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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock Monday 4 June

Spring Lambs

The largest entry of spring lambs to date this season, saw over 500 forward selling to a buoyant trade throughout the sale. There was nine active buyers forward all looking to purchase spring lambs. There was an overall market average of 258p/kg. Lambs weighing between 32-39kg averaged £99.95, 39.1-45.5 averaged £106.91, 45.6-52kg averaged £118.40 and 52kg plus averaged £127.33. The trade today twice topped at £131 for Texel’s from J & R Waller of Killington or 298p/kg and Suffolk’s from Liz Needham of Stainton. Texel lambs sold to a top 313p/kg from S Wilson and Son of Scotforth closely followed by 303p/kg from A & E Clarkson of Thurnham.

More lambs are required to fulfil buyer’s requirements on a Monday morning.

Prime Hoggs

There was a larger entry of 150 hoggs forward at Lancaster. The trade topped at £116 for Texel hoggs from PD Anderton of Scorton. Standard weight hogs, well fleshed sold around the 200p/kg mark. Horned hoggs sold to a top of £90 from WM Pye of Ashton with Stodday.

Cast Sheep

A larger entry of 100 cast ewes forward with all specifications of ewes a sharper trade this week with the end of Ramadan next week. Continental ewes sold to a top of £121 from P & ME Higginson of Out Rawcliffe closely followed by continental ewes to £116 from BD Wood of Out Rawcliffe with plenty of big continental ewes around the £110 mark. Mule ewes sold to a top of £108 from Bensons Farm of Claughton on Brock with plenty of big Mule ewes in the nineties. All Mule ewes forward averaged in the eighties. Swaledale ewes sold to £68 and Rough fells to £67 from SM & CM Bewley of Dent.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

TEXEL: £131 Hallbeck, £129 Middle Ridge Farm, £119 Burrow Heights Farm, £118 Cock Hall Farm, £115 Springfield Farm. SUFFOLK: £131 Birkrigg Park Cottage, £125 Westfield Farm, £119 Birkrigg Park Cottage, £118 Hallbeck, Westfield Farm. CONTINENTAL: £114 Cocker House Farm, £82 Hodgkinson Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £108 Little Fell, £103 Springfield Farm, £99, £97 Little Fell, £97 Springfield Farm. DORSET: £106, £101, £98 Corney Hill Farm.

Hoggs

TEXEL: £116 Wyre Farm, £106, £97, £90 Throstle Grove Farm, £90 Low Kit Brow. SUFFOLK: £103 Low Kit Brow, £86 Low Moorhead, £60 Oak Well. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £90 Tarnwater Farm, £77 Dove Cote Farm, £75 Tarnwater Farm, £74.50 Dove Cote Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £77 Mill House Farm. MULE: £75 Low Kit Brow, Tarnwater Farm, £70 Low Kit Brow, £63, £58 Low Moorhead. CONTINENTAL: £70 Dove Cote Farm. CHEVIOT: £54 Tarnwater Farm.

Ewes

TEXEL: £121 Ivy Farm, £116 Burrow Heights Farm, Middle Ridge Farm, £111 Burrow Heights Farm, £110 Cock Hall Farm. MULE: £108 Westfield Farm, £100, £99 Springfield Farm, £93 North Farm, £90 Old Glasson Farm. SUFFOLK: £89 13 ST Johns Avenue, £69 Ivy Farm. SWALEDALE: £68 Scotchergill Farm. ROUGH FELL: £67 Scotchergill Farm. CONTINENTAL: £60 Wyre Farm. JACOB: £57 Springfield Farm. HERDWICK: £35 Scotchergill Farm.

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