Strong trade for hoggs and lambs at Skipton

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.

Raymond Johnson, right, with his CCM Skipton Mule hoggs with lambs at foot champions, joined by judge Ian Lancaster.

Raymond Johnson, right, with his CCM Skipton Mule hoggs with lambs at foot champions, joined by judge Ian Lancaster.

 

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.

Simon Bennett, right, with his CCM Skipton Continental-cross hoggs with lambs at foot reserve champions, joined by judge Ian Lancaster.

Simon Bennett, right, with his CCM Skipton Continental-cross hoggs with lambs at foot reserve champions, joined by judge 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.