Sheep trade eases at Skipton

Another large show of almost 4,000 prime sheep at CCM Skipton’s weekly Monday sale saw trade ease as expected.

Better sorts achieved 180-200p/kg and commercial types 170-180p/kg, with an overall selling average for the 3,674 prime lambs of £69.95 a head, or 173.42p/kg.

Beltex and Texel pens were again the best sellers when averaging £72.31 a head, or 188.5p/kg, and £71.80 a head, or 176.4p/kg, respectively, also producing the day’s joint top per head prices of £95 for Beltex and Texel pens both consigned by CT and EM Hammond, of Summerbridge. The by-weight high of 218.5p/kg fell to a Texel pen from Robert Earnshaw, of Gargrave.

A much smaller show of 316 cast sheep saw ewes meet a straight trade to average £31.79 a head, while cast rams averaged £59.30 overall. Texels from Richard Shepherd, of Bewerley, Pateley Bridge, achieved top prices in both classes at £87.50 for a pen of ewes and £72.50 for a ram.


Meanwhile a lighter show of more cattle carrying finish contributed toward improved cast cattle, with the 25-strong turnout selling to an overall average of £779.11, or 120.77p/kg.

In the cull cow section, the leading per head performer at £1,166 was a Simmental-cross from Derek Wells, of Wilsden, with a by-weight top of 163.5p/kg for a British Blue-cross from Tim Metcalfe, of Clayton, Bradford.

Clean cattle over 30 months averaged £884.62 a head, or 142.11p/kg, with a per head and by-weight high of £1,020, 151.5p/kg, for a Limousin-cross heifer also from Derek Wells.