2015-05-27   facebook twitter rss

Keen Competition on Singles Day at CCM Skipton

Skipton Auction Mart’s special late season show and sale of single sheep with lambs at foot saw both red rosette winners in the two show classes sell at £180 per outfit. (Mon, May 25)

High Peak vendor John Bland, of Crowden House Farm, Crowden, repeated his success of 2014 when again taking leading honours in the hill sheep section with a Swaledale ewe and her Mule lamb, which were bought by James Hall, of Darnbrook. The same vendor also had the second prize outfit, sold for £170 to Andrew Ogden in Cowling.

John Bland, right, with sons Louis, eight, and George, three, joined by farm manager Richard Saxon.

John Bland, right, with sons Louis, eight, and George, three, joined by farm manager Richard Saxon.

First prize in the lowland sheep show class was awarded to a Mule hogg with single Beltex lamb at foot from local vendor Michael Daggett, of Wharfe House Farm, Hartlington. The duo joined JR Gill, of Burnbridge, Harrogate.

Bordley’s Roy Nelson sold his second prize entry for £150 to Gargrave’s Simon Spensley, though it was the third prize Texel hogg and lamb from Richard Stockdale, of Burnsall, that caught the eye when selling for £200 to regular buyer Geoff Booth, of Lothersdale.

Mr Stockdale was the standout performer when heading the breeding sheep prices with a pen of two Zwartble-cross hoggs with single lambs sold for £230, again to Geoff Booth. The same vendor also sold further Texel hogg with single lamb entries at £205 and £185 per outfit, along with a Texel hogg with twin lambs at £205 again.

The total turnout of 581 breeding sheep, comprising 229 hoggs, shearlings and ewes with 352 lambs at foot, attracted a packed ringside. Older sheep with strong lambs were keenly sought, though, in general, trade for hoggs and lambs has become quieter recent few weeks.

Also on parade on a busy Bank Holiday Monday were 1,244 prime and cast sheep, with another tidy show of 530 Spring lambs marginally better to sell than anticipated pre-sale, boosted by the fact that 14 individual buyers were competing for sheep at the ringside, which produced a fast-selling trade.

Although trade was slightly down on the week at £79.05 per head, or 188.5p/kg, good competition saw smart shop lambs sell to the top side of 200p/kg, with other decent prime lambs around 190p/kg and commercial types making 180-182p/kg.

A Suffolk pen from John Key, of Sheffield, made the top per head price of £107, with a by-weight high of 214.3p/kg for a Charollais pen from S Coar, of Houghton.

The selection of 464 prime and lightweight hoggs was usual for the time of year, with several vendors on their last round up, but prices were under pressure and trade was generally either side of 150p/kg, with an overall selling average of £61.27 per head, or 146.6p/kg.

Trade for the 239 cull ewes didn’t show too much decline and a plainer turnout were good to sell, averaging £71.87 overall, with a top of £140.50 per head for a Texel pen from Giggleswick’s John North. The 11 cast rams averaged £112.77 each, with a Texel from RS&EJ Longden, of High Peak, the leading performer at £124.50.

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