A bumper entry of 5091 store lambs at Skipton last Wednesday sold to average a £63.53, some £11.36 up on the same fixture last year, with a top price of £83/head paid for Texel crosses from Johnny Metcalfe, Linton.

Taking the championship in the pre-sale show were Michael and Carol McKenzie, Arncliffe, with a pen of 50 Suffolk cross lambs which sold at £74/head to judge Michael Spensley, Elslack. The McKenzies’ 185 Suffolk cross lambs levelled the day at £68.

Both the second and third prize pens from F Reeday and Son, Hetton, and D A and J M Robinson, Litton, were acquired at £68.80 and £71.20 respectively by John Errington, Penrith.

The fourth prize pen from Robert Metcalfe, of RD Metcalfe & Son, Brearton, sold for £72 to Joe Marrs, Carlisle,

(Craven Cattle Marts)