A championship hat-trick was achieved by Craven Cattle Marts’ chairman Michael McKenzie and his wife Carol at July’s second major seasonal sale of store lambs at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, July 28)
Craven Cattle Marts’ chairman Michael McKenzie, right, receives his Skipton store lambs trophy for the third year in succession from judge Ian Lancaster, Pendleton.
For the third consecutive year, the McKenzies, of Blue Scar Farm, Arncliffe, were awarded the Robert Morphet Memorial Trophy for the best pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs, knocked down for £59.20 a head to a Cumbrian buyer, John Errington, of Penrith.
In fact, their annual consignment of lambs, this year numbering 222, made a clean sweep of the prizes, the runners-up joining Gordon Henley, Boroughbridge, at £57each, the third-placed pen selling for £55 per head to JT Marrs, Carlisle.
Suffolks averaged £53.98 (£49.43 in 2009), with top price honours at £62.50 per head falling to a pen of 50 from Stuart and Stephen Lund, of Litton, which were also purchased John Errington.
The average selling price of the 5,715 store lambs forward was £52.17, a big improvement on the 2009 average.
Other breed top prices and averages, with corresponding averages for 2009 in brackets where applicable, were: Texel-x to £65.50, av 51.94 (2009 - £47.39), Mules to £55, av £48.79 (£42.13), Charollais to £50, av £49.48 (£47.04), Gritstone to £45, Beltex to £63, av £56.95.
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