Sharp trade at Skipton breeding sheep sale Now in full swing, Skipton Auction Mart’s breeding sheep season attracted a larger turnout of 705 head, comprising 240 ewes with 465 lambs at foot, for the latest weekly Monday sale. (Apr 15) It produced a very sharp trade for all Suffolk and Continental outfits, with the very best Mule outfits also in strong demand and a commercial Mule outfit still looking value for money compared to some of the others.

At the top end, Rosy Dunn, from York, had the chief price of £275 for a pen of five Texel shearlings with twins, and £245 for another five Texel 2-3crop ewes with twins, while Silsden’s Andrew Throup made £255 with ten Texel 2-shear ewes with twins, and £230 for a pen of nine with 18 lambs.
J Tiplady, of Gargrave, also hit £245 with Texel correct ewes with twins, while P&AM Simpson, of Dacre made £230 with three Texel 3-4 crop ewes and twins, followed by David Coates, of Coniston Cold, at £220 for six Mule 2-shear ewes with 12 lambs.
Several other pens topped £200, where a nice outfit of twins was around £175-£190 and commercial twins £140-£160. The pick of the singles at £160 per outfit were Texel correct ewes from A&G Midgley in Luddendenfoot, though generally a good single outfit was £120 to £130 and a commercial outfit £100-£120.
This coming Monday features the annual Easter show and sale of ewes with lambs, with classes for sheep in pairs and pens of five