Skipton weekly round-up: Breeding sheep in demand

A massive turnout of 3,337 prime hoggs at the Easter highlight this Monday sold to a full ringside of 14 regular buyers at Skipton.

Lightweights were again good to sell and while export weights were only marginally down on the previous week they still recorded a Standard Quality Quotation of 204.5p/kg.

Heavy hoggs 45kg upwards were down on the week, though cast sheep bucked the trend and were dearer by some margin to average £93.63 for ewes and £117 for rams.

Lowland sheep prices peaked at £153.50 a head for a pen of Texels from Margaret Perrings, Rathmell, while John Mellin, Hellifield, sold five pens of Texel-cross ewes ranging from £118.50 to a high of £150 a head. Also notable at £148.50 each was a pen of Lleyns from Edward Fort, Steeton.

Breeding sheep were again in demand, with correct Suffolk ewes and twins selling to £205 an outfit and correct Mule ewes with twins to £200 at an average of £193. Top price on the day was £245 for a pen of Texel gimmer hoggs with twin Texel lambs from Nick Dalby, Hartwith.

Vendors are asked to note that next Monday’s sale will start at the earlier time of 11:30am in the main sale ring.

Prime cattle aged 30-48 months sold to an overall average of 141.14p/kg, or £943 per head, under-30 month prime steers up to 650kg to 244.5p/kg at an average of 199.49p/kg, and prime heifers to 590kg to 242.5p/kg, averaging 196.90p/kg.

Rearing calf prices peaked at £400 for a British Blue-x youngster from RL Wright & Sons, Airton, who also presented the top price Saler-x at £348 and the top price British Blue-x heifer calf at £290. The overall calf average was £147.30 per head.

A larger proportion of 10 to 12-month-old store cattle among the 229-strong turnout at Skipton’s fortnightly sale (Wed, March 28) resulted in slightly better trade than the previous fixture.

The better quality yearling bullocks achieved over £1,000, with Roland Carr, Addingham, selling five May and June, 2011-born Limousins to an average of £1,052, while Joe Drinkall, Anglezarke, sold 13 Charolais bullocks born last April and May at an average of £1,001.

At the top end of the scale, Geoff Blezzard, Ribchester, presented a pen of five British Blue-x bullocks aged 19 and 20 months, which made £1,260 per head. Three Limousin bullocks of the same ages from John Brooks, Salterforth, sold at £1,200 each.

The top bullock price at £1,350 fell to a Limousin-cross from T Craddock & Son, Bolton by Bowland. The overall bullock average was £951 per head.

Store heifers sold to a high of £1,110 for a Limousin-x from JSS Verity, Whitewell, while another four-figure performer at £1,010 was the top price Charolais-x from JD&V Towers & Son, Farleton. WA, VJ & JA Towler, Grindleton, headed the per pen prices with four Limousin-x heifers that each made £1,030. The overall Continental-x heifer average was £844.

Limousin heifers and heifer calves were leading performers in the breeding cattle classes, selling to a high of £1,750.