Forward: 278 head of cattle
Comprising: 62 Young Feeding Bulls, 182 Bullocks & Heifers, 30 Breeding Cattle
Light show of cattle and feeding yards only part full because of recent uncertainty in the prime beef market combined with forecasts of lower feed prices to bring a good attendance of buyers. Good shaped bulls farm assured and with time to finish under 16 months continue to be the choice for specialist feeders but a few customers at the lower end looking for bulls to put away.
Steers and heifers continued in similar style with stronger types getting well into 4 figures and once again customers for quality young cattle to grow on.
A useful collective of breeding cattle saw a number of good quality families of interest to premium suckled calf breeders with Sam Berry topping the sale with his 2011 British Blue Heifer selling with her Limousin Heifer calf at foot to Mac Townsend for £2000.
Craven Dairy Auction (34 head)
A big show with a lot of cattle unentered arriving and making a good shippon full of newly calved heifers. Despite the shippon full trade was strong especially for those well presented cattle like those of Robin Jennings and Shaun Hickey who made £2300 and £2250. Other vendors also met a stiff trade with Chris Broadwith of Thornton Watlass pushing into the top prices with a lovely heifer reaching a deserved £2250.
39 Prime cattle comprising 39 Cast Cattle
3,115 Prime Sheep comprising 2,706 Prime Lambs, 409 Cast Ewes & Rams
59 Rearing Calves
34 Dairy Cattle
Metcalfe success breaks stranglehold at Skipton store lamb show
North Yorkshire farming brothers Robert, Chris and Richard Metcalfe finally got their hands on a trophy they have long been keen to win when sending out the champion pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s second major seasonal store lamb show and sale.
Forward: 4,380 Head – 4,207 Store Lambs & 173 Breeding Sheep
Store Sheep Overall av £59.24
Another nice entry of Store Lambs forward at the fortnightly sale and trade just slightly dearer than the opening sale. Trade still sensible though with an overall selling average of £59.24 (+£2.51)