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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock & Sheep with Lambs 24th April

Spring Lambs

There was the largest entry of spring lambs forward so far this season with 75 going under the gavel. There was an overall market average of 295p/kg. Best conformation Texel lambs sold in excess of 340p/kg topping at 359p/kg or £140 from S Wilson and Son of Scotforth, who also had 41kg lambs to £140. Suffolk lambs also topped at £140 from WN & D Smith of Cockerham weighing 44kg. Four vendors of spring lambs averaged £130 or more of their consignments. It was great to have another fresh face ringside looking to purchase lambs with more required week on week to satisfy buyer’s requirements.

Prime Hoggs

A few more prime hoggs on offering today selling to an overall average of 211p/kg. Well fleshed continental and cheviot hoggs still selling in excess of 230p/kg. Topping today at 243p/kg or £107 were 43kg Cheviots from J & H Davis of Cabus. Top price of the day was £123 for Suffolks from AG Butler of Hambleton, closely followed by £118 for Texels from the same home. Plenty of well fleshed heavy hoggs selling £110 plus.

Hoggs required each week with a busy ring of active buyers looking for all specifications.

Cast Sheep

There was plenty of interest in cast ewes at Lancaster, especially with a new buyer ringside purchasing. Texel tups topped at £133 from JM Kelsall and Son of Quernmore. Texel ewes sold to £121 CB Farming of Hindley, closely followed by A & E Clarkson of Thurnham. Mule cast ewes sold to a top of £105 from WN & D Smith of Cockerham. Plenty demand for ewes with more easily handled to the advantage of vendors.

Breeding Sheep

There was a smaller entry following on from last week’s show and sale with the entry mainly made up of older sheep with lambs this week. The trade saw outfits with strong lambs, being well suckled, selling to an equally as strong trade with other outfits slightly harder to sell meeting a realistic trade with a busy ring full of buyers present. The trade topped at £178 for full mouthed Mule ewes and Texel lambs from SH & M Batty of Quernmore. Aged Mules and twin Texel lambs sold to £175 from MJ & K Ayrton of Thurnham. Broken mouthed Continental ewes with Texel twins sold to £175 from D & K Swarbrick of Out Rawcliffe. Strong Continental aged ewes with strong Suffolk lambs at foot sold to £145 or £72.50 a life from AG & GM Rowlinson of Killington.

Next sale of Sheep with lambs at foot at Lancaster Monday 30th April at 11am. Entries are welcome now for advertising.

Top Prices

SPRING LAMBS

SUFFOLK: £140 Cocker House Farm; £132 Birkrigg Park Cottage; £127 Lyndale Farm. TEXEL: £140 Burrow Heights Farm; £128 Woodlands Farm; £125 Fernhill Farm. CHAROLAIS: £130 Burrow Heights Farm; £121 Fern Hill Farm; £120 Lathwaite Farm. CONTINENTAL: £110 Whittingham Lane.

PRIME HOGGS

SUFFOLK: £123 Park Farm Barn; £96 Low Kit Brow; £90.50 Thornbush Farm. TEXEL: £118 Park Farm Barn; £110 Throstle Grove Farm; £106.50 Low Moor Head Farm. CHAROLAIS: £114 Mill House Farm; £95.50 Park Farm Barn; £95 Throstle Grove Farm. CHEVIOT: £113 Weavers Farm; £97.50 Hillam House Farm. MULE: £95.50 Park Farm Barn; £89 Thornbush Farm; £87 Low Kit Brow. SWALEDALE: £80 Sowerby Lodge; £69 Thornbush Farm.

CAST SHEEP

TEXEL: £121 Higher Barn Farm; £115 Cock Hall Farm; £99 Low Pleasant. MULE: £105 Cocker House Farm; £97 Cock Hall Farm; £82 Moss House Farm. CHAROLAIS: £75 Moss House Farm. SUFFOLK: £66 Lyndale Farm.

CAST RAM

TEXEL: £133 Low Pleasant. CHAROLAIS: £85 Moss House Farm.

HOGGS & LAMBS

MULE: £118 Bambers Farm.

SHEARLINGS & LAMBS

TEXEL: £128; £125 Low Hall Beck.

EWES & LAMBS 

MULE: £178 Friars Moss; £175 Bambers Farm; £148 Myerscough College. TEXEL: £175 Bensons Farm. CONTINENTAL: £145; £120 Low Hall Beck; £108 Bambers Farm.

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