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Lancaster Livestock Auction: Primestock & Sheep with Lambs - Monday 27th May

Spring Lambs

There was a slightly smaller entry of 495 spring lambs forward this week selling to a sharper trade with 9 active buyers around the ring leading to an overall market average of 229p/kg. Handy weight lambs weighing between 32kg and 39kg continue to be in strongest demand selling to a market average of 239p/kg. Top price per head this week was heavy weight Texel lambs from James Sanderson, Holton selling to £108, this was closely followed by Suffolks selling to £104 from J Lamb, Old Glasson with Texels to £104 from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday, A & E Clarkson, Thurnham and S Blades, Arkholme. Plenty of others sold around the £100 mark. Top pence per kilo this week went to WM Pye for Texels selling to 254p/kg, purchased by Gregory Williams Butchers, Lancaster. Suffolks sold to 248p/kg from J Lamb with Texels to 248p/kg from A & E Clarkson, 246p/kg from CA & J Alty & Son, Warton and 245p/kg from JA Lambert, Out Rawcliffe.

Prime Hoggs

As the Prime Hoggs begin to dry up there was an entry mainly consisting of heavy weight hoggs. This saw a slightly sharper trade for the end of the festival. The trade topped at £111 for Texels from R & DL Cornthwaite, Nateby who also sold other Texel hoggs to £100. Handy weight hoggs sold to 200p/kg from W Pinder Jnr, Newton in Bowland.

Cast Sheep

There was a larger entry of cast ewes forward this week of 119 selling to, once again, another sharp trade at Lancaster. Topping the market today at £102 was Texels was S Wilson & Son, Scotforth with other Texel ewes to £99 from James Sanderson, Holton and £98 from J & R Waller, Killington. All Texel ewes forward averaged £85.25. Suffolk ewes topped at £95 from WM Pye, Ashton with Stodday with plenty of Continental ewes selling in the early nineties. Mule ewes sold to a top of £86 twice from S Kellet & Sons, Pilling and CA & J Alty & Son, Warton. Plenty of Mule ewes sold around the £80 mark, averaging £76.12. Horned sheep topped at £68 from W Pinder Jnr, Newton in Bowland with Herdwicks to £67 with Swaledales selling to £66 all from the same home. All sheep forward today averaged £77.48.

Sheep with Lambs at Foot

The entry of sheep with lambs today mainly consisted of hoggs. The trade topped at £172 for full mouthed Continental Ewes with twin lambs at foot from RG & H Preece, Roeburndale West. Mule hoggs with lambs at foot sold to a top of £155 from JS & S Atkinson, Scorton with other Mule hoggs selling to £152 from W Pinder Jnr, Newton in Bowland and others to £150 from RH & H Preece.

Top Prices

Prime Lambs

Texel £108 Lower Highfield Farm, £104 Tarnwater Farm, Cock Hall Farm, Hill Top, £101 Cock Hall Farm. Suffolk £104, £100 Old Glasson Farm, £99 Cocker House Farm, £97 Cock Hall Farm, £95 Old Glasson Farm. Charollais £98, £94 Jacksons Farm. Continental £97 Burrow Heights Farm, £96 Springfield Farm, £94 Burrow Heights Farm, £93.50 Springfield Farm, £93 Burrow Heights Farm. Dorset £95 Blackwood End.

Prime Hoggs

Texel £111, £100 Humblescough Farm, £94, £93, £91 Throstle Grove Farm. Mule £83 Lower Brow Top, £79 Longstripes Farm, Lower Brow Top. Suffolk £81 Jacksons Farm, £80 Merryfield, £79 Throstle Grove Farm, £78 Maddison Avenue, £76 Merryfield.

Cast Ewes

Texel £102 Burrow Heights Farm, £99 Lower Highfield Farm, £98, £94, £92 Hallbeck. Suffolk £95 Tarnwater Farm, £88 Old Glasson Farm. Dorset £89 Beckside Barn. Mule £86 Pilling Hall, Moss House Farm, £82 Hallbeck, £81 Old Glasson Farm, Burrow Heights Farm. Horned £68 Longstripes. Herdwick £67, £50 Longstripes. Swaledale £66, £59 Longstripes

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