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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock Monday 9th October

Spring Lambs

What a difference a week makes for prime lambs at Lancaster. A big jump in trade saw lambs selling to a market average of 170p/kg and vendors leaving chuffed with their trade. A new buyer the market and a returning buyer to the ring saw strong demand for lambs. Lambs best to sell this week were Continental and Suffolk lambs, well-finished lambs weighing between 40kg and 46kg, with demand for well-finished heavy weights as well. The trade topped at £100 for Texel lambs from JW & SE Drinkwater of Conder Mill with 50kg lambs. Plenty of pens of lambs selling into the seventies and eighties. Beltex lambs sold in excess of 200p/kg topping at 215p/kg from Ian T Richardson of Goosnargh or to £87.50. Mules sold to £70 for 45kg lambs from WM Pye of Tarnwater.

Cast Sheep

Well-fleshed cast ewes remain good to sell and in demand. The trade topped at £99 for heavy, fit Continental ewes from EE Thornton & Sons of Downlands with heavy weight Mules from the same home selling to £75. Larger Continental ewes sold into the eighties with bigger Mule ewes selling over the seventy pound mark and smaller types in the sixties and leaner types selling for less.

Top Prices

SPRING LAMBS

TEXEL: £100 Conder Mill; £87.50 Mearsbeck Farm; £83 Downlands Farm. BELTEX: £87.50; £86.50; £84 Northgate. SUFFOLK: £85 Beaumont Gate; £82.50 Walnut Tree; £80.50 Downlands Farm. HORNED: £75 Beaumont Gate; £62 Tarnwater Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £74 Jacksons Farm; £70 Springfield Farm; £67.50 Jacksons Farm. MULE: £70 Tarnwater Farm; £68 Conder Mill. DORSET: £60.50 Corney Hill Farm.

CAST SHEEP 

TEXEL: £99 Downlands Farm; £86 Lower Highfield; £81 Mearsbeck Farm. MULE: £75 Downlands Farm; £72 Mearsbeck Farm; £71 Lower Highfield.

CAST RAM

TEXEL: £89 Lower Highfield. ROUGE: £83 Lowcroft.

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