THERE were increases in both numbers and averages at Skipton’s first store lamb sale of the season.
There were 3,071 lambs on offer, compared to 2,126 head the previous year, which averaged £64.59/head overall, an increase on the year of £3.09.
The pre-sale show for pens of 40 or more lambs was won by Andrew Haggas, Otterburn, His April-born Dutch Texel cross Beltex lambs sold for the day’s top price of £90 to judge, Neil Tattersall, York.
Second prize winners were the Heseltine family, Bolton Abbey, whose Beltex lambs sold for £80/head.
Michael and Elaine Dugdale, Giggleswick, sold a pen of Texel/Beltex crosses for £82/head, the day’s second highest price.
The strongest lowland lambs were generally in the £70s, medium to long keep lambs in the £60s and long keep lambs in the mid-£50s. Mule wethers traded in the mid to late £50s, topping at £59 for Scotch-bred Mules from Hywell Williams, Llangadog.
Averages - Beltex, £75.65 (2018 £67.83); Texel, £63.95 (£61.65); Suffolk, £64.18 (£61.48); Mule, £55.16 (£44.96); Charolais, £57.93 (£55); Blue Texel, £74.