A solid showing of 7,073 North of England Mule Sheep Association ewe lambs averaged £98.09 to lift £1.25 on the year at Skipton on Tuesday (5 September).

Most vendors saw a rise in price for their consignments, with some lambs being slightly smaller due to the wet summer.

Trade topped at £230 with the Smearsett flock of David and Robin Booth, Feizor, after clinching their second championship on the trot.

A row of sheep

Skipton’s opening North of England Mule Sheep Association ewe lamb show and sale was won by the Smearsett flock of the Booth family, Feizor, for the second year running © Adrian Legge

The leading pen, by D15 Smearsett, was also responsible for last year’s champion pen, and knocked down to eighteen-year-old Katie Haines, Winslow, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire.

(Craven Cattle Marts)

Stirling Scotch Mules up £1.28

A yarding of 10,795 Scotch Mules and Scottish Blackface ewe lambs saw Mule trade £1.28 up on the year for accredited Mule stock, hitting highs of £170 on Saturday (2 September).            

Topping the trade was a championship winning pen from D Gray, Drumnessie, followed by second placed I Minto, Townhead, at £140 and fifth place M Smyth, Shields, taking £150.

Sheep at a sheep sale

The Stirling United Auctions Championship was judged by I Baxter, Home Farm Troup, who awarded the championship to D Gray, Drumnessie, and then purchased them at £170 a head

A consignment of 317 mule lambs from I Watt, Hillhead, topped at £138 and levelled at £101 and J Laidlaw, Knowehead, put 293 under the hammer to level at £92 and hit highs of £115.

A notable average of £118 was made by a run of 141 lambs from Remony Estate Partners, which topped at £138.

Averages for accredited Scotch Mule lambs lifted £1.28 on the year to £97.16 as Non-accredited lamb slipped £1.19 to £94.72. 

(United Auctions)

Hexham Mules up £16.15

A stronger trade on the year was reported at Hexham’s sale of 1,870 mule ewes on behalf of members and non-members of the North of England Sheep Association.

Averages lifted considerably on 2016’s poor trade and was led by a pen from Quarry House at £155, followed by Brownsleazes at £152 and Edlingham Newtown and Quarryhouse at £150.

A pen of sheep at a sheep sale

The Hunter Family, The Steel, won the Robson and Cowan trophy for the best pen of 25 © Robert Smith

Next at £146 was Quarry House again with Great Chesters and The Steel following at £140.

(Hexham and Northern Marts)