Why CCM Auctions is a market leader
Skipton Auction Mart continues to maintain its standing as one of the leading prime, breeding and store sheep markets in the country, with early season entries of Spring lambs up to mid-June double the numbers of the previous year and trade slightly stronger because of a shortage of prime hoggs carried over from 2013.
“The main factors to be taken into account for this year’s lamb trade are, from a negative point of view, the strengthening of the pound against the Euro, which makes exports more difficult, along with current trends indicating tighter supplies from New Zealand to Europe, which is a positive for the lamb sector,” notes Craven Cattle Marts’ livestock sales manager Ted Ogden.
Skipton also remains one of the largest centres in the country for purchasers of young feeding
bulls. General manager Jeremy Eaton comments: “Bull finishers are selling cattle on a market which has been recently affected by changes to supermarket specifications. However, we are still seeing a strong demand for premium quality bulls that meet specification on age, confirmation and farm assurance.
“Store cattle numbers have also continued to rise against national trends and at Skipton we are now seeing increased entries from forward 22 month-plus cattle, alongside our traditional entries of premium quality cattle suitable for the retail trade.”
In Yorkshire, there are now very few places to sell dairy cattle and Skipton’s twice-monthly shows and sales continue to offer a tremendous selection of in-milk, in-calf and young dairy stock, both pedigree and commercial.
Up-and-coming auctioneer Sam Bradley points out: “Robust selling prices are regularly achieved, with a new modern day record high of £3,950 established towards the end of 2013 and prices up to £2,650 the order of the day throughout the year to date.
“The mart also remains a leading sales centre for quality rearing calves, both Continental and dairy. At the latest Spring show, the champion calf sold for an all-time high of £690 and prices around £600 are not uncommon.”
Attention now turns to Skipton’s high profile store and breeding sheep season, along with all the Autumn pedigree sheep highlights, which continue to attract both vendors and buyers from many parts of the country.
Entry numbers are already rolling in for the seasonal store lamb opener on Wednesday, July 9, which traditionally falls on the second day of the Great Yorkshire Show.
Looking ahead to Skipton’s pedigree sheep season, the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders’ 33rd two-day show and sale of pedigree Texel rams and females on September 18 & 19 is keenly anticipated. The annual highlight is now widely recognised as offering one of the best selections of breeders’ sheep and commercial crossing rams in the country.
The same can also be said of the Beltex Sheep
Society’s annual pedigree fixture on Saturday,
September 6, while the milestone 21st annual
show and sale of pedigree Charollais rams on
behalf of the British Charollais Sheep Society, on Tuesday, September 15, is another important fixture, as quite a few of Skipton’s top-selling Monday prime lamb vendors are increasingly using Charollais rams.
The breeding sheep season begins the previous month with the annual shearling gimmer
showpiece on Tuesday, August 19, while one of Skipton’s annual highlights, the opening NEMSA show and sale of Mule gimmer lambs, falls on Tuesday, September 9, with the second NEMSA fixture a fortnight later on September 23. As the curtain falls on the peak Autumn sheep season in October, all eyes then turn to the big Christmas shows. The highlight is the annual festive primestock showpiece, on Sunday, November 30.
This represents the pinnacle of Skipton’s primestock year and is a must for the cream of the region’s farmers, independent retail butchers and meat wholesalers.
Full details of all shows and sales are included in CCM Auctions’ 2014 Sales Calendar, available from the mart office, also posted online at
ENDS: Moule Media