63 Prime cattle comprising 16 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 46 Cast Cattle.
3,129 Prime Sheep comprising 2,879 Old Season Lambs, 250 Cast Ewes & Rams.
72 Rearing Calves.
38 Dairy Cattle.
10 Loads of produce.
Rearing Calves to £400 (72)
B&W av £92.21 Cont av £316.60 Native av £205.20
Those who responded to the call for calves went away very happy with all types a healthy trade and arguably no poor calves in the market. Limousin’s seemed to have found an extra gear today with Robert Metcalfe, Brearton topping with a pair of sweet heifers at £340 and Angus Dean £310 with a straight Limousin Bull. Black and White calves saw a marked increase today with an overall average of £92.21 for calves all under 8 ½ weeks. Attendance of spring rearers is a welcome sign to the ring side and a consistent run of calves is needed to keep them coming.
MARKET REPORT – WEDNESDAY 24th February 2016
Fortnightly Catalogue Sale of Store Lambs and Breeding Sheep
Forward: 717 Head, Overall av £55.78
CCM conducted their fortnightly store sheep sale at Skipton on Wednesday. Store lambs were a strong trade, peaking at £80 and £77 for Beltex crosses from Martin and Val Brown of Leyburn. Lambs were dearer than the previous sale helped by the rising prime market.
The first sheep and lambs of this season were forward, and weekly sales commence from Monday 29th February, including Inlamb ewes and Store Lambs, approx. 60 outfits pre-entered already. Trade was brisk with weather brightening up a little and customers out looking. Keith Downs dispersed the second half of his flock, and trade was a shade stronger than the previous offering.
63 Prime cattle comprising 19 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 41 Cast Cattle.
3,085 Prime Sheep comprising 2743 Old Season Lambs, 342 Cast Ewes & Rams.
40 Rearing Calves.
8 Loads of produce.
Walker family maintains dominance of Skipton store cattle show arena
The Walker farming family from Dunsop Bridge again walked off with a fistful of honours, including the supreme championship, also the top price performer, at the new-look ‘Craven Champions’ double-header, the annual opening show and sale of store cattle with show potential at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues & Wed, Feb 16 & 17)