Texel lambs from Ken Gamble, Easingwold, were once more the pick of the Continental show entries at the seasonal store lamb fixture at Skipton on Wednesday. His first prize winners sold for £108 a head to T Jackson, Preston, with the third prize pen knocked down at £105 each to L W and E J Coverdale, Harrogate.
However, it was the second prize Texel pen from local vendor O M Chapman, Skreholme, Grassington, that achieved top call of the day at £133 a head when joining A J Philip, Huggate, York. Gimmer lambs sold to an overall average of £70.33 a head.
With prizes again on offer for the highest priced pens of 50 or more lambs, the best of the Continental-cross entries, a pen of 50 Texels from Townhead Farms, Malham, averaged £69 a head.
Adam Staveley, Cowling, presented the pick of the Suffolk-cross lambs, a pen of 73 that made £63 each, while 50 Mules from Elaine Morphet and Son, Austwick, headed the Mule/hill lamb entries at £56.80 a head.
Mule and horned lambs were slightly cheaper on the fortnight, with the entire sale achieving an overall selling average price of £59.40 per head, slightly up on the previous fixture.