The Cutcombe Sale of prime and store lambs, and cull ewes and rams, organised by Exmoor Farmers Livestock Auctions saw an electric trade with demand outstripping supply.
The auctioneers said: “A smaller than usual entry of second quality stock sold to a trade second to none with sale well exceeding expectations, and leading to a 100% clearance with demand that would have ensured three times the number sell to the same trade.”
Averages and top prices
Fat lambs sold to an average of 171.44p/kg with a top price of 174p/kg (£66 a head) for a pair of light lambs from Mr M Rawle, Kitridge Farm.
Medium lambs (39) sold to an average of 183.76p/kg and peaked at 189p/kg (£85.20 a head) for stock from Miss P Marke, Middleton Court. Meanwhile, heavy lambs averaged 171p/kg and a top price of £89 for stock from Mr EJW Land, Brendon Hill Farm.
Over 52kg lambs (39) averaged at 159p/kg and achieved a top price of 162p/kg (£87.20 a head) for a pen of nine 53kg animals from Messrs Cook Partners, who also achieved top prices of 159p/kg and 158p/kg for pens of 55kg lambs.
Store lambs (57) sold to an average of £67.13 and a a high of £74.20 a head for lambs for Mr E Schofield, North Hawkwell. Other leading prices included lambs from Mr M Rawle at £72 a head, and some from Mr C Binnie hitting £65.50 a head.
There was a fast trade for cull ewes, with the auctioneers remarking that “some very poor ewes made exceptional prices”. They sold to an average of £67.80 with the top price of £99.50 going to a group of 13 from Messrs Wright & Wright. The Wrights also achieved £89 for a pen of nine ewes.
Other leading cull prices included a pen of eight ewes from Messrs FE Rawle & Son which hit £94 a head, and a pen of five ewes from Messrs I Palmer.