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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Store Cattle - Friday 26th April

Store Cattle

There was a bumper entry of 400 store cattle forward this week which attracted a busy ringside of buyers including some fresh faces. The trade saw grazing cattle in very strong demand with short keep cattle selling to a similar trade. Leading the way today was a Simmental bullock selling to £1300 from R Escolme, Bay Horse. Angus bullocks topped at £1300 from V & EJ Chadwick & Son, Sowerby. Lmiousins sold to a top of £1290 from M & L Preece, Kirkby Lonsdale with other Limousin bullocks selling to £1280 from WA Hodgson, Whinfel and £1260 from DE & SM Moorhouse, Natland and RA Easterby, Westhouse. Other noted prices for Angus bullocks were £1260 from SJ Brass, Ingleton. There were plenty of bullocks easily selling around the £1200 mark. The heifer trade topped at £1180 for British Blues from K & DE Woodhouse, Ellel with Angus heifers selling to £1160 from the same home with other Angus heifers achieving the same price from JW Atkinson, Bentham. Limousin heifers topped at £1150 from D Fox & Co, Bayhorse with British Blues achieving the same price from H & C Pickervance, Kirkham.

Black and whites of all types were a strong trade today topping at £1160 from R & E Ladds, Kendal other black and whites sold to £1100 from K & DE Woodhouse.

All bullocks forward this week sold to an average of £1042.13 with heifers averaging £960.88.

OTM Cattle

There was a larger entry of 97 Cast Cows at Lancaster this week following on from the bank holiday last week. They were met by a good trade; however plainer cows were slightly harder to place this week. Topping the market today was a Limousin Cow from JM & JJ Dawson, Little selling to 174.5p/kg with another Limousin cow from the same home selling to 164.5p/kg or to £1232 and £1219. OTM British Blue Heifers sold to a top of 169.5p/kg from RC Billington & Son, Claughton-on-Brock with OTM Bullocks selling to 164.5p/kg or £1110 for Friesians from Messrs GR Park & Sons, Whinfel. Young dairy cows sold to a top of 157.5p/kg from JH Towers & Son, Tunstall with plenty of good meated dairy cows either side of 140p/kg mark. Top price per head today in the cast ring was £1320 for a Hereford bull from MJ Fell Ltd, Whittington. Black and white dairy cows sold to a top of £1200 from L Burrow & Son, Lower Tatham with others to £1133 from MJ Fell Ltd, £1119 from H Wright & Son, Whittington and £1100 from RE & P Miller, Barnacre. 20% of the cattle in the OTM ring sold in excess of £1000 today.

Calves and Stirks

The on going success of the Lancaster stirk sale saw a record entry of 199 forward. There was a vibrant ringside of buyers looking to purchase all sizes, ages and breeds of stirks, with buyers present from throughout the northern counties and further afield. Now spring is in the air and grass growing well customers were eager to purchase stock. Leading the way today was yearling British Blue bullocks from J & A Sheerin, Quernmore selling to £735. Limousin yearling bullocks topped at £700 from R & J Parkinson, Preesall with yearling Hereford bullocks selling to £700 from E Lund & Son, Ingleton. Yearling Angus bullocks topped at 680 from R & J Parkinson. Numerous pens of bullocks sold in excess of £600 mark. Bulls sold to a top of £670 for Limousins from D Fox & Co, Bayhorse with British Blues selling to £605 from JK & B Birkett & Son, Morecambe. The heifer trade topped at £575 twice for September and October born British Blues from FW Rhodes & Son, Ellel and WR Clarke & Partners, Carnforth, others sold to £570 and £565 from the Rhodes Family. There was plenty of late autumn born stirks regularly selling in the five hundreds. Dairy bred bullocks saw Montbeliardes top at £505 from GR & B Mason, Wharton with autumn born British Friesian bullocks selling to £460 from EE Thornton & Sons, Heaton. Other black and white bullocks sold to £455 from WJ & EA Woodhouse, Nateby who also sold others to £435 at under a year old.

August and September born Black and white bulls sold to £425 from CJ & J Stackhouse, Newton with others from the same home selling to £380.

There was a smaller entry of calves forward this week due to the stirk sale with larger numbers anticipated next week. Top price today was a month old British Blue bull selling to £265 from Barker Farms, Carnforth with heifer calves topping at £180 from RT Halhead, Cockerham.

