It seems the recent rains in many parts of the country have given store lamb buyers the much needed confidence to bid well for lambs at the first sale of the season at Skipton.

An entry of 2421 lambs sold to an overall average of £53.53, some £3 up on the year, despite the auctioneers reporting lambs generally smaller than the same sale last year.

Top price was a pen of Suffolk crosses from J B Taylor, Diggle which sold at £64, while Texel crosses were led at £60 by a pen from J W Hall, Darnbrook. Charollais crosses hit a peak of £52.50 for J Whitton, Flookburgh and Beltex crosses sold to £52 for J Sugden, Laycock.