NORTH Devon's sheep farmers have seen a continuing improvement in the prices that were so much in the doldrums through the early part of the year.
At Holsworthy market 454 cull sheep topped at £118.50 for David Secccombe with Nick Cooke at £108.50, and a top call of 89 couples saw David Chugg of Barnstaple at £176 with others at £175 for Messrs D F Waters.
More than 400 cull ewes sold through Stags at South Molton on Thursday at an average of £83, well up on recent months.
The top two prices went to farms at Yarnscombe, near South Molton , £106.50 for a pen of Texels from Northchurch Farm, sent in by M C Yeo and £100 for a pen of Suffolks from DJ and RA Woollacott at Rooks Farm. A Texel ram from S W Elworthy at Dennington Barton, Swimbridge, made £102 with the next best at £99.
New season lambs sold to 232ppk for 40kg Dorset X's for Messrs A E Chudley and Son, Romansleigh, with Suffolk X's from T Folland of Roborough at 227ppk.
At Hatherleigh prime hoggets sold to an average of 191.80p/kg.
The best ewes were £82 for I and J Dinnis of Highampton and the same vendor sold shearling ewes with singles to £150.