Top Prices

Store Cattle

Aberdeen Angus £1300 Sowerby Lodge, £1260 Church Street, £1210 Greenlands Farm, £1200 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1180 Sowebry Lodge. Simmental £1300 Ivy Barn, £1120 Sykes Fold Farm, Alston Grange. Limousin £1290 High House Farm, £1280 Whelpside Farm, £1260 High House Farm, Fellside Farm, £1220 High House Farm. British Blue £1220 Gibraltar Farm, £1200 Shaws Farm, £1190 Batty Farm, £1180 Green Close. Charolais £1220 Langthwaite Heights, £1160 Whelpside Farm. Blonde £1150, £1100, £1090 Grange Farm. Hereford £1140 Betts Farm, £1120 Kays Farm, £1060 Wyre Farm. Meuse Rhine Issel £1120 Littlewood Hall Farm. Friesian £1170 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1160 Bensons Hall, £1050 Hallbeck, £1020, £1010 Benson Hall. Stabiliser £1100 Millbeck.

Store Heifer

British Blue £1180 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1150 Roseacre Hall, £1130 Stubb Hall Farm, £1110 Church Street, £1100 Ivy Barn. Aberdeen Angus £1160 Kitchen Ground Farm, Batty Farm, £1100 Greenlands Farm, £1080 Yew Tree Farm, £1050 Pilling Hall. Limousin £1150 Holly House Farm, £1080 Little Fell Farm, £1060 Cinderbarrow Farm, £1030 Low Woodedge Farm, £1000 Mill House. Charolais £1110 Bandrake Head, £1100 Cinderbarrow Farm, £1070 Ellers Farm, £1060 Cinderbarrow Farm, £1050 Langthwaite Heights. Friesian £1100 Kitchen Ground Farm, £1000 Marlholes Farm, £1000 Kitchen Ground Farm. Simmental £1050 Sykes Fold Farm.

OTM Cow

Limousin 174.5, 164.5 Field Head, 149.5 Fell Gate Farm. British Blue 159.5 High Cark Farm. Friesian 157.5 Tunstall Hall, 149.5 Downlands Farm, 141.5 Forton Hall Farm, 141.5 Forton Hall Farm, Bambers Farm, 139.5 Mealbank Farm. Swedish Red & White 134.5, 129.5 Holme Head. Aberdeen Angus 124.5, 119.5 Keer Falls. Shorthorn 121.5 Sunny Bank Farm.

OTM Heifer

British Blue 169.5 Stubbins Farm. Frisian 154.5 Lisco Farm, 149.5 Ackenthwaite Farm, Liscoe Farm, 144.5 West Hall, 131.5 Downlands Farm. Aberdeen Angus 144.5 Church Street.

Cast Steer

Friesian 164.5 Low Deepslack, 159.5 Gibraltar Farm, 144.5 Midge Hall Farm, 139.5 Low Deepslack. British Blue 129.5 Black Bull Farm.

Cast Bull

Friesian 161.5 Low Levens. Hereford 124.5 Chapel House.

Heifer Calf

British Blue £180 Norbreck Genetics, £155, £140, £120 Cotestones Farm. Hereford £155 Sellerley Farm.

Bull Calf

British Blue £265 Cotestone Farm. Hereford £170 Sellerley Farm.

Bull Stirk

Limousin £670 Holly House Farm, £500 Whinney Carr Farm. British Blue £605 White Lund Farm. Aberdeen Angus £570 The Bungalow, £520 White Lund Farm. Hereford £560 The Bungalow. Friesian £425, £380 Newton Hall Farm.

Heifer Stirk

British Blue £575 Barrow Greaves Farm, Cinder Barrow, Barrow Greaves Farm. Limousin £530, £495, £480 Whinney Carr. Hereford £470, £465 Gardners Farm. Aberdeen Angus £465 Hare Apple Tree, £455 Barrows Greaves Farm, £420 Hare Apple Tree. Simmental £465, £410, £370, £330 Sellerley Farm.

Steer Stirk

British Blue £735 Knotts Farm, £670 Hillock Farm, £590, £580 Stubb Place Farm. Limousin £700 Springfield Farm, £605 Whinney Carr Farm. Hereford £700 Lundholme Farm, £600 St Margarets, Lundholme Farm. Simmental £655 Sellerley Farm. Aberdeen Angus £680, £640 Springfield House, £520 Hare Apple Tree. Welsh Black £500 Springfield House. Montbeliarde £505, £450 Hillock Farm. Friesian £460 Downlands. Swedish Red & White £335 Higher Brundhurst Farm.

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