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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock - Monday 29th April

Spring Lambs

There was the largest entry of Spring Lambs to date this season which saw an entry of 145 forward. Topping the market at £119 was S Blades, Arkholme with Texel lambs who also sold Suffolks to £116 and Texels to £114. S Wilson & Son, Scotforth sold Texels to £117, £115, £110, £109 and Suffolks to £113. WN Smith & Son, Cockerham sold Texels to £114 and to £107. Charollais sold to a top of £110 from PW & DW Roskell, Pilling. Top pence per kilo was S Blades selling to 285p/kg, 277p/kg and 270p/kg, S Wilson & Sons sold his Texel lambs to 274p/kg, 273p/kg and 272p/kg. Charollais lambs sold to a top of 262p/kg. Three quarter bred and pure-bred lambs sold to a market average of 263p/kg. All Spring Lambs forward sold to an average of £98.58.

Prime Hoggs

The weekly sale of Prime Hoggs had an entry of 586 forward selling to an overall market averaged of 183p/kg with an SQQ of 191p/kg. Topping the market this week was Beltex hoggs from BD Wood, Out Rawcliffe and Texels from GH Sanderson & Family, Catforth who sold hoggs to £98. This was closely followed by Texels selling to £96 from AG Butler, Hambleton and T & CM Kelsall & Sons, Chipping. Suffolks sold to a top of £93 from T & E Burrow, Slyne. The top pence per kilo for the day was 224p/kg from BR & S Carter, Pilling.

Cast Sheep

The cast ewe trade remains strong, once again, saw another good entry of just short of 100 forward selling to a slightly sharper trade this week than last. Topping the market today was Texel ewes selling to £140 from T & CM Kelsall and sons of Chipping. This was closely followed by Suffolk’s to £114 and Texel’s to £112 from G & N Ball & Son of Great Eccleston with other continental ewes selling to £100. There was plenty of continental and Suffolk ewes selling into the nineties. Mule ewes twice sold to a top of £85 from G Riley of Bolton-le-Sands and from A & FM Bolland of Ellel with plenty of other pens selling into the eighties and all Mule ewes averaged £75.58. Horned sheep sold to a top of £62 for Swaledales from KJ & KM Curwen, Abbeystead with other Swaledales selling to £60 from B & SE Carter, Ellel and BM Pye & Son, Abbeystead.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

There was a smaller entry of sheep with lambs at foot this week but there was still plenty of demand. Aged Continental ewes with twin lambs at foot sold to a top of £175 from LE & A Ridding, Selside. Continental ewes with single lambs at foot sold to £140 or £70 a life from W Pinder Jnr, Newton-in-Bowland. Broken mouthed Mule ewes with twin lambs sold to £150 from LE & A Ridding with aged Mashams with Twins selling to £148 from W Pinder Jnr.

Top Prices

Spring Lambs

TEXEL: £119 Hill Top, £117, £115 Burrow Heights Farm, £114 Hill Top, Cocker House Farm. SUFFOLK: £116 Hill Top, £113 Burrow Heights Farm, £105 Birkrigg Park Cottage, £96, £94 Cocker House Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £110 Springfield Farm, £106 Burrow Heights Farm, £92 Springfield Farm. DORSET: £104 Hill Top. CONTINENTAL: £102 Burrow Heights Farm, £94, £93 Springfield Farm, £87 Herdmans House. ZWARTBLES: £90 Hill Top.

Prime Hoggs

BELTEX: £98 Middle Ridge Farm. TEXEL: £98 Blackleach House Farm, £96 Park Farm Barn, Brown Brook, £95 Throstle Grove Farm, £94 Scronkey Farm. CONTINENTAL: £93, £92, £90 Low Foulshaw Farm, £89, £88 Carr House Farm. SUFFOLK: £93 Throstle Grove Farm, £90 Mill House Farm, £89 5 Maddison Avenue, £85 Park Farm Barn, £78 Medlar Hall Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £91 Tunstead Farm, £90 Park Farm Barn, £86 Weavers Farm, North Farm, £84 Weavers Farm. HORNED: £87, £82 Park Farm Barn, £78 Sowerby Lodge, £77, £75 Crombleholme. CHEVIOT: £84, £80, £78, £77 11 Oak Avenue. MULE: £81 Rooten Brook, Medlar Hall Farm, Botton Hall, £80 Botton Hall, Moss Side Farm. SWALEDALE: £79 Rooten Brook, £76, £75.50, £73.50 Medlar Hall Farm, £70 Sowerby Lodge. DORSET: £79, £74 Field House. HERDWICK: £78 Lee End Farm, £75.50 Sowerby Lodge, £69, £67.50 Medlar Hall Farm. ROUGH FELL: £75.50 Medlar Hall Farm. MASHAM: £75 Moss Side Farm, Medlar Hall Farm. SCOTTISH BLACKFACE: £75 Tarnwater Farm. GRITSTONE: £75 11 Oak Avenue. DALESBRED: £74 Moss Side Farm.

Cast Ewes

TEXEL: £140 Brown Brook, £112 Post Office Farm, £99 Weavers Farm, £94 New Bungalow, £93 Scronkey Farm. CONTINENTAL: £100 Ingrave Farm, £90, £78 Scronkey Farm, £77 Moorbottom Farm, £76 Elm Bank Farm. DORSET: £94 Field House. LEICESTER: £90 Overhouses. SUFFOLK: £88 Herdmans House, £87 Knowsley Farm, £84, £83 Burrow Heights Farm. MULE: £85 5 Maddison Avenue, Yeat House, £83 Mill House Farm, £82 Brown Brook, £81 Lee End Farm. CHAROLLAIS: £82 Elm Bank Farm. SWALEDALE: £62 Marshaw Farm, £60 Moorbottom Farm, Cragg End, £47 Rooten Brook, £41 Marl House. GOAT: £57, £25 Cockerman Boers. DALESBRED: £40 Deep Clough. HERDWICK: £30 Deep Clough.

Cast Tups

SUFFOLK: £114 Post Office Farm. LEICESTER: £77 Marl House.

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