Another large entry of over 4,000 prime sheep for Skipton Auction Mart’s Monday bank holiday market met with mixed trade, with the best meated types down around £2 a head down on the week, commercial Suffolk and Continental-x lambs about £3 down, while Mule lambs mainly sold about £25 over the weight, between £4-£5 down. This was reflected in the overall selling average of £70.88 a head or 178.8p/kg.
Cull ewes averaged £53.59 a head, again slightly down on the week, though representing a good trade, with the overall average reflecting a larger proportion of lean horned ewes. Cast rams were stronger at £72.33 each.
In the prime cattle classes, cull cows were a very sharp trade, selling to an overall average of 124.92p/kg, or £786.24 a head, an improved showing on the week, with six entries achieving four figures. Prime cattle under 48 months also performed better to average 135.09p/kg, or £889.31.
Rearing calves were again strong, the 39 entries selling to an improved overall average of just over £226 a head and to a high of £435.