambs, of which 2,980 forward sold to a fluctuating trade with the best from Messrs MA and M Collins, Worth Farm selling to £100.
An average across the board of £73.20 was achieved. Other notable prices included store lambs sold to a similar trade on the week to average at £53 with the best now to £68.50 for Mr R Nicol, Comers Farm, this was a superb pen of Suffolk X lambs which were judged to be the best in the market on the day by judge, Mr Patrick Kift.
In the Exmoor Horn Sheep Breeders’ Society Show and Sale of Exmoor Mule Ewe Lambs Mr P Webber judged the pens forward with first prize going to D and M Ridd and Son, Westmead Farm, who sold their pen of 25 for £85 to Mr J Stanbury, other pens from the same vendor went on to sell for £80 and £75, both to Mr Aldridge.