Fortnightly Sale of Young Feeding Bulls, Store Bullocks & Heifers, Breeding Cattle
Forward: 835 head of cattle
Comprising: 203 Young Feeding Bulls, 608 Bullocks & Heifers, 7 Feeding Cows, 8 Pedigree Cattle & 9 Breeding Cattle.
Today’s sale capped a great week for store cattle numbers at Skipton with nearly 1100 head traded between Saturday’s Monthly Stirk Sale and today’s regular fortnightly Wednesday sale. A wonderful show of both short keep and grazing cattle attracted a packed ringside of customers. With one eye on the prime trade some customers were understandably cautious before the sale, but generally trade would be stronger than most anticipated. Grazing Bullocks and heifers were the trade of the day, with buyers keen to secure cattle from such a large show and whilst they were there in front of them.
Blue Wednesday – Pedigree British Blues.
Forward 8 head: 7 Bulls & 1 Female.
Judge – Sheila Mason
Champion - JC Walker & Son Lot 9 selling for 3,900gns to DP Moore
Reserve - MJ&RH Wallbank Lot 3 selling for 3,300gns to J&G Huck
74 Prime cattle comprising 3 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 3 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 68 Cast Cattle
3,665 TOTAL HEAD OF SHEEP – Inc:
2,641 Prime & Cast Sheep - comprising: 85 Spring Lambs, 2127 Prime & Lightweight Hoggs, 416 Cast Ewes and 13 Cast Rams.
1,024 Breeding Sheep
42 Rearing Calves
59 Dairy Cattle
5 Loads of produce
Craven Dairy Auction (61 head)
A sticky day in the dairy ring with a big entry for the For Farmers show and sale with trade continuing to be very volatile throughout. Well put together animals were a pleasure to sell with some strong cows from Calvert Bros and the Champion heifer from David Lawson enjoying the highest of trades at £1800 - £1900. Good honest dairy heifers were harder to sell with a large portion of heifers £1350 to £1650.
Breeding Sheep (1,024 Head)
There were 383 Sheep with 641 lambs at foot forward for today’s weekly sale.
Trade was decent given the recent realignment in the prime sheep prices and again young sheep were keenly sought as has been the case for much of this season as customers look to find replacements to be put into flocks this spring.