Regional farmers proved their resilience when overcoming the worst of the winter weather to date to present almost 3,000 head of prime sheep at Monday’s weekly sale at CCM Skipton.
They were rewarded with sharper trade than of late, prompted by a shortage of numbers up and down the country due to the adverse weather.
Smart lambs were notably good to sell, with Beltex-crosses again at the forefront, averaging 188.3p/kg, or £73.28 per head.
At the top end, a good number of pens made over 200p/kg and per head prices of £90-plus. Leading the prices at £105, 238.6p/kg, was a Beltex pen from Draughton’s John and Judy Garnett, with Ellis Bros, Addingham Moorside, heading the Texel prices at £95 each, 209.1p/kg.
Commercial export lambs were around 5-10p/kg dearer on the week, many selling at 160-170p/kg, while Mule and hill lambs were £2 to £4 dearer, with the majority of handy weight Mules £13 to £16 over the weight. The overall prime lamb average of £64.18 per head, 155.57p/kg, also showed an improvement on the week.Cull ewes averaged a shade over £50 each, with A Atkinson, Felliscliffe, again to the fore with strong Texel pens peaking at £117.50 per head twice.
John and Alison Spensley, Stirton, headed the selling prices in the under 30-month prime cattle prices with a brace of Aberdeen Angus-x steers sold at £1,106, 175.5p/kg, and £1,065, 180.5p/kg, with a black and white bull from H Downs and Son, Bingley, the pick of the 30 to 48-month entries at £1,252, 132.5p/kg.
Cull cows met with similar trade on the week when averaging £848, 122.25p/kg, with J and G Huck, Hubberhome, top on price with a £1,004, 143.5p/kg, Blonde-x and Brian Moorhouse, Bell Busk, leading the black and white prices at £999.
The 24 rearing calves forward sold to a top of £365 for a British Blue-x heifer from RL Wright & Son, Airton, who also headed the black and white bull calf prices at £102.
Bull calf prices peaked at £355 for a British Blue-x from James Gooch, Cononley, while H J and K Blackwell, Gargrave, headed both the Simmental bull and heifer calf prices at £240 and £225 respectively. The overall selling average was £111.88 a head.
At the previous Wednesday’s fortnightly sale of 661 head of store and breeding sheep, while young in-lamb ewes and shearlings traded nicely, vendors of full mouth and correct below sheep found the going tough, with customers not showing an eagerness for extra mouths to feed, as the winter weather took a turn for the worst.
A mixed selection of store hoggs reflected current prime trade, with stronger sorts in the £40s, medium hoggs in the £30s and long keep types in the £20s.
In-lamb Texels averaged £133.90, with the two top prices of £143 and £140 both falling to shearlings from John Burrow, Furton, Lancaster, who also presented the £130 top price in-lamb Mule shearling. The breed average was £116.
Ross Greenwood, Carleton, was prominent in the in-lamb Texel ewe classes, selling four entries at £116 twice, top price, £100 and £92. Ilkley’s Roger Naylor headed the in-lamb Texel ewe prices at £112 and £92.