Lancaster Auction held its Prime Sheep sale at the new time of 11am with an entry of 412 forward selling to a sharper trade with an average of 178p/kg with an SQQ average of 183p/kg. All vendors left pleased with the new sale structure. In specification hoggs were in strongest demand today, with Continentals regularly selling towards to 200p/kg mark. Best types saw the Beltexs easily sell in excess of 210p/kg. Leading the way today 237p/kg was J Smith, Daisy Bank with others selling to 228p/kg from AG Butler, Hambleton. Top price per head this week was £101 for heavy weight Beltex hoggs from J Smith; this was closely followed by £99 and £98 for Beltex hoggs from AG Butler. Other Beltexs sold to £98 from J Lamb, Old Glasson and £97.50 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe, who had Texels from the same home achieving £97. Heavy weight hoggs were regularly selling around the £90 mark, with Suffolks selling to £92 from J Bargh & Son, Heaton with Oxcliffe with Charollais from the same home selling to £88. Plenty of pens of early 40kg hoggs sold into the early eighties. Hill bred hoggs saw Mules top at £81 K Gregory, Silverdale, Cheviots sold to £80.50 from T Smith, Pilling and Mashams sold to £80 from DM Eames, Abbeystead.
A big thank you to our vendors and buyers for supporting us in our new venture and we look forward to continued support. The prize draw saw two £50 cash prizes won by Steven Park, Aughton and Jimmy Rhodes, Galgate.
A few more cast sheep on the market today saw a slightly sharper trade with pure Charollais ewes selling to £117 from JA & R Geldard & Sons, Levens. Continental ewes sold to £86 from J Lamb, Old Glasson with others selling to £80 from S Wilson & Son, Scotforth. Masham ewes topped at £74 from DM Eames, Abbeystead with Mule ewes regularly selling into the early sixties. More sheep are required and easily sold.
Sheep with Lambs at Foot
The opening sale of sheep with lambs at foot saw an entry of 85 families, met with plenty of demand from a busy ringside of buyers. The sale twice topped at £200 for Charollais Ewes with smart Texel Lambs at foot from a flock dispersal of Cowell & Moore, Wood Plumpton. Continental ewes with single lambs sold to a top of £150 and £145 from the same home. Younger Texel ewes sold to £185, sucking twins from PD Anderton, Scorton. Mule ewes sold to a top of £180 and £178 sucking twins from PD Anderton. Plenty of pens of older Mule ewes with twins selling into the £170 mark. Mule ewes with strong single lambs sold to a top of £132 and £128 from Cowell & Moore with others to £128 from D & K Swarbrick, Out Rawcliffe. A good trade throughout the sale saw a good market average £58 a life.
Entries already coming for next week, with more required to meet demand of buyers.