A much larger entry of 1,800 sheep were forward at Saturday’s (1 June) sale, with both new and old season lambs on offer.
“The large turnout was likely a reflection of continued grazing pressure after the horrific spring,” said auctioneer Ashley Symonds.
More than 60% of new season lambs weighed below 33kg, as limited grazing and healthy prices tempted producers to sell early. Overall, 463 new season lambs averaged 221p/kg, with a pen of 28kg Texel crosses peaking at 239p/kg. Hoggs averaged 186p/kg across 382 head, and topped at 198p/kg, with quality becoming more variable towards the end of the season.
Cull sheep numbers exceeded expectations, at 955 head. Lowland ewes averaged £74, with hill ewes at £44 and rams at £77.