Green market trading resumed at Skipton Auction Mart on Thursday
(Oct 4) with a notable coup for local father-and-son farmers Alex
and Nathan Wade, whose 50-strong pen of mule wethers landed the
rearranged annual seasonal store lambs show championship for the
third year in succession - and the fifth time in total.
Alex Wade, left, again receives the
Skipton store lambs trophy
from judge Tony England
The Wades, of Gill Bottom Farm, Bradley, retained the Stephen
Foster Memorial Trophy, presented by show judge Tony England, of
South Molton, Devon, then saw their charges sell for £31
per head to Paul Watson, of Hellifield, a familiar face at Skipton.
Runner-up in the mules show was Dennis Gott, of Cowling, his charges
selling for £29.80 each, with the third prize winners from
Coverhead Farm, Leyburn, selling at £27.20 per head.
There were over 4,300 store lambs forward, with prices as follows:
Suffolk-x to £34 (av £28.47), Texel to £35 (£30.16),
Mule to £31.60 (£26.51), Masham to £29.80 (£26.92),
Cheviot to £26.80, Lonk to £23.20.
Skipton Auction Mart general manager Jeremy Eaton said: “We
were pleased with the turnout of buyers, among them purchasers
from East Yorkshire, Wales and south-west England. Overall prices
were £2 or £3 a head above expectations, but woefully
short in terms of covering the actual cost of producing lambs.
“More positively, buyers who are continuing to feed lambs
to sell as hoggs next Spring can purchase them at reduced prices
with the reasonable expectation that export restrictions will ease
by the time the lambs are ready to move on and the prime lambs
market will inevitably improve.”
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