The latest breeding sheep sales over the bank holiday weekend have continued to show buyer caution and smaller lambs, with average back significantly on the year.
Thame sheep fair saw £8-£20 a head back on the year and now Bentham and Stirling (United Auctions) have followed suit.
Stirling United Auctions
Overall averages were back £4 a head across 5,016 breeding sheep to leave a £126.62 sale average.
Texel-cross gimmers and Suffolk-cross gimmers were back the most, while accredited Scotch Mule gimmers averaged £141.73, only slipping back 7p a head on the year.
Non-accredited Scotch Mule gimmers were £5.91 cheaper at £122.65, finishing just ahead of Cheviot Mule gimmers at £120.99.
Suffolk-cross gimmers made £114.57, a drop of over £18 on the year, while Texel-crosses hit £115.68, a drop of £21.22.
Bentham Auction Mart
Crossbred continental shearlings were back £9.86 to average £126.12 for what was reported as a strong entry.
Trade topped at £270 with a pen from Harry Carter, Ellel, followed by a pen of ten from TJ Jackson, Whittington, hitting £235.
Mule Shearlings were also back, slipping £13.45 to £126.75. Prices topped at £260 for the first prize pen of 10 from Chris Hewitt, Low Bentham. Mr Hewitt also saw a call of £245 to the same purchaser, Frankland Farms, Rathmell, Settle.
However, strong demand for Masham shearlings lifted averages £14.59 on the year to £140.94.
Cheviot mule shearlings also saw good demand hitting £165 twice and averaging £131.05.
More runners at Longtown
A larger turnout of breeding sheep across all classes and the fact that a lot of entries were smaller meant averages slipped back over £20 on the phenomenal 2017 sale at Longtown’s annual Cheviot mule sale on 28 August.
Headline prices from R McNee, Over Finlarg, matched last year’s record price of £210 from the McNees.
The ewe lamb championship pen, as judged by WR Williams, Ty-Hen, Gwynedd, went to PW Hedley, Swinside, Jedburgh, which was sold for £160, while the shearling championship pen from Archbank Farming Company, Moffatt, sold to Messrs Parkin, Maryport, for £185.
Cheviot mule lambs sold to £114 for Texel crosses from Messrs Smith, West Bolton, with other prices at £106, £101, £100 and many entries around £90-£98.
Averages: 6,414 (+1,070) Cheviot mule ewe lambs, £87.33 (-£27.37); 1,661 (+531) Cheviot mule-cross ewe lambs, £84.89 (-£17.87); 2,878 (+324) Cheviot mule shearlings, £139.15 (-£14.91); 216 Cheviot mule-cross shearlings, £126.44.