Exeter Market in Devon. Over 2000 breeding sheep met with a buoyant trade at Exeter Market Auctioneers’ special sale last Friday (18 September), with bidders encouraged by the positive outlook for the sector. Ewe lambs were first to go under the hammer, with 1062 sold for an average £64.68p/head. Top price paid was £84/head for a pen of Suffolk X ewe lambs from PD Rowell & Son from Crockernwell, while the best Mules averaged £76/head from SJ and EA Francis from South Tawton.

Just over 1000 breeding ewes, meanwhile, sold for an average £86.76/head, with a top price of £122/head paid for 19 “two tooth” Mules from GP Alford, Sourton. Older ewes also went well, with six Lleyn X fetching £95/head for AJ Wrayford from Denbury. Some 79 rams achieved 75% clearance for an average £275/head.

Exeter’s store lamb sale the same day saw another entry of over 1000 lambs, which averaged £48.61/head.

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