Market handled 3,000 sheep

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NEARLY 3,000 prime sheep went through Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Beltex-x were popular, with a pen from Ian & Mary Lancaster, Pendleton, heading the per-weight prices at 276.9p/kg. Class average was 243.6p/kg.

Plenty of entries made three figures, with top price in sale £124 each for a Charollais pen from Stephen Pepper, Oxenhope.

Heavy ewes sold to £151.50 a head for three Texels from RC Robinson & Partners, Pannal. Cull ewes averaged £82.61 and cast rams £60.25.

Rearing calves averaged £234 and the high was £450 for a British Blue-x bull calf from J Wellock, Oakworth.

In the weekly produce sale, small bale hay sold to £2.80, round bale hay to £22, haylage to £19 a bale, wheat straw to £23.50 and Spring barley round to £23.

Of 58 prime cattle forward, steers under 30 months sold to 184.5p/kg, or £959, and heifers to 141.5p/kg, £976. The overall average for prime cattle of 30-48 months was 140.17p/kg.

The final Wednesday sale of in-lamb sheep and store hoggs saw several pens of Continental and Suffolk hoggs selling for over £80 each. Suffolks averaged £83.71 and Swaledale wethers almost £55.