Store lambs flocked to CCM Skipton for the big opening seasonal show and sale, with full clearance of the 2,231-strong entry and an across-the-board average selling price of £68.18 per head, £5.27 up on the previous year.
Skipton Auction Mart’s livestock sales manager Ted Ogden noted: “While there was a reduced entry compared to last year, with lambs generally a shade smaller, anything with power or style met with a nice trade, reflecting their prime value.
“Several pens achieved over £80 per head, with good medium keep lambs selling at £65 to £74 and commercial Suffolk and Texel store lambs to run on making into the early £60s.”
The show class for 40 or more store lambs produced exactly the same result as the previous year.
Michael Parker, of Winterburn Hall Farm, Winterburn, again landed leading honours with the first prize pen, with West Marton’s Richard and Robert Greenwood once more taking the runners-up slot and Laycock’s Annabel Ogden again finishing third.
Mr Parker’s 40-strong Suffolk-cross pen sold for £82.50 each to the same Cumbrian buyer as his 2012 victors, John Errington, of F Errington & Son, Penrith, though for £7 per head more this year. From his annual consignment of 240 Suffolk-cross, Mr Parker also sold further pens at £77, £71, and £67.50 twice.
The Greenwoods, again represented by Texel-cross entries, saw their blue rosette-winning pen of 40 make £82 per head when joining Bowood Farms in Daventry, Northamptonshire, with the same buyers also paying £85 each, top price in class, for the third prize pen of 42 Texel-cross.
The day’s top price of £89 per head fell to a Beltex-cross pen from Stuart Beeforth, of Chopgate, on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, who also sold a second pen at £87 each.
The largest single lot of the day, a pen of 137 Texel-cross store lambs from Michael and Elaine Dugdale, of Giggleswick, made £63 per head.
Show judge was Tony England, of Tiverton, Devon. Full results, prices and averages are at ccmauctions.com
Skipton Auction Mart’s second major store lamb show and sale is scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, with the usual anticipated entry of 5,000 to 6,000 lambs, including annual consignments from many established vendors.