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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock & Hoggs with Lambs at Foot - Monday 7th May

Spring Lambs

There was a major jump in the number of spring lambs forward this week with an entry of 171. There was an overall market average of 266p/kg. Topping the trade today at £142 was Texel lambs from GH Sanderson and Family of Catforth with Suffolks from the same good home to £133.

Prime Hoggs

A similar number of hoggs on offer this week saw a very mixed entry on offer, well-fleshed hoggs were in very strong demand and buyers were leaving short of supply with leaner types selling to realisation. There was an overall market average of 219p/kg with 45-50kg hoggs averaging 241p/kg. Topping the trade was Texel hoggs from W & J Livesey of Inskip selling to £141 and £138. This was closely followed by Charolais hoggs to £136 from RS & IM Kellet of Cockerham. The trade topped at 283p/kg from AG Butler of Hambleton.

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

Cast Sheep

A few less cast sheep on offer this morning saw the trade continuing to be as strong. Topping the trade was S Wilson and Son of Scotforth selling Texel ewes to £83 closely followed AG Butler of Hambleton selling to £80.

Breeding Sheep

The annual show and sale of Hoggs with Lambs at foot saw a new record high price. This was achieved with the Champion pen consigned by B & SE Carter of Ellel who sold Texel hoggs with Beltex lambs at foot selling to £270, a new centre record. Thanks must go to our pre-sale judge Mr Trevor Smith of Pilling and our sponsor Ribble Fuel Oils. Two further pens of hoggs sold to £200, firstly for the first prize pen of Mule hoggs with single Texel lambs consigned by PM & AM Ward and Sons of Arkholme, with Continental hoggs and secondly for single lambs from J Bargh of Heaton with Oxcliffe. Plenty of pens of hoggs with single lambs sold around the £180 mark.

A few older families on offer saw Texel shearlings with twin lambs sell to £200 from EI, EA & TW Wilson of Flookborough and broken mouth Mule ewes with twins sold to £170 from D & K Swarbrick of Out Rawcliffe.

Top Prices

SPRING LAMBS

TEXEL: £142 Blackleach House Farm; £116 Burrow Heights Farm; £113.50 Springfield Farm. SUFFOLK: £133 Blackleach House Farm; £120 Lodge Cottage; £114.50 Howriggs. CHAROLAIS: £118 Burrow Heights Farm; £111.50 Springfield Farm.

PRIME HOGGS

TEXEL: £141 Walker House Farm; £127 Park Farm Barn; £118.50 Throstle Grove Farm. CHAROLAIS: £136 Mill House Farm; £116 Throstle Grove Farm; £114.50 Throstle Grove Farm. MULE: £110 Medlar Hall Farm. SUFFOLK: £110 Park Farm Barn; £80 Partridge Way. SCOTCH BLACKFACE: £106 Tarnwater Farm. CONTINENTAL: £93.50 Fell End Farm. HERDWICK: £85 Medlar Hall Farm; £79 Lee End Farm. SWALEDALE: £75 Medlar Hall Farm. ROUGH FELL: £75 Medlar Hall Farm. DALESBRED: £75 Medlar Hall Farm.

Cast Sheep

Texel - £83 Burrow Heights Farm, £80 Fell End Farm, £80 Park Farm Barn, £75 High Hallbeck, £71 11 Oak Avenue. Herdwick - £76 Park Farm Barn. Suffolk - £75 11 Oak Avenue, £71 Burrow Heights Farm. Mule - £71 Tarnwater Farm, £70 Burrow Heights Farm, £70 Moss Gate Farm, £60 Fell End Farm. Charollais - £70 Askew Hill. Swaledale - £70, £50 Sykes Farm, £46 Yates Farm, £40 Ouzel Thorn Farm.

Hogg & Lamb

Texel - £270, £165 Cragg End. Continental - £200, £160, £142 Old Woodhouse, £55 Higher Hollinhead Farm. Mule - £200 Docker Farm, £185 Old Woodhouse, £185 Yates Farm, £180 Burnt House, £175 Docker Farm, £170 Guides Farm, £170 Dillicar, £170 Thornbush Farm.

Shearling & Lamb

Continental - £200 Guides Farm. Mule - £180 Thornbush Farm.

Ewe & Lamb

Texel - £140, £115 Bensons Farm. Mule - £170 Bensons Farm. Continental - £102, 395, £82 Bensons Farm.

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