Brisk sheep trade at Cutcombe market

Exmoor Farmers Livestock Auctioneers received a good entry of sheep to Cutcombe market last week with 592 sheep going under the hammer. An entry of 69 couples sold to a brisk following with a good number of buyers present for the offering. Top of the day was £141 for a single couple (£70.50/life). Others from Miss P Marke reached £138 for double couples. Overall average stood at £112 an outfit.

The first pens of new season’s lambs were sold at Cutcombe with ten from Mr V Ellicott reaching £78.50 for 38.5kg lambs.

Hogget trade still holds at an average of 176p/kg and peaked at 185 for a pen from Mr A Speed, Briddicott.

Cull ewes and rams met strong demand with the overall average at £76 and the peak for a pen from Miss V Snowden, Ornott Farm making £103.50. Other strong prices included ewes from Howetown Farms making £93.50 and a big pen from RP Elston & Son which sold for £93 with numerous others over £90. A wide range of rams met with similar demand as they averaged £83.50 and peaked at £108.80 for a ram from Messrs R & O Richards & Son.