An entry this week in the region of 300 store cattle in Lancaster, once again, selling to a strong trade for all ages and sizes. It was great to have cattle selling in excess of the £1400 barrier, topping at £1490 for an Angus steer from D & N Davis of Nateby and other Angus steers to £1410 from R Townsend of Freckleton. Continental steers topped at £1,420 for Limousins from R & E Beck of Barrow. Charolais steers sold to £1400 from JA & LR Wilson of Millom with a further dozen cattle selling in excess of £1300. The heifer trade topped at £1260 from JB Moore of Grange over Sands for an Angus. Black and white bullocks sold to a top of £1250 from JM & AG Swarbrick with others to £1240 and £1220 from J Prest and Son of Bay Horse. Big well-fleshed steers sold in excess of £1000. All store cattle forward sold to an average in excess of £1000.
There was a larger entry of 124 cast cows and OTM cattle today. The trade sold to an overall market average of 128p/kg with a slightly plainer entry of cows on offer. Lancaster continues to offer a strong competitive trade for all specifications of cattle. OTM steers sold to a top of 184.5p/kg for Angus’ from WG Farms of Cockerham. OTM black and white heifers always sell well at Lancaster with a busy ringside of buyers looking to purchase, with good heifers often selling in the region of 170p/kg topping at 174.5p/kg from WS Burrow and Son of Silverdale. Cast cows topped at 179.5p/kg from JE Bracken of St Michaels for Limousin cows grossing at £1247. Best types of black and whites sold towards the 160p/kg mark with many easily selling in excess of £1000, topping at £1154 from GB & EA Metcalfe of Mansergh. Hereford cows sold to a top of £1303 from JE & AC Clarke of Melling, with Angus cows from the same home selling to £1287.
Calves and Stirks
The monthly sale of stirks attracted another entry in excess of 100, in which more could have been sold to the advantage of the vendor with a busy ringside of buyers travelling from far and wide to be at the sale. J & DE Mitchell of Cabus topped the trade selling Shorthorn steers to £665 and Angus steers to £660. They also topped the heifer trade selling Angus heifers to £580 and Shorthorn heifers to £550 and £545. British Friesian bulls sold to £535 from C Stackhouse of Kirkham. Montbeliarde bullocks sold to £530 from JS Taylor of Lancaster. Ten-month-old black and white bullocks sold to £435 from WJ & EA Woodhouse of Nateby.
There was another good calf trade at Lancaster for all ages and sizes, which saw Limousin bull calves top at £445 and £440 from JE & AC Clarke of Melling. Young beef calves were often selling around the £300 mark. Black and white bull calves sold to a top of £115 from Wallbank Farms of Over Wyresdale.