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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Show & Sale of Spring Lambs

Monday 26th March

Spring Lambs

The first sale of the season of Spring Lambs set off to a bouncing trade. There was plenty of interest from buyers with seven active buyers ringside and buyers going away still requiring more lambs.

The pre-sale show was judged by Steven Seddon of Lakes and Dales, who we thank for his time and expertise. The Championship rosette was awarded to JD & V Towers of Camp House of Farleton, for a Beltex x lamb weighing 45kg selling for £189 or 420p/kg, bought by the judge, Steven Seddon, on behalf of Nigel Wilkinson Quality Meats Specialist of Blackpool. The Reserve Champion was awarded to a 49kg Suffolk from TA Blair of Thornfleet selling for £169, again bought by the judge on behalf of Nigel Wilkinson Quality Meats Specialist. This was closely followed by Beltex x lambs from JD & V Towers weighing 41kg selling to £163 purchased by Halton Village Butchers. Also selling in excess of the £150 mark was a 44kg Suffolk from TA Blair selling to £157 purchased by Gregory Williams Butcher of Lancaster. Texels achieved £157 from W Bradley of Goosnargh weighing 44kg purchased by Michael Lomax of Milnthorpe. The entry of 30 spring lambs sold to an overall market average 327p/kg with SQQ average of 338p/kg with all forward selling to an average of £132.73.

Prime Hoggs

A larger entry of 481 Prime Hoggs in the market this week sold to a continued strong trade averaging 220p/kg. There was a mixed entry of hoggs with well-finished hoggs in strong demand and very easily sold. Topping the trade was 45kg Texel hoggs selling to 282p/kg or £127 from George Sanderson and Family of Catforth. This was closely followed by 277p/kg for Beltex cross hoggs from J Smith of Daisy Bank. Heavy weight Texel hoggs twice sold to £126 from Andrew Butler of Hambleton and DM Cardwell of Stalmine with plenty of heavy weight, well-fleshed hoggs sold around the £120.
Numerous pens of well-fleshed hoggs weighing in the mid-forties sold in excess of the one hundred mark regularly.

Cast Sheep

There was a smaller entry of cast sheep today, but selling to a continued good trade in which more easily could have been sold. The trade topped at £104 from S Wilson and Son of Scotforth for Suffolk ewes. Horned ewes sold to a top of £101 from JC Fawcett and Son of Barnacre with Mule ewes selling to £97 from George Hargreaves of Scotforth.

Breeding Sheep

There was a larger entry of sheep with lambs at foot today, with more interest ringside from buyers. Continental and Suffolk ewes with twins easily sold in excess of £200 topping at £238 for broken mouthed Continental ewes and lambs from JA Heap and Son of Barnacre. Suffolk ewes with twin lambs sold to £210 from James Burr of Quernmore with Mule ewes and twins selling to £180 from the same home.

Sale as normal Monday 2nd April with 30 Mule ewes and Lambs entered for the sale at 11am.

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    Champion Spring Lamb at Lancaster Auction Mart

Top Prices

SPRING LAMBS

BELTEX: £189; £163 Camp House Farm. SUFFOLK: £169 Fleetwood Road; £140 Birkrigg Park. TEXEL: £157; £139 Whittingham Lane. CHAROLAIS: £141 Burrow Heights Farm. DORSET: £139 Corney Hill Farm; £126; £120 Warth Sutton Farm.

PRIME HOGGS

TEXEL: £127 Blackleach House Farm; £126 Moss Side Farm; £126 Park Farm Barn; £119 Stanley Farm. CONTINENTAL: £124 Mill House Farm; £92 Stanley Farm. SUFFOLK: £119 Park Farm Barn; £100 Stanley Farm; £90 Low Kit Brow. CHEVIOT: £103 Hillam House Farm; £91 Tarnwater Farm; £91 Inverbervie. CHAROLAIS: £100 Throstle Grove Farm; £98 Mill House Farm. SCOTCH BLACKFACE: £91 Tarnwater Farm. MULE: £83 Low Kit Brow. SWALEDALE: £77 Rooten Brook. HORNED: £76 Inverbervie. DALESBRED: £76 Stanley Farm.

CAST SHEEP

SUFFOLK: £104 Burrow Heights Farm. DALESBRED: £101 Heald Farm. MULE: £97 Ivy Bank Farm; £77 Gibsons Farm. TEXEL: £84 Oak Avenue; £74 Gibsons Farm; £70 Lee End Farm. BELTEX: £81 Stanley Farm.

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Spring Lamb Show Results 

Class 1 – Continental Spring Lambs - Beltex, Texel & Charolais
1st JD & V Towers, Camp House Farm, Beltex, 45kg, £189
2nd JD & V Towers, Camp House Farm, Beltex, 41kg, £163
3rd S Wilson & Son, Burrow Heights Farm, Charolais, 43kg, £141

Class 2 – Native Bred Spring Lamb - Suffolk/Dorset
1st TA Blair, Fleetwood Road, Suffolk, 49kg, £169
2nd TA Blair, Fleetwood Road, Suffolk, 44kg, £157
3rd Liz Needham, Birkrigg Park Cottage, Suffolk, £140

Champion
JD & V Towers, Camp House, Beltex, 45kg, £189

Reserve Champion
TA Blair, Fleetwood Road, Suffolk, 49kg, £169

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