MORE than 5,000 sheep sold at one of the biggest markets of the year at Blackmoor Gate.
Nearly 6,000 animals had been booked into the sale by Exmoor Farmers, offering a wide choice to breeders and suppliers from across the South West.
Auctioneers Peter Huntley and Gethin Rees conducted the sale, second largest after one held by the company in September.
The market was preceded by an Exmoor Horn Sheep Breeders Society show of rams, the second of the autumn, and the breed society also offered prizes for the best pen of Exmoor Mule ewe lambs.
The ewe lambs were the biggest section brought forward, and included one entry of 180 and several of 50 or 60.
Among the other ewe lambs were two entries of 200, one from Bratton Fleming and another from Hawkridge.
The top price at £96.50 showed a confident sale considering it was the second big one of the autumn. The numbers reflect the wet weather through this year, with some farmers holding back their stock for finishing. There was plenty of demand for breeding ewes and prices matched the markets of a month ago.
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