SKIPTON mart's monthly show day of Spring lambs on Monday saw Peter Fox, of Fox Farms, Clitheroe, crowned champion with a pen of five home-bred 40kg Texel/Beltex-crosses. They sold at £107 each, or 267.5p/kg, to show judge and retail butcher William Rathmell of Selby.

Husband and wife, David and Laura Coar, of Darwen, were reserve champions with their second prize Continental pen, five home-bred 41kg Beltex-cross which sold for £101 each to Andrew Atkinson, buying on behalf of wholesale butchers Hartshead Meat Co in Mossley, Greater Manchester.

The Coars also sold a second five-strong 45kg pen at £109 each to L Wood & Sons Butchers, of Scammonden, Huddersfield, plus a single Beltex lamb at £124, top gross price of the day, to the same buyers.

Top call per kilo of 271.8p/kg fell to a five-strong Texel pen from FM Shepherd & Son in Pateley Bridge, again claimed by Mr Atkinson for Hartshead Meat Co.