CCM Skipton’s latest seasonal show of breeding hoggs with lambs at foot saw Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, repeat their championship-winning with a pen of five Mules and lambs.
The first-prize and reserve champion pen of Continental hoggs – five Texels with single Texel-cross lambs – was shown by Simon Bennett, of Silsden Moor. They made £170 per outfit, with the day’s leading price of £245 per outfit falling to another Texel pen, also with single lambs, from Shaun Richards, of Hapton, Burnley. Show judge was Clitheroe’s Ian Lancaster.
Trade was on a high, with many Spring lambs selling at over 300.0p/kg to average 285.0p/kg (+0.12p on the week), or £116.12per head. Robert Towers, of Farleton, was again the leading performer. His Charollais pen sold at £142 each, or 330.2p/kg.
A good turnout of 1,200 hoggs was short of buyer requirements, with an overall average of 221.1p/kg (+0.17p on the week), or £91.07per head. Texels were the highest achievers, selling to £134 per head for a pen from James Garth and Son, of Keasden, and a by-weight top of 257.1p/kg from P Johnson, of Trawden.
Cull ewes again met with good trade, with leaner ewes dearer on the week, selling to an overall average of £65.80 per head. Cast rams averaged £113.81 each.